Goodwood: Molecomb Glory for Cotai
Cotai Glory made all to take the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, showing some blistering speed to break the 2yo course record over the minimum distance. Charlie Hills’ charge was kicked to the front from the stalls by the in form George Baker and that is where he would stay as he just held on by 1/2 length to the aptly named Fast Act, with the unlucky 10/11 favourite Beacon back in third.
The Exceed And Excel colt ran far beyond his 66/1 odds on just his second start in the Windsor Castle earlier in the season and having broken his maiden tag at Bath afterwards, only went down by 1 1/4 lengths in Listed company at Newbury last time. This was another step forward for the speedy little chestnut, although there can be a case made that he may have been a little bit lucky.
Sandown Listed winner Beacon, a winner of three of his four racecourse starts, had been sent off the odds on favourite and was tucked in off the pace by Richard Hughes, who was again playing the waiting game. It was a tactic that ultimately failed in the end, as when Hughes pressed the button and kicked for home, he and his willing partner ran straight into the back of the front two and found no gap forthcoming.
Beacon would eventually start to rally late on when switched to the outside but it all happened too late and Hannon’s charge would have to settle for an unlucky third.
“He is a very quick horse and he has done well because he is not straightforward,” Baker said of his winning mount. “He has plenty of ability and he has a very high cruising speed coming off of that.
“Racing has really improved him and he has settled down a bit. I quietly fancied him today and he is a horse going the right way.”
Winning trainer Hills added: “We were slightly worried that this race might come too quick for him as he is a very highly strung horse. With racing he has got better and he is all about speed. He has impressive speed in his pedigree.
“We will have a look at where to go next but he has had quite a lot of racing and we may just take our time.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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