THE money was spot on as hot favourite Khaadem recorded an impressive win in the Stewards’ Cup.
Charlie Hills’ sprinter had been as big as 10-1 in the week but went off the 4-1 favourite after punters piled in.
The Group-race performer made an absolute mockery of his handicap mark as he beat a smart field of sprinters.
Always travelling well and in a good position, jockey Jim Crowley never had any worries throughout the race.
Yesterday’s runner Ornate shot out of the gates and quickly established a huge lead over the field.
However, he could not keep up the gallop and once the pack began to close all eyes were on the favourite on the far rail with Crowley yet to move an inch.
As push came to shove, Khaadem was given an inch of rain and he scooted clear to put the race to bed quickly.
Amanda Perrett’s Open Wide flew home for second with Raucous running well in third.
But in reality there was only ever one horse in the race.
Winning jockey Crowley said: “Fair play to charlie for running him in the race, off his last run he’s a Group horse in a handicap.
Full result of the Stewards’ Cup
- 1st Khaadem 4-1f
- 2nd Open Wide 14-1
- 3rd Raucous 28-1
- 4th Summerghand 12-1
- 5th Justanotherbottle 7-1
- 6th Gulliver 33-1
- 7th Lake Volta 15-2
- 8th Stone Of Destiny 33-1
- 9th Growl 16-1
- 10th Kimifive 25-1
- 11th Embour 40-1
- 12th El Hombre 50-1
- 13th Arecibo 12-1
- 14th Cosmic Law 25-1
- 15th Gunmetal 14-1
- 16th Soldier’s Minute 50-1
- 17th Buridan 40-1
- 18th Ornate 33-1
- 19th Spanish City 16-1
- 20th Sir Maxmillian 66-1
- 21st George Bowen 33-1
- 22nd Air Raid 18-1
- 23rd Vanbrugh 25-1
- 24th Hyperfocus 66-1
- 25th True Mason 40-1
- 26th Baron Bolt 25-1
- 27th Flavius Titus 9-1
“Mentally he’s improving all the time and it’s a great performance.
“I got squeezed for a gap by the two pole a little bit but we always had a dream run and it worked out perfect.”
A beaming Hills added: “I so enjoyed that.Everything went perfect really. He’s growing up with every race he has and we’ll have to look at a Group race next.
“He’s a class horse. I think we have to go to the top table with him now, we’ll have to look at Haydock (Sprint Cup) next. He’s a very good horse this fella and he’s only going to get better and better.”