Horse racing

Godolphin's Ghaiyyath in a league of his own

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on August 19, 2020
BRILLIANT: William Buick rides Ghaiyyath to victory at York on Wednesday. - Godolphin Twitter

The five-year-old son of the illustrious Dubawi land the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes

It seems that there's no stopping Ghaiyyath and the Godolphin charge seems to be in a league of his own.

The five-year-old son of the illustrious Dubawi underlined his status as a superstar by crushing his rivals to land the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes on Wednesday.

Saddled by British handler Charlie Appleby, Ghaiyyath brought up his fourth victory of the year and the third Group 1 winner this season.

Ghaiyyath has been in supreme and ominous form this season, having won on all four of his starts this year.

He began the year by winning the Group 3 Dubai Millennium Stakes during the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan and then went on to emerge triumphant in the Group 1 Coronation Cup Stakes at Newmarket.

More success followed as Ghaiyyath eclipsed the rest in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

And on Wednesday, he came up with a telling blow to win by three lengths over Magical and 4 lengths over third-placed Lord North, owned by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing.

It was also his fourth Group 1 winner took his career tally to nine wins from 12 starts.

Meanwhile, it was a fourth success for Godolphin in the race with the racing operation having notched back-to-back victories with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Hailing in 1995 and 1996, while Sulamani had won in 2004, under jockey Frankie Dettori.

Godolphin also swelled their Group 1 win tally to 12 this season. Their previous winners this season have been with Colette (Australian Oaks), Bivouac (Newmarket Handicap), Barney Roy (Jebel Hatta), Trekking (The Furphy Goodwood), Victor Ludorum (French 2000 Guineas), Ghaiyyath (Coronation Cup Stakes), Ghaiyyath (Coral Eclipse Stakes), Pinatubo (Prix Jean Prat), Persian King (Prix d'Ispahan), Barney Roy (Grosser Dallmayr-Preis) and Space Blues (Prix Maurice de Gheest).

"I am delighted with the performance of Ghaiyyath and, most importantly, I am delighted for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and team Godolphin. It is an honour to have a horse like this on our hands and it was a fantastic ride by William," said Appleby.

Meanwhile, jockey William Buick said it was another day at the office for the gallant Ghaiyyath.

"It was a pretty usual race for Ghaiyyath. He just takes a couple of strides to get into his stride and I let him get into his own rhythm where he is comfortable. He was at the head of affairs after half a furlong and I was always very comfortable," Buick said.

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