It’s Scorching at Goodwood!

Scorching Heat (centre, red silks) wins the Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap

Andrew Balding's glorious week continued when the Sussex Stakes-winning trainer struck with Scorching Heat in the Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap.

Oisin Murphy, who picked up a ban earlier in the week, showed his confidence was not dented as he rode a cool race on the 9-2 favourite in the consolation race for the Stewards' Cup.

Scorching Heat picked up pace-setting The Wagon Wheel when he liked and shot clear to score from Tommy G (14-1), who stayed on to get with three-quarters of a length of the cosy winner at the line.

There was another length back to Son Of Africa in third, with Royal Brave a head away in fourth.

Balding said: "He is a great horse. He is tough and loves this ground.

"He would have a chance in an Ayr Gold Cup, but he won't get in that this year but he might get in the Silver Cup now.

"I was delighted he got in the race, as I didn't for a second think he would get in it.

"He needs a strongly-run race and amazingly he has not been able to get cover before today, apart from when he won. He needs things to fall right in front of him.

"It is difficult conditions today and hard to make up ground. If they are there with a chance a furlong out it will take a good one to get past them."

Soldier In Action battled on bravely to get up in the shadow of the post to claim the Qatar Summer Handicap.

The top-weight came with a rattling run in the centre of the course under Silvestre de Sousa to give trainer Mark Johnston another winner at his happy hunting ground.

Soldier In Action (11-1) snatched victory from Blakeney Point and Getback To Paris by a head and a short head, in a thrilling finish to the mile-and-three-quarter test.

Johnston said: "I thought a furlong and a half out he had come to win, then I definitely thought he wasn't going to win it as the others picked up again in front.

"It is just fantastic when you get a finish like that over a mile and three quarters.

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"He will probably go to the Ebor. We don't think his best form is on firm ground, we thought the ground was a plus today.

"He took a while to recover from going over hurdles (with Nicky Henderson). He lost an awful lot of weight and it took a while to get him back on form. He is having a great season now."

Owner Alan Spence said: "I thought he was going to win quite easily a furlong and a half out, then just when he got there the others did a quick burst. I didn't think he had won by a head, I thought it was shorter.

"He is better with a bit of cut in the ground and now we just want a bit of soft ground at York for the Ebor, as that is the logical race."

Dee Ex Bee made a winning debut to give trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Silvestre de Sousa a double on the day in the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes after the earlier success of Soldier In Action.

The son of Farhh enjoyed a nice lead early on and had enough in hand to see off fellow 5-2 joint-favourite Bathsheba Bay by two and a quarter lengths.

The first two pulled four and half lengths clear of Capital Flight in third.

Johnston said: "He's a very good-looking horse and he's been working very well at home. He was a little bit green as you'd expect first time out.

"Silvestre asked me beforehand if he needed a lead and I said: "What does he need a lead for?

"We don't tend to bring them down here first time out unless they are going well at home, so it's great to have two winners from three first-time-out runners."

Johnston will consider the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster next month for Dee Ex Bee, although he acknowledges it would be asking a lot.

"The Champagne Stakes is a possibility, but I would not also rule out going further," said the Middleham traaner.

"It is a big step up from the maiden to the Champagne."

Silvestre de Sousa completed a 188-1 treble when driving home Battered to grab victory on the line in the Qatar Handicap.

Hayley Turner made the running on Sir Titan and looked set to score, but De Sousa would not be denied on the William Haggas-trained gelding, who got up to grab the verdict by a head.

De Sousa said: "It's been a good day's work. I've been lucky to have three good rides today.

"First-time blinkers worked well. He is a bit tricky. He was wondering around, but he got the work done and put the effort in."

Storm King (25-1) overcame a wide berth from stall 16 to bring the curtain down on the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival with victory in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Handicap.

Edward Greatrex took David Griffiths' eight-year-old to the front after Interconnection had made the early running.

Storm King proved a game conveyance as he kept on strongly to hold the 5-2 Born To Be Alive by half a length. Boots And Spurs was two and three-quarter lengths away in third, with Interconnection fourth.

Griffiths said: "He jumps (from the stalls) well, but to get him across from stall 16 was a good effort.

"Ideally, we wanted to take a lead which we did and when they came to him he's found plenty.."

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