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Battaash enters record books

2nd August 2019, 17:41 by Dan McCarthy

Battaash has become the first horse to win the King George Stakes three times after crossing the line to claim the five-furlong sprint.

The Charlie Hills-trained five-year-old strolled to victory in the feature race at Glorious Goodwood on Friday, with Jim Crowley riding.

He won by three-quarters of a length after idling the last furling to finish ahead of 16/1 Houtzen in second and 33/1 Ornate in third.

He was only fractions away from the course record set by Rudi's Pet in 1999 of 56.01, crossing the line in a time of 56.02.

"He seemed to be idling there in front today, which is a good sign," Hills said.

"He's taking his racing much better and there are a good few races we can target towards the end of the year."

Hills has now turned his attention to the Group One Nunthorpe at York on August, hoping for a win at the third attempt.

"[Owner] Sheikh Hamdan is very keen to go to York with him and it's good timing for that race," Hills added.

"Obviously he hasn't won there before, but I sort of scratch my head because there's no reason why he shouldn't handle a track like that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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