Heat scorches to victory to give Andrew Balding more Goodwood success

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Andrew Balding's glorious week continued when the Sussex Stakes-winning trainer struck with Scorching Heat in the Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap.

Oisin Murphy, who picked up a ban earlier in the week, showed his confidence was not dented as he rode a cool race on the 9-2 favourite in the consolation race for the Stewards' Cup.

Scorching Heat picked up pace-setting The Wagon Wheel when he liked and shot clear to score from Tommy G (14-1), who stayed on to get with three-quarters of a length of the cosy winner at the line.

There was another length back to Son Of Africa in third, with Royal Brave a head away in fourth.

Balding said: "He is a great horse. He is tough and loves this ground.

"He would have a chance in an Ayr Gold Cup, but he won't get in that this year but he might get in the Silver Cup now.

"I was delighted he got in the race, as I didn't for a second think he would get in it.

"He needs a strongly-run race and amazingly he has not been able to get cover before today, apart from when he won. He needs things to fall right in front of him.

"It is difficult conditions today and hard to make up ground. If they are there with a chance a furlong out it will take a good one to get past them."

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