There was a French winner to the Group 3 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes (Registered as The Oak Tree Stakes) as Al Jazi came with a storming run in the final furlong at Goodwood today.
Eleven fillies and mares went to post for this seven furlong race.
An even break saw Marenko eventually go into the lead from Queen Catrine, with Namroodah and Besharah also prominent.
Racing downhill, Queen Catrine went on from Marenko and this two held a couple of lengths advantage over the field.
Marenko soon came under pressure at the two furlong pole while Queen Catrine kept up the gallop, but weakened at the furlong pole.
The French filly Al Jazi was produced with her effort by Gregory Benoist and went between horses at the furlong pole to take up the running, chased through by Namroodah who did not have her toe.
In the final furlong Mise En Rose came with a run on the inside, but the bird had flown as Al Jazi sailed to the finish a couple of lengths to the good. Mise En Rose continued her progression in second, with Namroodah third and then came Always Smile.
The Francoise Rohaut trained filly, a daughter of Canford Cliffs, was scoring for the first time at pattern level.
Rohaut revealed after the race that this race had been in their minds for quite a while.
“This was quite a long term target,” said Rohaut.
“When we win a race, we try to win it again! We knew she was good enough to run well. This was the first time she’s encountered a very good pace and that is what she needs to win a good race.
“A strong pace and good going suits her. She has only run on good to soft at best in France.
“She had everything today. Good pace, good draw and good going. She always showed she was good enough to win a race like this.
“She’s is a different type of filly to Amy Eria. You must look after this filly. Amy Eria was a big, strong filly. This one is good though.”
Charlie Appleby was delighted with the run of second-placed Mise En Rose in the Group Three L’Ormarins Queen Plate Stakes, the sixth race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The three-year-old daughter of War Front travelled kindly for James McDonald in midfield before staying on well to finish a length and three-quarters behind decisive winner Al Jazi.
Appleby said: “I’m delighted with Mise En Rose. If you had told me this morning she was going to finish second then I would have taken that quite happily.
“They have gone quite hard early on and she has struggled to lay up a bit. James [McDonald, jockey] said she was just behind the bridle a little bit but she has stayed on nicely. She has got a turn of foot and she utilised it. I’m very pleased.
“Seven furlongs is definitely her trip. With quick ground and seven furlongs, we might just nick one somewhere.”
Reflecting on the week so far, Appleby, who has had one winner, three seconds and two thirds at the meeting, said: “They are all running well and that is all you can really ask for. They have all been running to the line.
“I’ve been delighted with the performances of my two-year-olds. Boynton ran a great race in the Qatar Vintage Stakes [third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths].
“Blue Point ran well yesterday [second, beaten a neck in the Richmond Stakes] but was also beaten by a good horse [Mehmas] as well so don’t take anything away from him.”
Appleby said: “It’s been a pleasing week, I’m glad to have a winner and we will keep going.”