Take Cover (red silks, left) held on to regain the King George
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By Alex Wiltshire 3:55PM 29 JUL 2016
Report: Glorious Goodwood, Friday
Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2), 5f, 3yo+
TAKE COVER made all to recapture the King George crown he won in 2014 at odds of 8-1 to continue his excellent record at Glorious Goodwood.
The nine-year-old showed he has lost none of his speed with age as he fended off a field of high-class sprinters to score under David Allan.
Although Lochsong, Abernant and Right Boy have won consecutive King Georges, Take Cover is the first to regain the crown having lost it previously.
How it unfolded
Take Cover leapt out of the stalls quickest and showed good early pace at the head of the field, while Muthmir and Marsha seeked cover.
With challengers queuing up behind there was an anticipation that one would topple the son of Singspiel, yet it never materialised and despite drifting over to the far rail from the centre of the track, Take Cover was able to hold on for the win, with Washington DC second and Goldream third.
Victory continued an excellent record for the David Griffiths-trained nine-year-old at Glorious Goodwood. In 2013 he finished second in the Stewards’ Cup as a 50-1 shot, whilst in 2014 he returned victorious in this race and was a head second in 2015.
‘A bit mad’
His trainer was elated with the performance. “He’s unbelievable. I’m nearly speechless,” he said. “He’s still as good as ever at nine. He’s a bit mad but he’s calmed down as he’s got older. He’s just out and goes and there’s no stopping him.
“We’ve been unlucky with the ground this year. The two times he has had conditions absolutely perfect, today and at Haydock, he won them both. In these races there is no margin for error.”
Jockey David Allan lauded the frightening pace possessed by Take Cover. He said: “He’s just got raw speed. He’s got a lot of speed and really battles. He never gives up. When something comes next to him in a finish he gives his all. David’s done a really good job of holding his form.”
Cut for Nunthorpe
Bookmakers were decisively impressed with the performance, as Take Cover was cut from 20-1 into as short as 8-1 for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York on August 19, whilst Paddy Power and Coral went to 12-1.
David Griffiths suggested he has a live chance at York, “He definitely has the ability to win the Nunthorpe. He has won at York twice and the plan is to go back there.”
In his only other appearance in the Group 1 contest he finished eighth in 2014. Muthmir drifted from 10-1 out to 16-1.