Five time G1 winner, and Highlands Stud sire for 2018, Canford Cliffs enjoyed another memorable weekend, with his tally of UK winners including the Al Shaqab Racing owned Al Jazi.
The latter, who led inside the final furlong before staying on to comfortably defeat Listed October Stakes winner Eternally by a length and a quarter, won the G3 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Friday for a second year running for trainer Francois Rohaut.
Al Jazi, ridden to victory by Frankie Dettori, had won last year’s 1400m feature by 1.75 lengths and she has now won five times and earned £170 474 for connections. Her in-form rider, who had had a torrid time with a shoulder injury, was ebullient after the G3 win, saying, ““I would like to dedicate this race to Sheikh Joaan. 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.”
A tilt at the G1 Prix de la Foret could be next on the cards for the lightly raced four-year-old, who was not disgraced when competing at the highest level in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes last time out. The filly has now won two of three outings in 2017, with Al Jazi’s previous win this year coming in the Listed Prix Servanne.
She is one of stakes winners for her sire Canford Cliffs, whose other notable winners include G1 Investec Oaks third Harleqeeun and group winning 2yos Most Beautiful and Painted Cliffs. His G1 placed son Salouen holds an entry in the upcoming G1 Juddmonte International.
By the same sire as dual G1 winner Limato, Canford Cliffs won or placed in all of his 11 outings, with his five G1 wins coming in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes (where he beat triple Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova).