Connections have indicated that Battaash could be retired after he was unable to secure a fifth successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Friday.

Charlie Hills’ stable star had been the favourite to once again triumph in the Group Two feature and he was travelling well during the early stages of the five-furlong contest, but his challenge waned during the closing exchanges and he ultimately had to make do with seventh place.

It was the Francois Rohaut-trained Suesa that was the beneficiary as Battaash faltered, as a storming finish from the highly rated filly enabled her to claim her fifth victory from six starts ahead of runner up Dragon Symbol and Glass Slippers, who came in third.

Suesa is now being tipped for a run in next month’ Nunthorpe Stakes at York (Suesa 3/1 to win), but for Battaash, who saw his start to this season delayed by a fracture he suffered over the winter, it could be the end of the road in terms of his career.

“The horse has done remarkably well to get back to the races and it took him a long time to come right after the fracture,” Angus Gold, racing manager for owners Shadwell Estate confirmed.

“I shall speak to the owner tonight, as the last thing we want to do is abuse him. After all the problems we’ve had, why would we go on now?”

Other notable winners on the penultimate day of the Festival included Baaeed, who continued the unbeaten start to his career by claiming an impressive success in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, while Maydanny emerged victorious in the Unibet Golden Mile.

The final day of the Festival will take place on Saturday between 13:20-16:45, with the feature race set to be the Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at 15:05 where the David Menuisier-trained Wonderful Tonight (8/11 fav) is expected to go well.

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