Romance gives punters some love in L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes
Rebel’s Romance (4/5F) justified short odds in the G3 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes, as he led home a one-two for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby.
The imposing son of Dubawi, having just his second start on turf, was under pressure with half a mile to race but responded to William Buick’s urgings to pick off stablemate Kemari (12/1) in the final half furlong and score by a length. Fancy Man (17/2) was a length and three-quarters further back in third.
With six winners on the board, Buick is in pole position for Top Jockey honours at Goodwood this week, although he is not riding at the track tomorrow. His closest challenger Ryan Moore, on three winners, has a full book of rides.
Buick said: “It was relatively straightforward. He would probably be better off a slightly stronger pace, but he was racing far enough out, and once we got organised, I thought he saw the race off well.
“He had to stay today, as Kemari is a strong stayer. That is only his second run on turf and obviously his first run on a track like Goodwood – he has always run on a flat track. I thought he did it very well.
“He is a good staying horse. As a three-year-old, he was a hugely exciting horse and won the UAE Derby. So the engine is there. I think he is in the category where he can get 14 furlongs.
“I have ridden some wonderful horses this week and some really exciting ones for the future. This is what it’s all about.”
Appleby’s assistant Alex Merriam said: “William was delighted with Rebel’s Romance. He said he was a classy professional in the race and has seen it out well. The pace ideally could have been a little bit faster for him, but William said that once he got rolling, he has picked up and done it nicely.
“That is only his second run on turf. He won the UAE Derby and we sort of went down the dirt route this year thinking that might be his way forward. It didn’t quite work out, so Charlie brought him back to the turf last time at Newmarket and it seems to have gone well.
“I spoke to Charlie and he said that [today] was the target. He has seen that out well, so there is the possibility of stepping up to a mile and six furlongs. We will let the dust settle and see how we go from there.”
On runner-up Kemari, he said: “He won a Queen’s Vase last year, so he is a horse with plenty of ability. He got a nice lead in front and kept galloping away. Again, he might be one to step up in trip.”
Richard Hannon said of Fancy Man: “This was his last run before the Ebor to see where we were – he has run a super race. He will definitely get further. He could be a very good horse in Cup races next year. It wouldn’t surprise me if he could be competitive in Melbourne, one day.”
4.10pm L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
1 Rebel’s Romance (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 4-9-03 William Buick 4/5F
2 Kemari (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 4-9-03 Frankie Dettori 12/1
3 Fancy Man (Michael Pescod) Richard Hannon 4-9-03 Frankie Dettori 4/5F
Charlie Appleby – 16th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
William Buick – 38th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner