Wagyu a tasty treat in Unibet Stewards' Sprint Handicap
Mr Wagyu was much the best when taking the ultra-competitive Unibet Stewards’ Sprint Handicap.
The six-furlong handicap is a consolation race for the Unibet Stewards’ Cup later on the card, and the winner would likely have been a factor in the main event, such was his dominance here.
Jockey Jason Hart grabbed the stands’ rail to make his challenge before forging clear for a decisive victory. My Wagyu (16/1), trained in North Yorkshire by John Quinn, had two and three-quarter lengths to spare over runner-up Able Kane (33/1).
Power Over Me (9/1) was a further length and a half back in third, with Music Society (13/2) and Be Proud (12/1) filling the remaining places.
Quinn said: “We decided to come stands’ side being drawn 17 and I think that was a help. We felt the ground was slightly better on the stands’ side, but I think he would have won anyway.
“This year he’s just found form that he never has before and all credit to the lads and lasses at home, they’ve done a great job with him. He doesn’t take much or any training at all and loves to race.
“I felt the track would play to his strengths because he’s great early and he’s very good in the first couple of furlongs in a race. When he’s travelling like that early on, he normally finishes.
“At halfway, it’s hard to tell, but I thought the way he was going that he would be right there at the finish. His best form is on better ground, but he is terribly versatile.
“His owners have been very loyal. Their first couple of horses did not win, and this is by far their best horse, so I am delighted for them.
“Loyalty counts for a lot, and owners have been fantastic full stop to keep horses in training for the last 18 months; it is great to be here and great to see people here.”
Hart said: “It’s incredible how much this horse has improved this year.
“Credit to the lads at home and the boss. I don’t know what they have done with him but whatever they have done, it’s worked!
“I sort of always had him down as a horse that wanted better ground, but he’s proven today that he’s versatile and can handle that ground as well. It’s a good result.
“He’s a prominent racer and you don’t really want to be taking this fella back. He gets into a nice rhythm.
“I just felt with the rain coming that I needed to come to the stands’ side. I didn’t want to be right on the rail, but he toughed it out well.
“I don’t ride here often enough, but I think the far side ground might be more testing. We were delighted with where we were drawn and it worked out well.”
1.55pm Unibet Stewards’ Sprint Handicap
1 Mr Wagyu (The New Century Partnership) John Quinn 6-9-08 Jason Hart 16/1
2 Able Kane (T H Chadney) Rod Millman 4-9-02 Oisin Murphy 33/1
3 Power Over Me (Cross Channel Racing And Partner) Robyn Brisland 4-9-07 Kieran Shoemark 9/1
4 Music Society (Richard Taylor & Philip Hebdon) Tim Easterby 6-8-13 Cam Hardie 13/2
5 Be Proud (Whitestonecliffe Racing Partnership) Jim Goldie 5-8-12 Danny Tudhope 12/1
John Quinn – 8th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
Jason Hart – 4th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner