Enbihaar emphatically defied a penalty when running out a wide-margin winner of the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood.
Having been closely matched with Dramatic Queen in her last two races – with the score one win apiece – many expected William Haggas’ filly to come out on top in receipt of 3lb and going back up in trip.
Jim Crowley was further back than he wanted to be initially on John Gosden’s Enbihaar after missing the break – and coming around the sweeping bend, he was keen to make a move.
It soon became apparent that Dramatic Queen was not running to form as she soon dropped away – and when Enbihaar (7-2 co-favourite) took over from Pilaster with two furlongs to run, the race was over.
Manuela De Vega ran on for second but was five lengths adrift. South Sea Pearl fared best of Aidan O’Brien’s trio in third.
Owner Sheikh Hamdam Al Maktoum’s racing manager Angus Gold said: “I was really impressed with her. I’m a real fan of this filly.
“She was quite hot and fizzy as a two-year-old, but she has absolutely settled down now and loves her work. She stays surprisingly well for a Redoute’s Choice, and she handles this fast ground. It was a really good performance with a penalty.
“She’s got a magnificent stride on her, and she must be about 16.3hh, but she was light-framed when we bought her and has just really developed. I’m delighted for Sheikh Hamdan, who kept her in training.”
Crowley said: “I wanted to be handy. She is a big filly and she didn’t jump well. She got caught out for speed a bit early on.
“You run very quickly down into a sharp bend, and I got shuffled back a bit. It was Plan B then, just getting her relaxed and to follow the pace.
“That is why I was conscious to get her on the outside and get her rolling quite early. I thought I’d make my move sooner rather than later, rather than get tapped for a bit of toe on her.
“She just gallops and is a real star. She’s got a big stride on her and really covers the ground. You always worry how much you will find, but she found plenty today.
“I believe there is a new Group One at the Arc meeting over a mile and five furlongs for fillies only, the Prix de Royallieu, and I’m sure Mr Gosden has already got that pencilled in.
“I’d love to win a Group One with her. She deserves it.”