Lightning Spear (GB) finally claimed Group 1 glory as he led home fellow British-bred Expert Eye by 1 1/2 lengths in the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood – a Win and You’re In Challenge Series race for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile giving an expenses-paid starting berth to the winner.
Now 7, the David Simcock-trained horse has been knocking on the door at the highest level for four seasons, having finished placed in the likes of the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is also a dual winner of the G2 Celebration Mile and was third in this race 12 months ago.
Under jockey Oisin Murphy, he quickened a length and a half away from Juddmonte homebred Expert Eye. French-bred Lord Glitters finished third. John Gunther’s Without Parole, winner of the G1 St. James’s Palace at Royal Ascot and the betting favorite, was the pacesetter in the Sussex but was overtaken in the final furlong, finishing seventh of eight runners.
The winner was bred by Newsells Park Stud near Royston in Hertfordshire, by Cheveley Park Stud’s stallion Pivotal (GB) out of Listed-winning mare Atlantic Destiny.
Lightning Spear was bought by David Redvers for 260,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2012 on behalf of Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar Racing Limited.
Trainer David Simcock said: “He’s done very little wrong apart from win a Group 1. A lot of work goes into him, he’s been placed in six Group 1s and has never really let us down. You need that little bit of luck and that was fantastic. I’m more pleased for the horse than anyone. He’s Sheikh Fahad’s favourite horse and he’ll be so made up about it.”
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