Melodic Motion doubles up in Goodwood handicap

After Mother of Dragons and Fierce Impact had both finished runner-up earlier on the card, Melodic Motion gave Qatar Racing a winner at Goodwood on Friday when winning the fillies’ handicap.

It was a second success from as many starts in such races for the Ralph Beckett-trained Melodic Motion, who’d scored at Pontefract on her return, and while her margin of victory was only a neck here, she appeared to win with something up her sleeve.

After tracking the steady pace, Melodic Motion was one of half a dozen horses challenging for the lead two furlongs out and she responded to Oisin Murphy’s urging to get up late on, proving herself over a mile and a half in the process.

She shouldn’t go up much in the handicap – she was rated 82 here – for this win and remains with potential in similar races, while she’ll hopefully keep progressing to the point where she can try and gain some valuable black type in stakes company.

Mother of Dragons was beaten at odds-on in the opening five-furlong novice auction races for 2-year-olds, but not by far and can win races, while it was pleasing to see Fierce Impact fare better than on his return in the Sandown Classic Trial when a staying-on second in the Listed EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes. He looks to be crying out for 12 furlongs.

Qatar Racing are set to be represented by by two stakes runners on Saturday as last-time-out winner Shelbysmile goes in the Gr. 2 Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile on turf at Woodbine in Canada and Blue de Vega drops to six furlongs for the first time in the Gr. 3 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland.