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  • 14:10 Coutts Glorious Stakes 1m 4f

  • (group 3) £70,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 37.22s
  • Off time: 14:10:32

More Goodwood Joy For Blue

Last Updated: 31/07/09 2:48pm

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Illustrious Blue masters Warringah.

Illustrious Blue masters Warringah.

Course specialist Illustrious Blue wore down long-time leader Warringah to come on top in a thrilling finish to the Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood.

William Knight's six-year-old was settled in behind rivals by Jim Crowley but was asked to go and pick up the leaders in the home straight.

Warringah and Ryan Moore made a bold fist of things from the front, but Illustrious Blue gradually reeled him in to score by a neck.

The 9-1 shot was securing his first triumph since May 2007 - but his sixth success at Goodwood.

Crowley said: "Everything went really well. He loves to come down the outside and he was always going to get there.

"William has done a fantastic job with him and this race was the plan.

"It's nice when it comes off."

Knight added: "To bring him here for this meeting, and for him to win at Glorious Goodwood and provide me with my first Group winner, makes him a legend.

"He came to me as I was first starting out as a trainer and he's progressed all of the time.

"He's a 10lb better horse at Goodwood and I think the turns and the hills keep him interested.

"He's been a fresh horse this season and I think that has made such a difference.

"He's on the up - even at the age of six.

"We'll keep him over a mile and a half now and there's a race in Turkey (Bosphorus Cup) which may suit him."

Philip Newton, owner of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained runner-up, said: "If it hadn't rained on Thursday I think we would have got it.

"Unusually for a big horse, he bounces off the quick ground.

"He has lots of options, and we might think about the Melbourne Cup."

Mick Channon said of the third: "Halicarnassus is Halicarnassus and he has run a proper race.

"He didn't want to know last weekend, but that's just the way he is and we'll keep having some fun."

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