Commanche Falls retains Steward's Cup in nail-biting finish

Commanche Falls becomes the first horse in over 50 YEARS to win back-to-back Steward’s Cups after triumphing in nail-biting photo finish at Glorious Goodwood – as trainer Michael Dods says retaining crown ‘is what dreams are made of’

  • Commanche Falls is the first horse to retain the crown since Sky Diver in 1968
  • The five-year-old held off a late surge from Tabdeed to win by a short-head
  • Jockey Connor Beasley earned his second Steward’s Cup as a 25/1 underdog

Commanche Falls became the first horse in more than 50 years to land back-to-back Stewards’ Cups at Glorious Goodwood, prevailing in the ultra-competitive handicap in a photo-finish.

The five-year-old, trained by Michael Dods, just clung on in a pulsating final furlong in the hands of Connor Beasley to hold off Tabdeed by a short-head.

The 25-1 winner thus emulated Sky Diver, who won in 1967 and 1968, the only other horse to complete the feat since the Second World War.

Connor Beasley became the first jockey to retain the Steward’s Cup since Richard Hughes in 2000 with his win on Commanche Falls

Trainer Michael Dods said that the retaining the Steward’s Cup ‘is what dreams are made of’

Darlington-based Dods said: ‘To do that two years running is what dreams are made of. 

‘I am especially delighted for Connor, who has shown how good a jockey he is yet again.’

Victory in two Stewards’ Cups has earned Commanche Falls over £250,000 and have been the two biggest pay days in the 11-year career of Beasley.

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