The win seals a hat-trick after successes at Curragh and Royal Ascot, but the win wasn’t without controversy as the Roger Charlton-trained horse crossed the line of long-time leader Mukhadram in the closing stages.
However a short stewards’ inquiry left the result unaltered to the frustration of Mukhadram’s trainer William Haggas, who claimed that the incident had cost his horse a better placing.
Haggas said: “In my opinion, as the incident took place, the other horses were three lengths behind. I'm not saying the winner should be thrown out because of course he shouldn't, he was the best horse. I just feel sorry for my horse."
Charlton, who has nursed Al Kazeem back from a hairline pelvic fracture, would like to rest the five-year-old in preparation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.
“It's not my decision but I'd be reluctant to keep him going for the King George [27 July, Ascot]. He's had three races on pretty firm ground and I think he deserves a break," said Charlton.
“I would have thought the Irish Champion [7 September, Leopardstown] is better timing, and then yes it would be good to run in the Arc,” added the trainer.