Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016 – all the news on fourth day

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

GOING REMAINS GOOD TO FIRM FOR FOURTH DAY

 

 

 

The going for the fourth day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Friday, July 29, remains:

 

 

 

Good to Firm (all over)

 

 

 

It was dry overnight. There was one millimetre of rain yesterday.

 

 

 

The outer loop was watered overnight.

 

 

 

There is fresh ground on the lower bend today.

 

 

 

Stalls:

 

Straight Course: Stands’ side.

 

Round Course: Inside, except 1m3f and 1m 4f races which are outside.

 

 

 

The top bend continues to be dolled out three yards, increasing race distances by eight yards, but will revert to its original line after racing today so as to provide fresh ground on the inner for the G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes tomorrow.

 

 

 

NON-RUNNERS TODAY

 

 

 

2.00pm Betfred Glorious Stakes

 

7              SCOTTISH (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Pulled Muscle)

 

 

 

3.10pm Betfred Mile Heritage Handicap

 

1              HERE COMES WHEN (IRE) (Going)

 

16           LAT HAWILL (IRE) (Self Certificate, Off Colour)

 

 17          KEYSTROKE (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

 

 

 

4.20pm Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap

 

9              ZAMJAR (Self Certificate, Temperature)

 

 

 

4.55pm L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes

 

10           BUYING TROUBLE (USA) (Self Certificate, Coughing)

 

 

 

5.30pm Betfred Mobile Handicap

 

14           DIAMOND GEYSER (IRE) (Other)

 

 

 

 


 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

 

 

SEAMUS BUCKLEY TALKS GROUND

 

 

 

Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, is expecting dry weather for today and tomorrow, which is the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

The going description remains Good to Firm on both the Straight Course and the Round Course.

 

 

 

Buckley said at 10am: “It was dry overnight except for a small bit of drizzle early this morning. The going remains Good to Firm, though conditions have eased slightly.

 

 

 

“The GoingStick reading today is 8.2 following the millimetre of rain yesterday and the bit of watering overnight as against 8.4 on Thursday (8.1 on the first two days).

 

 

 

“We watered about two furlongs of the outer loop last night, where the horse slipped yesterday. I am not expecting rain from now on and we will review after racing today whether to water again.

 

 

 

“There is fresh ground on the inner around the lower bend – from the six-furlong pole to the entrance of the straight.

 

 

 

“The dolled-out rail on the top bend will be taken down after racing today to provide fresh ground on the inner tomorrow for the Qatar Nassau Stakes.”

 

 

 

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                                         FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

MINDING STAR ATTRACTION AT GOODWOOD TOMORROW

 

 

 

Aidan O’Brien’s star filly Minding, the world’s joint-best three-year-old filly, is the star attraction and warm favourite for Saturday’s Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.10pm), the richest race in Europe confined to fillies and mares and the showpiece event on the final day of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

Minding was a dual Group One winner as a two-year-old and was named the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year in 2015. She has continued to scale the heights this season as she attempts to become the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly.

 

 

 

The well-bred daughter of Galileo was an impressive three and a half-length winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, her first start this year, before finishing an unlucky head second to Jet Setting in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh later that month after hitting her head in the stalls.

 

 

 

However, O’Brien’s charge returned to her scintillating best in the Group One Investec Oaks at Epsom in June, registering a comfortable length and three-quarter victory under Ryan Moore, despite meeting trouble in running, to become the first horse since Kazzia (2002) to complete the Guineas-Oaks double.

 

 

 

Minding was a facile four and a half-length winner in the Group One Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes, when taking on older opponents for the first time, at the Curragh last time out, providing the filly with her fifth Group One success.

 

 

 

In total, the Ballydoyle filly has earned £1,182,326 in prize money during her career so far. Victory in tomorrow’s £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes, worth £340,260 to the winner, would also strengthen Aidan O’Brien’s chances of becoming British Champion Trainer for a fifth time following his Championships in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008.

 

 

 

Minding, if successful, would become the Ballydoyle handler’s third winner of the one mile, one furlong and 192 yards contest following the successes of Peeping Fawn in 2007 and Halfway To Heaven in 2008.

 

 

 

Since the turn of the century, four trainers have won the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes and Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes in the same year. They are: Ed Dunlop (Court Masterpiece and Ouija Board, 2006); Aidan O’Brien (Henrythenavigator and Halfway To Heaven, 2008); Sir Henry Cecil (Frankel and Midday, 2011) and John Gosden (Kingman and Sultanina, 2014).

 

 

 

Victory for Minding on Saturday would see O’Brien again achieve the big-race double at the Qatar Goodwood Festival following The Gurkha’s neck success in the Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Ryan Moore would become the fourth jockey since the turn of the century to achieve the Sussex-Nassau double following Tom Queally (Frankel and Midday, 2011), Johnny Murtagh (Henrythenavigator and Halfway To Heaven, 2008) and Frankie Dettori (Noverre and Lailani, 2001).

 

 

 

Minding (IRE) Factfile – Favourite for tomorrow’s G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes

 

 

 

Born: February 10, 2013

 

Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt

 

Breeding: b f Galileo – Lillie Langtry (Danehill Dancer)

 

Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

 

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

 

Jockey: Ryan Moore

 

Form: 21211-1211

 

 

 

*Became the first filly since Kazzia in 2002 to complete the QIPCO 1000 Guineas-Investec Oaks double.

 

*Subsequently defeated her elders when successful in the G1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh on June 26.

 

*Only reversal this season came when going down by a head to Jet Setting in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 22, the pair clear. Minding banged her head leaving the stalls and looked unlucky not to win.

 

*Crowned European champion two-year-old filly at the Cartier Racing Awards last season following victories in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh & G1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

 

*Currently rated 120 in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings – the joint top-rated three-year-old filly in the world.

 

Race record: Starts: 9; Wins: 6; 2nd: 3; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,182,326       

 

 

 

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

 

Derrick Smith – Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £570 million in 2016 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Built the largest house on Barbados, at a cost of £30 million. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) and Investec Oaks heroines Minding (2016), who has also won the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and G1 Pretty Polly Stakes this season, and Was (2012). Others to sport his silks include 2016 Irish 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Suusex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Highland Reel, 2011 Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled two Investec Oaks winners as well as six Investec Derby victors). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £783 million according to 2016 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £625 million in 2016 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. 

 

Previous Qatar Nassau Stakes wins: 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2015 Legatissimo

 

 

 

Aidan O’Brien IRE

 

Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus, Ishvana and Qualify. Phenomenally successfully trainer with a passion for detail. Gained his fifth Qatar Sussex Stakes victory earlier this week with The Gurkha. Has won the Investec Derby five times in all. Has won the Investec Oaks six times (latest Minding this year) and the Investec Coronation Cup a record seven times. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph is now training at Piltown. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.

 

Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 18 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2015. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. First trainer to have three consecutive winners in the Investec Derby with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012).

 

British Classic wins (25): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World & 2014 Australia), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 34 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia). His 48 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009). Other Major Wins include: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Rip Van Winkle, 2016 The Gurkha)

 

Previous Qatar Nassau Stakes wins: 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven

 

 

 

Ryan Moore

 

Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey who has just had his best season, while his sister Hayley has also ridden winners as an amateur and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career and is a jump jockey. Moore’s career began over hurdles, when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000, but he soon concentrated on the Flat. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November, 2007 and became first jockey for Coolmore-owned runners at start of 2015 season. He is the second most successful current jockey (up to and including the third day of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016) at Goodwood with 117 successes, 31 of which have been at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. He is in demand worldwide. Accolades: British champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times – 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). Gained first Longines World Best Jockey Award in December, 2015. British Classic Wins (8): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy, 2016 Minding), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen, 2015 Legatissimo, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles). Other Major Wins Include: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver, 2015 Hit A Bomb), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2013 Dank), Hong Kong Cup (2010 Snow Fairy), Hong Kong Vase (2015 Highland Reel), Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), Coral-Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit, 2016 Highland Reel), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce), Dubai Sheema Classic (2014 Gentildonna), Dubai Turf (2016 Real Steel), Prix du Jockey-Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Irish Champion Stakes (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), Melbourne Cup (2014 Protectionist), Canadian International (2013 Joshua Tree, 2014 Hillstar, 2015 Cannock Chase), Yorkshire Oaks (2014 Tapestry), Prix Marcel Boussac (2014 Found, 2015 Ballydoyle), Beverly D Stakes (2013 Dank, 2014 Euro Charline), Secretariat Stakes (2014 Adelaide), Falmouth Stakes (2014 Integral), Sun Chariot Stakes (2014 Integral), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles), Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven, 2015 Air Force Blue), Mile Championship (2015 Maurice), French 2000 Guineas (2016 The Gurkha) Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power, 2016 Caravaggio), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate, 2016 Order Of St George), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar), St James’s Palace Stakes (2015 Gleneagles), Ribblesdale Stakes (2016 Even Song), Pretty Polly Stakes (2016 Minding), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2016 The Gurkha)

 

No previous Qatar Nassau Stakes wins


 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

DETTORI FIVE AWAY FROM 3,000TH BRITISH WINNER

 

 

 

Frankie Dettori is five winners short of his 3,000th British winner after the three-time British Champion Jockey registered his first success of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival aboard the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas in the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes (2.35pm), the second race on day three of the meeting.

 

 

 

Mehmas’ neck success in the six-furlong contest provided Dettori with his 65th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner and his 192nd success at the track. He is the most successful current jockey at Goodwood and at the Festival.

 

 

 

The Italian also finished a length and three-quarter second on the Ralph Beckett-trained Amabilis in the Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallions Studs Fillies’ Maiden (4.20pm).

 

 

 

Dettori has four rides at the Sussex venue today, including the Roger Charlton-trained Ayrad, a length winner of a Listed contest at Sandown earlier this month, in the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes (2.00pm), a race the jockey won last year aboard Dubday, trained in Qatar by Jassim Al Ghazali.

 

 

 

Dettori also partners They Seek Him Here for Hugo Palmer in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.35pm). The three-year-old will have to defy a 342-day absence to take the mile contest and provide Dettori with his sixth victory in the race following the successes of Tamayaz (1995), Cape Cross (1997), Slip Stream (1999), Neebras (2011) and Archbishop (2012).

 

 

 

Dettori’s four rides today are:

 

Ayrad (Betfred Glorious Stakes, 2.00pm)

 

They Seek Him Here (Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, 2.35pm)

 

Monks Stand (Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap, 4.20pm)

 

Al Neksh (Betfred Mobile Handicap, 5.30pm)

 

 

 

Dettori’s five rides on Saturday are:

 

Shraaoh (Qatar Handicap, 2.35pm)

 

SwissRange (QatarNassau Stakes, 3.10pm)

 

Spring Loaded (Qatar Stewards’ Cup, 3.45pm)

 

Ghayyar (Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden, 4.20pm)

 

Bobby Wheeler (Qatar Handicap, 4.55pm)

 

 

 

Dettori’s five mounts yesterday finished:

 

High Shields (Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, 2.00pm) – Ninth

 

Mehmas (QatarRichmond Stakes, 2.35pm) – First

 

Sandro Botticelli (Qatar Goodwood Cup, 3.10pm) – Eleventh

 

Mill Springs (Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes, 3.45pm) – Fourth

 

Amabilis (Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden, 4.20pm) – Second

 

 

 

Dettori’s six mounts on Thursday finished:

 

Platitude (BeringIce Gordon Stakes, 2.35pm) – Eighth

 

Galileo Gold (QatarSussex Stakes, 3.10pm) – Second

 

Global Applause (Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes, 3.45pm) – Third

 

The Lacemaker (Markel Insurance Fillies’ Maiden, 4.20pm) – Ninth

 

Shaan (EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap, 4.55pm) – Fourth

 

Afjaan (NatWest Handicap, 5.25pm) – Sixth

 

 

 

Dettori’s five rides on Tuesday finished:

 

Tupi (QatarLennox Stakes, 3.10pm) – Sixth

 

Gold Prince (Better Odds with Matchbook Summer Handicap, 3.45pm) – Fifth

 

Thesme (Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap, 4.20pm) – Second

 

Mazyoun (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Stallions Maiden, 4.55pm) – Sixth

 

Shwaimsa (Smarter Bets with Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies’ Handicap, 5.30pm) – Tenth


 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT ORANGE

 

 

 

Big Orange’s second successive victory in the Qatar Goodwood Cup understandably dominates the racing pages of the national newspapers this morning, with The Daily Telegraph’s Tom Peacock mooting that ‘great stayers are the only Flat horses capable of rivalling jumpers in terms of enduring popularity’. Michael Bell’s famous five-year-old is already one of the darlings of this season in the northern hemisphere, thanks to victories in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket as well as yesterday’s staying showpiece, but he could endear himself down under if allowed to participate in the Melbourne Cup again, in which he finished fifth last year. Bell will wait until the publication of the weights before making a decision and Peacock muses that ‘this latest triumph gives Bell plenty to chew over’.

 

 

 

The Guardian’s Greg Wood believes that Big Orange ‘deserved particular credit’ for his latest success as ‘he did so from the front’, while Mark Souster, writing in The Times, opined that ‘everyone loves a wholehearted heavyweight slugger’ and ‘Big Orange proved he can roll with the punches and land a knockout blow’ after yesterday’s performance.

 

 

 

Marcus Townend, the Daily Mail’s racing correspondent, believes that Big Orange produced ‘the performance of the meeting’ while the Press Association’s Graham Clark, writing in the i, noted that Big Orange became ‘the first horse since Double Trigger, in 1997 and 1998, to win the race in successive seasons’. David Yates’ report in the Daily Mirror has the headline ‘Clockwork Orange’, while Chris Goulding, the Daily Star scribe, notes that Big Orange ‘peeled off a second success’ in yesterday’s Group Two event.  The Sun is once again the only paper to produce a midweek pullout for the Qatar Goodwood Festival and their popular Favourite supplement is adorned with the headline ‘Mas Hysteria’ after Frankie Dettori rode his first winner of the Qatar Goodwood Festival aboard Mehmas, the impressive winner of the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes.

 

 

 

Looking ahead to this afternoon’s action on the Sussex Downs, The Sun’s headline tipster, Steve Jones (Templegate), thinks that Muthmir can follow up on last year’s victory in the Qatar King George Stakes (3.45pm) but there is a big difference of opinion between all the major tipsters as to who will come out on top in the big Goodwood sprint. Chris Cook, writing The Guardian’s tipping piece, thinks Goldream is an appealing bet to land the race for trainer Robert Cowell, while The Times’ peerless Rob Wright thinks that Easton Angel is a rapidly improving filly and can scoot to victory for Al Shaqab Racing and Ritchie Fiddes. David Yates, writing as Newsboy in the Daily Mirror, thinks that 2014 winner Take Cover can regain his King George crown but Marcus Armytage, tipping in The Daily Telegraph, decides to concentrate on the other big betting race of the day, the Betfred Mile (3.10pm), and thinks that the red-hot favourite Franklin D ticks all the boxes for the £150,000 handicap. The Racing Post’s Mark Storey, setting the scene for the day, comes to the same conclusion as Armytage and states that ‘it’s hard to find a flaw in hotpot Franklin’, noting that ‘Ryan Moore has a 33 per cent strike-rate when riding for trainer Michael Bell’.

 

 

 

The Qatar Goodwood Festival also spills over into the main news pages of various papers today. The Times carries a picture of Baroness (Dido) Harding of Winscombe, chief executive of TalkTalk, who rode Armelle into second place in yesterday’s charity race, the Magnolia Cup, while the acid tongue of ‘the dastardly Mr Deedes’ of the Daily Mail’s City & Finance column states that ‘after her pay trebled to £2.8m, TalkTalk shareholders certainly haven’t been shy in giving petite Dido’s breeches a good thrashing lately’. He concludes that she finished second because ‘she didn’t crack the whip hard enough’. Strictly Come Dancing’s Darcy Bussell took time out from holding paddles up with random numbers on them to make the presentation for the Magnolia Cup and she is pictured on the front page of The Daily Telegraph with the Earl Of March, the owner of Goodwood estate. The Guardian carries a picture of female racegoers huddling under an umbrella during one of the showers at Goodwood yesterday.

 

 

 

The last word goes to The Sun though, which has an exclusive on how Britain’s top pigeon fancier cheated his way to victory in last weekend’s ‘Grand National’ for the birds. ‘Coo Dunnit’ screams the headline.

 

 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

BETTING NEWS FROM BETFRED

 

 

 

Franklin D has been the best-backed horse of the day by a country mile, according to the sponsors of the Betfred Mile (3.10pm).

 

 

 

The Michael Bell-trained four-year-old was a top-price 4/1 with the Warrington-based firm this morning but those odds have since evaporated and the Bill Gredley-owned colt is now a 2/1 shot for the competitive £150,000 event.

 

 

 

Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “To say business has been brisk would be an understatement. We offered our customers some outrageous value in our big race – the Betfred Mile – and Franklin D has been absolutely knocked over.  We were bombarded with bets at 4/1 this morning and the weight of support saw his price halve within 30 minutes.  The liabilities are already well into six-figures and we’ll have dodged a gigantic bullet if we get him beat.  There’s a smattering of each-way support around for Azraff and you can frankly forget the rest.”

 

 

 

Kings Fete has been popular for the Betfred Glorious Stakes (2.00pm) and the sponsors have trimmed Sir Michael Stoute’s five-year-old to 11/4 (from 3/1), while Thikriyaat has been cut to 5/2 (from 11/4) in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.35pm).

 

 

 

Betfred’s each-way offer (1/4 odds 1-2-3-4) in the Qatar King George Stakes (3.45pm) has proven to be popular and Marsha has been cut to 5/1 (from 11/2).

 

 

 

“Away from the Mile, punters are backing Sir Michael Stoute to get off to a flyer with Kings Fete and Thikriyaat both very popular,” added Griffiths.

 

 

 

“Marsha is a well fancied favourite for the Qatar King George Stakes but we’re laying a nice spread of horses thanks to our generous four place offering.”

 

 

 

Qatar Goodwood Festival: Fourth Day – Betfred Market Moves

 

 

 

2:00pm – The Betfred Glorious Stakes: 11/4 (from 3/1) – Kings Fete

 

 

 

2:35pm – The Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes: 5/2 (from 11/4) – Thikriyaat; 7/1 (from 9/1) – Promising Run

 

 

 

3:10pm – The Betfred Mile: 2/1 (from 4/1) – Franklin D; 9/1 (from 11/1) – Azraff

 

 

 

3:45pm – The Qatar King George Stakes: 5/1 (from 11/2) – Marsha

 

 

4:20pm – The Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery: 3/1 (from 6/1) – Top Score; 10/1 (from 14/1) – Mailshot

 

 

 

4:55pm – The L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes: 11/8 (from 7/4) – Always Smile; 7/1 (from 8/1) – Mise En Rose; 7/1 (from 8/1) – Namroodah

 

 

 

5:30pm – The Betfred Mobile Handicap: 5/2 (from 4/1) – Poet’s Word; 12/1 (from 16/1) – Isharah

 

 


 

 

£200,000 PRIZE FOR SCOOP6 GLORY

 

 

 

 

 

There could be £200,000 up for grabs on this weekend’s totescoop6 after last Saturday’s rollover left £84,168 in the win fund, while the bonus fund starts again from £16,135 after it was shared by three ticketholders at Ascot.

 

 

 

Four of the six legs tomorrow come from the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, with the remaining two races at Newmarket. Five legs will be shown live on Channel 4 with the highlight being a typically ultra-competitive renewal of the Qatar Stewards’ Cup (3.45pm), which forms leg five of the bet.

 

 

 

Betfred boss Fred Done is also putting up a £150,000 bonus to be paid if there is a single Scoop6 winner from one of the following qualifying channels – Betfred shops, online and mobile, totesport.com or mobile and also at the racecourse with totepool.

 

 

 

totepool spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “A Scoop6 win would be a glorious feat for one lucky player with the rewards potentially soaring to £200,000.”

 

 

 

Saturday’s totejackpot comprises the opening six races at Goodwood and the Qatar Handicap (2:35pm Goodwood) has been selected as the totetrifecta rollover race.

 

 

 

totescoop6 races – 30/07/2016

 

 

 

Leg 1: 2:00 Goodwood – The Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap

 

Leg 2: 2:15 Newmarket

 

Leg 3: 2:35 Goodwood – The Qatar Handicap

 

Leg 4: 2:50 Newmarket

 

Leg 5: 3:45 Goodwood – The Qatar Stewards’ Cup

 

Leg 6: 4:55 Goodwood – The Qatar Handicap

 

 

 

totescoop6 rollovers – 30/07/2016

 

 

 

Win: £84,168

 

Bonus: £16,135

 

 

 

totejackpot – 30/07/2016

 

 

 

Leg 1: 2:00 Goodwood

 

Leg 2: 2:35 Goodwood

 

Leg 3: 3:10 Goodwood

 

Leg 4: 3:45 Goodwood

 

Leg 5: 4:20 Goodwood

 

Leg 6: 4:55 Goodwood

 

 

 

totetrifecta rollover race – 30/07/2016

 

 

 

2:35 Goodwood

 

 

 

DOYLE STILL ODDS-ON TO BE TOP JOCKEY

 

 

 

The race to be crowned the Racing UK Top Jockey at the Qatar Goodwood Festival looks all set to go right down to the wire as James Doyle is currently narrowly ahead of Ryan Moore, having ridden four winners to Moore’s three.

 

 

 

Doyle’s winners have come courtesy of Best Solution, who won the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Stallions Maiden on the opening day of the meeting, and a sparkling 2,024/1 treble on the second day, when Yalta (Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes), Sagaciously (EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Cliquot Fillies’ Handicap) and Shady McCoy (NatWest Handicap) all won their respective races.

 

 

 

This left Moore trailing by two heading into the third day, after successes on War Decree in the Qatar Vintage Stakes on Tuesday and The Gurkha in the Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, but a victory on board the impressive Rhododendron in the Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallions Studs Fillies’ Maiden saw him close the gap to just one.

 

 

 

Betfred make Doyle the 4/7 favourite to land the Racing UK Top Jockey title with Moore next in the market at 5/4. Doyle’s short price can be largely attributed to the fact that he has ridden three seconds and three thirds, whereas Moore only has four third-placed efforts to his name.

 

 

 

“James Doyle has set a scorching pace so far with four winners, but Ryan Moore is looming large in his rear-view mirror with three in the bag,” said Betfred’s Andrew Griffiths.

 

 

 

“It’s a straight match between the pair at the prices and it should be a titanic battle over the final two days of the festival.”

 

 

 

The trio of Frankie Dettori (one winner), Adam Kirby (two winners) and James McDonald (two winners) are all next in the market at 50/1, while Andrea Atzeni and Silvestre de Sousa, both of whom have a winner apiece, are both 66/1 shots.

 

 

 

 

 

Racing UK Top Jockey – Betfred bet: 4/7 James Doyle, 5/4 Ryan Moore, 50/1 Frankie Dettori, 50/1 Adam Kirby, 50/1 James McDonald, 66/1 Andrea Atzeni, 66/1 Silvestre de Sousa.

 

 

 

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UPDATED NON-RUNNERS AT 1.30pm

 

 

 

2.00pm Betfred Glorious Stakes

 

7              SCOTTISH (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Pulled Muscle)

 

 

 

2.35pm Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes

 

6              THEY SEEK HIM HERE (IRE) (Going)

 

 

 

3.10pm Betfred Mile Heritage Handicap

 

1              HERE COMES WHEN (IRE) (Going)

 

16           LAT HAWILL (IRE) (Self Certificate, Off Colour)

 

 17          KEYSTROKE (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

 

 

 

4.20pm Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap

 

9              ZAMJAR (Self Certificate, Temperature)

 

 

 

4.55pm L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes

 

10           BUYING TROUBLE (USA) (Self Certificate, Coughing)

 

 

 

5.30pm Betfred Mobile Handicap

 

11           SABRE SQUADRON (IRE) (Self Certificate, Bad Scope)

 

14           DIAMOND GEYSER (IRE) (Other)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KING REIGNS SUPREME FOR STOUTE

 

 

 

The well-backed 5/2 favourite Kings Fete, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, ran out a three-quarter length winner of the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes, the first race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

Ridden by Ryan Moore, the son of King’s Best always travelled well throughout the one mile and four furlong contest and despite taking a while to respond to Moore’s urgings in the final furlong, kept on resolutely to master the long-time leader Ayrad and score comfortably.

 

 

 

Stoute, registering his second winner of the week following Ulysses’ victory in the BeringIce Gordon Stakes and his 73rd winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival said: “Kings Fete was pretty smart today. He got an injury in the 2014 St Leger and Rory Mahon and his team at Ferrans Stud did a great job and sent him back in supreme condition.

 

 

 

“He didn’t run from September, 2014 until May this year. It was a long, slow and steady rehabilitation.

 

 

 

“He is much more relaxed now – he was a bit on it as a youngster. He’ll be a nice horse.”

 

 

 

Stoute saddles Thikriyaat and Forge in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.35pm) who finished second and third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Stoute said of the duo: “Both Thikriyaat and Forge showed in the Jersey there is very little between them. Thikriyaat would prefer a bit more juice in the ground but he is in great shape and is very consistent.”

 

 

 

Teddy Grimthorpe, Racing Manager to Khalid Abdullah, was also delighted with the performance of King’s Fete. He said: “King’s Fete had a soft tissue injury. Bones heal pretty quickly whereas soft tissue injuries take a long time.

 

 

 

“We gelded him over the winter just to take bit more weight off his neck and shoulders and his rehabilitation went well. He’s gone through everything smoothly.

 

 

 

“You never really know how these horses are coming back from an injury till you put your foot on the pedal but he has taken it really well so well done to everyone.”

 

 

 

Grimthorpe was unsure of certain plans for the gelding and when asked about the possibility of a trip to Australia for the Caulfield Cup in which Khalid Abdullah’s Snow Sky was fifth last year, he said: “I love the Caulfield Cup, we were a little bit unlucky with Snow Sky last year when he was fifth.

 

 

 

“The whole Australian scene is so brilliant, it is hard to take your eye off it but whether Prince Khalid wants to submit the horse there I don’t know, it’s up to him.

 

 

 

“There will be various different options for the horse depending on how far he could go. There are various foreign mile and a half races including Group Ones to look at running him in.”

 

 

 

MOORE KING AT GOODWOOD

 

 

 

Jockey Ryan Moore made amends for Kings Fete’s unlucky defeat at Royal Ascot last time out as the pair ground their way to victory in the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

 

 

 

The 5/2 favourite was stopped in his tracks by Kinema when coming with a menacing run in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap last month and many thought he should have won the race that day. However, there was no such trouble in-running this time around, though Kings Fete had to battled hard to pass the long-time front-runner Aryad, trained by Roger Charlton, as the pair thundered towards the winning post.

 

 

 

Moore was in a determined mood though and was strong in the saddle as Kings Fete finally got his head in front to record a three-quarter length victory. Moore has now drawn level with James Doyle on four winners at the top of the Racing UK Top Jockey award.

 

 

 

“To be fair, Kings Fete is a horse who has had his difficulties,” said the jockey.

 

 

 

“It has been a big effort to get him back at all really. Everything went very smoothly through the race. We pulled a good way clear in the fight with Roger Charlton’s horse. I expected to go by him a bit easier but it was a good performance.

 
“He has improved for sure. He is a lightly-raced gelding and you would like to think there is more to come. The ground is similar to the first couple of days. It obviously rained yesterday but it has dried since then. I would still call it good to firm.”

 

 

 

2:00 Betfred Glorious Stakes (Group 3)

 

1 Kings Fete (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-01 Ryan Moore 5/2 Fav

 

2 Ayrad (ISaleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Roger Charlton 5-9-01 Frankie Dettori 6/1

 

3 Majeed (Khalifa Dasmal) David Simcock 6-9-01 Jamie Spencer 16/1

 

 

 

7 ran

 

Time: 2m 36.45s; Distances: ¾, 5

 

Tote Win £3.10 Place £1.80,£2.90 Exacta £18.00

 

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd; Breeding: b g King´s Best (USA) – Village Fete (Singspiel (IRE)  (10.4f))

 

 

 

Sir Michael Stoute – 174 Goodwood wins (73 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

Ryan Moore – Ryan Moore – 118 Goodwood wins (32 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 

 

CHARLTON DELIGHTED WITH AYRAD

 

 

 

Ayrad benefitted from a well-judged front-running ride from jockey Frankie Dettori to finish the three-quarter of a length runner-up behind Kings Fete in the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

 

 

 

The 6/1 shot tried to make every post a winning one and was still in front at the furlong pole as Dettori looked to have judged the fractions to perfection.

 

 

 

However, the Roger Charlton-trained five-year-old was gradually worn down by the winner in the closing stages but the trainer’s son, Harry, was delighted with his performance this afternoon.

 

 

 

“He’s probably run his best race to date,” said the trainer’s son Harry.

 

 

 

“He’s improved with every run, apart from the blip in France when he didn’t like the ground, nor the fact that they went a slow pace and a sprint at the end.

 

 

 

“He’s amenable, easy to deal with, honest and he battles. He’s just a lovely solid horse. Frankie thinks he’s a better horse at 12 furlongs than 10 – he thinks he’ll win a Group race by the end of the season.

 

 

 

“I don’t know where he’ll head next though to be honest – we’ll get him back home and see how he is.”

 

 

 

JOCKEYS REPORT ON GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE

 

 

 

Ryan Moore, successful on Kings Fete, said: “The ground is still good to firm – similar to the first two days.”

 

 

 

Frankie Dettori, second on Ayrad, declared: “Good to firm.”

 

 

 

Jamie Spencer, third on Majeed, commented: “Good to firm.”

 

 

 

Martin Lane, fourth on Loving Things, remarked: “Lovely ground.”

 

 

 

Luke Morris, fifth on Berkshire, said: “Quite quick ground.”

 

 

 

Andrea Atzeni, who partnered the sixth Mount Logan, said: “Quick side of good – similar to the other days.”

 

 

 

James Doyle, last on Elite Army, commented: “Very fast.”

 

 

 

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THIK SLICES HIS WAY THROUGH PACK TO WIN

 

 

 

Thikriyaat had to negotiate a tricky passage in the home straight of the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon and jockey Paul Hanagan had to wait a long time for a gap to appear before the pair could make their winning run in the final furlong.

 

 

 

The 9/4 favourite responded well to his rider’s urgings though and battled well to get past stablemate Forge in the dying strides to record a comfortable half-length success.

 

 

 

Thikriyaat’s trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, was quick to praise the gelding’s consistency and versatility after the race.

 

 

 

“He’s very tough and consistent,” said Stoute, who reinforced his position as the leading current trainer at Goodwoold.

 

 

 

“He’s an admirable horse. I think he’s good at a mile and could get even further. I didn’t think there was much between this one and Forge.

 

 

 

“He was very effective at seven furlongs as well. He’s very versatile and loves his racing. He’s just a very consistent hrose. He went well on this ground but I think ideally he’ll prefer a little bit of juice.

 

 

 

“I was a little concerned when I saw him boxed in, but then I thought the other one (Forge) would win so it wouldn’t have been a disastrous day! I think he’s won it well. He got there, had a look and then went on again. It was a good run.”

 

 

 

2:35 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3)

 

1 Thikriyaat (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Paul Hanagan 9/4 Fav

 

2 Forge (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Ryan Moore 9/2

 

3 Light Up Our World (D Boocock) Richard Hannon 3-8-12 Pat Dobbs 25/1

 

 

 

9 ran

 

Time:  1m 38.16s; Distances: ½, ¾

 

Tote Win £3.00; Place £1.30,£1.70,£5.00 Exacta £10.30; Breeder: Kildaragh Stud

 

Breeding: b g Azamour (IRE) – Malaspina (IRE) (Whipper (USA))

 

Sir Michael Stoute – 175 Goodwood wins (74 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

Paul Hanagan – 13 Goodwood wins (8 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 

 

HANAGAN TIMES IT RIGHT ON THIKRIYAAT

 

 

 

Paul Hanagan registered his eighth winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and his first success of this year’s meeting with Thikriyaat’s (9/4 favourite) half-length victory in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.

 

 

 

Hanagan travelled on the inside rail throughout the mile contest and struggled to get a clear run in the home straight.

 

 

 

However, once he found daylight aboard the three-year-old colt, Thikriyaat tayed on well inside the final furlong to repel the challenge of stable companion Forge.

 

 

 

Hanagan said: “Thikriyaat was on his head for quite a long way so I just had to deal with the position I had really and try and make the most of it.

 

 

 

“I thought if I try and go wide then I am not going to win so we went the brave man’s route and it paid off today.”

 

 

 

Hanagan suggested a further step up in trip is a strong possibility for the son of Azamour. He remarked: “I think with Thikriyaat we will go looking at stepping him up again in trip as it looks like he will appreciate going further.

 

 

 

“I think he will get a mile and a quarter in time so he has got plenty of options. He has a lovely temperament as well which helps. He is a horse to look forward to.

 

 

 

“Every race Thikriyaat just does enough. Through the race I had to sit and suffer on him – he was just a bit on his head early on. He has got such a lovely temperament and all he wants to do is please.

 

 

 

“Without a shadow of doubt he will get further. I had to sit and suffer but because he is so genuine it is a bit easier for me.

 

 

 

“He has come back in really happy with himself and there has hardly been a blow off him. In all his races, he just does enough which is nice.”

 

 

 

GRIMTHORPE FORGES ON

 

 

 

Sir Michael Stoute led home a 1-2 in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes with 9/4 favourite Thikriyaat edging out stable-mate Forge (9/2) by half-a-length.

 

 

 

Forge travelled well under Ryan Moore throughout the contest before being unleashed on the outside inside the final furlong. However, the son of Dubawi was unable to quicken past his stable companion and had to settle for second.

 

 

 

Sir Michael Stoute said: “Forge is just been a bit immature and taken a bit of time to start to become professional. Hopefully he’ll be a nice horse later in the year.

 

 

 

“He’s a big playboy at the moment but he’s improved with every race. He’s come a long way since the Heron (at Sandown) when we were a bit disappointed with him (third). Racing is making a man of him though.

 

 

 

“He will continue to progress. He goes on this ground well. Ryan was talking to Teddy (Grimthorpe) and though the mile was his limit but I don’t. We’ll have that discussion later though. I’d like him to stay in training next year if allowed.”

 

 

 

Teddy Grimthorpe, Racing Manager to Khalid Abdullah, whose Kings Fete won the first race of the day, the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes was pleased with the run of Forge, who given his large frame, looks sure to improve with age.

 

 

 

Grimthorpe said: “Forge has run really well. He has run almost pound for pound like he in the Jersey Stakes [third] in which the form looks very strong.

 

 

 

“I think he’s still learning. He is a big very deep horse; I think racing will continue to bring him on. He’s still going to be progressive.”

 

 

 

Grimthorpe suggested the colt could run over a range of trips in the future. He remarked: “I think we’ll discuss what his best trip is. He could go back down to seven furlong or up to nine. I think those are both within his compass it just depends where we go from here really.

 

 

 

“He could drop back and do something like the City of York or the Hungerford, he is entered in the Celebration Mile(G2, Goodwood, August 27) so there are plenty of options for him.”

 

 

 

Pat Dobbs was pleased with the run of 25/1 shot Light Up Our World who was a further three-quarters of a length behind Forge in Third. Dobbs said: “She is a very honest filly. I didn’t think she would handle the ground but she actually handled it very well.

 

 

 

He added: “She has improved again from Sandown [one and a quarter-length winner].”

 

 

 

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                                                       FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

FRANKLIN D LANDS A GAMBLE

 

 

 

Michael Bell and owner Bill Gredley completed a notable double at the Qatar Goodwood Festival as the well-backed Franklin D (7/4 favourite) was the head winner of the £150,000 Betfred Mile Handicap, adding to the success of Big Orange in yesterday’s Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup.

 

 

 

Franklin D was drawn in stall 1 and travelled along the inside rail throughout the mile contest. In the home straight, the three-year-old colt struggled to get a clear run and was hemmed in approaching the final furlong.

 

 

 

However, once Ryan Moore found daylight on the colt, he quickened up well and held on gamely from the fast-finishing Master The World to land a major gamble.

 

 

 

Bell said: “A lot of people backed him so there was pressure on that front but I always believed in the horse and arguably we had the world’s best jockey so we ticked all the boxes. The man who did the draw at Weatherby’s very kindly gave us stall 1 so everything slotted into place.

 

 

 

“Ryan said he had to use quite a bit of early gas to hold his position early on and that was why he had slightly less energy at the end as he used up a little bit more in the first furlong and that counted in the last furlong and nearly cost him.

 

 

 

“Ryan has ridden him beautifully and produced him beautifully so it couldn’t have gone any better. This is a very hard track to ride and they went very fast.

 

 

 

“Franklin D looked as though he was going to win easily but in the last 100 yards he was just coming to the end of his tether but he lasted to the winning line.

 

 

 

“Franklin D has a few issues with a little spine problem and hind joint problem but we have got the medication really on top of that now. The head lad at home is bang on it and everyone has played a big part.

 

 

 

“This is horse very well bred – his dam is a half-sister to a Grade One winner. He is a beautiful horse and is at long last fulfilling his potential.

 

 

 

“The Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury could be an option, although this horse could be an international traveller because he loves fast ground and has won on a turning track.

 

 

 

“He is a stakes horse in the making after this but how far up the ladder we can get we will have to see. He is improving and when they start improving there is quite a way they can go. It is one step at a time with him so I don’t know where he will go.

 

 

 

“Ryan said he has the speed for seven. I didn’t put him in the Hungerford but he will probably start in Listed company and then move up to Group races. We don’t need to be too brave too soon.”

 

 

 

Bill Gredley, the winning owner was delighted to follow up Big Orange’s success with victory with Franklin D. He said: “We have won two good races. Most people would just like to win one race like this so it is amazing to win these two races.

 

 

 

“Horse racing is horse racing. You have good and bad days and you enjoy the good ones as they compensate the bad. I’ve got 25 horses at the moment.”

 

 

 

With regards to Big Orange, Gredley said: “We would like to have a crack at one of the mile and a half races somewhere. I want to give him a good rest, find a nice mile and a half race and have a go at that. He ‘s in the Irish Leger but he has plenty of possible races to run in.”

 

 

 

MOORE ON TOP IN MILE

 

 

 

Ryan Moore inflicted some serious damage on the bookmakers at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon after the well-backed 7/4 favourite Franklin D held on in a desperate finish to the Betfred Mile.

 

 

 

The Michael Bell-trained four-year-old was officially 10lb well in after romping to victory by six lengths at Newmarket 13 days ago and had been all the rage in the ante-post market for the £150,000 event, one of the richest handicaps in Europe.

 

 

 

Moore had to wait for a gap to appear though as the field entered the final furlong and then had to be at his strongest in the saddle as runner-up Master The World conjured up a withering run to come alongside the winner in the dying strides. Franklin D held on by a head though, much to the dismay of bookmakers across the land, who had now seen the first three favourites win on the fourth day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

This victory took Moore to the head of the Racing UK Top Jockey table for the Qatar Goodwood Festival on five winners and put him in pole position for the rest of the week.

 

 

 

“You had to wait for it to happen,” said Moore.

 

 

 

“We were in front but then got tested early on. We were five or six deep and I had to take a sit. When the gap came I thought he was going to win very well but he just got tired, probably because we did a bit of damage early on.

 

 

 

“I was very comfortable in the first furlong but all the horses drawn wide were trying to get a position and we went a bit too hard up that hill. He settled nicely in behind and I always felt we would get the gaps.”

 

 

 

3:10 Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap)

 

1 Franklin D (Bill & Tim Gredley) Michael Bell 4-9-01 Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

 

2 Master The World (K Quinn/C Benham) David Elsworth 5-9-06 Pat Dobbs 20/1

 

3 Donncha (David Bannon) Robert Eddery 5-9-02 Adam Kirby 10/1

 

4 Belgian Bill (PJL, Byrne & Baker) George Baker 8-9-04 Pat Cosgrave 10/1

 

 

 

19 ran

 

Time: 1m 37.19s; Distances:  hd, 2, 1

 

Tote  Win £2.60 Place £1.30,£4.60,£2.70,£2.80 Exacta £41.80

 

Breeder: Grapestock Llc; Breeding: b c Medaglia d´Oro (USA) – Kissed By A Star (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))

 

 

 

Michael Bell – 25 Goodwood Wins (10 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

Ryan Moore – 119 Goodwood wins (33 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 

 

DOBBS RUES SLOW START

 

 

 

Jockey Pat Dobbs was left wondering what might have been after a slow start all but ruined the chances of the unlucky Master The World, who finished with a wet sail at the closing stages of the Betfred Mile.

 

 

 

The pair couldn’t quite reel in the well-backed 7/4 favourite Franklin D though, who got first run on the five-year-old under jockey Ryan Moore, and Dobbs had to make do with second best, eventually being beaten a head at the winning line.

 

 

 

Dobbs explained after the race that a slow start had put him and 20/1 chance Master The World on the back foot and that it was an uphill struggle after that.

 

 

 

“He jumped slow and then didn’t travel for the first two furlongs,” said Dobbs.

 

 

 

“I got a dream run through eventually but I had to wait for Ryan to go first. He’s got first run on me and that’s cost me.

 

 

 

“If he’d have got through at the same time, he’d have won. But he didn’t.”

 

 

 

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TAKE LANDS HIS SECOND KING GEORGE

 

 

 

Trainer David Griffiths was wreathed in smiles following 8/1 chance Take Cover’s pillar to post victory in the Group Two Qatar King George Stakes worth £312,100 at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

 

 

 

It was the nine-year-old second victory in the five-furlong Group Three contest, having won in in 2013, and the gelding was also a head second behind Muthmir in the same race last year.

 

 

 

The son of Singspiel had a host of horses queuing up to challenge him as the field thundered towards the winning line but he stuck his neck out well to record a famous neck victory.

 

 

 

Griffiths couldn’t quite believe how much his horse loves Goodwood after the race.

 

 

 

“It’s unbelievable – he loves it here,” said the trainer. “I am almost speechless. Take Cover is still as good as ever at nine. He is obviously a bit mad although he has calmed down a lot as he has got older. On the track now we seem to have it spot on now with the blind off as soon the gates open. After the Nunthorpe debacle, we had to do something a bit different.

 
“I am over the moon today. We came in with as much confidence as you can have in a Group Two. I thought he was in really good form. We drew a line under Ascot but his Listed form with Cotai Glory had worked out well with that horse finishing second in the King’s Stand. To the owners, staff and everyone involved it is just one of those amazing days. The first win (Take Cover won the Qatar King George Stakes in 2014) was amazing and his defeat last year (when second in the same race behind Muthmir) was a bit gutting but he’s come right back to his best here. The ground is lovely and quick. Someone called me yesterday saying ‘it’s absolutely hammering down at Goodwood’ and I thought our chance may have gone. I think it was the fog though and they’d got confused! He loves it here though. I think he’s better than ever at the age of nine. He’s so quick from the stalls now. We changed things a bit after the Nunthorpe last year (when Take Cover went under the stalls) so now he’s last in and the blindfold comes off at the last minute.

 

 

 

“I’m over the moon. He drifted a bit right today but that’s just him. It seems to do it here for some reason but it doesn’t stop him. He’s so lightly raced – he didn’t have his first run until the end of his four-year-old year so he’s effectively a five-year-old. The plan will be to go for the Nunthorpe (at York) now. He loves it at York and has won a couple of times there. He just hasn’t had any luck in the Nunthorpe. The first time he ran, he hit his head on the stalls and then last year he went under them, so I just hope he’s straight out of them safe and sound this time around!

 

 

 

“Today has been fabulous. It’s a dream day for myself, my wife (Sophie), who rides the horse out at home, and my staff. This is one of the quickest five furlongs in the country and he’s a quick horse. He just keeps rolling and seems to love it here. We were beaten a short-head in the Stewards’ Cup (in 2013), then we won the King George in 2014 and we were narrowly beaten in the same race last year – that’s some record!

 

 

 

“Hopefully, all being well, we’ll be back again next year. He’s nine but has no miles on the clock and retains all his enthusiasm. He’s the perfect sprinter. He’s our flagship horse and puts us on another level when we can compete at the likes of Royal Ascot, York and here. Financially, it’s very important too!”

 

 

 

ALLAN COVERS ALL BASES

 

 

 

David Allan recorded his first-ever Goodwood winner courtesy of Take Cover (8/1) who was a gutsy neck victor of the Group Two Qatar King George Stakes.

 

 

 

David Griffiths’ charge made all despite hanging right and held on gamely in the closing stages to repel the challenge of neck second WashingtonDC (8/1) and Goldream (12/1) who was a head further back in third.

 

 

 

A delighted Allan said: “Even if he is not going downhill he is always going very fast. He is just a pure speedball. If you fight him, you are not going to win anyway. He can sustain his pace all the way to the finish. It is the size of him and the fact he can go so quick because he is so powerful. He just has raw power.

 

 

 

“He battles extremely well when something comes to him. Even though he is going a good lick, he actually digs in at the finish. His main trait is his speed but he does just dig in and battle.

 

 

 

“If you get the blind(fold) right, he flies out of the gates. This downhill track really plays to his strengths as he just likes to get on with it. He is a big powerful horse and he doesn’t like to hang about. When he gets in a battle he does find. He is a lot better when horses come head to head with him and he really does battle.

 

 

 

“It’s awesome to win this. Hopefully, we will head to the Nunthorpe (G1, 5f, York, August 19) now.

 

 

 

“Getting a chance to ride one of these horses takes a bit of doing.

 

 

 

“David (Griffiths – trainer) has done a real good job of keeping his form and he is still improving I think.”

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC RUNS A CRACKER

 

 

 

The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old WashingtonDC (8/1) was an excellent second under Ryan Moore in the Group Two Qatar King George Stakes.

 

 

 

The son of Zoffany stayed on well inside the final furlong but was unable to get past nine-year-old Take Cover who scored by a neck.

 

 

 

M.V. Magnier, a son of owner John Magnier, said: “You have to teach these horses how to sprint properly and when they are against those older horses it is a situation where three-year-olds will tend to improve from a race like that.

 

 

 

“It is tough for three-year-olds especially at this time of the year but he has run a cracker and I am absolutely delighted for him and Ryan said to definitely run him in the Nunthorpe.”

 

 

 

Robert Cowell was delighted with the performance of Goldream (12/1) who was a further head behind WashingtonDC in third in the five-furlong contest.

 

 

 

He stayed on well under Martin Harley and Cowell said: “Goldream has run a great race. I am delighted because he just about needed that run. He will have them all on their toes next time and he will have them again.

 

 

 

“I think he is back to somewhere near his best anyway. He will be a proper force back in the Nunthorpe.”

 

 

 

Spirit Quartz was 13th for Cowell and the trainer remarked:  “Spirit Quartz got a little bit hampered on the far side when Take Cover hung to the right. He was in contention at that point, the ground was slightly too quick for him but I think he could win a Listed or Group race somewhere. He’s fine and I’m happy with him.”

 

 

 

3:45 Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2)

 

1 Take Cover (NorcroftPark Stud) David Griffiths 9-9-02 David Allan 8/1

 

2 Washington Dc (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-8-12 Ryan Moore 8/1

 

3 Goldream (J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley)  Robert Cowell  7-9-02 Martin Harley 12/1

 

5/1 Jt Favs Marsha (5th) & Muthmir (6th)

 

17 ran

 

Time: 56.86s

 

Distances:  nk, hd

 

Tote  Win £11.00 Place £3.80,£2.30,£4.30 Exacta £95.10

 

Breeder: NorcroftPark Stud

 

Breeding: b g Singspiel (IRE) – Enchanted (Magic Ring (IRE))

 

David Griffiths – 2 Goodwood wins (2 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

David Allan – 1 Goodwood wins (1 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)


 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

RECKONING HAS THE FINAL SAY

 

 

 

Trainer Charlie Appleby was all smiles after 9/2 favourite Final Reckoning gave him his first winner of this week’s Qatar Goodwood Festival in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery this afternoon.

 

 

 

The Godolphin two-year-old was given a peach of a ride by James McDonald and he stuck to his task well, repelling the late challenge of runner-up Rusumaat to score by a neck over six furlongs.

 

 

 

Appleby has been pleased with the way his horses have run this week at Goodwood but was relieved to finally get off the mark.

 

 

 

“It’s nice to get a winner on the board,” said Appleby. “I’ve been pleased with the way the two-year-olds have been running this week. I’ve just hit the bar a few times. James (McDonald – jockey) was pleased with him and said he’s progressing nicely. He won nicely at Yarmouth and, although that was not the greatest race in the world, he couldn’t have done any more than he did. I gave him a little break after that and he’s come back in good order. Obviously, coming back on to a sounder surface has helped him as well. James thought we might be able to bring him back to five furlongs as well if we wanted to. He’s toughed it out well.

 

 

 

“He’s got a Gimcrack entry (at York) but I don’t think we’ll be flying as high as that just yet. He’s a handy little horse to have in the yard – he’s got some natural pace and we’ll have a bit of fun with him. James has given him a lovely ride – he always fills you with confidence the way he rides the horses. He’s let him stride on and find his feet and just get into it. Since Yarmouth, he’s done a lot of growing up. Mentally, he’s just done well and gets on with it at home – he’s a sensible little horse.”

 

 

 

Appleby also had news of Blue Point, who finished second behind Mehmas in the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes yesterday.

 

 

 

“I thought the two-year-olds were my best chances this week. I thought Blue Point ran well and I’d be happy to take on the winner (Mehmas) again any time. He’ll get a mile no problem but I’m happy to go to the National Stakes (at the Curragh) with him next and hopefully he’ll run well.”

 

 

 

MCDONALD A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

 

 

 

New Zealand-born and Australian-based jockey James McDonald continued his rich vein of form by registering his third victory at the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival courtesy of Final Reckoning (9/2 favourite) in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap over six furlongs.

 

 

 

The Godolphin-owned colt travelled well for McDonald and quickened up well to repel the challenge of Rusumaat to win by a neck, with another Godolphin runner Top Score a further three-quarters of a length behind in third.

 

 

 

McDonald remarked: “The track has played very quick. He was a nice professional two-year-old and he did his job well. I’m sure he has a level to go to which is a bit beyond what he faced today.

 

 

 

“When I pushed the button, he went at the right time and when I gave him a crack he put his head out. He is a good professional two-year-old and it was a solid effort.

 

 

 

“Once I peeled him out behind the runners, he got lost after that initial move but he found his gears fairly quickly and like a good little two-year-old kept on going.

 

 

 

“I think he is a two-year-old. What you see now is what you get and in six months time he will bomb-proof.”

 

 

 

Reflecting on his week at the Festival thus far, McDonald said: “It’s been a fantastic week. I’ve had three winners and four seconds.

 

 

 

“I wish maybe a few of those seconds had turned into first places but that is the way the cookie crumbles and it wasn’t meant to be.”

 

 

 

4:20 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap

 

1 Final Reckoning (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-01 James McDonald 9/2 Fav

 

2 Rusumaat (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-06 Paul Hanagan 11/2

 

3 Top Score (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-05 James Doyle 5/1

 

4 El Torito (The “In Recovery” Partnership) Jim Boyle 2-8-09 Sam Hitchcott 40/1

 

 

 

17 ran

 

Time: 1m 11.50s; Distances:  nk, ¾, ¾

 

Tote Win £4.60 Place £1.50,£1.80,£2.10,£8.60 Exacta £30.30

 

Breeder: Azienda Agricola Loreto Luciani; Breeding: gr c Dark Angel (IRE) – Lan Force (ITY) (Blu Air Force (IRE))

 

 

 

Charlie Appleby – 13 Goodwood wins (4 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

James McDonald – 5 Goodwood wins (3 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)


 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

JAZI ON TOP

 

 

 

Trainer Francois Rohaut, jockey Gregory Benoist and owners Al Shaqab Racing teamed up to win the L’Ormarins Queens Plate for the second successive year as Al Jazi ran out the impressive winner of the Group Three contest at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

 

 

 

Amy Eria won the race last year at odds of 33/1 for the same connections 12 months ago and Al Jazi was always travelling well for her jockey as the field turned for home.

 

 

 

The 12/1 shot ran on strongly when asked for her effort and she quickly put daylight between her nearest pursuers, eventually running out the one and three-quarter length winner.

 

 

 

Rohaut revealed after the race that this race had been in their minds for quite a while.

 

 

 

“This was quite a long term target,” said Rohaut.

 

 

 

“When we win a race, we try to win it again! We knew she was good enough to run well. This was the first time she’s encountered a very good pace and that is what she needs to win a good race.

 

 

 

“A strong pace and good going suits her. She has only run on good to soft at best in France.

 

 

 

“She had everything today. Good pace, good draw and good going. She always showed she was good enough to win a race like this.

 

 

 

“She’s is a different type of filly to Amy Eria. You must look after this filly. Amy Eria was a big, strong filly. This one is good though.”

 

 

 

4:55 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes (Group 3)

 

1 Al Jazi (Al Shaqab Racing) Francois Rohaut FR 3-8-10 Gregory Benoist 12/1

 

2 Mise En Rose (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-8-10 James McDonald 5/1

 

3 Namhroodah (Saeed Manana) Jason Tate 4-9-03 Luke Morris7/1

 

11/8 Fav Always Smile (4th)

 

 

 

11 ran

 

Time: 1m 24.92s; Distances:  1¾, ¾

 

Tote Win £13.90 Place £3.00,£1.80,£2.30 Exacta £64.90

 

Breeder: Skymarc Farm; Breeding: b f Canford Cliffs (IRE) – Rainbow Crossing (Cape Cross (IRE))

 

 

 

Francois Rohaut -2 Goodwood wins (2 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

Gregory Benoist – 2 Goodwood wins (2 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 

 

 

 

APPLEBY HOPEFUL ROSE CAN BLOOM

 

 

 

Charlie Appleby was delighted with the run of second-placed Mise En Rose (5/1) in the Group Three L’Ormarins Queen Plate Stakes, the sixth race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

The three-year-old daughter of War Front travelled kindly for James McDonald in midfield before staying on well to finish a length and three-quarters behind decisive 12/1 winner Al Jazi.

 

 

 

Appleby said: “I’m delighted with Mise En Rose. If you had told me this morning she was going to finish second then I would have taken that quite happily.

 

 

 

“They have gone quite hard early on and she has struggled to lay up a bit. James [McDonald, jockey] said she was just behind the bridle a little bit but she has stayed on nicely. She has got a turn of foot and she utilised it. I’m very pleased.

 

 

 

“Seven furlongs is definitely her trip. With quick ground and seven furlongs, we might just nick one somewhere.”

 

 

 

Reflecting on the week so far, Appleby, who has had one winner, three seconds and two thirds at the meeting, said: “They are all running well and that is all you can really ask for. They have all been running to the line.

 

 

 

“I’ve been delighted with the performances of my two-year-olds. Boynton ran a great race in the Qatar Vintage Stakes [third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths].

 

 

 

“Blue Point ran well yesterday [second, beaten a neck in the Richmond Stakes] but was also beaten by a good horse [Mehmas] as well so don’t take anything away from him.”

 

 

 

Appleby said: “It’s been a pleasing week, I’m glad to have a winner and we will keep going.”

 

 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

GOODWOOD TO WATER AHEAD OF SATURDAY

 

 

 

Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, Seamus Buckley, was delighted with the way racing had gone this afternoon and revealed that he was planning on watering the top bend and the home straight ahead of the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

“I’ve decided that the straight is drying out very quickly and we’re going to water the top bend – the bend that they will use for the Nassau Stakes tomorrow – and work our way down the straight, putting on between five and six millimetres.

 

 

 

“I’ve just been on the course now and it has certainly firmed up. If we had another 12 or 14 hours without rain, we’d definitely be calling it firm so we’re putting some water on to maintain the current conditions of good to firm.

 

 

 

“There is sufficient juice elsewhere on the course for it to remain as it is. My plan is to try and get it as near to today’s conditions as possible.

 

 

 

“The rail at the top of the straight that they will use for tomorrow’s Nassau Stakes will be brought in so they’ll be racing on fresh ground on the inner.

 

 

 

“I think today’s racing has gone extremely well. We’ve had great racing and there have been no problems on the racecourse at all.

 

 

 

“The weather forecast is for it to stay dry overnight and it’s set fair for tomorrow.”

 

 

 

SHOCKING DAY FOR BETFRED

 

 

 

Goodwood’s official betting partner for the fourth day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Betfred, reported significant losses after a host of well-backed horses obliged this afternoon.

 

 

 

Kings Fete got proceedings off to a good start for favourite backers, landing the Betfred Glorious Stakes at odds of 5/2, and market leader Thikriyaat backed this up with a half-length success in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at 9/4.

 

 

 

However, it was the victory in the Betfred Mile of the well-supported Franklin D, who went off the 7/4 favourite having been chalked up at 4/1 by the sponsors, that landed the knockout blow and spokesman Andrew Griffiths was left reeling after the race.

 

 

 

“Franklin D landed an almighty gamble – almost certainly the biggest of the Flat season,” lamented Griffiths.

 

 

 

“We stuck our head above the parapet by offering a standout 4/1 this morning and it’s been blown to smithereens.”

 

 

 

Take Cover was also well-backed in the Qatar King George Stakes, winning at 8/1 having been 16/1 in the morning, and Final Reckoning’s victory at 9/2 in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery was another success for favourite backers.

 

 

 

The victory of 7/4 market leader Poet’s Word in the closing Betfred Mobile Handicap wrapped up a thoroughly miserable day for the layers, with five winning favourites overall obliging on the penultimate day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

TODAY’S STEWARDS’ REPORTS

 

Race 1 – 2:00pm BETFRED GLORIOUS STAKES (Group 3)

 

No Enquiry.

 

The Stewards gave permission for BERKSHIRE (IRE), trained by Paul Cole, to wear a hood in the Parade Ring and for MOUNT LOGAN (IRE), trained by Roger Varian, to wear a hood in the Pre-Parade Ring. They further noted that KINGS FETE, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, would wear earplugs.

 

The representative of Saeed bin Suroor, the trainer of ELITE ARMY, unplaced, reported that the gelding was unsuited by the Good to Firm ground and would prefer an easier surface. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

 

 

Race 2 – 2:35pm BONHAMS THOROUGHBRED STAKES (Group 3)

 

The Stewards noted that inside the final furlong, the winner, THIKRIYAAT (IRE), had edged marginally left-handed taking CYMRIC (USA), unplaced, briefly off his intended line which, in turn, sent BURATINO (IRE), unplaced, left-handed, giving DRAGON MALL (USA), placed fourth, a slight bump and causing the gelding to turn the quarters of FORGE, placed second, but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.

 

CZABO was withdrawn by the trainer at 2.11pm – Going (changed since declaration)

 

 

 

Race 3 – 3:10pm BETFRED MILE (HERITAGE HANDICAP)

 

The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference inside the final furlong. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that BELGIAN BILL, placed fourth, ridden by Pat Cosgrave, had interfered with JAILAWI (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, which, in turn, interfered with YOU’RE FIRED (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Jordan Vaughan. The Stewards found Cosgrave in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had made a manoeuvre to his left causing JAILAWI (IRE) to have to be checked for a number of strides which, in turn, gave YOU’RE FIRED (IRE) a bump. They suspended him for 4 days as follows: Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 and Monday 15 August 2016.

 

The Stewards noted that inside the final furlong, BOOMSHACKERLACKER (IRE), placed fifth, had edged marginally left-handed causing HORS DE COMBAT, unplaced, to have to be checked for a couple of strides but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved BOOMSHACKERLACKER (IRE)’S placing.

 

The Stewards held an enquiry into the running and riding of OUTLAW COUNTRY (IRE), ridden by James McDonald and trained by Charlie Appleby, which was settled at the rear and became detached from the pack from 4 furlongs out until staying on under apparent tender handling to finish fifteenth of nineteen beaten by 9 ¼ lengths. They interviewed the rider and the trainer. The rider stated that his instructions were to ride the colt as he found him and he added that OUTLAW COUNTRY (IRE) failed to pick up the bridle and was making a noise throughout the race. The trainer confirmed the instructions given to the rider and confirmed that the rider had reported to him that the colt had made a noise. He further added that the colt had undergone an operation to remove a cyst from his larynx. In addition they received a report from the Veterinary Officer who confirmed pre-race examination of the colt deemed him fit to race but a post-race examination of the colt during routine testing found him to be one fifth lame on his right-fore. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race the Stewards noted their explanations and found the rider in breach of Rule (D)49 in that he failed to report that OUTLAW COUNTRY (IRE) had made a noise during the race. They fined him £ 140.

 

The Stewards noted that RED AVENGER (USA), trained by Gary Moore, was declared a non-runner with a Vets Cert at Goodwood on Wednesday 27 July 2016. The Veterinary Officer reported that a pre-race examination of the gelding deemed him fit to race.

 

David Allan, the rider of ONE WORD MORE (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run.

 

The Veterinary Officer reported that YOU’RE FIRED (IRE), unplaced, trained by Karl Burke, had lost a right-fore shoe.

 

The Stewards noted that BELGIAN BILL, drawn 9, had anticipated the start and accelerated the gate at the same moment as the race had been started, thereby enabling the colt to break quickly. Being satisfied that it was not caused through a faulty action of the starting stalls, they took no further action.

 

 

 

Race 4 – 3:45pm QATAR KING GEORGE STAKES (Group 2)

 

The Stewards noted that approaching the final furlong, COTAI GLORY, unplaced, had ducked sharply right-handed interfering with KACHY, which, in turn, bumped MOVE IN TIME, which, in turn, bumped LINE OF REASON (IRE), causing it to have to be checked for a few strides. Following the interference, PEARL SECRET, unplaced, clipped the heels of COTAI GLORY, which was weakening. After viewing a recording of both incidents the Stewards were satisfied that neither involved a riding offence nor improved any horse’s placing.

 

The Starter reported that DIVINE (IRE), trained by Mick Channon, was unruly in Stalls. The trainer’s attention was drawn to the restriction incurred under Rule (B)44 and informed that the filly could not run until the day after passing a stalls test.

 

The Stewards gave permission for COTAI GLORY, trained by Charles Hills, to go early to post, and TAKE COVER, trained by David C Griffiths, to go early and be led to post.

 

James Doyle, the rider of JUNGLE CAT (IRE), unplaced, reported that the colt was never travelling.

 

 

 

Race 5 – 4:20pm BETFRED SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE NURSERY HANDICAP

 

The Stewards noted that approximately 1 furlong out, NAPLES BAY, unplaced, had hung left-handed despite the rider’s best efforts, causing interference to MONKS STAND (USA), unplaced, which, in turn, interfered with BUSKIN RIVER (IRE), unplaced, SAYSEE, unplaced, and DIABLE D’OR (IRE), placed fourth, but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.

 

The Stewards held an enquiry following a report from the Sampling Officer that Sam Hitchcott had been unable to provide a urine sample and now wished to leave the course so as to ride at another meeting. They interviewed the rider and the Sampling Officer. Having heard their evidence, the Stewards accepted the rider’s explanation that he was unable to provide a sufficient sample as he had been riding at a low weight and had run out of time to do so as he needed to leave the course. Under Rule(B)8, the Stewards granted him an exemption from providing a sample.

 

The Stewards gave permission for NOTALOT (IRE), trained by Michael Bell, to wear a hood in the Pre-Parade Ring.

 

 

 

Race 6 – 4:55pm L’ORMARINS QUEENS PLATE STAKES (Group 3)

 

No Enquiry.

 

The Stewards gave permission for NAMHROODAH (IRE), trained by James Tate, to wear a hood in the Parade Ring.

 

 

 

Race 7 – 5:30pm BETFRED MOBILE HANDICAP

 

The Stewards noted that approaching 2 furlongs out, GOLDENFIELD (IRE), unplaced, had shifted left-handed in a tightly packed field interfering with AL NEKSH, unplaced, which in turn interfered with WELFORD, unplaced, and COMBATIVE, placed fifth but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.

 

Franki Dettori, the rider of AL NEKSH, unplaced, reported that the gelding ran too free. The Stewards ordered the gelding to be routine tested.

 

F34.

 

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                                         FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

POETRY IN MOTION FOR STOUTE

 

 

 

The well-backed Poet’s Word (7/4 favourite), trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore was a gutsy one and three-quarter length winner of the Betfred Mobile Handicap, the concluding race on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

 

 

The son of Poet’s Voice travelled well throughout the mile and three furlong contest but approaching the final furlong was struggling to reel in Jeremy Noseda’s Sixties Groove.

 

 

 

However, Moore galvanised his mount to launch one last challenge and took the lead with half-a-furlong to go.

 

 

 

Poet’s Word kept on gamely in the closing stages to get the better of Sixties Groove who put paid to his chance by hanging towards the stands’ side rail. Carry Me Home was three lengths back in third.

 

 

 

The victory capped a memorable day for Stoute who completed a 30.28/1 treble after the victories of King’s Fete [Betfred Glorious Stakes] and Thikriyaat [Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes], whilst Moore brought up a 25.47/1 treble of his own after partnering King’s Fete and Franklin D [Betfred Mile Handicap] to victory.

 

 

 

Stoute was quick to highlight the importance of the colt’s run at Epsom last time in which he finished a five-length fifth, as an important learning curve.

 

 

 

Stoute said: “I thought the experience of Epsom last time had done him good. We went to Epsom very hopeful but a lot of experienced horses don’t handle Epsom first time.

 

 

 

“We were very hopeful and he had been in good shape coming into today He doesn’t really mind any ground so he goes on anything.”

 

 

 

Poet’s Word seemed to appreciate the step up in trip with Stoute quick to praise Moore for the decision. He remarked: “Ryan was very confident about stepping up in trip. I said should we stay at 10 furlongs and he thought he could go further.

 

 

 

“He’ll go for another nice handicap. He will need to keep progressing as the handicapper will take that view.”

 

 

 

Stoute, reflecting on another successful day in which he registered his 75th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner, added: “I’m very pleased, the team have done great.”

 

 

 

5:30 Betfred Mobile Handicap

 

1 Poet’s Word (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-07 Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

 

2 Sixties Groove (Susan Roy) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-02 Adam Kirby 7/1

 

3 Carry Me Home (Gary & Linnet Woodward) CharlieHills 3-9-01 James McDonald 20/1

 

 

 

14 ran

 

Time: 2m 25.02s

 

Distances:  1¼, 3

 

Tote Win £2.40 Place £1.40, £2.40,£4.00 Exacta £17.10

 

Breeder: Woodcote Stud Ltd

 

Breeding: b c Poet´s Voice – Whirly Bird (Nashwan (USA))

 

Sir Michael Stoute – 176 Goodwood wins (75 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

Ryan Moore – 120 Goodwood wins (34 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 


 

 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

 

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

 

FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, JULY 29

 

 

 

RACING UK LEADING JOCKEY AWARD – STANDINGS AT END OF FOURTH DAY

 

 

 

Jockey                                                                                    1st                                          2nd                                         3rd         

 

Ryan Moore                                                                          6                                              2                                              4

 

James Doyle                                                                          4                                              3                                              4

 

James McDonald                                                                  3                                              5                                              2

 

Adam Kirby                                                                           2                                              1                                              1

 

Frankie Dettori                                                                     1                                              4                                              1

 

Silvestre De Sousa                                                               1                                              2                                              -

 

Paul Hanagan                                                                        1                                              1                                              1

 

Andrea Atzeni                                                                      1                                              1                                              -

 

Oisin Murphy                                                                        1                                              1                                              -

 

Martin Dwyer                                                                       1                                              -                                               1

 

Jamie Spencer                                                                      1                                              -                                               1

 

David Allan                                                                            1                                              -                                               -

 

Gregory Benoist                                                                   1                                              -                                               -

 

Jimmy Fortune                                                                      1                                              -                                               -

 

Shane Gray                                                                            1                                              -                                               -

 

Robert Havlin                                                                        1                                              -                                               -

 

David Probert                                                                       1                                              -                                               -

 

Franny Norton                                                                      -                                               1                                              3

 

Martin Harley                                                                       -                                               1                                              2

 

Pat Dobbs                                                                              -                                               1                                              1

 

Charles Bishop                                                                      -                                               1                                              -

 

Edward Greatrex                                                                  -                                               1                                              -

 

Seamie Heffernan                                                                -                                               1                                              -

 

Sean Levey                                                                            -                                               1                                              -

 

Dane O’Neill                                                                          -                                               1                                              -

 

Jim Crowley                                                                           -                                               -                                               2

 

Nathan Evans                                                                        -                                               -                                               1

 

Joe Fanning                                                                           -                                               -                                               1

 

Luke Morris                                                                          -                                               -                                               1

 

Fergus Sweeney                                                                   -                                               -                                               1

 

Daniel Tudhope                                                                    -                                               -                                               1

 

 

 

 

 

LEADING TRAINER AT THE QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL – STANDINGS AT END OF FOURTH DAY

 

Trainer                                                                                   1st                                          2nd                                         3rd

 

Sir Michael Stoute                                                               4                                              1                                              2

 

Mark Johnston                                                                      3                                              5                                              4

 

Aidan O’Brien IRE                                                                 3                                              2                                              2

 

Michael Bell                                                                          2                                              -                                               -

 

Charlie Appleby                                                                   1                                              3                                              2

 

Ed Dunlop                                                                              1                                              2                                              1

 

Richard Hannon                                                                   1                                              1                                              1

 

Saeed bin Suroor                                                                 1                                              1                                              1

 

Ralph Beckett                                                                       1                                              1                                              -

 

Mick Channon                                                                      1                                              1                                              -

 

Charlie Hills                                                                           1                                              -                                               1

 

Andrew Balding                                                                    1                                              -                                               -

 

Tony Carroll                                                                          1                                              -                                               -

 

John Gosden                                                                         1                                              -                                               -

 

David Griffiths                                                                       1                                              -                                               -

 

Hughie Morrison                                                                  1                                              -                                               -

 

Amanda Perrett                                                                   1                                              -                                               -

 

Francois Rohaut FR                                                              1                                              -                                               -

 

Kevin Ryan                                                                            1                                              -                                               -

 

Ian Williams                                                                           1                                              -                                               -

 

Hugo Palmer                                                                         -                                               2                                              2

 

Roger Charlton                                                                     -                                               1                                              -

 

Paul Cole                                                                               -                                               1                                              -

 

Luca Cumani                                                                         -                                               1                                              -

 

David Elsworth                                                                      -                                               1                                              -

 

Dean Ivory                                                                             -                                               1                                              -

 

Sylvester Kirk                                                                        -                                               1                                              -

 

Jeremy Noseda                                                                     -                                               1                                              -

 

Sir Mark Prescott                                                                 -                                               1                                              -

 

Nigel Tinkler                                                                          -                                               1                                              -

 

Richard Fahey                                                                       -                                               -                                               2

 

David Simcock                                                                      -                                               -                                               2

 

Robert Cowell                                                                       -                                               -                                               1

 

Mick Easterby                                                                       -                                               -                                               1

 

Robert Eddery                                                                      -                                               -                                               1

 

Alan King                                                                               -                                               -                                               1

 

William Knight                                                                      -                                               -                                               1

 

David O’Meara                                                                     -                                               -                                               1

 

James Tate                                                                             -                                               -                                               1

 

Marcus Tregoning                                                                -                                               -                                               1

 

 

 

 

 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016 – WINNERS

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

 

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – FIRE FIGHTING (Alan Spence) Mark Johnston 5-9-05 Adam Kirby 8/1 Co Fav

 

2:35 G2 Qatar Vintage Stakes – WAR DECREE (Andrew Rosen, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-01 Ryan Moore 6/4 Fav

 

3:10 G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes – DUTCH CONNECTION (Godolphin) Charlie Hills 4-9-03 James McDonald 9/4 Fav

 

3:45 Better Odds With Matchbook Summer Handicap – ELIDOR (Jon & Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 6-9-10 Silvestre de Sousa 16/1

 

4:20 Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap – BOOM THE GROOM (Gary Attwood) Tony Carroll 5-9-00 Adam Kirby 13/2

 

4:55 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Stallions Maiden – BEST SOLUTION (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 James Doyle 11/2

 

5:30 Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies’ Handicap – DESERT HAZE (H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifia Al Thani) Ralph Beckett 3-8-09 Oisin Murphy 13/2

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Handicap – STAR RIDER (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) Hughie Morrison 4-8-13 Jimmy Fortune 11/1

 

2:35 G3 BeringIce Gordon Stakes – ULYSSES (Niarchos Family) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Andrea Atzeni 9/2

 

3:10 G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) – THE GURKHA (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien, IRE 3-9-00 Ryan Moore 11/8 Fav

 

3:45 G3 Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes – YALTA (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-01 James Doyle 8/1

 

4:20 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Maiden – PERFECT ANGEL (Mildmay Racing & D H Caslon) Andrew Balding 2-9-00 David Probert 8/1

 

4:55 EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap – SAGACIOUSLY (The Sagacious Lot) Ed Dunlop 4-9-11 James Doyle 14/1

 

5:25 NatWest Handicap – SHADY McCOY (Allwins Stables) Ian Williams 6-9-06 James Doyle 14/1

 

 

 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

1.20 The Magnolia Cup – ALKETIOS (Gilbert & Gamble) Chris Gordon – Isabelle Taylor

 

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – YOU’RE HIRED (George Materna) Amanda Perrett 3-8-02 Martin Dwyer 9/1

 

2:35 G2 Qatar Richmond Stakes – MEHMAS (Al Shaqab Racing) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori 7/2

 

3:10 G2 Qatar Goodwood Cup (British Champions Series) – BIG ORANGE (Bill Gredley) Michael Bell 5-9-08 Jamie Spencer 11/4 Fav

 

3:45 G3 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes – CALIFORNIA (Denford Stud) John Gosden 4-9-06 Robert Havlin 9/2

 

4:20 Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden – RHODODENDRON (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-00 Ryan Moore 10/11 Fav

 

4:55 Telegraph Nursery Handicap – BEAR VALLEY (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-06 James McDonald 8/1

 

5:30 Tatler Handicap – LAUGHTON (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 3-8-05 Shane Gray 13/2

 

 

 

Friday, July 29, 2016

 

2:00 Betfred Glorious Stakes (Group 3) – KINGS FETE (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-01 Ryan Moore 5/2 Fav

 

2:35 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) – THIKRIYAAT (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Paul Hanagan 9/4 Fav

 

3:10 Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) – FRANKLIN D (Bill & Tim Gredley) Michael Bell 4-9-01 Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

 

3:45 Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2) – TAKE COVER (Norcroft Park Stud) David Griffiths 9-9-02 David Allan 8/1

 

4:20 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap – FINAL RECKONING (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-01 James McDonald 9/2 Fav

 

4:55 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes (Group 3) – AL JAZI (Al Shaqab Racing) Francois Rohaut FR 3-8-10 Gregory Benoist 12/1

 

5:30 Betfred Mobile Handicap – POET’S WORD (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-07                Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

 

 

 

L’ORMARINS BEST DRESSED

 

 

 

Sarah Weston, from Newmarket, won the L’Ormarins Best Dressed competition today and will enjoy a trip of a lifetime to South Africa in January.

 

 

 

Wearing the signature colours of L’Ormarins, blue and white, Sarah looked stunning in an Eliza J dress, shoes from L K Bennett and a hat from the Goodwood Collection.

 

 

 

Her prize for two includes premium economy flights from London to Cape Town, five nights in a luxury hotel, private hospitality at the L’Ormarins wine estate and Drakenstein Stud, a day at the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate race meeting and more.

 

 

 

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