Success for The Queen with Wink Of An Eye
There was a winner for Her Majesty The Queen in the final race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, as Wink Of An Eye won the TDN Australia Handicap.
The improving William Haggas-trained three-year-old made it four wins on the bounce in the extended 11-furlong contest.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, Wink Of An Eye (11/4 fav) was produced to challenge a furlong from home and held on gamely as his rivals rallied close home. Front runner State Of Bliss (14/1) kept on well for second, ultimately going down by a neck, with Scampi (13/2) just a head behind in third.
In what was a good afternoon for punters, Wink Of An Eye was a fourth winning favourite on the penultimate day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Haggas said: “Wink Of An Eye is getting better, which is amazing because last year he was hopeless. This year he has matured and doesn’t take much out of himself, which helps his progression.
“We took two things out that were between his legs and I think that’s helped! He wasn’t coltish, he just wasn’t focused at all and it was marginal at one stage whether we needed to persevere with him. John [Warren] felt that we needed to cut him to give him a chance and luckily, he was right.
“He’ll run in another handicap now. I think he’ll get a mile and a half no problem, but the Queen has another one with us that will run over that trip, so we will have to separate them.
“Ryan [Moore] said the horse enjoyed the ground today. We ran him at Haydock where it was bottomless and he didn’t enjoy that but they are getting through this ground alright.”
5.20pm TDN Australia Handicap
1 Wink Of An Eye (The Queen) William Haggas 3-9-07 Ryan Moore 11/4 fav
2 State Of Bliss (Barbara & Alick Richmond) Mark Johnston 3-9-04 Joe Fanning 14/1
3 Scampi (M W Pendarves) Andrew Balding 3-8-10 Oisin Murphy 13/2
William Haggas – 21st Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
Ryan Moore – 54th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner