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Gurkha primed for more battles with very best

By Graham Clark

Published 28/07/2016

Salute you: Ryan Moore hails the crowd after winning on The Gurkha
Salute you: Ryan Moore hails the crowd after winning on The Gurkha

If history is anything to go by more Group One glory looks a formality for The Gurkha after he joined an illustrious roll of honour to provide trainer Aidan O'Brien with a fifth success in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

With three of his four previous winners - Rock Of Gibraltar, Giant's Causeway and Rip Van Winkle - all going on to oblige again at the top table, the signs look to be positive that the son of Galileo has more glory days to come.

Ryan Moore guided The Gurkha to victory and O'Brien said:

"Ryan gave him a masterful ride. He's very fast - he's all speed.

"He's a very strong traveller, he handles fast ground very well and quickens very well. He's very courageous as well.

"I think he'd go back and get a mile and get a mile and a quarter, but he's probably a miler.

"He has a lot of options. He has the mile races in France (Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix du Moulin), he has the Champion Stakes and he has York (Juddmonte International)," he added.

Connections of Pamona are optimistic her revival in form can continue in the Markel Insurance Fillies' Stakes at Goodwood today.

The four-year-old made a winning start for Ralph Beckett following her switch from Luca Cumani when impressively taking a Listed event at York on her first attempt over a mile and three-quarters.

With her stamina for the trip in the Group Three event - better known as the Lillie Langtry Stakes - assured, another big effort is expected from the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade.

Harry Herbert, spokesman for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "She has always been a talented filly. Ralph could not be happier with her. She is working well and has physically thrived. Hopefully she can put her head in the right place at the right time again."

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