King Reigns Supreme For Stoute

Horse Racing | Press Article 17/04/24

The well-backed 5/2 favourite Kings Fete, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, ran out a three-quarter length winner of the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes, the first race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, the son of King's Best always travelled well throughout the one mile and four furlong contest and despite taking a while to respond to Moore's urgings in the final furlong, kept on resolutely to master the long-time leader Ayrad and score comfortably.

Stoute, registering his second winner of the week following Ulysses' victory in the BeringIce Gordon Stakes and his 73rd winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival said: "Kings Fete was pretty smart today. He got an injury in the 2014 St Leger and Rory Mahon and his team at Ferrans Stud did a great job and sent him back in supreme condition. 

"He didn't run from September, 2014 until May this year. It was a long, slow and steady rehabilitation.

"He is much more relaxed now - he was a bit on it as a youngster. He'll be a nice horse."

Stoute saddles Thikriyaat and Forge in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.35pm) who finished second and third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Stoute said of the duo: "Both Thikriyaat and Forge showed in the Jersey there is very little between them. Thikriyaat would prefer a bit more juice in the ground but he is in great shape and is very consistent."

Teddy Grimthorpe, Racing Manager to Khalid Abdullah, was also delighted with the performance of King's Fete. He said: "King's Fete had a soft tissue injury. Bones heal pretty quickly whereas soft tissue injuries take a long time.

"We gelded him over the winter just to take bit more weight off his neck and shoulders and his rehabilitation went well. He's gone through everything smoothly.

"You never really know how these horses are coming back from an injury till you put your foot on the pedal but he has taken it really well so well done to everyone."

Grimthorpe was unsure of certain plans for the gelding and when asked about the possibility of a trip to Australia for the Caulfield Cup in which Khalid Abdullah's Snow Sky was fifth last year, he said: "I love the Caulfield Cup, we were a little bit unlucky with Snow Sky last year when he was fifth.

"The whole Australian scene is so brilliant, it is hard to take your eye off it but whether Prince Khalid wants to submit the horse there I don't know, it's up to him.

"There will be various different options for the horse depending on how far he could go. There are various foreign mile and a half races including Group Ones to look at running him in."