Dream comes true for Cox

Es Que Love, second right, wins the Lennox Stakes
Es Que Love, second right, wins the Lennox Stakes
Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

Honeyball hat-trick lights up Fontwell

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Clive Cox revealed his delight after realising a Glorious Goodwood dream.

The Lambourn trainer saddled Es Que Love to victory in the feature race on day one of the festival – the Lennox Stakes.

And as the five-year-old son of Clodovil got up by a neck to beat odds-on favourite Toormore at 7/1, he fulfilled one of Cox’s long-time ambitions.

‘I’m delighted to win this because we’ve missed out a couple of times before with Dunelight,’ said the handler.

‘It’s a race I’ve always wanted to win so it’s nice to get it in the bag.

‘I am so pleased. Adam (Kirby, jockey) did a super job.

‘I am just grateful to have a horse of this calibre in the yard.

‘That’s how he works at home and we just wanted to bring it here.’

Day one got off to a flying start when Sennockian Star won the bet365.com Stakes at 14/1.

The Group 3 Molecombe Stakes went to Cotai Glory at 3/1 and Van Percy won the bet365 Summer Stakes at 8/1.

Misleading was the 3/1 winner of the bet365 Maiden Stakes and Extremity justified 3/1-favouritism in the bet365 Stakes.

The final race – the Casino at bet365 Stakes went to Inxile at 20/1.

The Group 1 Sussex Stakes is the feature contest at Glorious Goodwood tomorrow.

Stellar milers Kingman and Toronado – the reigning champion – will slug it out to be crowned the best in Europe.