Glory for Murphy and Godolphin in Glorious Stakes
Passion And Glory made every yard of the running to take the G3 l’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes over 12 furlongs for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Ridden by Oisin Murphy, the 2/1 favourite was given an uncontested lead throughout, before stretching clear inside the final two furlongs.
Euchen Glen (11/2) attempted to close Passion And Glory down racing up the middle of the track but could only get to within a neck of the winner at the line. In what was a thrilling finish, Fox Tal (25/1) outran his odds to take third, a further neck behind.
Saeed bin Suroor said: “Passion And Glory’s last three runs have shown his improvement and even today I said to Oisin about the ground, but he handled it well and it looks like the best ground for him.
“I always liked him. He had tiny problems that stopped him, but this year he is sound and is doing good from race to race.
“He is classy and from now on we will look for Group 1 races for him. I am now going to take him to Germany next month for the Group 1 at Baden-Baden.
“He just had small injuries. He would be ready to run but would then have a small injury, but he is sound this year.
“He wasn’t really ready in Meydan [earlier in the year], but he has improved all the time since he has been back in Newmarket.”
Murphy said: “There was no pace on paper and we had very easy sectionals. We didn’t go fast but it’s very blustery out here and it’s hard to make all because of that wind.
“Passion And Glory is definitely a group horse who is stepping up all the time. He’s an absolute dude, look at his temperament.
“Saeed [bin Suroor] is huge for me. Year on year he really helps me out so thanks or giving me another Glorious Goodwood winner.”
Euchen Glen’s trainer Jim Goldie said: “I am chuffed with the horse. These races are always interesting with a penalty, and the winner is a progressive horse who got it easy in front. We were probably on the worse of the ground on the wide outside.
“Euchen Glen has always been a really good horse. Paul deserves a lot of credit. He has got a feel for him and reads it right nearly every time.
“If we win the Ebor with him, we will be glad we didn’t get our head in front today, as if he did win, we probably won’t have been able to consider the Ebor. With a penalty and 10st 2lb, I don’t think we’d run. As soon as we were beat a neck, I thought there is a blessing, hopefully!”
4.10pm l’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
1 Passion And Glory (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-01 Oisin Murphy 2/1 fav
2 Euchen Glen (W M Johnstone) Jim Goldie 8-9-04 Paul Mulrennan 11/2
3 Fox Tal (King Power Racing Co Ltd) Andrew Balding 5-9-01 David Probert 25/1
Saeed bin Suroor – 24th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
Oisin Murphy – 9th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner