Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016 – all the news on third day







The going for the third day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival is now:


GOOD TO FIRM all over

(Previously Good, Good to Firm in places on Straight Course and Good to Firm on Round Course)


It was dry overnight and a dry day ahead is now forecast.


The course was watered overnight.


There is fresh ground by the inside rail for the last three furlongs of the straight.



Straight Course: Stands’ side

Round Course: Inside


The running rail from the six-furlong marker on the lower bend to the three-furlong marker in the straight has been dolled out six yards, increasing race distances by eight yards.


The top bend has been dolled three yards increasing race distances by eight yards.




2.00pm Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap

4              SPEED COMPANY (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

16           SABRE SQUADRON (IRE) (Going)


3.10pm Qatar Goodwood Cup

1              ASTRONEREUS (IRE) (Self Certificate, Lame)




3.10pm Betfred Mile Heritage Handicap

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

17           KEYSTROKE (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)
















The draw ceremony for the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup will take place in the winner’s enclosure today at 11.30am for a prompt start at 12 noon. Champagne and refreshments will be offered.


The famous six-furlong heritage handicap is staged at 3.45pm on the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival (Saturday, July 30) and connections will have the chance to select their draw position at today’s ceremony.


There is a maximum field of 28 for the Qatar Stewards’ Cup, final declarations for which were made at 10.00am today and will be available shortly.


Horses which failed to make the cut are eligible for the consolation race, the £75,000 Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, which is the opening race at 2.00pm on Saturday.











































2:00 Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (Consolation Race For The Qatar Stewards’ Cup) 6f £75,000

1 (8) Seeking Magic (Hood, Tongue Strap) Clive Cox 9st 10lb Ryan Tate

2 (25) Shamshon (IRE) Jamie Osborne 9st 10lb (6lb ex) Jamie Spencer

3 (11) Hoof It Michael Easterby 9st 9lb Nathan Evans (5)

4 (27) Iseemist (IRE) John Gallagher 9st 9lb Michael J. M. Murphy

5 (22) Projection Roger Charlton 9st 8lb Ryan Moore

6 (1) Soie d’Leau Kristin Stubbs 9st 8lb (6lb ex) Joe Fanning

7 (21) Dougan David Evans 9st 7lb Adam Kirby

8 (2) Charles Molson (Sheepskin C/P) Patrick Chamings 9st 7lb Hector Crouch (5)

9 (3) Nuno Tristan (USA) Richard Fahey 9st 7lb Adam McNamara (5)

10 (26) Gamesome (FR) Paul Midgley 9st 7lb Paul Mulrennan

11 (10) Muir Lodge (Tongue Strap) George Baker 9st 7lb Pat Cosgrave

12 (7) Related (Blinkers) Paul Midgley 9st 6lb Luke Morris

13 (13) Elysian Flyer (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Richard Hughes 9st 4lb Pat Dobbs

14 (19) Fast Track (Hood) David Barron 9st 4lb David Allan

15 (15) Mukaynis (IRE) (Blinkers) Kevin Ryan 9st 4lb Tom Eaves

16 (16) Misterioso (IRE) Jamie Osborne 9st 4lb (6lb ex) James Doyle

17 (18) El Viento (FR) (Visor) Richard Fahey 9st 3lb Dougie Costello

18 (5) Handsome Dude (Blinkers) David Barron 9st 2lb Rob Hornby (3)

19 (6) Grandad’s World (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 0lb Barry McHugh

20 (17) Ballymore Castle (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Richard Fahey 9st 0lb Paul Hanagan

21 (14) Lightning Charlie Amanda Perrett 8st 13lb (6lb ex) Jim Crowley

22 (24) Cool Bahamian (IRE) (Blinkers) Eve Johnson Houghton 8st 12lb Harry Bentley

23 (12) Barnet Fair David Nicholls 8st 12lb Franny Norton

24 (28) Secret Missile (Blinkers) Gary Moore 8st 12lb Sam Hitchcott

25 (4) Classic Seniority Marjorie Fife 8st 11lb Martin Harley

26 (20) Stellarta Michael Blanshard 8st 11lb David Probert

27 (23) Extrasolar (Tongue Strap) Amanda Perrett 8st 11lb Kieran Shoemark (3)

28 (9) Fairway To Heaven (IRE) Michael Wigham 8st 8lb

Eliminations Pettochside


2:35 Qatar Handicap 1m 4f £75,000

1 (11) Move Up Saeed bin Suroor 9st 7lb James Doyle

2 (2) Dal Harraild William Haggas 9st 5lb Pat Cosgrave

3 (4) Knights Table James Tate 9st 2lb David Allan

4 (13) Wall of Fire (IRE) (Blinkers) Hugo Palmer 9st 1lb Jim Crowley

5 (14) Soldier In Action (FR) Mark Johnston 9st 1lb Adam Kirby

6 (5) Beaverbrook Mark Johnston 9st 0lb James McDonald

7 (10) Shabbah (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 8st 12lb Ryan Moore

8 (7) Shraaoh (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 8st 12lb Frankie Dettori

9 (12) Paris Protocol Richard Hannon 8st 11lb Pat Dobbs

10 (15) White Shaheen William Muir 8st 9lb Martin Dwyer

11 (9) Emperor Napoleon Andrew Balding 8st 9lb David Probert

12 (8) Regal Monarch Mark Johnston 8st 6lb Franny Norton

13 (3) Gold Faith (IRE) Ralph Beckett 8st 6lb Harry Bentley

14 (16) Danehill Kodiac (IRE) Richard Hannon 8st 5lb Kieran O’Neill

15 (6) Master Blueyes (IRE) Alan King 8st 4lb Luke Morris

16 (1) Jaameh (IRE) Mark Johnston 8st 3lb Paul Hanagan

Eliminations: Second Serve (IRE), Isharah (USA), Theos Lolly (IRE)


3:10 Qatar Nassau Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m 1f 192y £600,000

1 (4) Beautiful Romance (Visor) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 7lb James Doyle

2 (2) Jemayel (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Jean Claude Rouget, France 8st 11lb Gregory Benoist

3 (1) Minding (IRE) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 8st 11lb Ryan Moore

4 (5) Queen’s Trust Sir Michael Stoute 8st 11lb James McDonald

5 (3) Swiss Range (Hood) John Gosden 8st 11lb Frankie Dettori


3:45 Qatar Stewards’ Cup Heritage Handicap 6f £250,000

1 (22) Baccarat (IRE) Charlie Appleby 9st 10lb James Doyle

2 (2) Ridge Ranger (IRE) Eric Alston 9st 10lb (6lb ex) Jason Hart

3 (9) G Force (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) A. P. Keatley, Ireland 9st 9lb Chris Hayes

4 (21) Kimberella David Nicholls 9st 4lb (6lb ex) Franny Norton

5 (12) Orion’s Bow David Nicholls 9st 4lb (6lb ex) Barry McHugh

6 (3) Jamesie (IRE) (Tongue Strap) David Marnane, Ireland 9st 3lb Pat Dobbs

7 (1) Alben Star (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 3lb Paul Hanagan

8 (23) Toofi (FR) Robert Cowell 9st 3lb Adam Kirby

9 (28) Poyle Vinnie Michael Appleby 9st 3lb Andrew Mullen

10 (8) Clear Spring (IRE) John Spearing 9st 3lb Timmy Murphy

11 (25) Ninjago (Blinkers) Paul Midgley 9st 2lb Luke Morris

12 (13) Dinkum Diamond (IRE) Henry Candy 9st 2lb Hector Crouch (5)

13 (18) Moonraker Mick Channon 9st 2lb Charles Bishop

14 (10) Hoofalong (Hood, Blinkers) Michael Easterby 9st 1lb Nathan Evans (5)

15 (7) Rivellino K. R. Burke 9st 1lb Dougie Costello

16 (14) Duke of Firenze David C. Griffiths 9st 0lb David Allan

17 (26) Growl Richard Fahey 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

18 (27) Spring Loaded (IRE) Paul D’Arcy 9st 0lb Frankie Dettori


19 (5) Red Pike (IRE) Bryan Smart 8st 13lb Paul Mulrennan

20 (16) Blaine (Blinkers) David Nicholls 8st 13lb Royston Ffrench

21 (24) Sir Robert Cheval Robert Cowell 8st 13lb Louis Steward (3)

22 (19) Swift Approval (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Kevin Ryan 8st 13lb (6lb ex) Tom Eaves

23 (11) Suzi’s Connoisseur (Visor, Tongue Strap) Stuart Williams 8st 12lb Aaron Jones (5)

24 (20) Raucous (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) William Haggas 8st 12lb Jim Crowley

25 (17) Hold Tight Saeed bin Suroor 8st 12lb James McDonald

26 (6) Withernsea (IRE) Richard Fahey 8st 12lb Jamie Spencer

27 (15) Go Far (Visor) Alan Bailey 8st 12lb Martin Harley

28 (4) Dancing Star Andrew Balding 8st 12lb (6lb ex) David Probert


4:20 Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden 7f £25,000

1 (12) Abiento (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 0lb Paul Hanagan

2 (6) Black Trilby (IRE) Clive Cox 9st 0lb Adam Kirby

3 (8) Colibri (IRE) Hugo Palmer 9st 0lb Jim Crowley

4 (11) Ghayyar (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Frankie Dettori

5 (9) Herm (IRE) David Evans 9st 0lb Kieran Shoemark

6 (7) Imphal Marcus Tregoning 9st 0lb Martin Dwyer

7 (4) Lockheed William Haggas 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

8 (5) Manolito de Madrid (GER) Andrew Balding 9st 0lb David Probert

9 (14) On To Victory Eve Johnson Houghton 9st 0lb Pat Cosgrave

10 (3) Ray’s The Money (IRE) Michael Bell 9st 0lb Jamie Spencer

11 (13) Star Stream Marcus Tregoning 9st 0lb Royston Ffrench

12 (10) Syncopation (IRE) Sylvester Kirk 9st 0lb Pat Dobbs

13 (2) The Secrets Out Luke Dace, Billingshurst 9st 0lb Kieran O’Neill

14 (1) Ultimat Power (IRE) Mark Hoad 9st 0lb Steve Drowne


4:55 Qatar Handicap 7f £30,000

1 (11) Calder Prince (IRE) Tom Dascombe 9st 7lb Liam Jones

2 (4) Venturous (IRE) Charlie Appleby 9st 1lb James McDonald

3 (13) Palawan (Hood) Richard Hannon 8st 13lb Kieran O’Neill

4 (15) Hornsby Charlie Appleby 8st 13lb James Doyle

5 (2) Estidraak (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute 8st 13lb Paul Hanagan

6 (16) Bobby Wheeler (IRE) Clive Cox 8st 12lb Frankie Dettori

7 (1) Whitman Mark Johnston 8st 11lb Franny Norton

8 (9) Stamp Hill (IRE) Richard Fahey 8st 10lb Barry McHugh

9 (14) George William Richard Hannon 8st 9lb Jim Crowley

10 (7) Mamillius George Baker 8st 8lb Steve Drowne

11 (12) Monteverdi (FR) (Sheepskin C/P) Jamie Osborne 8st 8lb Jamie Spencer

12 (8) Tigerwolf (IRE) Mick Channon 8st 5lb Martin Dwyer

13 (10) Red Artist (Visor) Simon Crisford 8st 4lb Harry Bentley

14 (6) Reputation (IRE) (Visor) John Quinn 8st 3lb Jimmy Quinn

15 (3) Hawatif (IRE) Mark Johnston 8st 2lb Joe Fanning

16 (5) Medburn Dream Paul Henderson 8st 2lb Edward Greatrex (3)


6:00 Qatar Apprentice Handicap 1m 1f £20,000

1 (18) Bold Prediction (IRE) Ed Walker 10st 0lb Adam McNamara (3)

2 (12) Holiday Magic (IRE) Michael Easterby 9st 12lb Nathan Evans (3)

3 (3) Pactolus (IRE) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Stuart Williams 9st 12lb Aaron Jones (3)

4 (9) Heisman (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) George Baker 9st 11lb Michael J. M. Murphy

5 (8) Fiftyshadesfreed (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) George Baker 9st 9lb Rob Hornby

6 (16) Illusive (IRE) George Scott 9st 7lb Marc Monaghan

7 (5) Banditry (IRE) (Hood) Ian Williams 9st 7lb George Downing

8 (4) Craftsmanship (FR) Robert Eddery 9st 5lb David Egan (7)

9 (13) Artful Rogue (IRE) Amanda Perrett 9st 5lb Kieran Shoemark

10 (1) Eurystheus (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Michael Appleby 9st 5lb George Buckell (3)

11 (11) Mr Quicksilver (Hood, Tongue Strap) Ed Walker 9st 3lb Edward Greatrex

12 (6) Aqua Ardens (GER) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) George Baker 9st 2lb William Cox (7)

13 (14) Bathos (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 2lb Ross Coakley

14 (15) Open The Red Amanda Perrett 9st 2lb Hector Crouch (3)

15 (17) Berkeley Vale Roger Teal 9st 0lb Kevin Lundie (5)

16 (2) Freight Train (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Mark Johnston 9st 0lb Louis Steward

17 (10) Van Huysen (IRE) (Hood) Dominic Ffrench Davis 9st 0lb (6lb ex) Lulu Stanford

18 (7) Bridge of Sighs Martin Smith 8st 11lb Natalie Hambling (5)

Eliminations: Worlds His Oyster, Mediciman, Sark (IRE), See You When (IRE), Irish Optimism (IRE), Major Assault, Lido Lady (IRE), Ravenhoe (IRE), Kismet Hardy










The Qatar Stewards’ Cup

Heritage Handicap, £250,000 total prize fund. Qatar Goodwood Festival, 3.45pm, Saturday, July 30, 6f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Lowest weight 8st, highest weight not less than 9st 10lb. Penalties: after July 2, a winner 6lb. Entries closed June 28, entries revealed June 29 (115 entries), scratchings deadline July 12 (111 remained), five-day confirmations July 25 (86 remained), final declarations 10am July 28. Maximum final field of 28.


Horse                                     AgeWgt Owner                                                   Trainer                                   Jockey                    DRAW

1) BACCARAT (IRE)               7-9-10    Godolphin                                             Charlie Appleby                   James Doyle          22

2) RIDGE RANGER (IRE)       5-9-10 (6lb ex) Con Harrington                         Eric Alston                             Jason Hart              2

3) G FORCE (IRE) (T, CP)      5-9-08    Equinegrowthpartners Syndicate     Adrian Keatley IRE               Chris Hayes           9

4) KIMBERELLA                     6-9-04 (6lb ex) C Titcomb                                   David Nicholls                       Franny Norton      21

5) ORION’S BOW                 5-9-04 (6lb ex) T J Swiers                                   David Nicholls                       Barry McHugh      12

6) JAMESIE (IRE) (T)             8-9-03    D Lavelle                                                David Marnane IRE              Pat Dobbs              3

7) ALBEN STAR (IRE)            8-9-03    J K Shannon & M A Scaife                   Richard Fahey                       Paul Hanagan        1

8) TOOFI (FR)                        5-9-03    Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar      Robert Cowell                       Adam Kirby           23

9) POYLE VINNIE                 6-9-02    C L Bacon                                               Michael Appleby                  Andrew Mullen    28

10) CLEAR SPRING (IRE)      8-9-03    H James                                                  John Spearing                       Timmy Murphy     8

11) NINJAGO (BL)                6-9-02    Taylor’s Bloodstock Ltd                       Paul Midgley                         Luke Morris          25

12) DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE) 8-9-02 Eight Star Syndicate                           Henry Candy                         Hector Crouch (5)  13

13) MOONRAKER 4-9-02    Christopher Wright & Emily Asprey Mick Channon                      Charles Bishop      18

14) HOOFALONG (H, BL)    6-9-01    A Chandler, L Westwood, D & Y Blunt Michael Easterby              Nathan Evans (5)  10

15) RIVELLINO                     6-9-01    Melba Bryce                                         Karl Burke                             Douglie Costello   7

16) DUKE OF FIRENZE         7-9-00    Adlam,Damary-Thompson,Wilson,Griffiths David Griffiths           David Allan            14

17) GROWL                           4-9-00    Dr Marwan Koukash                            Richard Fahey                       Ryan Moore          26

18) SPRING LOADED (IRE)  4-9-00    Rowley Racing                                      Paul D’Arcy                           Frankie Dettori     27

19) RED PIKE (IRE)                5-8-13    Sir A Ferguson, P Deal & G Lowe      Bryan Smart                          Paul Mulrennan   5

20) BLAINE (BL)                    6-8-13    Lady O’Reilly                                         David Nicholls                       Royston Ffrench   16

21) SIR ROBERT CHEVAL     5-8-13    Heart of the South Racing                  Robert Cowell                       Louis Steward (3) 24

22) SWIFT APPROVAL (IRE) (CP) 4-8-13 (6lb ex) Middleham Park Racing XLIX Kevin Ryan                   Tom Eaves             19

23) SUZI’S CONNOISSEUR (V, T) 5-8-12 Qatar Racing Limited                    Stuart Williams                     Aaron Jones (5)    11

24) RAUCOUS (T, CP)          3-8-12    Highclere Thoroughbred Racing(Melbourne)                William Haggas    Jim Crowley           20

25) HOLD TIGHT                   4-8-12    Godolphin                                             Saeed bin Suroor                 James McDonald  17

26) WITHERNSEA (IRE)        5-8-12    Tiffin Sandwiches Limited                   Richard Fahey                       Jamie Spencer      6

27) GO FAR (V)                     6-8-12    R West                                                   Alan Bailey                            Martin Harley       15

28) DANCING STAR             3-8-12 (6lb ex) Jeff Smith                                   Andrew Balding                    David Probert       4




















A field of 12 pure-bred Arabian horses is set to go to post for Saturday’s mile Qatar International Stakes (5.30pm), the penultimate race of this year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival.


The Qatar International Stakes is the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown with the remaining two legs being the mile and a quarter Group One Qatar Arabian World Cup in October, held on Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe day and the mile and a half Group One HH Emir’s Sword, which will be held at Doha in February 2017. Any horse who wins all three legs of the Doha Triple Crown will receive a US$1 million bonus.


Run over one mile and with a prize fund of £400,000, the Group One showpiece at Goodwood contains a stellar line-up for this year’s renewal.


The field is headed by Al Mourtajez, trained in France by Thomas Fourcy and is owned by Al Shaqab Racing. Al Mourtajez is the highest rated Arabian racehorse in the world and was a facile five-length winner of the Group One Qatar Arabian World Cup at Longchamp last year. Julian Auge takes the ride.


French trainer Elizabeth Bernard trains Sir Bani Yas who finished behind Al Mourtzjez in the Qatar Arabian World Cup but was successful in last year’s Qatar International Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Jean-Bernard Eyquem, who rode the horse to victory in 2015, is once again on board.


Prada T, trained by Gerd Zoetelief from the Netherlands, was a close second in the 2015 Qatar International Stakes. Pat Dobbs takes over the ride on the horse.


Beverley Deutrom saddles four of the 12 runners in the race. Furry, ridden by Harry Bentley, Kao Kat Mhf, partnered by Ryan Tate, Karar, with David Probert up andLahoob, the mount of Richard Mullen, make up the United Arab Emirates trainer’s quartet.


The US-bred TM Thunder Struck represents Qatari trainer Alban De Mieulle. French jockey Olivier Peslier is in the saddle.


Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani is represented by Rawah, who is trained in France by Francois Rohaut, the mount of Francois Xavier Bertras, while fellow Frenchman Damien de Watrigant saddles Sahabba, ridden by Jean-Baptiste Hamelin.


John Wilson’s Alcea Rosea and French trainer Stefan Simon’s Amjad Al Aziz, ridden by Antoine Hamelin, complete the 12-runner field.









The second day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival was another busy period for both backers and layers on the Matchbook Exchange, the official betting for the first three days of the Festival, and representative Roibeard Long said the firm were once again delighted with the volumes that passed through their new racing product and the coverage they have received so far.


“The Sussex was obviously the busiest race of the day,” said Long. “It went the way of the backers in the end as The Ghurka triumphed, having been popular all morning. The support for The Gurkha did actually dry up for a period around lunchtime as some money finally came for Galileo Gold, but it didn’t last long and the favourite was well backed all the way to the off eventually going off around 2.37 (11/8).


“Aidan (O’Brien – trainer)’s horses are all the rage again today with our backers, and our eyes are firmly fixed on the opening Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap at 2.00pm. This is a pretty open race so the layers are sure to get involved. Our offer of 0% commission on all horse racing bets for July is certainly proving popular with our customers, and the anticipation we’ve felt for the launch of our horse racing product has been well founded.”


2.00pm – Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap:


Another competitive opener. Backers are keen on a couple at bigger prices including Mark Johnston’s Abareeq who is now 17.0 (16/1) from 26.0 (25/1) and David Simcock’s Red Rannagh who has been backed into 19.0 (18/1) from 34.0 (33/1).


2.35pm – Qatar Richmond Stakes


Blue Point is a big drifter with the layers now offering 2.0 (Evens). There has been plenty of support for the Aidan O’Brien-trained Intelligence Cross who is now as short as 3.5 (5/2) having been 5.5 (9/2) first thing this morning.


3.10pm – Qatar Goodwood Cup


Last year’s winner Big Orange has been a solid all week and is currently trading around the 5.0 (4/1) mark. Aidan O’Brien’s Sword Fighter may well challenge last year’s winner for favouritism come the off, however, and has been very popular with backers this morning at 6.0 (5/1).


4.20pm – Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes


Another Aidan O’Brien horse, Rhododendron, has been the best backed horse of the day and is now around the 2.25 (5/4) mark having opened at 3.0 (2/1).


3.10pm Saturday – Qatar Nassau Stakes


Minding faces four rivals as she goes in search of a sixth Group One victory in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday and it looks like she will go off a very short price – she is currently trading at 1.33 (1/3).


3.45pm – Qatar Stewards’ Cup


Andrew Balding’s Dancing Star has been the popular choice for the Qatar Stewards’ Cup with our backers this morning since the final declarations and the draw and the three-year-old is now into 8.0 (7/1) from 11.0 (10/1).





The Gurkha was the star of the show on the second day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and, understandably, the racing pages of the national newspapers all focus on a thrilling finish to yesterday’s Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes.


‘Fast Kha’ screams the headline in The Sun’s popular Favourite pullout (the only paper to produce a racing supplement again today), under which their correspondent Claude Duval writes that ‘The Gurkha cut his old foe down to size’ alluding to the fact that yesterday’s runner-up Galileo Gold had drawn first blood when the pair met in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Duval goes on to suppose that Galileo Gold’s jockey, Frankie Dettori, will be ‘glad to see the back of the first two days of Goodwood’ as he has ‘failed to get off the mark despite partnering five favourites’.


The Daily Star leads with ‘The Gurkha Strikes Gold’, with their scribe Chris Goulding noticing that ‘Ribchester could be considered unfortunate not to finish closer’ after the Richard Fahey-trained and Godolphin-owned three-year-old finished with a late rattle to snatch third. David Yates, writing as Newsboy in the Daily Mirror, states that ‘revenge was sweet for Ryan Moore’ as ‘The Gurkha settled a score with Ascot conqueror Galileo Gold’ in yesterday’s race while the Press Association’s Graham Clark sees his piece for the wire pop up in the i, noting that ‘it was a fifth Sussex Stakes for (trainer Aidan) O’Brien, having previously struck gold with Ballydoyle greats Giant’s Causeway (2000), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008) and Rip Van Winkle (2009)’.


The Daily Mail’s Marcus Townend writes that although ‘it was no knockout blow, The Gurkha was left holding the crown as king of the season’s Classic milers’ following the Qatar Sussex Stakes, while The Times’ Mark Souster opines that ‘The Gurkha lived up to his name with a courageous, brave and ultimately well-timed victory’ in the Group One contest. The Guardian’s Greg Wood focuses on O’Brien’s tilt at this year’s trainers’ title, noting that ‘The Gurkha’s success was O’Brien’s fifth Group One victory of the year in Britain and took him past £4.5m in prize money for the current season’. Wood also mentions that John Gosden, the reigning champion and O’Brien’s nearest pursuer, has ‘yet to reach £2m’. Marcus Armytage, racing correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, not only looks at the current trainers’ championship after the Qatar Sussex Stakes but also the jockeys’ championship. He writes that not only is The Gurkha’s jockey Ryan Moore ‘only four winners off (current champion) Silvestre de Sousa’ but he ‘is already nudging £5 million in domestic earnings, a staggering seven times more than de Sousa’.


The weekly Chichester Observer, Goodwood’s local paper, reports that ‘it’s turning into a record breaking week at Goodwood – and bosses could not be more delighted’. Steve Bone, the paper’s correspondent, reckons that ‘the biggest-ever amount of prize-money’ has precipitated ‘exactly the sort of growth Goodwood chiefs envisaged when they struck a megabucks ten-year deal with Qatar to sponsor their Glorious week’. There are plenty of pictures of people enjoying themselves on the Sussex Downs, while the paper urges its readers to ‘keep fully up to date with the fun at’.


Racing’s trade paper, the Racing Post, reckons today is ‘going to be Big’, a reference to last year’s Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange, who is back to defend his crown this afternoon. Lee Mottershead sets the scene, noting that last year’s winner has a ‘big chance to join an elite club’ of horses that have won two or more Goodwood Cups., a feat which has been achieved by super stayers Yeats, Persian Punch, Further Flight, Le Moss and Double Trigger, who won three runnings of this historic race.


Tom Peacock, writing a tipping piece on today’s racing at Goodwood in The Daily Telegraph, reckons that Big Orange is ‘primed for Cup repeat’, a view shared by the i‘s racing tipster. Templegate, The Sun’s top tipster, reckons Quest For More is a ‘Dickens of a bet in this great staying prize’, while The Guardian’s Chris Cook thinks that the three-year-old, Sword Fighter, can take the Cup back to Ireland for trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Times’ Rob Wright is often a tipster to follow and his Goodwood Cup selection is Kinema, who he feels can ‘continue his rise through the ranks after joining Ralph Beckett’s stable’ by landing the £312,100 event.









Yesterday’s weather forecast for today has thankfully proved completely wrong and Goodwood is set for a dry and pleasant Ladies’ Day rather than a drizzly and overcast one.


Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, reported that dry weather is forecast for the remainder of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, which concludes on Saturday, July 30.


He changed the going description for the Straight Course to Good to Firm early this morning from Good, Good to Firm in places after a dry night.


The official going is:-

Straight Course: Good to Firm (from Good, Good to Firm in places)

Round Course: Good to Firm


Buckley said at 10am: “There has been a slight change in the ground and I am calling the going Good to Firm everywhere.


“The GoingStick reading is 8.4 (at 9am) overall from 8.1 on the first two days of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.


“We watered certain areas of the round course last night, as well as the outer bend. We anticipate watering the straight after racing this evening.


“There is still plenty of juice in the ground and it is genuinely Good to Firm ground. I cannot see any rain about before Saturday night. I think we can keep on top of things with the watering. We will water tonight and probably tomorrow night – we will try and keep the going description as it is.”


The draw for the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup, the historic heritage handicap run over six furlongs on Saturday, takes place at noon today. GoingStick readings, taken this morning, have been issued for the Straight Course and are 8.3 for the stands’ side and 8.5 for the far side.


There is fresh ground today on the far side of the straight, about six yards wide, for three and a half furlongs from the winning post after the running rail was taken back to its original position.


Further fresh ground will be available tomorrow on the inside, primarily for the Betfred Mile, when the rail from the six-furlong marker on the bottom bend to approaching the three-furlong pole is pushed back after racing tonight.


There will also be fresh ground on the inside of the top bend on Saturday, for the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes, when the rail is taken back three yards after racing on Friday.









The draw for Saturday’s Qatar Stewards’ Cup (3.45pm) took place earlier today in the winner’s enclosure.


The first horse out of the 28-runner draw for the six-furlong, £250,000 contest was the Eric Alston-trained Ridge Ranger, who was a one and three-quarter length winner of a Group Three contest at York last time, and connections went for stall two on the far side.


The last horse out was Paul D’Arcy’s Spring Loaded who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori and was a multiple winner on the All-Weather during the winter. He was left with stall 27, one off the stands’ side.


Henry Candy saddles Dinkum Diamond in the handicap. Given 12th choice, he opted for stall 13 for the eight-year-old, who was a two and a quarter-length seventh at Newmarket last time. Candy said: “I’m delighted with the draw. It’s pleasing as it allows me to give Hector [Crouch, jockey] the options of what to do on the horse. “


The son of Aussie Rules was fourth in Europe’s richest sprint handicap last year and Candy added: “Dinkum Diamond is in great form at home. The ground and the trip are perfect for him.”


Tommy Burns, travelling head lad for Saeed bin Suroor, chose stall 17 for the Godolphin gelding Hold Tight when 17th to  get the opportunity. The four-year-old ran at Newmarket earlier this month and he finished sixth, beaten two and a half-lengths. Burns said: “Ideally, we wanted to be drawn in the middle and also get an even number draw, but unfortunately, as the draw went on, we had fewer options.


“As we were keen to be in the middle of the track, we had to go for stall 17 but saying that, Swift Approval [stall 19, Kevin Ryan] is a lead horse so he will give us some pace which we will be able to follow. So we should be pretty happy with that outcome.


“The trip and the ground are definitely a positive for him. He ran well at Newmarket last time. We’ll see how he gets on this time. The horses have been running well.”


Ernie Greaves, father of David Nicholls’ wife Alex Greaves, represented the Yorkshire stable at the Qatar Stewards’ Cup draw and was a busy man as he was responsible for three horses – Kimberella, Orion’s Bow and Blaine.


Orion’s Bow, one of the favourites, was the third horse out of the hat and Greaves chose stall 12 for the mount of Barry McHugh. Blaine (Royston Ffrench) was the next horse chosen and Greaves went for stall 16. He then had to wait as Kimberella (Franny Norton) was the 23rd horse picked and Greaves selected 21.


He explained afterwards: “The trainer wanted between 10 and 19 if possible – those were my instructions.


“Nobody knows the best draw and a lot of people have been coming towards the stands’ rail even though they have been told it is not the best place to be (GoingStick readings – stands’ side 8.3 and far side 8.5). Who is to know?


“I tried to keep our three apart, rather than them all being next to each other. The horses from the yard are in brilliant form and all three of our Qatar Stewards’ Cup horses are fancied. Orion’s Bow and Kimberalla both have 6lb penalties for winning, while Blaine, though out of sorts recently, won a six-furlong handicap at Epsom in early June and this is a similar course. Saturday will tell.”


Nicholls has a great record in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup, having won it with Tayseer (2000), Gift Horse (2005) and Evens And Odds (2010).




Frankie Dettori remains six winners short of his 3,000th British winner after the three-time British Champion jockey failed to register a winner on the second day of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival.


Dettori’s best result came in the day’s feature race, the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.10pm), aboard QIPCO 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes victor Galileo Gold, who finished a neck second to Aidan O’Brien’s The Gurkha.


The Italian also finished a three and three-quarter length third on the Ed Dunlop-trained Global Applause in the Group Three Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes (3.45pm).


Dettori has five rides at the Sussex venue today, including the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas in the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes (2.35pm) and Sandro Botticelli, trained by John Ryan, in the Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.10pm).


Dettori has won the Qatar Goodwood Cup three times, aboard Kayf Tara (1999), Schiaparelli (2009) and Opinion Poll (2011).


Dettori’s five rides today are:

High Shields (Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, 2.00pm)

Mehmas (Qatar Richmond Stakes, 2.35pm)

Sandro Botticelli (Qatar Goodwood Cup, 3.10pm)

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

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


Dettori’s four rides tomorrow 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)

Swiss Range – (Qatar Nassau 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 six mounts yesterday finished:

Platitude (BeringIce Gordon Stakes, 2.35pm) – Eighth

Galileo Gold (Qatar Sussex 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 (Qatar Lennox 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







Magnolia Cup – Winning Quotes




Event rider Izzy Taylor won the Magnolia Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon in a thrilling finish which saw the first three home involved in a tight finish.


Taylor, who was riding Alketios for trainer Chris Gordon, was always handy on the five-year-old and, with the stands’ side rail to race against, the pair came home narrowly in front of the Scott Dixon-trained Armelle (ridden by Dido Harding) and the Jim Boyle-trained Continuum (real name Perfect Pastime and ridden by Emily Baxendale).


The key objective of the Magnolia Cup is to raise as much money as possible for female-focused charities and, in doing so, raise their profile. Through a mixture of sponsorship, ticket sales from the Regency Ball (held at Goodwood House last night), private donations and betting initiatives, the Magnolia Cup has raised over £1 million for charity over the last five years.


Taylor, who wore silks designed by Jasmine Guinness, was brought up around horses and was born to ride. Her grandmother, Jane Whiteley, was second at Badminton, while her great-aunt, Anneli Drummond-Hay, won both Badminton and Burghley before turning her attention to showjumping at the highest level.

“That was great,” said Taylor.

“It’s something I’ve never experienced before – to be in this situation with a chance of winning, and then actually winning, is amazing.


“He travelled really well for me. Dido (Harding, jockey of runner-up Armelle) was upside me so I thought I must be in the right place.


“I’ve never actually ridden Alketios before so this is the first time I’ve met him. I rode in this race last year but finished nowhere. This year was much better though!”




Dido Harding finished an excellent second in the 2016 renewal of the Magnolia Cup, the Goodwood charity race, aboard Armelle for trainer Scott Dixon.


Harding, the CEO of TalkTalk, has ridden in every Magnolia Cup apart from the 2014 renewal and was filling the runner-up position for the second year in a row.


Harding and Armelle travelled well throughout the contest towards the stands’ side and kept on resolutely in the five and a half-furlong contest to finish in the places.


She said: “I loved every second of it. It was brilliant to ride in the race again. I would have loved it even more if we had won but it was a brilliant experience. It was a huge thrill.”


Trainer Jim Boyle was delighted with Emily Baxendale’s ride aboard third-placed Continuum. The creative director and founder of Emily-London milliners always had Boyle’s horse well positioned and the pair stayed on well to finish third.


Boyle said: “Emily has come in every day to ride this horse.


“She clearly doesn’t have to, as she’s busy enough as it is as a milliner, so she deserved a good day out here. She rides Perfect Pastime every day when she’s here and he’s become her adopted horse. They get on so well together.


“I don’t normally wear hats but Emily has made me one so I had to wear it today. She measured my head at the yard the other day with a piece of hay bale twine – it fits perfectly!”









Amanda Perrett registered her seventh winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival courtesy of 9/1 shot You’re Hired in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap.


Martin Dwyer managed to do 8st 2lb in the one mile and two furlong contest but was caught wide.


Entering the final furlong, the son of Dalakhani ran on to snatch the lead in the closing stages  and won by a head from Ode To Evening , with Stargazer who was a further head back in third.


Perrett said: “It’s great to have a winner at my local track. It’s so special for George [Materna, owner] to have a winner here.


“The owners have been very patient with this horse. He had a problem earlier in the year and they didn’t ever rush us at any stage.


“We just about managed to squeeze in the race at Salisbury [won by a neck, July 9] to get him handicapped and it’s fantastic.


“You’re Hired was pretty flat out right from the word go and only got up in the last strides of the line at Salisbury.


“He just showed his inexperience by hanging quite badly left-handed but Martin [Dwyer, jockey] is an experienced man on top and he got him to where we needed him to be at the right time. Martin also did the weight thankfully.


“You’re Hired is by Dalakhani so I don’t think we were expecting him to be particularly precocious. His half-brother by Frankel [Seven Heavens] won first time out for Prince Khalid Abdullah. It is a wonderful CheveleyPark family and we are very lucky to buy into it.”


Perrett, registering her 68th Goodwood success, suggested the colt could return to the Sussex venue during August adding: “I’d like to take him and give him a nice break and I will probably bring him back here for something at the end of August.”


2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap

1) You’re Hired (George Materna) Amanda Perrett 3-8-02 Martin Dwyer 9/1

2) Ode To Evening (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-07 James McDonald 10/1

3) Stargazer (Michael Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-04 Ryan Moore 11/2 Fav

15 ran

Time: 2m 05.49s

Distances: hd, hd

Tote Win £10.80 Place £3.30,£4.00,£2.00 Exacta £121.80

Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd

Breeding: b c Dalakhani (IRE) – Heaven Sent (Pivotal)

Amanda Perrett – 68 Goodwood Wins (7 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Martin Dwyer – 64 Goodwood wins (11 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)




You’re Hired got the better of Ode To Evening and Stargazer in a thrilling finish to the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


The 9/1 shot didn’t have the best passages through the race but managed to get his head in front where it mattered, edging out 10/1 chance Ode To Evening by a head with 11/2 favourite Stargazer a further head back in third.


Jockey Martin Dwyer revealed after the race that You’re Hired was quietly fancied.


“Amanda (Perrett – trainer) told me that she really liked this horse and to make sure that I did the weight today!” said the jockey.


“She thought he had an outstanding chance so I’m glad I listened to her – her faith was well justified. He was drawn wide and he was awkward round the bend and when that happens, it’s not a nice feeling.


“The step up in trip has helped him improve but we wondered how well he would handle Goodwood on just his fourth start. He’s still a bit of a baby. From a wide draw, you have to make the decision whether to go forward and try and get across or to drop in and hold him up.


“We had no weight so we decided to go forward but I got trapped wide and had nowhere else to go really. It’s a big ask to come here and do what he has on only his fourth start – he’s still very inexperienced.


“I’d say he’s got plenty of talent – he must be alright to do what he has. It’s great for the owner (George Materna) – he’s a nice man to ride for. A great result.”




Jockey James McDonald was in a reflective mood after Ode To Evening had just been touched off by You’re Hired in a desperate finish to the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


The 10/1 shot, trained by Mark Johnston, made a valiant effort to carry top-weight to victory and back up his previous victory at Newmarket, when he won at odds of 25/1.


However, although it was another game effort from the three-year-old, he couldn’t quite repel the challenge of the Amanda Perrett-trained runner, eventually going down by a head with 11/2 favourite Stargazer a further head back in third.


“It was one of those races that could have gone either way,” said McDonald.


“Unfortunately it didn’t go my way. He’s tough and honest though and ran all the way to the line.”









Mehmas defied a 3lb penalty to land the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


The 7/2 shot had to dig deep to repel the challenge of runner-up and 5/6 favourite Blue Point, and the two-year-old stuck to his guns admirably, eventually prevailing by a neck, with the pair three lengths clear of their other two rivals.


Trainer Richard Hannon was delighted with the performance of Mehmas and revealed that the son of Acclamation was likely to head to a Group One race next time out.


“He’s very tough,” said Hannon.


“I love the horse. He is very tough and has done nothing wrong all year. He is a horse we like a lot – the Sheikh likes him (Sheikh Joaan – owner of Al Shaqab Racing) and I love him even more now.


“Ultimately he is extremely talented. We’ll utilise him this year as a two-year-old and probably think about either the Prix Morny (at Deauville) or the National Stakes (at the Curragh).


“I was delighted with him today. He’s carried a 3lb penalty and has been on the go all year. He doesn’t do a lot at home and is just a lovely horse to have around.


“He’s quite impressive. I think maybe this will be his year rather than next year but I wouldn’t put anything beyond him. He’ll get seven and a half furlongs and he’s beaten most of the best juveniles around so why not strike while the iron is hot? We need to win a Group One with him and what we do after that we will have to wait and see.


“We’ll see how he does over the winter. He’s very simple and straight forward and a joy to work with. I thought he was a little bit on his toes today but maybe he’s just realising where he is now as he’s so relaxed at home.”




Frankie Dettori recorded his 2,995th British victory aboard the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas (7/2) in the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes.


Dettori, riding in the colours of his retainer Al Shaqab Racing, settled the two-year-old in behind the market leader Blue Point in the six-furlong contest.


At around the furlong pole, Dettori’s mount came up to challenge Blue Point for the lead and just managed to get the better of the Godolphin colt in a great battle all the way to the line to register a neck success and provide Dettori with his 65th victory at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.


Dettori said: “Mehmas is not overly big but he has a big heart to compensate. He took it to the favourite and showed what a tenacious horse he is.


“Mehmas is straightforward and does not need any cover. He loves a scrap and came up trumps.”


Dettori added: “He does not know how to run a bad race.”


2:35 G2 Qatar Richmond Stakes 6f

1 Mehmas (Al Shaqab Racing) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori 7/2

2 Blue Point (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-00 James Doyle 5/6 Fav

3 Intelligence Cross (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-00 Ryan Moore 5/2

4 ran

Time: 1m 11.00s

Distances: nk, 3

Tote  Win £4.00 Exacta £7.40

Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd

Breeding: b c Acclamation – Lucina (Machiavellian (USA)

Richard Hannon – 32 Goodwood Wins (9 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Frankie Dettori – 192 Goodwood wins (65 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)




Charlie Appleby was pleased with the run of 5/6 favourite Blue Point in the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes after his charge finished a neck second to Richard Hannon’s Mehmas.


The Godolphin-owned colt made the running in the six-furlong contest and was challenged for the lead around the furlong pole. Mehmas and Blue Point engaged in a fight all the way to the line inside the final furlong with Frankie Dettori just getting the better of Blue Point and James Doyle.


Appleby said: “We’ve been beaten by a nice horse there [Mehmas]. He was placed at Royal Ascot and was a July Stakes winner. I just think it is inexperience that caught us out there.


“Blue Point has been asked to go about his business and I was really pleased when Frankie’s horse came to him and we quickened and got that neck up on him. But Frankie just has that experience and was able to outbattle us in the end.


“Blue Point will come forward for that for sure. He is still a very talented horse. He likes to get into a rhythm and, at halfway, I was very happy with what I was seeing – he was starting to step through the gears.”


Appleby also suggested a stronger pace in the race would have suited the son of Shamardal. The Godolphin handler commented: “We will stick to six furlongs but unfortunately we knew we were going to struggle today as there wasn’t much pace in the race so we wanted to go out there and keep and simple and get him into a rhythm. We just have to make sure there is pace in the race for him next time.


Appleby suggested the Prix Morny at Deauville as a possible target for the colt. He remarked: “He is a horse who we still hold in high regard and we will look for something like the Prix Morny (G1, 6f, Deauville, August 21) for him.”









The Michael Bell-trained Big Orange became the first horse since Double Trigger (1997 and 1998) to retain the Qatar Goodwood Cup following a gutsy length and a quarter success in the Group Two contest.


The Jamie Spencer-ridden colt led throughout the two-mile contest. Turning for home, the son of Duke Of Marmalade was still travelling well for Spencer despite horses lining up in behind ready to challenge the gelding.


However, the five-year-old was not for passing and fended off the challenge of second-placed Pallasator and third-home Sheikhzayedroad.


A delighted Bell said: “Big Orange is a very brave horse. He gives his all. He has got as very good mind and engine and he has good limbs as well – that combination is a potent force.


“Big Orange is an enormous horse and big horses tend to mature with age. It is a bit of cliché but like a fine wine he is getting better with age. He is just a star and we are so lucky to have him. He has a massive stride and such a high cruising speed. Touch wood he is very clean limbed and loves this fast ground.


“I thought he was headed and said to Claire ‘he is beat’ but Jamie always knew he was going to win. We saw Big Orange at a breaking yard in the summer of his two-year-old career. Bill wasn’t going to send him in but this horse cantered by and we said ‘God, this horse moves well let’s give it a go’ and the rest is history.


“He was a very raw product as yearling and was a box-walker so he didn’t go to the sales as he would have made a ham sandwich. It’s great because he has now won a lot of prize money with still more to come. He won well today and won the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket by two lengths this year. Last year he won those races by a neck and half a length so you would have to say he has improved and I think the handicapper would probably say he has as well.


“In the Princess of Wales’s Stakes he beat the Grey Gatsby who is a Group One winner so our horse is a high-class horse over both a mile and a half and two miles and he likes fast ground so he travels very well.”


As for the future, Bell suggested another trip to the Melbourne Cup, in which he finished a two and a half-length fifth last year was a possibility: “Bill [Gredley, co-owner] is not so keen [on Melbourne Cup] but Tim (Gredley) is very keen and I am quite keen, although I think we need to see what weight he gets before we commit. There are other possible targets like the Canadian International or Hong Kong. There is a lot to be chewed over and Bill usually opens a good bottle of wine when we talk plans!


“The Melbourne Cup is a handicap so there is no point flying round the world if you think you’ve got too much weight. I’ve got to talk to Bill but I think we will make the entry. The Caulfield Cup is also a handicap so that is an option but we would have to see what he is rated. I doubt his rating will go up today but we will have to see what weight he is given before deciding about Melbourne. He has got the attitude to do it and I enjoy the Melbourne experience more than any other experience I have had on a racecourse so we might go back if we feel we could troubling the judge.”


G2 Qatar Goodwood Cup (British Champions Series) 2m

1 Big Orange (Bill Gredley) Michael Bell 5-9-08 Jamie Spencer 11/4 Fav

2 Pallasator (Qatar Racing Limited)   Sir Mark Prescott 7-9-08 Oisin Murphy 9/1

3 Sheikhzayedroad (Mohammed Jaber) David Simcock 7-9-08 Martin Harley 11/1

14 ran Time: 3m 24.93s Distances: 1¼, hd

Tote Win £3.30 Place £1.50,£3.10,£3.30 Exacta £27.30

Breeder: Stetchworth & Middle Park Studs Breeding: b g Duke Of Marmalade – Miss Brown To You (Fasliyev)

Michael Bell – 24 Goodwood Wins (9 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Jamie Spencer – 49 Goodwood wins (13 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)




Big Orange became the first horse since Double Trigger (1997 and 1998) to land back-to-back runnings of the Qatar Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


The 11/4 favourite, who is trained by Michael Bell, took up his customary front-running position in the early stages of the race and didn’t see another rival, with only Sir Mark Prescott’s Pallasator getting anyway near the five-year-old in the final furlong.


Jockey Jamie Spencer galvanised his mount for one final effort though and the pair stuck on gamely to record a one and a quarter length victory. Spencer explained shortly after the race that he had an armchair ride throughout.


“I had a very easy race,” said the jockey, celebrating his 13th success at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.


“He was bowling along in front nicely. I was a little bit concerned that the rain had got in the ground but, other than that, there were no worries.


“They just about matched him for pace between the three furlong pole and the last furlong but, when I gave him a smack, he took off again and that did for the rest of them. Last year, he was a very good horse but this year, he’s improved again.


“The fact that he has got stronger means that he can sustain his run a lot longer. They came at him a long way out but he was very strong at the finish. He’ll be better on very fast ground – on that sort of ground he can stretch away.


“I can see no reason why he wouldn’t run a big race in the Melbourne Cup again (Big Orange was 5th at Flemington last year). A race like the Caulfield Cup wouldn’t suit him though as it’s an extremely tight track. He’s a horse that likes to gallop.


“We’ll see what Mr Gredley (Bill – co-owner), Tim (Gredley – co-owner) and the others have to say after this. They’ve got it right with him so far so I’ll leave the decisions to them. The crowd always love a horse that wears his heart on his sleeve and Big Orange is a big, strong galloper. He has got stronger since last June and is able to sustain top speed for a lot longer.
“I am not convinced this his track. Flat tracks you can really let him at it whereas here you have to slow him down for the bends. He was really tough when they came to him. They matched me for speed from the three and then in the last furlong he just outstayed him. I was going to get a lead off Colm [O’Donoghue, Sword Fighter] but Mr Gredley said let him bowl and if he is the best horse he will win and he was right.”




Trainer Sir Mark Prescott was delighted with the performance of Pallasator, who finished the one and a quarter length runner-up behind Big Orange in the Qatar Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


The 9/1 shot has been called some names in the past but produced another strong staying performance under jockey Oisin Murphy and his trainer felt their race plan had been executed without a hitch.


“I thoroughly enjoyed watching it as we had this convoluted Prescott plan that came off perfectly,” said Prescott. “I’m lucky to have a jockey (Oisin Murphy) who could have carried it off perfectly too. From my point of view, it was a joy to watch. It’s just a shame that beastly thing kept on going! He’s an exam question this horse. There are always things to put right. Rosie (Jessop – who looks after Pallasator) really does deserve all the credit as she’s the only person in the world who likes him.


“He’s just a fascinating horse – if you like that sort of problem. He’s like one of those kids who throw their weight around in the pub until someone challenges them and then they back down. That’s exactly what he’s like. Just when I think I’ve worked him out, he keeps changing. I thought the winner was jolly good though.


“He’ll head back to Doncaster now. Placing is not the problem – it’s getting the best out of him. He’s been so horrible for so long but, rather like John McEnroe, everybody loves him now!”


Trainer David Simcock was also happy with Sheikhzayedroad, who finished a further head back in third place.


“I’m very happy with him, he has run a lovely race,” said the trainer. “He is consistent and that is him really. It needs to rain for him to win but at the same time I couldn’t be happier with him. He has been beaten by two good horses.


“He will go to back to Canada, whether he goes for something before that I don’t know. There are loads of options for him. The Doncaster Cup and the Lonsdale so we will just pick and choose.”









Trainer John Gosden was happy with the performance of California after the 9/2 shot stayed on well to land the Group Three Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes by a length at the Goodwood Qatar Festival this afternoon.


The four-year-old was always handy under jockey Rab Havlin and the pair gradually wound the pace up, staying on strongly to beat runner-up Tioga Pass, trained by Paul Cole.


Gosden admitted he was impressed by the way in which California is progressing at the moment.


“She was bought at the sales by Paul Webber and she’s really progressed well,” said the trainer.


“It’s taken a bit of time for her to come to herself in the spring – it was cold and wet – but she’s beginning to come to herself now.


“She likes to get her toe in, she’s by Azamour, and I wasn’t worried when the rain came. I was happy with her.

“They were hunting together up front (Gosden also saddled fourth placed Mill Springs) and, with fillies like this who stay well, if you get boxed in and then someone pulls it up in front you have wasted your time coming. We came to run a mile and six, that is what they’re good at and they have showed it today.

“I’m also very happy with Mill Springs. She’s come here off the back of the Ascot Handicap at the Royal meeting.


“We’ll see how California is after this race but I’d imagine she’ll head to Doncaster for the Park Hill Stakes.”




Robert Havlin won his second Qatar Goodwood Festival race, courtesy of 9/2 shot California in the Group Three Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes.


Having travelled well throughout the one mile and six furlong contest, the four-year-old quickened up well under Havlin to score comfortably by a length.


Havlin said: “Those early races in her career have brought her on and in the last month she has really blossomed.


“Hopefully, she can make into something like a Park Hill filly as Doncaster would suit her. A good galloping track and a bit of pace suit her. She stays well and I wouldn’t rule her out getting any further.


“I’m delighted with the way things have turned out this season and hopefully it can continue that way.”


G3 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes 1m 6f

1 California (Denford Stud) John Gosden 4-9-06 Robert Havlin 9/2

2 Tioga Pass (The Fairy Story Partnership) Paul Cole 5-9-06 Martin Harley 25/1

3 Twitch (The Dukes of Roxburghe & Devonshire) Hugo Palmer 4-9-06   James McDonald 4/1

5/2 Fav Pamona (5th)


7 ran

Time: 3m 03.71s

Distances: 1, 1¼

Tote Win £5.50 Place £2.50,£7.90 Exacta £76.40

Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd and P A Byrne

Breeding: b f Azamour (IRE) – Maskaya (IRE) (Machiavellian (USA))

John Gosden – 137 Goodwood Wins (34 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Robert Havlin – 12 Goodwood wins (2 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)




Hugo Palmer was pleased with the performance of Twitch (4/1) who finished a two and a quarter-length third in the Group Three Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes behind John Gosden’s winner California (9/2) and second-placed Tioga Pass (25/1).


Twitch was held up in mid division by James McDonald and stayed on well inside the final furlong.


Palmer said: “Twitch has run very well. I’m delighted with her. She’s been placed in three Listed races and we thought we would have a go at this race.


“Having been drawn wide, she was either going to be stuck wide or we had to drop her in so we decided to drop her in.

“I couldn’t really see her in the straight as I lost sight of her in the rain! When I lost her I thought there was a danger of coming last and when she came into view, she was nearly finishing second. I’m delighted with her and she has run a wonderful race.”


Palmer suggested a drop back down in trip was possible for daughter of Azamour. He said: “I think she is probably slightly better over a mile and a half. I can’t think where and when we could next run her. I think she definitely wants to stay in fillies’ company so there are plenty of options here and abroad with her.”


Palmer also reported stable star Galileo Gold, a neck second in yesterday’s Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes, to have come out of the race well. He said: “Galileo Gold is absolutely fine after yesterday. As for where he goes next, we will see as it is too early to make a plan yet.”


Oliver Cole, assistant trainer to father Paul, was also pleased with Tioga Pass, who was an excellent length second. He said: “She’s from a very good family and she has run really well. She always ridden in behind and we’re pleased.


He added: “We’ll go to the Park Hill [Doncaster] and try and find a race in France before that.”









Rhododendron produced an impressive turn of foot to land the Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden on rain-softened ground at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


The well-backed 10/11 favourite settled nicely for jockey Ryan Moore at the rear of the field but cut her rivals down one by one with a withering run down the outside in the last furlong and a half.


J P Magnier, son of co-owner Sue Magnier, was happy with the performance of Rhododendron after the race.


“Ryan said that she felt like she hadn’t had much of a race,” said Magnier.


“There’s plenty of improvement in her by the looks of it. It’s amazing what Galileo has been doing over the past few weeks.


“We’ll take her back to Ireland and there’s plenty of options for her there.


“I didn’t see her goose stepping around the paddock but they tell me it’s a sign of well-being when they do that. Zenyatta used to do it so hopefully that’s a good omen!”


Magnier also had news of Intelligence Cross, who finished a well-beaten third behind Mehmas in the Qatar Richmond Stakes earlier on the card.


“Ryan wasn’t overly happy when he got off Intelligence Cross – he said he was a bit sore.


“We’ll take him home and check him out – hopefully he’ll be fine.”




Ryan Moore secured his 31st Qatar Goodwood Festival win following the success of Aidan O’Brien’s well-backed filly Rhododendron (10/11 favourite) in the Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallions Studs Fillies’ Maiden, the fifth race on day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.


Having travelled well throughout the seven-furlong contest, the well-bred two-year-old daughter of Galileo responded to Moore’s urgings to come clear of her rivals and score by a length and three-quarters.


Moore, registering his third victory of the week, said of the two-year-old: “Rhododendron is a smart filly. She picked up very well when I asked her and she is another filly with a good future.


“It’s only her second run today. She picked up very well and travelled really well. I’m sure Aidan will get her home and see where she goes afterwards.”


Moore also suggested the rain which has fallen at the Sussex venue today has started to affect the going. He added: “It’s loose ground now and not all the horses are comfortable on it.”


4:20 Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden

1 Rhododendron (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-00 Ryan Moore 10/11 Fav

2 Amabilis (Khalid Abdullah) Ralph Beckett 2-9-00 Frankie Dettori 7/4

3 Argenterie (Kirsten Rausing) Marcus Tregoning 2-9-00 Martin Dwyer 66/1

Time: 1m 27.72s

Distances: 1¾, 1

Tote Win £1.90 Tote Place £1.10,£1.50,£14.50 Exacta £3.30

Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt

Breeding: b f Galileo (IRE) – Halfway To Heaven (IRE) (Pivotal)

Aidan O’Brien – 18 Goodwood Wins (16 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Ryan Moore – 117 Goodwood wins (31 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)









Middleham trainer Mark Johnston saddled the first, second and third in the Telegraph Nursery with the James McDonald-ridden Bear Valley (8/1) running out a decisive four-length winner of the seven-furlong contest. Stable companions Montataire (5/2 favourite) and Teofonic (10/1) finished second and third respectively.


Bear Valley travelled well for McDonald throughout the race and inside the two-furlong marker displayed a potent turn of foot to come well clear of his stable-mates and register a facile success.


Johnston, registering his 69th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner and gaining his third victory of the week, said: “When they all run like that, you wish you had run them in three different races!


“It’s a shame they can’t all win but at the same time, that is why we come here as you throw a lot of darts at the board because you can never be sure.


“Conditions changing might have changed the result but I don’t know. Bear Valley was always going to be the one which could handle any ground.


“It’s hard to pick one to come and race at this meeting because you don’t which one is going to win on the day. Today it could have been any one of the three but Bear Valley has done it very well.


“We knew when the rain was coming that a little bit of give in the ground would suit him very well and perhaps more than the others.


“They are all very nice horses and they should progress further beyond this level. They’re very consistent horses who are at the top of the handicap carrying big weights. We’ll have to go home and think about whether to step these horses up to level weight races next time but I haven’t made any plans.


“To be honest I don’t have any immediate plans with the three of them. When you win and fill the placings at this level carrying that sort of weight you have to look at going up in company.”


Johnston was also effusive in his praise of winning jockey James McDonald who was gaining his second victory of the week. Johnston remarked: “James has been really great. He suits me down to the ground as he is a completely uncomplicated jockey. I don’t give any jockey’s instructions and he likes that. He has done really well for us.”




Jockey James McDonald may be returning to Australia this weekend but he showed that he’s still hungry to ride winners in Britain after he steered the Mark Johnston-trained Bear Valley to a facile four-length success in the Telegraph Nursery at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.


It was a red letter day for the trainer, who saddled the first three home in the race, with the 8/1 shot followed home by 5/2 favourite Monetaire, with 10/1 chance Teofonic a further neck back in third.


McDonald has now ridden 18 winners in his most recent stint in Britain this season and declared his intention to return next summer after a second Qatar Goodwood Festival success of 2016.


“It’s been a very enjoyable and profitable holiday!” said McDonald.


“I’ve got to thank all the owners and trainers that have put me on their horses. It’s been a great opportunity.


“Bear Valley has had three starts to date and was always going to improve. The softer ground has been in his favour. He’s scooted away and is another typical Mark Johnston improver.


“I think there will be more improvement over a mile and I think he could step up again. He won’t be a top-class horse but, with juice in the ground, he’ll always give it his all.


“Every year I come here, I’ve always taken back something and I’ve always improved. That’s why I probably get a few outside rides other than for Godolphin.


“I’d love to come back year on year and I’d love to come back earlier and take in the Guineas meeting at Newmarket. That will clash a little bit with the racing over in Australia but if I get that opportunity, then I’d jump at the chance.”


4:55 Telegraph Nursery Handicap 


1 Bear Valley (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-06 James McDonald 8/1

2 Montataire (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-13 James Doyle 5/2 Fav

3 Teofonic (Kingsley Park 5) Mark Johnston 2-9-11 Franny Norton 10/1


Time: 1m 27.03s; Distances: 4, nk

Tote Win £8.30 Place £2.70,£1.50,£3.50 Exacta £17.80

Breeder: Darley; Breeding: b c Manduro (GER) – Shane (GER) (Kornado)

Mark Johnston – 121 Goodwood Wins (69 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

James McDonald – 4 Goodwood wins (2 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)









The Kevin Ryan-trained Laughton (13/2) was a half-length winner of the concluding race on day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the five-furlong Tatler Handicap. The victory provided 21-year-old jockey Shane Gray with his first winner at the meeting and only his second winner at the Sussex venue. Kevin Ryan was registering his fourth success at the meeting and his fifth overall at Goodwood.


Gray settled the three-year-old son of Acclamation in the midfield under a decent gallop. Laughton was travelling well as the field approached the final furlong and came to challenge for the lead.


The colt responded tenaciously to Gray’s urgings to hit the front in the closing stages and repel the late challenge of second-placed Kassia and third-home Muhadathat.


A delighted Gray, who was also having his first ride at the Festival, said: “It’s my first ride at Glorious Goodwood so it’s very special for me. Laughton is a typical sprinter who will keep improving with age.


“He travelled well and he actually had a nice gallop to run at. In the past, he hasn’t had a strong pace to run at so that made a big difference as he enjoys having a gallop like that to run at.


“We got there a little bit soon and he pricked his ears in front but he had a little bit in hand. It was lovely.”


5.30pm Tatler Handicap

1 Laughton (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 3-8-05 Shane Gray 13/2

2 Kassia (Jon & Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 3-9-05 Charles Bishop 10/1

3 Muhadathat (Abdulla Al Mansoori) Mark Johnston 3-9-07 Franny Norton 25/1

4 Celebration (Bearstone Stud Limited) Richard Fahey 3-8-13 Jack Garritty 25/1

5/1 Fav Lathom (5th)

19 ran

Time: 57.66s

Distances: ½, sh, hd

Tote Win £7.90 Place £2.10,£2.60,£5.00,£5.90 Exacta £79.40

Breeder: Skymarc Farm Inc

Breeding: b c Acclamation – Peach Pearl (Invincible Spirit (IRE))

Kevin Ryan – 5 Goodwood Wins (4 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Shane Gray – 2 Goodwood wins (1 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)








Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, Seamus Buckley, was delighted with the calibre of racing on show on the third day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, even if the rain did its best to spoil the party for racegoers during the afternoon.


“I think today has gone well,” said Buckley.


“The ground had quickened up this morning, as I’d said earlier, so we were running on Good to Firm ground. The problem is though when you have showers on quick ground, it can become a little bit of a problem and you can have horses slipping.


“In view of that, I’m going to do some watering of the outer loops in preparation for tomorrow.


“I was going to do that straight away but I’ve decided to go and have a look to see exactly what should be done. We’ve only had one millimetre of rain, believe it or not. It’s been that drizzly, fine rain so it’s probably looked worse than it actually is.


“It’s a bad type of rain to be honest. I did think we’d got away with it this morning but it just appeared later than forecast.


“It is what it is and hopefully it’ll be ok tomorrow. I’m told tomorrow is going to be a better day.


“The racing has been fantastic though. I’m delighted with the winner of the Qatar Goodwood Cup in Big Orange – it was a great performance. I also think we’ve seen a nice horse in Aidan O’Brien’s filly as well (Rhododendron – the impressive winner of the Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden).”

























Jockey                                                                                    1st                                          2nd                                         3rd         

James Doyle                                                                          4                                              3                                              3

Ryan Moore                                                                          3                                              -                                               4

James McDonald                                                                  2                                              4                                              1

Adam Kirby                                                                           2                                              -                                               -

Frankie Dettori                                                                     1                                              3                                              1

Silvestre De Sousa                                                               1                                              2                                              -

Andrea Atzeni                                                                      1                                              1                                              -

Oisin Murphy                                                                        1                                              1                                              -

Martin Dwyer                                                                       1                                              -                                               1

Jimmy Fortune                                                                      1                                              -                                               -

Shane Gray                                                                            1                                              -                                               -

Robert Havlin                                                                        1                                              -                                               -

David Probert                                                                       1                                              -                                               -

Jamie Spencer                                                                      1                                              -                                               -

Franny Norton                                                                      -                                               1                                              3

Martin Harley                                                                       -                                               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

Paul Hanagan                                                                        -                                               -                                               1

Fergus Sweeney                                                                   -                                               -                                               1

Daniel Tudhope                                                                    -                                               -                                               1






















Trainer                                                                                   1st                                          2nd                                         3rd

Mark Johnston                                                                      3                                              4                                              4

Aidan O’Brien IRE                                                                 3                                              1                                              2

Ed Dunlop                                                                              1                                              2                                              1

Ralph Beckett                                                                       1                                              1                                              -

Mick Channon                                                                      1                                              1                                              -

Richard Hannon                                                                   1                                              1                                              -

Saeed bin Suroor                                                                 1                                              1                                              -

Sir Michael Stoute                                                               1                                              -                                               2

Andrew Balding                                                                    1                                              -                                               -

Michael Bell                                                                          1                                              -                                               -

Tony Carroll                                                                          1                                              -                                               -

John Gosden                                                                         1                                              -                                               -

Charlie Hills                                                                           1                                              -                                               -

Hughie Morrison                                                                  1                                              -                                               -

Amanda Perrett                                                                   1                                              -                                               -

Kevin Ryan                                                                            1                                              -                                               -

Ian Williams                                                                           1                                              -                                               -

Charlie Appleby                                                                   -                                               2                                              2

Hugo Palmer                                                                         -                                               2                                              2

Paul Cole                                                                               -                                               1                                              -

Luca Cumani                                                                         -                                               1                                              -

Dean Ivory                                                                             -                                               1                                              -

Sylvester Kirk                                                                        -                                               1                                              -

Sir Mark Prescott                                                                 -                                               1                                              -

Nigel Tinkler                                                                          -                                               1                                              -

Richard Fahey                                                                       -                                               -                                               2

Mick Easterby                                                                       -                                               -                                               1

Alan King                                                                               -                                               -                                               1

William Knight                                                                      -                                               -                                               1

David O’Meara                                                                     -                                               -                                               1

David Simcock                                                                      -                                               -                                               1

Marcus Tregoning                                                                -                                               -                                               1





















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






























Race 1 – 2:00pm


No Enquiry.


The Stewards gave permission for GOODWOOD ZODIAC (IRE), trained by William Knight, to wear a Hood in the Parade Ring.


Andrea Atzeni, the rider of BANKSEA, unplaced, reported that the colt ran too free.


Silvestre De Sousa, the rider of GOODWOOD ZODIAC (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run approaching 2 furlongs out.


Jim Crowley, the rider of RED RANNAGH (IRE), placed sixth, reported that the colt was slowly away.


Jamie Spencer, the rider of DWIGHT D, placed fifth, reported that the gelding stumbled at the start.


Race 3 – 3:10pm


The Stewards noted that on the run to the line, PALLASATOR, placed second, had edged right-handed away from the whip causing SWORD FIGHTER (IRE), placed fifth, to have to be checked briefly, but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved PALLASATOR’s placing.


The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference on the first bend, approximately 2 furlongs after the start. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that as SWORD FIGHTER (IRE), placed fifth, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue, had tacked over towards the rail, interference had taken place behind him between SHEIKHZAYEDROAD, placed third, ridden by Martin Harley, SANDRO BOTTICELLI (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Frankie Dettori and ORIENTAL FOX (GER), unplaced, ridden by Joe Fanning, which had to be snatched up sharply against the rail. As the Stewards were unable to apportion blame, they took no further action.


Due to the gelding’s known unruly behaviour prior to his races, the Stewards gave permission for PALLASATOR, trained by Sir Mark Prescott, to be mounted in the chute and go first in the Parade.


The Veterinary Officer reported that COMMISSIONED (IRE), which was pulled up, trained by Gordon Elliot, was struck into on its right-fore.


Race 4 – 3:45pm


No Enquiry.


Martin Harley, the rider of TIOGA PASS, placed second, reported that the filly slipped on the bend. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race check of the filly’s shoes found them to be present and serviceable.


Race 5 – 4:20pm


No Enquiry.


James Doyle, the rider of MANAMA (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly stopped quickly. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the filly during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.


Race 7 – 5:30pm


The Stewards noted that on the run to the line, JUST GLAMOROUS (IRE), unplaced, shifted quickly left-handed causing EL ASTRONAUTE (IRE), unplaced, to shy away and take PADDY POWER (IRE), unplaced, of its intended line and causing THIS IS FOR YOU, unplaced, to have to be checked but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.


The Starter reported that KASSIA (IRE), trained by Mick Channon, was the subject of a third criteria failure. 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 A MOMENTOFMADNESS, trained by Charles Hills, to go early and be led to post.


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