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Moviesta gives Harry first win of season at Goodwood

Updated: Friday, 02 Aug 2013 17:35 | Comments

Moviesta won the feature race at Goodwood
Moviesta won the feature race at Goodwood

Moviesta ran around a bit in front but that proved no bar to success as he landed the Betfred King George Stakes.

Stepping up to Group Two level after a string of good runs in handicap company, the 5-1 chance is part-owned by Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp and looks to have a very bright future.

Justineo and Masamah blazed an early trail down the middle of the track with Paul Mulrennan happy to sit in the pack aboard the Bryan Smart-trained winner.

As the race began to hot up a quarter of a mile out, there was a shortage of room up front as plenty of challengers emerged, with favourite Tickled Pink particularly unlucky as Moviesta began to make his move.

He kicked clear and despite not steering a totally straight course, he prevailed by a length and a half with Swiss Spirit in second and Justineo clinging on for third, a further head away.

Mulrennan said: "He's improving all the time, fair play to Bryan and all the staff, they've done a good job with him.

"He's been unlucky the last twice and he's deserved to win a couple of pots.

"He's only three this horse.

"He was like a missile the other morning when I worked him, he's very good and improving all the time so hopefuly he will be a Group One horse."

Smart said: "We've always known he's a good horse, we've taught him to settle at home. He's never settled in a race yet, even at Newmarket he still didn't settle 100%. Once he's come, his speed was amazing. He's a three-year-old, what could he be?

"This is a superstar I think.

"The Stewards' Cup was the aim, he was 6lb well-in and he'll never have that weight again, but we knew he wouldn't get in and I told the BHA I would declare for both races. This is a real superstar of a horse, I told Harry that when he was a two-year-old but he was a little bit stupid and the pegs kept falling out.

"He's in the Nunthorpe, but we'll let the horse do the talking. I don't want to wish my life away, but next year I think we'll have something on our hands."

Winning part-owner Ritchie Fiddes is now looking towards some big-race targets with the horse.

He said: "That was fantastic. He's run a great race there. We spoke before about not getting in front too soon and Paul's done a great job on him. He's followed the pace and just come with a great burst.

"We're chuffed to bits.

"Owning horses, this is the pinnacle of it, a great day like this at Glorious Goodwood and winning a Group Two with a three-year-old.

"Bigger and better things now - I think we will be going for the Nunthorpe at York next."

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