Al Jazi wins Goodwood G3 again for Canford Cliffs

For the second year in succession, Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Jazi (4f Canford Cliffs-Rainbow Crossing, by Cape Cross) won the G3 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Trained in France by Francois Rohaut, the Canford Cliffs filly was sent off 9/4 favourite for the seven-furlong contest, finishing a length and a quarter clear at the finish.

“She is such a good-looking filly by Canford Cliffs at some point she will have to head off and be covered by some fantastic stallion, but for now we’ll enjoy it and everyone can celebrate,” said Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab.

“She’s a specialist at this trip and at this racecourse, coming back to win this for the second year running. Al Jazi was our best chance of the week and thankfully she’s gone and done it.

“I have not yet spoken with Francois about plans, but I’d imagine she’d go for the G1 Foret, or something really good like that. When they are specialist over seven furlongs, there are not a huge number of options, and you get temped like at Royal Ascot to go back in trip for the G1 Diamond Jubilee.

“Here you can see how special she is, and physically she’s doing really well. So, there is no plan yet, but it will be a Group 1 of some sort.”

An ebullient Frankie Dettori performed a flying dismount after registering his first winner of the week on Al Jazi, who was bred by Skymarc Farm.

“Al Jazi won easy, travelled well, quickened and is uncomplicated. She has got a stride on her and for Goodwood that is ideal. She has a good cruising speed and a good kick. She put the race to bed straightaway,” said Dettori.

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