KHAADEM landed an almighty gamble to turn the Unibet Stewards’ Cup into a near procession at Goodwood.
Only a three-year-old, Khaadem had finished second in a Group 3 last time out and ended up being the proverbial group horse in a handicap.
As big as 8/1 in the morning, he was steadily backed all day and was sent off the 4/1 favourite.
Representing owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jim Crowley – successful 24 hours earlier with Battaash in the Group 2 King George Stakes – he demonstrated they have another sprint star on their hands.
Ornate finished third to Battaash on Friday and was turned out again quickly by David Griffiths, and at halfway, he was four lengths clear but had shot his bolt with a furlong to run.
By then Crowley was manoeuvring Khaadem up against the far rail to make his challenge – and when he got to the front, the race was over.
Khaadem ran out a two-and-three-quarter-length winner from Open Wide, with Raucous third and Summerghand fourth.