French challenger Lady Princess, ridden by Oisin Murphy, stormed to success in the Qatar International Stakes, the opening contest on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Murphy will have enjoyed his first ride of day two around the Sussex venue, as the Group 1 race for purebred Arabians is a valuable one, with £226,840 going to the winner. Held up early, Lady Princess travelled into the race supremely well, before quickening clear for an empathic success.
Murphy said of the Thomas Fourcy-trained five-year-old: “That was a brilliant performance from Lady Princess – she travelled really well and then quickened up in good style.
“She showed a brilliant turn of foot. I was really impressed and she looks to have a bright future.
“It is lovely to win this race.”
Will Douglass, representing the owner Khalifa Bin Shaeil Al Kuwari, said: “Oisin got off and told me that he enjoyed it a lot. She has a great turn of foot. She is very, very good.
“Mr Fourcy is a phenomenal Arabian trainer and this has been the plan for a long time.”
1.15pm Qatar International Stakes (Group 1 PA)
1 Lady Princess (Khalifa Bin Shaeil Al Kuwari) Thomas Fourcy FR 5-8-10 Oisin Murphy
2 Ebraz (He Sheikha Reem Mohamed K H Al Thani) Julian Smart QA 8-9-00 Tadgh O’Shea
3 Tayf (H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin K Al Thani) Thomas Fourcy FR 9-9-00 Ronan Thomas