‘Don’t blink – you might miss him’ was the Racing Post headline on the morning of BATTAASH going for his fourth consecutive victory in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 31.
It proved true as His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s exceptional sprinter stormed to a two and a quarter-length success in the Group 2 contest, breaking his own track record by clocking a blistering time of 55.62 seconds for five furlongs.
BATTAASH has now been sent out by trainer Charlie Hills to win 12 of his 22 starts and finish placed on another five occasions.
“He’s a six-year-old now and knows more about racing than all of us,” said Hills. “Horses need racing and it does them good. He’s got very professional now and we’ve got him in a great routine at home.
“You’ve got to give credit to the horse and for a six-year-old sprinter to have his enthusiasm every day is wonderful.”
BATTAASH, by DARK ANGEL, was bred by Ballyphilip Stud out of the LAWMAN mare ANNA LAW.
ANNA LAW is a half-sister to high-class performers ETLAALA and SELECTIVE as well as BIRD KEY, who in turn is the dam of top-class sprinter TASLEET, who stands under the Shadwell banner at Nunnery Stud.