Here Comes When (IRE) Shocks Qatar Sussex Stakes with Half-Length Win and Gains Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup MIle
CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, ENGLAND (August 2, 2017) – Overcoming heavy course conditions at Goodwood on Wednesday, Mrs. Fitri Hay’s 7-year-old gelding Here Comes When (IRE), at odds of 20-1, shocked the one-mile Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1) with a neck victory over odds-on favorite Ribchester (GB) and earned an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held for the first time at the Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, California, on November 3-4.
As a part of the benefits of the Challenge series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the pre-entry and entry fees for Here Comes When to start in the Mile at Del Mar. Breeders’ Cup will also provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships.
Here Comes When, trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Jim Crowley, becomes the sixth Breeders’ Cup Challenge winner to qualify for the Mile this year, joining Legal Eagle (SAF), winner of the L’Oramins Queen’s Plate (G1) at Kenilworth in South Africa; Somewhat, who captured the Doncaster Mile (G1) at Royal Randwick in Australia; Top Casablanca (CHI), who won the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile; Satono Aladdin (JPN), winner of the Yasunda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse and Bal a Bali, who won the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park in California.
A seven-horse field went to the post for the Sussex Stakes with English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Churchill (IRE) and Zonderland (GB) both scratched due to unsuitable grounds as heavy rains doused the course on the second day of Glorious Goodwood. Godolphin’s Ribchester was made the 8-13 favorite off commanding Group 1 wins in the Lockinge Stakes at Newberry and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot this year.
Here Comes When broke well and stayed in third place behind Ribchester and Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s 3-year-old Lancaster Bomber (IRE). Crossing over to the far side of the course, jockey William Buick made the first move on Ribchester with two furlongs out, with Zelzal (FR) and Frankie Dettori on the inside along the rail, Here Comes When next to Ribchester and longshot Lightning Spear (GB) on the outside.
With a furlong out, as Ribchester seemed to hesitate, Lightning Spear took a short lead, but then Here Comes When made a final surge in the slog to secure the victory with Ribchester rallying late for the place spot. Lightening Spear finished third, followed in order by Zelzal, Toscanini, Lancaster Bomber and Kook Company (IRE). Here Comes When completed the mile in 1:46.11 over a course listed as soft.
“He has always been a handy horse, but needs these conditions,” Balding told the Daily Mail following Here Comes When’s first Group 1 victory. “We were lucky the race fell away a little bit but he still had to run to a very good level to win it.”
Today’s win was the second this year and the eighth in 29 career starts for Here Comes When, a brown son of Danehill Dancer (IRE) out of the Spinning World mare Quad’s Melody (IRE). In May, he won the listed Hambleton Handicap at York. In his next start prior to the Sussex Stakes, Here Comes When finished third in the listed Midsummer Stakes at Windsor over soft ground.
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