THE luckless Summerghand finally had his day in the sun when winning the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
David O’Meara’s speedster has had a series of near-misses in big handicaps, most recently when beaten a nose in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot.
But he flew home late to defy top-weight and land the £75,000 feature on the final day of the Glorious meeting.
The 27-runner field split into three groups in the early stages, with Danny Tudhope sitting chilly out the back on the eventual winner.
Well-punted pair Meraas (11-2), who led on the far side, and Nahaarr (3-1f) were sending out distress signals with well over a furlong to run as Kimifive (11-1) swept into the lead.
Tudhope needed a clean run from out the back to stand any chance, and he gaps appeared in time as Summerghand weaved his way through to lead in the shadows of the post at 22-1.
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O’Meara said: “I didn’t think he could win off top-weight. We got beat a nose in the Wokingham when we felt we could have won.
“Since then I ran him in a little race at Pontefract. I spoke to Bruce Raymond (owner’s racing manager) and asked him if he thought I was compromising my chances of winning a big one by going for a small race and incurring a handicap rise, but he told me to kick on and give the horse a bit of confidence and he was right.
“He’s class and he’s hit the woodwork in so many big races. He deserved to win one and the owners have been huge supporters of mine for some years now, so I’m delighted the horse has repaid them. They are incredibly excited about him.
“I put cheekpieces on him just to try and eke a bit more out. It’s not that the horse is ungenuine, but it’s a sharp six and I just wanted him to travel a bit better.
“I’d love to try to win the Ayr Gold Cup with him if I didn’t think he was too badly handicapped. I won it before with Louis The Pious (in 2014) and I’d love to win it with him.”
Tudhope added: “It’s nice for him to get his head in front. He won a small-field race at Pontefract a few runs ago. He was entitled to win that so it was good to come here and win a big handicap.
“He’s always looked like he could win a nice handicap like this. He’s a bit tricky so it’s great he could come and do it today.
“He was unlucky at Royal Ascot and it just shows you how good he is to come back here with the race finally going his way.
“I wasn’t sure I’d won when I looked across the line, but it was a great performance.”