Comfortable victory for Treacherous in Unibet Stewards' Sprint Handicap
The six-year-old delivered his challenge entering the final furlong and was never in any danger thereafter, coming home a length and three quarters to the good over Dream Today (Jamie Osborne/Saffie Osborne (7), 22/1).
Winning trainer, Ledbury-based Ed de Giles, said: "Treacherous is improving all the time, it seems, but he is a big horse and has obviously taken time to mature. He has not been over-raced considering his age, but he would be relatively fragile - he spends most of his time swimming between races now he is fit. He just keeps pulling out more and more. He doesn't do a lot in front normally, so that probably helps us as we've scaled up, so we don't get clobbered too much each time.
"At some point, we will hit the handicap ceiling, and we'll probably pop him in a Listed race at some point. I think the ground today was perfect for him. His post-covid comeback run, when he was second, was on slower than ideal ground, and his run at Ascot last year was disappointing, but I put it down to ground. We had a small setback with him so he came back in a bit later - we wanted to do an all-weather campaign with him - and I just wanted to run him a couple or three times on the grass, because I thought he would be nearly as good, and it has now proven so.
"We were going to give him a break now, but if you can find races where the prize-money is reasonable. He will have a break at some point because he has been on the go for a long time, but I would much rather be running him on the grass than the all-weather in the winter. I know there are good prizes to be had, but it's probably more enjoyable."
Harry Bentley added: "That was really good from Treacherous - he has done it well.
"We were probably drawn on the wrong side. All the pace ended up on the stands' side which I thought would be the case.
"I was always just searching for cover. I ended up having to just him down the middle of the course. I probably hit the front sooner than I wanted and he ran around in front, but he had the class to get him through.
"Treacherous is a very good horse."
1.50pm Unibet Stewards' Sprint Handicap 6f
1 Treacherous - Ed de Giles 6-9-08 Harry Bentley 7/1
2 Dream Today - Jamie Osborne 5-9-03 Saffie Osborne (7) 22/1
3 The Lamplighter - George Baker 5-8-12 Shane Kelly 22/1
4 Rewaayat - Charlie Hills 5-9-10 Jim Crowley 3/1 Fav
Winner owned by Woodham Walter Partnership
Breeding: b g Paco Boy (IRE) - Black Baroness (Ishiguru (USA))
Breeder: P M Hicks
16 ran Non-Runner: Spirited Guest (Going)
Time: 1m 11.06s
Distances: 1¾, ½, shd
Tote Win: £9.50 Places: £2.50, £4.50, £4.90 Exacta: £174.20
Ed de Giles - 1st winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Harry Bentley - 8th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Ed de Giles and Harry Bentley
Quickfire double for Bentley as Hochfeld lands Unibet Summer Handicap
Harry Bentley followed up his victory on Treacherous in the opener by landing the second race on day five of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the 14-furlong Unibet Summer Handicap on Hochfeld (Mark Johnston, 15/2). It was a 67/1 double for the jockey.
Bentley has now ridden four winners at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, just one behind Tom Marquand in the race to be crowned Racing TV Leading Jockey.
Hochfeld, a six-year-old Cape Cross gelding, stayed on to take the lead inside the final furlong, keeping on gamely to take the contest by half a length from Shailene (Andrew Balding/Rob Hornby, 14/1).
Mark Johnston said: "Hochfeld deserved that success and has been knocking on the door of late.
"He is a tough customer and it is great to win this race again [it was his seventh win in the Qatar Summer Handicap]."
Harry Bentley said: "I thought Shane Kelly went off quite a good gallop in front - I think we went very even fractions for the most part of the race. Just as we reached that top bend, which is quite tight, as always they tend to put the brakes on a bit and fill the horses up in front and you end up then going a bit of a stop-start gallop. Then you turn for home and you have still got a long way to go, so it's quite enticing to get your horse rolling earlier than you need to here, but Hochfeld was always very comfortable mid-pack, and very, very game.
"It is going to be tough to overhaul Tom [Marquand, for the Racing TV leading jockey title], but I have a couple of good rides left.
"I love Goodwood, it's a place that holds a special place in my heart because I grew up very close and went to school down the road, so I have been coming here for a long time. When it comes to riding the course, it can be a very unlucky place at times, as we've seen this week - you can get trapped on that far side rail and there's not a lot you can do about it - but when it goes well, it's great."
2.25pm Unibet Summer Handicap 1m 6f
1 Hochfeld - Mark Johnston 6-8-12 Harry Bentley 15/2
2 Shailene - Andrew Balding 5-9-06 Rob Hornby 14/1
3 Indianapolis - James Given 5-9-04 Silvestre De Sousa 8/1
Winner owned by b g Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeding: b g Cape Cross (IRE) - What A Charm (IRE) (Key Of Luck (USA))
Breeder: Kenilworth House Stud
9 ran Non-Runner: Calling The Wind (Self Certificate, Temperature) 9/4 Fav Laafy (6th)
Time: 3m 1.62s
Distances: ½, 2¼
Tote Win: £10.30 Places: £3.00, £4.30, £2.90 Exacta: £111.20
Mark Johnston - 86th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Harry Bentley - 9th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival