While Frankie Dettori and Kinross put down a strong early claim to be named Moment of the Day with a battling win in the World Pool Lennox Stakes, there was one further performance which left most of Goodwood stunned.
The Hughie Morrison-trained QUICKTHORN, twice a winner in G2 company last year, came into the G1 Goodwood Cup slightly under the radar and was sent off at double-figure odds.
Dettori’s mount Courage Mon Ami, winner of the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last time out, was sent off favourite, but he and nine others were left for dust by an outstanding front-running display from Morrison’s six-year-old.
He was an eye-popping 16 lengths clear at the halfway stage and stayed on strongly to gallop past the winning post with a six-length advantage in what was both a brave and skilful performance by horse and rider, Tom Marquand.
“I’d like to thank World Pool very much for this prize, it’s a big amount of money. I’ll be able to give everyone in the yard a percent of the winnings which will hopefully help everyone.”
Quickthorn’s Goodwood Cup performance will now have a chance of being named World Pool Moment of the Year, which awards the winning groom with a trip to Hong Kong.
Raj Rasiah, groom of Quickthorn, won the Moment of the Day on Goodwood Cup meeeing.