On day 4 of Qatar Goodwood Festival

Khaadem wins King George Qatar Stakes

Photo credits: Zuzanna Lupa

The curtain will fall on Saturday, 30 July on the 2022 renewal of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC)-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival. The race meetings of the five-day annual Festival continued over four days before it will reach its finale on Saturday. This year’s edition has had special importance with the huge turnout of spectators at Goodwood, indicating the keenness to be part of the racing extravaganza, being a racing landmark in the UK and Europe. QREC delegation have been there at Goodwood, led by H.E. Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi QREC Chairman, Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya QREC Vice Chairman and Asian Equestrian Federation President, Khalifa Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah QREC Board Member and Al Shaqab Executive Director, Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Ali QREC Board Member, Ahmad Bin Mohammed Alabdulmalik QREC Board Member, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi QREC Racing Manager and Hesham Mohammed Al Ali Director of QREC Chairman Office and Manager of QREC Marketing Department

On Friday, 29 July, the fourth and penultimate day of the Festival had a seven-race card day. The feature and fourth race was the Gr2 King George Qatar Stakes. The 1,000 sprint for three-year-olds and older is a veritable test of raw speed and has been a key feature of the Qatar sponsored Goodwood Festival since 1911. This year, the particularly open contest allowed an opportunity for fresh talent, following years of domination by whirlwind champions such as Battaash (Dark Angel) and Take Cover (Singspiel).

The winner of the 2022 renewal was the Mrs Fitri Hay-owned Khaadem (Dark Angel x White Daffodil) for trainer Charles Hills and jockey Ryan Moore. Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya, QREC Vice Chairman and Asian Equestrian Federation President, crowned the winners after the race.

KHAADEM takes second Qatar Goodwood Festival success

Consistently performing to a high standard throughout his career and coming into the race in winning form, the Fitri and Jim Hay-owned Khaadem (Dark Angel x White Daffodil) bounded to success in the Gr.2 King George Qatar Stakes.

Trained by Charlie Hills, who dominated this race with Battaash (Dark Angel) between 2017 to 2020, the six-year-old has twice finished fourth at Gr.1 level and his success in the Gr.2 King George Qatar Stakes is the highlight of his 23-race career to date.

Winner of the 27 runner Stewards Cup in 2019, Khaadem is now a dual-winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and provided his owners with a second win of the week, following Royal Scotsman (Gleneagles), who landed the Gr.2 Richmond Stakes on Thursday July 28th.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, the six-year-old followed the blistering early speed of the Czech-trained Ponntos (Power) and travelled with ease. Ranging up to join the leader inside the final 300m, Khaadem pulled clear of his rivals and held off the fast-finishing Raasel (Showcasing) by a neck. Never-nearer, Caturra (Mehmas) stayed on well to take third.

Khaadem was bred by Yeomanstown Stud. Khaadem’s dam, White Daffodil (Footstepsinthesand) won two races and has also produced Log Out Island (Dark Angel), who is a Listed winner and Gr.2 placed. The second dam, Sparky’s Song (Electric) produced the Listed winner Lady Links (Bahamian Bounty), who is the dam of dual Listed winner Selinka (Selkirk), herself the dam of the Gr.3 winner Hit The Bid (Exceed And Excel).

Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

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