Balgarion best in Peninsula

Balgarion best in Peninsula


Jack Milner: Favourite Belgarion gave Justin Snaith his third winner at the meeting when he won the Grade 2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap over 1800m at kenilworth on Saturday.

Ridden by Richard Fourie, the four-year-old son of Dynasty came charging down the centre of the track to easily fly past Herodotus close home. Majestic Mozart stayed on for third. 

Belgarion, who went off at 22-10, went on to win by 1.25 lengths, with Herodotus (20-1) another 0.30-lengths clear of Majestic Mozart. Fourth place went to More Magic.  

“He’s such a lovely horse,”  said Fourie. “He’s had a few hiccups and we’re grateful to the owners’ patience. It has allowed him to become a great horse.”

However, things did not go his way, and as they turned for home Balgarion looked to be in trouble. He was caught wide shortly after the start and was running some five lengths off the leader who was Priceless Ruler. According to Fourie the pace kept slowing down and that forced him to drop further back as race went on.

When Herodotus hit the front 300m out he looked to have the race in the bag but once Fourie got Belgarion into full stride, the gelding ran them down to win comfortably. 


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