Talking Horses: Battaash may bow out after losing King George to SuesaSaturday 31 July 2021
Retirement moved closer for multiple Goodwood winner after loss to Suesa while Commanche Falls appeals for Stewards’ Cup
Suesa stamped herself as a new force in the sprinting division here on Friday with a three-length defeat of Dragon Symbol in the Group Two King George Stakes, but as Francois Rohaut’s filly moved centre stage, one of the fastest horses of recent years may have taken his final bow. Battaash, the winner of the race for the last four years, faded into seventh after travelling strongly to the furlong pole, and could now retire to his late owner Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud near Newmarket.
A final decision is unlikely for a day or two yet, and will be taken by Sheikha Hissa Hamdan al-Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan’s daughter, who has taken charge of his racing interests following his death in March. If Battaash has run his final race, however, the memory of the astonishing speed which secured four Group One wins and six more in Group Twos will endure.