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Published: 15:31 | 27/7/16

Sussex glory for The Gurkha


The Gurkha gained revenge on Galileo Gold by striking late to win the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Galileo Gold took the honours when the pair met in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and he looked to be heading for a third victory of the season as he set the pace under Frankie Dettori.

Ryan Moore's mount tracked the pace throughout but as the race entered the business end of things it looked for a moment as though he would be caught for room. Moore, however, found a way through and produced his mount to challenged passing the furlong pole.

Galilip Gold battled all the way to the line only for The Gurkha to get up by a neck with Ribchester taking third, a short head further back.

"He's very fast - he's all speed. Sandown (in the Eclipse), in soft ground, over a mile and a quarter up the hill just dragged him a bit, but Ryan gave him a masterful ride today," O'Brien said.

"He's a very strong traveller, he handles fast ground very well and quickens very well. He's very courageous as well, which is why he ran as well as he did when we took him out of his comfort zone in Sandown. I think he'd go back and get a mile and a quarter, but he's probably a miler.

"It has been tough on him. We were worried coming here after Sandown, but the lads said he was thriving. I was worried because he's had such a big career crammed into a short space of time.

"He didn't race last year, but he's danced every dance since. 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)."

Moore added: "He's a very good colt, we think a lot of him and he showed in Deauville that he's very good. Things haven't been right for him since, (but) I think that was a very good race with some good horses and he deserved his day today.

"I was always very happy because he travels so well and I knew as soon as one horse in front folded an inch he'd be able to find room and make room.

"He has so much pace just to go where you want him when you need him. I was delighted with him today. This is a fast mile and I think when he gets on quicker ground he'll be better again. He's finished second in an Eclipse and he's a two-time Group One winner at a mile now. I'm sure we'll all sit down and work out what's best for him."

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