VIDEO: Storm The Stars puts down big-race marker with Goodwood win

WILLIAM HAGGAS-trained Storm The Stars won the feature race on day two of Goodwood’s May Festival to put himself among the contenders for one of the season’s flat-racing classics.

But although his Goodwood win came in the Cocked Hat Stakes - regarded as the last proper trial for the Derby - it seems the three-year-old is more likely to be seen in the St Leger in September.

With Pat Cosgrave on board, Storm The Stars (3/1) led from the off and found a little more at the death when it seemed James Doyle on Godolphin’s Best Of Times, the 11/4 favourite, might catch him. See the race in our video, above.

The trainer’s wife Maureen Haggas said: ‘He is unlikely to go for the Derby - he is still a real baby, improving a bit every time. He just wants time and could be a Leger horse - he is that sort; he stays well.

“He is improving with every race which is all you can ask but he is still like a big naughty teenager not a professional yet. There is nothing wrong with his resolution but he’s mentally immature, looking around him and sweating up.”

Away from the feature race, there was a double for champion jockey and Goodwood’s top rider Richard Hughes as he rode winners for Richard Hannon and Roger Charlton.

Pat Dobbs on Czech It Out

Pat Dobbs on Czech It Out

His victories came on 4/11 favourite Nelspruit in the opener, the Spitfire Maiden Auction Stakes, and on 6/1 chance Royal Silk in the Goodwood Aero Club Fillies’ handicap.

Pat Dobbs landed the Reheat Stakes at odds of 6/1 on Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett’s Czech It Out, owned by Swanmore’s George Materna – a year after being narrowly beaten in the same race and then suffering a fractured pelvis in a race at Newmarket.

Matin Lane had to wait for the result of a lengthy stewards’ inquiry to be confirmed as the winner of the Goodwood Flying School Fillies’ Stakes on Endless Time, the 5/6 favourite, for Charlie Appleby.

THE IBA Stakes – won last year by Intrinsic, who went on to land the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious – went to Ruwaiyan (14/1), steered home by Luke Morris for James Tate, and the last, the Racing UK Day Pass Just £10 Stakes, saw Lane complete a double on John Gallagher’s 8/1 contender Major Pusey.

Saturday’s final day of the festival features the Tapster Stakes and Festival Stakes – both sponsored by 888Sport – and a £75,000 handicap.

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