Al Asifah Could Head to Irish Oaks After Impressive Victory at Goodwood
In a stunning display of dominance, Al Asifah secured another victory and remained unbeaten in the Listed Weatherbys/British EBF Agnes Keyser Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood on Sunday. The three-year-old filly owned by Shadwell showcased her immense talent with a scintillating run that saw her trounce six rivals by upwards of six and a half lengths.
Unbeatable Classiness of Al Asifa
The Gosden Racing partnership has always known they had a special horse in Al Asifah. The filly won impressively on debut 17 days ago under Dane O’Neill, and she showed her class again today with an emphatic victory. Trainer Thady Gosden was effusive in his praise of the young horse’s performance:
“She has always looked like a classy filly,” he said. “Everything about her suggests she is suited for 10 furlongs.”
Jockey Jim Crowley echoed these sentiments after the race, stating that “she could be even better over a mile and a half.” This bodes well for future races as it seems likely that we will see more of this exceptional talent going forward.
A Trip to Irish Oaks?
The Shadwell team are now considering sending Al Asifah to Ireland’s Curragh racecourse for the Darley Irish Oaks as the next step up in trip for this talented young horse. Angus Gold, Shadwell’s racing manager, believes that Al Asifah has the potential to go all the way:
“She could be very good. If we were able to keep her in training next year and keep her in good form, she could be a filly for all the top mile-and-a-half races next year.”
It is clear that Al Asifah has what it takes to compete at the highest level of horse racing.
Peripatetic Claims Victory
In other exciting news from Goodwood, Peripatetic secured victory in the William Hill Tapster Stakes with a well-judged ride by David Egan. Trained by Roger Varian, Peripatetic had finished fourth in her last Group Three race at Newmarket but showed great determination and skill on Sunday to claim first place.
Egan gradually increased pace from three furlongs out before seeing off Candleford and staying-on First Ruler to win by one and a half lengths.
The weekend’s events at Goodwood have shown us once again why horse racing continues to captivate audiences around the world. With talented horses like Al Asifah demonstrating their ability on such grand stages as these, it is no wonder that this sport remains so popular among fans everywhere.