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He confirmed himself a classy customer when landing the Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood and on his final start of 2016 was an excellent third to Minding and Ribchester in the QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
The first two, Minding and Ribchester, raced near the pace on the far side, while Lightning Spear was held up on the near side before making a late move. He finished strongly and was half a length and a length behind the first two, at odds of 9/1.
Trainer David Simcock said: “It was a career-best performance – hindsight says the far side would have been better, but he’s quickened up very, very well and has been beaten by two very good horses. He made up a lot of ground on them, and they weren’t stopping – he’ll have his day.”
He again suggested that when chasing home Ribchester in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes on his return in 2017 but disappointed behind him in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, trailing home ninth.
Next time, connections experimented with a step up to a mile and a quarter in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown but he never figured.
On his penultimate start, Lightning Spear was back to form – finishing under a length third behind Here Comes When and Ribchester in the Qatar Sussex Stakes after looking the winner inside the final furlong.
And he followed that by landing the Celebration Mile for a second time at Goodwood under an animated Oisin Murphy.
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