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Battaash is impossible to oppose as he goes for a fourth successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood.  (stock photo)

Battaash is impossible to oppose as he goes for a fourth successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood. (stock photo)

Battaash is impossible to oppose as he goes for a fourth successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood. (stock photo)

Battaash is impossible to oppose as he goes for a fourth successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood.

Charlie Hills' speedster has made three previous visits to the big meeting - and each has resulted in Group Two glory in this five-furlong heat, with the six-year-old the only three-times winner in the race's near 110-year history.

Battaash clearly thrives on the Downs and he arrives hot on the heels of his impressive King's Stand Stakes win at Royal Ascot.

After chasing home Blue Point in two previous renewals, Battaash gained his just rewards in Berkshire last month, making all to dispatch his rivals with the minimum of fuss and proving he is every bit as good as last year.

Sometimes Battaash has compromised his chances before the race, but whether he has just matured a bit more or enjoys the more sedate atmosphere with no crowds on course at present, he looked more relaxed at Ascot and channelled his energies in the right direction.

A repeat of that form would be more than good enough here.

Frankie Dettori and Jessica Harrington teamed up to great effect with Alpine Star at Royal Ascot and they can repeat the trick with Valeria Messalina in the Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes.

She cut little ice on her seasonal bow in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, but switched back to Group Three company and seven furlongs last time at Cork, where she came good in style.

Valeria Messalina looked to have taken a step forward for her Classic outing, staying on really well to hold off a decent yardstick in Unforgetable by half a length.

She probably has a little bit to find with a couple of rivals, but Valeria Messalina looks to be on the upgrade.

My Oberon can make a swift leap up the ladder to lift the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, while Communique has really started to hit his stride now and can regain the winning thread in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes.

GALWAY: 4.45 Saucy Yeats, 5.15 Enzani, 5.45 Rasiym, 6.15 Flooring Porter, 6.45 Star Max, 7.15 Robin Des Foret, 7.45 Macgiloney, 8.15 Hallowed Star.

GOODWOOD: 1.10 Cepheus, 1.45 VALERIA MESSALINA (NAP), 2.15 My Oberon, 2.45 Prompting, 3.15 Battaash, 3.45 Communique, 4.20 Rooster, 4.55 First Lott.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 1.05 Harvard, 1.35 Atlas, 2.05 Astadash, 2.35 Galileo Chrome, 3.05 Flying Scotsman, 3.35 Gaelforce West, 4.05 Arcland, 4.35 Castle Chase.

LINGFIELD: 4.15 Quaint, 4.50 Go Greta, 5.25 Full Marks, 5.55 Equisential, 6.25 Radetsky, 6.55 Tony's Rocket, 7.25 Savitar, 7.55 Whisper Not, 8.25 Capricorn Prince.

PONTEFRACT: 12.25 Chica Bonita, 12.55 Humid, 1.25 Kindly, 1.55 Little Ted, 2.25 Sudona, 2.55 Frankenstella, 3.25 Dream With Me, 3.55 Hammy End.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.30 Black Sparrow, 5.05 Kim Wexler, 5.35 Eastern Star, 6.05 Maria Rosa, 6.35 Fresh Snow, 7.05 Falcao, 7.35 Red Secret, 8.05 Brilliant Light, 8.35 Queen Mia.

DOUBLE: Valeria Messalina and Battaash.

Belfast Telegraph