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He confirmed himself a classy customer when landing the Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood and on his latest start 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.
“It will be up to David Redvers [Qatar Racing manager] and Sheikh Fahad to decide on his future, but of course I would love to have him back next year.”
Redvers said: “He had three Classic winners behind him [Awtaad, Galileo Gold and Jet Setting], and if you ran the race a couple of times you could come up with a different result. Minding is a filly of a lifetime, so we’re delighted – he’s put up a career-best run. It would have been lovely to have won it and gone straight off to stud, but we’ll have to sit down and think now.
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