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There can be few horses in training who deserved a Group 1 victory more than Lightning Spear.
The seven-year-old had been placed in six races at the highest level – all Champions Series races – but a victory at the highest level has eluded him until it finally all came right in the 2018 Qatar Sussex Stakes.
He travelled typically well in the Goodwood feature and quickened clear under Oisin Murphy when invited to put his stamp on things. At the line, he had a length to spare over Expert Eye and in an instance 15 previous defeats in Group 1 1 races were forgotten.
“Lightning Spear has done very little wrong apart from win a Group 1 up until now,” Simcock said. “He is a lovely horse to train and a lot of work goes into him. He has never really let us down, though he was little bit inconsistent last season. To win a Group 1 is not easy and you have to accept it.
On his return in 2018, he was pipped a short head by Rhododendron in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury – the pair clear – and then he finished a close third in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot after trading at 1.14 in-running on Betfair.
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.
Simcock said at the time: “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.”
In 2017, he chased home Ribchester in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes on his return and in the summer finished under a length third behind Here Comes When and Ribchester in the Qatar Sussex Stakes after looking the winner inside the final furlong.
In between all the near-misses he has won the Group 2 Celebration Mile on two occasions at Goodwood.
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