William Haggas commentates on a race over last year's Newmarket Open Weekend

William Haggas trains Dal Harraild

In another nip-and-tuck Goodwood finish, Dal Harraild thrust his head out to land the Qatar Handicap for William Haggas’s Newmarket stable.

The winner, who was ridden by Pat Cosgrave, carried the colours of his breeder, Andrew Stone of St Albans Bloodstock Ltd. Dal Harraild, beat Al Shaqab Racing’s Shraaoh by a short head, with Move Up a head back in third.

Haggas is thinking of a York challenge and a possible black-type race for the three-year-old gelding next – the horse is entered in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes, but the Melrose Handicap is another possibility.

“I’ll have to talk to Phil [Smith, the handicapper] this evening,” said Haggas with a smile. “What will he go up for today’s win – 3lb?”

Stone said he would leave the issue to the trainer. Of his racing interests, he added: “I got into racing through a Highclere syndicate and was with them for 11 or 12 years. I had some wonderful times with horses like Petrushka, Harbinger and Distinction, but I always wanted to breed and I’m lucky enough to have 11 mares that board out at various studs.

“This horse is the first one I have bred – the mare, Dalvina, was very good. She won the Pretty Polly Stakes [Listed race at Newmarket] by six lengths and was favourite for the [2007] Oaks, but it rained on the Wednesday beforehand and we knew she couldn’t win after that.

“Sadly, it took her four seasons to get in foal, and this is her first – she is now in foal to Golden Horn and she has a Nathaniel foal on the ground.

“I don’t second-guess William and will leave the future plans to him.”

Pat Cosgrave registered his second Qatar Goodwood Festival winner and his 11th victory at the Sussex venue following Dal Harraild’s narrow success in the Qatar Handicap, the second race on the final day of the meeting.

William Haggas’ charge travelled kindly throughout the one mile and four furlong contest but looked to have plenty to do approaching the final furlong.

However, the three-year-old son of Champs Elysees stayed on gamely inside the final half-furlong and managed to get his head in front close home under an all-out Cosgrave ride to score by a short-head from Shraaoh, with Move Up a further head back in third.

The jockey, gaining his first winner of the week at the meeting, said: “I got a little bit of luck on him today. William [Haggas, trained] said bide your time on him and look for the gaps. I think the ground played against him today as he likes really fast ground.

“It was loose on top and he was spinning on it a little bit so it just took a bluntness off his speed I thought. He has stuck at it well and he got the job done but I think there is more to come.

“I always thought I was going to get there but I didn’t know how long it was going to take me. He is a horse going the right way and hopefully he hasn’t finished winning.

“I had a nice pitch all the way round and then James McDonald [Beaverbrook, seventh] came up on my inside, which meant I was pushed out a little bit.”

When asked about the Melrose Stakes over a one mile and six furlongs at York in August, Cosgrave replied: “That would absolutely suit him. You will see a better horse on quicker ground and a nice, big flat galloping track will be right up his street. Hopefully, he can win again and go on from this.”

Cosgrave added: “I think he is quite a good horse and I think that he is on the up.”

Shraaoah was narrowly beaten in a desperate finish to the Qatar Handicap at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

He came with a withering run down the outside but couldn’t quite reel in the winner Dal Harraild, who got going late himself, going down by a short-head as the pair flashed past the winning post.

It looked as if Shraaoah and jockey Frankie Dettori were going nowhere two furlongs from home but the ebullient Italian conjured up a barnstorming finish from the three-year-old but they couldn’t quite get there at the line.

“He’s run well from that position in the end,” said Dettori after the race.

Third-placed Move It was a further head back in third for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin and John Ferguson, chief executive and racing manager for the owner, was happy enough with the performance.