Trainer Saeed bin Suroor celebrates his 500th grade or group victory with Mawj’s front-running win
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s filly, Mawj, emerged victorious in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. The Godolphin-owned and bred horse secured a half-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile turf race, marking bin Suroor’s 500th grade or group victory. Mawj’s impressive performance has now set her sights on the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, where she will have the option to compete in the Mile against males or the Filly and Mare Turf over 1 1/4 miles.
Mawj’s Dominant Performance Secures Grade 1 Victory
Mawj held off a late challenge from Lindy to claim her second consecutive Grade/Group 1 victory. After her triumph in the English One Thousand Guineas in May, Mawj showcased her exceptional talent once again, running too well to be defeated. Trainer Brendan Walsh praised Lindy’s effort and mentioned that he would discuss future plans for the filly with her owners.
Mission of Joy Falls Short in Bid for Second Place
Mission of Joy made a valiant effort to catch Mawj in the stretch but was ultimately passed late in the race, finishing third. Trainer Graham Motion’s assistant, Alice Clapham, expressed satisfaction with Mission of Joy’s performance, highlighting that she would return to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. Clapham also noted that the filly’s Grade 1 placement was a significant achievement.
Elusive Princess Settles for Fourth Place
Elusive Princess, the second favorite in the field of nine, finished fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Trainer Arnaud Delacour revealed that the horse would be returning to Fair Hill on Monday, with plans for her future races yet to be determined.
Mawj’s impressive victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland not only secured trainer Saeed bin Suroor his 500th grade or group victory but also showcased the filly’s exceptional talent. With her sights set on the Breeders’ Cup, Mawj has the opportunity to further solidify her status as one of the top turf horses. Meanwhile, Lindy, Mission of Joy, and Elusive Princess all displayed commendable performances, setting the stage for exciting future races. As the racing world eagerly awaits the Breeders’ Cup, the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup has provided fans with a thrilling preview of the talent and competition that lies ahead.