Cumani on cloud nine after his long-awaited success

Luca Cumani is still on cloud nine after ending his long wait for success in the prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The Newmarket-based Bedford House Stables owner enjoyed a memorable day at Ascot on Saturday as the 66-year-old’s Postponed edged out Eagle Top by a nose in a thrilling finish to scoop the £689,026 first place windfall.

And after seeing off stiff competition from fellow Newmarket trainers John Gosden, whose pre-race favourite Golden Horn withdrew due to soft ground, and David Simcock, Cumani, who also sealed a fourth place finish with Madame Chiang, could not hide his joy after a long-awaited victory.

“I was absolutely thrilled with the victory,” he said.

“The race went to perfection and the jockey rode to perfection. What was most pleasing was the fact he was behind and managed to race back, which is always encouraging to see.

“I don’t think we expected to win because expectation is a big word, but we were certainly hopeful it would be the case.

“The whole race was really pleasing for everyone at the stables, everyone was walking on cloud nine. We threw a pretty good party afterwards, and in all honesty I think everyone will still be cloud nine.

“Winning this race is absolutely huge for the stables and keeps us in the headlines, which is always important.

“We have some of the best horses in the world with us and hopefully we can continue to enjoy repeated success.”

His wait for a repeat success may not be a long one with the perfect opportunity arising at the renowned 2015 Qatar Goodwood Festival taking place this week and ending on Saturday with the £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.40pm) taking centre stage.

Lady of Dubai will be included among a star-studded field for the Group One contest for fillies and mares which is staged over just short of 10 furlongs and has attracted 11 five-day confirmations.

His main threat will again come from Gosden, with he past three renewals of the Qatar Nassau Stakes all being won by Gosden-trained runners, and the Newmarket handler has three entries going forward this year as he aims for yet more glory.

These are headed by Group One Prix de Diane (French Oaks) scorer Star Of Seville, who could be joined by Investec Oaks fifth Jazzi Top and Bright Approach, who has not yet run in 2015.