Glorious Stakes Triumph for Redwood

Guided by a smart ride from Jockey Michael Hills, Redwood, owned by Khalid Abdullah, kept on the path of his successful season, winning the Coutts Glorious Stakes.



The three first over the line in the event were behind the rest of the field prior to coming into the home straight, with Sri Putra and Traffic Guard following the victor past the post.

Redwood was a sight to behold as he came swiftly down the outside coming from last place to claim the victory, which also gave trainer Barry Hills win number 50 at Glorious Goodwood.

Frankie Dettori, attempting to make the running aboard Whispering Gallery, set a fast pace right from the start, with the field staying mostly the same up to the top of the hill, with William Buick's mount Duncan moving forward coming into the straight, though the race favourite never appeared to be travelling strongly.

His challenge faded off very quickly and he was overtaken by competitors that were finishing far more powerfully.

After the two-furlong mark the clash was between Redwood and Sri Putra, but Hill's mount won the battle, a length and a half in front as they crossed the line, with third placed Traffic Guard back another length and three quarters.

Charlie Hills, son and assistant to trainer Barry Hills, said, "He did it very well. He had a very good turn of foot."

Regarding Redwood's possible future events, Hills added, "There is a race in Turkey or the Canadian International."

Assistant to trainer Michael Jarvis, Roger Varian said of second placed Sri Putra, "It was his first time at a mile and a half, he galloped all the way to the line and I though it was a good effort under a penalty.

"It gives us a few more options - a stiff mile and a quarter or a mile and a half - and he could go to the Grand Prix de Deauville, but not if its soft because he likes fast ground."

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