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Ghaiyyath leads rivals a merry dance to win Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup

5 Jun 2020

Classy five-year-old wins firs domestic group one of the season as QIPCO British Champions Series kicks-off


The mercurial Ghaiyyath put in a scintillating performance to win the opening Group 1 contest of the season on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.

Sporting a red hood in the prelims, the son of Dubawi grabbed an early lead and never looked under serious threat to relinquish it for the remaining 12 furlongs.

With a strong tail wind and quick conditions under foot the Godolphin colt was at least 6 lengths clear of his rivals at half way. While some viewers may have been wondering whether he and pilot William Buick would run out petrol in the lattter stages, the rider was never at pains when push came to shove to see out of the mile and a half trip.

Last year’s Investec Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck stuck on well in the latter stages to narrow the deficit and claim the runner-up spot, while dual Gold Cup winner Stradivarius blew the cobwebs away to take third sport.