Goodwood Day Two and the bookmakers could be heard cheering miles down the road as Maid In Rio failed to get home in the opener after cruising up to take the lead. Backed down to a frankly ridiculous 11/8 at the off, Mark Johnston’s three year old filled the bookies satchels in one go with losing bets recorded of the likes of £4000 to win and over £20k placed in cash alone – ouch for them and good news for those who are on the bookmakers side? As for the race, she didn’t get home pure and simple and now needs a rest though be warned – when the handicapper gets hold of her she won’t be racing off of a mark of 93 plus a penalty any more and may well prove pretty difficult to place.
The second race on the card saw just the seven three year olds go to post for the Gordon Stakes with little to choose between them and my money on Somewhat all be it rather reluctantly. Naturally, that extra weight was enough to anchor him in the end though he did run a gallant race in third trying to make most of the running and almost holding them off – story of my life there, a long list of “almosts”! Still, that was merely the appetiser ahead of a Sussex Stakes that lacked depth in my opinion and would teach us nothing regardless though it would be hard not to be impressed by the turn of foot shown by Kingman once he got in to the open and found his stride. It wasn’t much of a race to be fair and they finished in a heap after an early race crawl, and all those shouting and screaming that this is the best miler in the World – he was receiving eight pounds from his elder market rival so you tell me who would come out best at level weights?
Interestingly punters deserted Richard Hughes in the Champagne Stakes that followed on the card allowing Ryan Moore’s mount (Dr No 6/1) to go off the better fancied of the two Hannon juveniles – but Hughesie had it right and the punters had it wrong as he steered Tupi (13/2) in to second place behind the slightly odds on Highland Reel who won easily enough and looks sure to take high order in the ante post markets for 2015. On breeding alone he has Derby written all over him so did well to run on powerfully over this seven furlongs but I repeat again, I would be surprised if they don’t have something a little better at home at Ballydoyle so feel free to watch this space as the season unfolds.
Hats off to those of you who spotted Royal Razalma ahead of the maiden (I certainly failed to note that she had a chance having been beaten by an odds on favourite at Warwick who beat her on his fifth racecourse appearance giving her eight pounds last time out), but that could be sour grapes I suppose, having opened my wallet to back the third placed Shahah – but all in all I don’t think this was much of a race and won’t be going overboard about the form.
The last pair of races were once again my idea of a nightmare (handicaps – yuk), and no I didn’t find 25/1 shot Magique either despite the fact that I do keep an eye out for the Noseda yard (who were having a quiet year). Jimmy Fortune gave her a great ride to be fair making all the running and keeping enough up his sleeve to repel all boarders, reminding me what a good jockey he is – so why don’t more of the big yards use him I wonder? To end with, related took the lucky last in first time blinkers for David Simcock and at 6/1, hardly ran unbacked. Lulu The Zulu landed the place part of my each way bet so all was well in the world though it is not exactly going my way so far, though I suppose tomorrow is another day.
Those interested in my selections each day (possibly for laying purposes) will be happy to know that Cavalryman is my sole bet of the day. He is as good as the rest at his best yet they keep talking it up as an Estimate v Brown Panther battle which means we may get a bigger price. He is class at his best, won last time running on with a bit in hand, and can be backed each way at 5/1 overnight – not inspiring perhaps but good enough for little old me!