Glorious Goodwood is one of the biggest Flat meetings around the world in horse racing as it attracts the best horses from each part of the globe to the five-day event, with the Group Two King George Stakes being one of the leading sprint races across the week.
The sprint division is now wide open once again following Blue Point’s retirement after Royal Ascot. Charlie Appleby’s colt won the King’s Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the meeting, becoming the first horse to complete the Group One double in the same week since 2003.
Battaash was the horse which was in behind Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes and has been involved in numerous battles with the Godolphin-owned horse over the last couple of years. The five-year-old is now fancied to benefit from his rival’s absence as he has horse racing odds of 4/6 to come out on top in the King George Stakes.
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Charles Hills’ runner had the biggest success of his career at Chantilly in 2017 when he landed the Prix de l’Abbaye, prevailing comfortably by four lengths. His two victories in 2018 both came in Group Two company, including at Glorious Goodwood in the King George Stakes in his four-length success.
The season started well this year for Battaash as he got off to a winning start in the Temple Stakes at Haydock. Under the hands of his regular pilot Jim Crowley, they eased into the lead inside the final couple of furlongs, holding off the challenge of Alpha Delphini and Mabs Cross who finished second and third respectively.
In the King’s Stand Stakes on day one of Royal Ascot, Battaash went off as the 2/1 favourite and was fancied to reverse the form with Blue Point after finishing second behind him in 2018. Unfortunately for connections for the former Prix de l’Abbaye winner, he was unable to reel in his rival inside the final furlong as Blue Point proved too strong once again.
Victory at Glorious Goodwood would help Hills’ talented sprinter to reclaim the number one spot in the division ahead of some big races later in the season around the world, including the Nunthorpe Stakes and Prix de l’Abbaye in October in France.
Invincible Army Leads Opposition Against Battaash
Invincible Army has been one of the most impressive sprinters in the UK and Ireland in 2019 and it is James Tate’s horse who will lead the charge against Battaash in the King George Stakes.
The four-year-old colt began his year with victory in the Cammidge Trophy Stakes which is a Listed contest at Doncaster. He then followed that success up in the Group Two Logistics Stakes at York, the biggest win of his career so far.
INVINCIBLE ARMY has his sights lowered after a slightly underwhelming effort at Royal Ascot last weekend and is fancied to get his career quickly back on track.
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Invincible Army had to settle for fifth place in the King’s Stand Stakes in what was his opening attempt at a Group One contest. He was back in the winner’s enclosure at Newcastle on the all-weather surface when he took the Group Three Chipchase Stakes.
The in-form sprinter is set to be joined at Glorious Goodwood by Garrus, So Perfect and Fairyland in what is set to be one of the most fascinating races of the year in Flat racing.