15th Jun 2020
Khalifa Sat, 3YO son of Free Eagle made all to win the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood yesterday for trainer Andrew Balding under jockey Tom Marquand for Owner Ahmad Al Shaikh.
Bred by Declan Phelan of Tullogher House Stud Khalifa Sat is out of the Tenby mare Thermopylae who also bred the G3W and St Leger runner up Unsung Heroine and six other winners. From the Family of G1W Posidonas Khalifa Sat was a Goffs Orby graduate when selling for €40,000 to Andrew Balding.
Racing Post Analysis ‘Khalifa Sat was the outsider of the field but he dominated throughout, shaking off his rivals one by one in the straight and digging in well when faced with a strong late challenge from the runner-up. He really stuck his neck out and looks to have a great attitude.’
Andrew Balding post race commented
“He’s a really nice horse and he stays well. I’m very pleased with the performance today, but we’ll keep all the options open just for the time being. I’ve always thought he was more of a Leger horse than anything else and that’s very much on the agenda for later in the year.
“We’ll keep all the options open and debate it with the owner. The horse will probably tell us where we go next. He stays well and is a lovely horse to have in the yard.”
Image courtesy Goodwood Racecourse Twitter.