John Quinn’s incredibly consistent Mr. Wagyu won for the fifth time this season completing most of the race in the Unibet Stewards Sprint Handicap at Goodwood.
The six-year-old started his nine-time winning streak for Hamilton in early June with a modest 68, but was at 91 on that occasion after three more wins and a multitude of placed efforts.
Following a heavy storm an hour before the race, the ground was soft again and all the riders headed for the stands – but by then Jason Hart had already taken the initiative.
Coming out of stall 17, Mr. Wagyu quickly found himself in the lead and he was not to give up as the 16-1 luck won by two lengths and three quarters of Able Kane.
“He’s been in great shape all summer, all he’s done is improve so that’s great,” Quinn said.
“His owners are very loyal and he is by far the best horse they have had – the owners have been fantastic in keeping the horses in training, it is great to be here and to see people here.
“We thought he had enough today and his best form is on better ground, but he’s incredibly versatile and won really well.
“We thought the ground would be better on the grandstands, but he won well in the end.
“He doesn’t train and loves to run. He has a good pace at the start so I thought that pace would be fine. You can’t say you think you’re going to win a £ 50,000 handicap, but to halfway, I felt he would be there. “
Andrew Balding’s good week continued as Oo De Lally (10-1) came down outside to win the Thames Materials Handicap.
Returning to rank after finding the company too far listed last time around, William Carver’s 5-pound allowance on the highest weight proved to be crucial.
Seven Brothers and Shark One Two gave a close match chance, but Oo De Lally hung on for a length.
Balding’s wife Anna Lisa said: “William said it was quite slow and the horse ended up very tired, but I think they all did. We knew it would be fine. was useful off the horse’s mark and in this terrain the 5 lbs made a big difference.
“He’s a really great rider, no one deserves him more, he works hard and is an incredibly popular member of the team.
“Will Carver just rode his 5 pound claim, 50 winners, that’s fantastic and he rode this guy 100% according to instructions. He kept the horse as long as possible and produced it at the right time.
“It’s also nice to see Will’s parents here. He only lives 20 minutes away so it’s fantastic.
“He’s a star in every way.”