Commanche Falls thrills at Goodwood to clinch second straight Stewards’ Cup

By: Greg Wood at Goodwood Sunday 31 July 2022
  • Connor Beasley’s double triumph the first since 1968
  • Sea La Rosa edges Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes in close finish

Connor Beasley is unlikely to end up with any Classics or Group One races on his CV but he earned at least a footnote in racing’s history books on Saturday as he steered Commanche Falls, a 25-1 chance, to a second successive victory in the Stewards’ Cup.

Commanche Falls was a much-fancied 10-1 chance for this ultra-competitive sprint handicap last season and was just 2lb higher in the weights for this year’s renewal. The punters, though, preferred to look elsewhere, with some of them perhaps deterred by the fact that no horse had won back-to-back runnings of the Stewards’ Cup since Sky Diver 54 years ago.

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