Elik wins Goodwood’s Height of Fashion stakes in style


Elik, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, was an impressive winner of the Height of Fashion Stakes on the opening day of Goodwood’s three-day May meeting, after grinding down long-time leader Heading North.

The Dalakhani filly, a 3-1 shot,  who had finished fourth in the Cheshire Oaks 15 days previously,took the feature event in style, have both Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore their first victory in this Listed race in its history.

The win came on a day with persistent heavy downpours at Goodwood and Ryan Moore said the filly would benefit from better ground. Elik had been slowly away at Chester and had been unlucky not to do better that day.

Given real top of the ground she will have a fine chance in the a Classic race.

Kiyoshi had impressive in winning the opening maiden fillies stakes yesterday. Trained for Qatar Racing by Charles Hills and ridden by Jamie Spencer, the filly had won at Newmarket earlier in the season over five furlongs and was totally in command over the extra furlong.


Kayoshi connections discuss the win with jockey Jamie Spencer and trainer Charlie Hills

Kayoshi connections discuss the win with jockey Jamie Spencer and trainer Charlie Hills

Trainer Mark Johnston maintained his formidable Goodwood record with King of the Danes taking the Winner Plant UK Stakes under an assured ride by Franny Norton.  His wife Deirdre had flown down from Middleham, after riding out to saddle up the horse.
“He’s in the handicap system now and we will take it one step at a time from his current rating of 77,”she said.
Johnston had seven winners at Glorious Goodwood last year and she added:” Glorious Goodwood is our Royal Ascot and our mid season family holiday. We bring our parents and children here.”
King of the Danes with Franny Norton up

King of the Danes with Franny Norton up

There was not time for Ryan Moore to celebrate Elik’s win at Goodwood, for he headed straight off to Sandown’s evening meeting to partner Amanda Perrett’s  three-year-old gelding, Lion Beacon, to victory in a handicap race.

The horse, owned by Mrs Alexandra J Chandris, was scoring his second win of the season and completed a cross-country double for his trainer, who  sent out 8-1 shot Head of Steam, partnered by Pat Dobbs to win the Wright Joinery Company Stakes Handicap at Goodwood.

Head of Steam with owner George Materna ans jockey Pat Dobbs

Head of Steam with owner George Materna and jockey Pat Dobbs

After the excellent performance by Head of Steam, owner George Materna said he hoped the horse might be aimed at an Ascot Handicap or come back to Glorious Goodwood.

The trip from Malton paid off for trainer Brian Ellison with Palazzo Bianco. The Shirocco gelding had joined him from John Gosden, where he had drawn a blank last season. But he had finished fourth and fifth for his new yard this season and with apprentice Robert Tart on board he won the Hippo Stakes Handicap.

Robert Tart and Palazzo Bianco

Robert Tart and Palazzo Bianco

The final race of the day went to 10-1 shot Night Trade, trained by Ronald Harris in Chepstow with Eddie Linehan on board.

The three day meeting continues today ( Friday) and tomorrow.






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