Troubles for Aquarius as Illustrious Blue Brings Home Cup at Goodwood

Illustrious Blue ran well to come home with a popular victory in the Artemis Goodwood Cup, but the event was not without drama, with the break down in front of odds-on favourite Age Of Aquarius.

William Knight

Trainer William Knight

Favourite subsequent to his well run second place in the Ascot Gold Cup, jockey Johnny Murtagh had was attempting to make all of the running when his mount was pulled up half a mile out.

Aidan O'Brien's charge was afterwards moved to a vet centre in Arundel for more observation.

With Age Of Aquarius out of the event, Electrolyser, trained by Clive Cox, was clear at the front of field, though Illustrious Blue began advancing well through the pack, eventually winning the race by a length and a quarter.

Illustrious Blue trainer, William Knight said, "It's the third time he's won at Glorious Goodwood and a different trip each time, so what a star. Jim gave him a lovely ride.

"I regrettably should have tried him over two miles last year, but we've had a fantastic run with him and he keeps on winning for us.

"Jim has put a lot of good work in on the horse - he knows him so well.

"It's great teamwork from everyone at home because we're a smallish yard.

"To have a horse like this to come along makes a big difference to everybody."

Crowley stated, "He settled lovely, and at the top of the hill he was travelling so nicely.

"He's such a tough little horse and he's a legend for me round here.

"He could even be a horse for the Melbourne Cup."

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