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Published 28 July 2010

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An afternoon rich with promise for trainer James Given kicked off in great style when Indian Days took the opening event under 5lb apprentice Dale Swift.

Given, who saddles strongly-fancied Dandino in the Betfair Gordon Stakes, was full of praise for Swift, who is 24, hails from Rotherham and is based with Malton trainer Brian Ellison.

Given said: "Dale rode him in the John Smith’s [Cup at York] when he was caught a bit wide and the horse had the choke out. He claimed 7lb then, since reduced to 5lb. I felt the horse was too high in the handicap so wanted to use a claimer, and because Dale is heavier than the average apprentice he doesn’t have to carry loads of lead. He’s talented and I’m glad we stuck with him today."

Of Indian Days, Given said: "He’s had the tag of being a front-running horse, but he doesn’t have to run that way and I just wanted to see Dale getting him into a rhythm. I told him to switch the horse off, he got a good run down the hill and the rest is history.

"He’s been two years without a win, but he’s been running great races. He’s been coming down the handicap - although he will go back up now - but I thought he had a chance today. Last year he was beating his head against some great horses, and he was only beaten three and a half lengths by Conduit on one occasion."

Dale Swift added: "This is my first winner at Glorious Goodwood and my biggest winner for Mr Given, so I'd like to thank him and the owner for the opportunity.

"They've gone fast enough up front and that’s helped me just slot in, so it's worked out nicely.

"He's got into a nice rhythm and just kept pulling out for me all the way to the line. There aren’t many as game as this fellow."





Changing The Guard nearly kicked off Glorious Goodwood on the perfect note for North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey when losing out by half a length to Indian Days in the opening race.

"He came there to win and it’s a shame he didn’t - especially as I own half of him. But he ran a blinder," said Fahey. "We were trying to get him in the John Smith’s Cup at York but he didn’t get in so it’s great to come here and do so well.

"He’s better when they go flat out and will keep running in good handicaps although I don’t think he’d get into the totesport Cambridgeshire.

"I own him with Ian Davies but he carries the colours of the late Kevin Lee, because they were very lucky for him."






Ladbrokes gave Rebel Soldier a quote of 14/1 for the Ladbrokes St Leger after his battling win in the Betfair Gordon Stakes but the Danehill Dancer colt is unlikely to line up in the final Classic.

"In my own mind I’ve got huge doubts about him staying the mile and six furlongs in the St Leger and he might even be better at a mile and a quarter," said winning trainer Jeremy Noseda.

"I think that we will go on and have a crack at the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. We will take it step by step but sadly I don’t think that the Leger is in his spectrum as far as staying is concerned. Maybe I am wrong but we hopefully will see at York and make a decision from there.

"But I am delighted with his win today. He is an improving horse, he has worked well at home and he has done that well.

"He has ended up being out in front a little bit too long but I was very, very pleased. He has taken the step up from winning a handicap - OK, he won that well - but running off a mark of 88 and then on to a Group Three and he is heading in the right direction.

"He is a little bit of a baby and I was just a bit concerned as to whether he was ready for the hustle and bustle of the John Smith’s Cup at York - taking on older horses in a big field - and thank goodness the decision to miss that race and come here has been rewarded."

Fiona Shaw, racing manager to Florida-based owner Earle Mack, added: "We bought him before his maiden win and have been pleased with how he was training since.

"We got it wrong with the trip when he ran at Newbury but he was back on target after winning at York last time.

"I don’t think he’ll stay a mile and six and at the moment I couldn’t see him going for the St Leger. Jeremy and his team will sit down and have a talk but maybe he could go for something like the Canadian International, Phoenix Reach won this race a few years ago and went on to win that."

Jockey Ryan Moore added: "He has travelled nicely the whole way round and then he quickened up well. He just got a little bit idle and a bit lonely from being out in front - he was doing it from the two-furlong pole.

"It was a nice performance but I think he will be better when he is bouncing off the ground and he could do with a quicker surface.

"This race has been a good St Leger trial. I don’t know whether a mile and six would be his thing but he is a nice colt."





The Betfair Gordon Stakes’ rejuvenated reputation as a stepping stone to Group One glory could well have been confirmed by today’s running.

Classy Rebel Soldier won, but a gallant effort by runner-up Dandino, who was beaten a head, and third-placed Arctic Cosmos suggests Glorious Goodwood might yet have seen this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger winner. All three are quoted in the sponsor’s betting on the Doncaster classic, with Dandino at 8/1, Rebel Soldier at 14/1 and Arctic Cosmos at 16/1. Paddy Power offers 11/1 Dandino, 12/1 Arctic Cosmos and 16/1 Rebel Soldier.

Dandino’s rider, Paul Mulrennan, picked up a two-day suspension (10 and 11 August) for using his whip with excessive frequency, while trainer James Given, said: "He ran very well. Paul said he hit a flat spot coming down the hill, and that little bit of rain we’ve had didn’t help. I’m not blaming the ground, but quick ground would suit him better. It was a slightly messy race, with Joe [Fanning on early pacesetter Corsica] setting a good early gallop then slowing it down at a place in the race you wouldn’t necessarily expect it.

"Ryan [Moore, on the winner] just slipped us by a couple of lengths coming round the bend - I’m not blaming Paul in any way, because he had to play his hand as he saw it. We’ve come from a long way back, we’ve lost nothing in defeat and we were staying on, which is good news from a [Ladbrokes] St Leger point of view. We’ll consider the Voltigeur Stakes before that, but not if the ground is soft, because he doesn’t pick up with the same fluency on that type of surface."

John Gosden, trainer of Arctic Cosmos, said: "He didn’t come down the hill, he sort of fell down the hill, but I’m thrilled with the way he finished because we came here for a Leger trial. We may go for the Voltigeur [Stakes at York next month], but if it was fast ground I would give that a miss and go straight to the Leger.

"I think the two that beat us are nice horses, and I know Jeremy [Noseda] thinks the world of the winner."






Lord Shanakill roared back to his best when landing the £155,000 Betfair Cup, the feature race on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood.

A high-class two-year-old who won the Prix Jean Prat last year when based with Karl Burke, Lord Shanakill joined Henry Cecil this year, and, after winning at Chester earlier this month, stepped up on that effort to score again today.

Cecil was absent, while owner Mark Gittins was at Galway’s Festival meeting, but his mother, Maura, said: "We bought the horse for Mark on his 21st birthday and he’s been fantastic, despite all the ups and downs. It was very exciting today and unbelievable. I’m shocked because I really didn’t expect this. I’m sure Mark is watching on television.

"It’s great for Henry - he’s a superb trainer. He was very optimistic about the horse."

Lord Shanakill’s jockey, Tom Queally, said: "He’s a class horse and that has told today. The pace of the race told me what to do today because from the outset we went quick. I had him near the front, steadied as we turned in and they rushed up a little bit.

"I was forced to cut inside, which you wouldn’t want to do at Goodwood. He took a couple of strides to go up through the gears, but when he did he had the speed to go through the gaps. We’ve tried him over six furlongs and a mile, but this race and this distance played to his strengths today.

"Seven is his best trip. As he gets older, you would hope that he would have options but this trip brings the very best out of him. It’s good for the horse to get his head in front and it looked a pretty decent affair.

"It’s up to Henry where he goes next and I just do the steering, but he is definitely entitled to have another crack at the top level. The owners have been very patient with him and they have believed in the horse, like me. We are going to enjoy today and let Henry ponder the next step."

Jamie Spencer, rider of the second Cat Junior, was found by the stewards to have used his whip with excessive frequency and with excessive force - he was banned for one day - Tuesday, August 10.





The Brian Meehan-trained Cat Junior belied his odds of 33/1 to finish with a wet sail and lose out by just a head when finishing second in the Group Two Betfair Cup.

"I’m delighted. Jamie (Spencer) gave him a great ride and I thought he was going to get there and win," said Meehan. "The headgear suits although he’s a very game and genuine horse.

"There’s a good series of seven-furlong races for him - the Hungerford at Newbury, the Supreme here and the Park at Doncaster and hopefully he can win one of those."

Alain de Royer Dupre, trainer of 7/2 favourite Dalghar, felt the colt hit the front too soon.

"He was in front of the field for a long time and it is a long straight here - that’s the problem," said de Royer Dupre. "Seven furlongs is as far as we want to go and we will think about coming back to England for the Park Stakes at Doncaster in September."






A dream season for trainer Richard Hannon continued when Richard Hughes produced Zebedee with a perfectly timed right to get up close to the line and take the Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes.

"I’m going to have a heart attack if Hughesie keeps riding like that!" joked Hannon. "He’ll get six furlongs and will go for the Gimcrack now. We’ll regroup and have a think but he’s also in the valuable Tattersalls sales races."

Hughes added: "That’s what it’s all about. The first day he ever won, he pulled himself up a little bit at the end - he started at 1/2 and I think that he only won by half a length.

"So I said to the boss after that race that I thought that he might have just pulled himself up. The one day that we didn’t hold him up was at Royal Ascot - which was the boss’s fault! It was worth having a go but it didn't work, so we dropped him in today.

"I actually wanted to be further back than I was and when Jimmy (Fortune on runner-up Stone Of Folca) went I didn’t know what we would find but he did it well. He’ll get six furlongs now.

"You can’t do it without the horse and he’s got a super dash that lasts 50 metres. But when he uses it he’s explosive and you have to save it for the end.

"We said from day one that he was our fastest horse and he’s just very speedy. He’s a real two-year-old and has not let us down yet."

Owner Julie Wood added: "Richard wanted to drop him into today so he was able to ride him differently to Royal Ascot, when he was exposed and had to run his own race from the front.

"It’s heart-stopping because you think that he is going to get there - and when he does, it’s great - but leading there when he is still tucked in with half a furlong to go, your heart is in your mouth.

"It’s been a fabulous season. We had a runner in this race seven years ago, just with a horse who was good enough to run, but it’s great to come back with a horse that you think has a chance of winning. It’s a great venue.

"We bought the nice horses that came along at the sales. We have no gameplan and he was another one that came along at the right time that we liked so we went for him.

"I thought that it would be nice to have a horse named with a Z - I am working my way through the alphabet slowly - but if you look at the colt, he is a real typical two-year-old and a really compact bouncy boy. It suits him.

"Plans are pretty fluid for him at the moment. He holds some forwards entries and we will see. He is in the Tattersalls Million and we will take in anything nice along the way."





Two-year-old Stone Of Folca is set to take on the best sprinters in Europe after finishing a close second to favourite Zebedee in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes.

Maidstone-based trainer John Best said York’s Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, a Group One contest taking place on August 20 and open to horses of all ages, would be Stone Of Folca’s next engagement. Best knows what it takes to win the Nunthorpe with a juvenile, for he achieved the feat with Kingsgate Native three years ago - and that after the horse had finished runner-up (to no less a rival than Fleeting Spirit) in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes.

Best said: "Jimmy [Quinn] thought there was going to be a really fast pace to the race, but Ryan [Moore on Avonmore Star] jumped out in front and took a pull. They didn’t go quick enough for us and our horse fought him [Quinn] a little bit.

"From a furlong and a half out our horse and Zebedee were the only two still cruising. I was watching him and thought, ‘Oh God, here he comes - another Richard Hannon special’.

"We’ll have a think about it but the Nunthorpe would still be our target. He’ll get a strong gallop there and with 8st 1lb he must go there with a chance. He’s got so much natural speed. Kingsgate Native wouldn’t have travelled that well for so long."

Third-placed Choose Wisely will also head to York, although trainer Kevin Ryan favours the Gimcrack Stakes, while owner-and-former-trainer David Barker would like to make a supplementary entry for the Nunthorpe Stakes.

Barker said: "Between me and Kevin we know a good horse when we see one. He’s run very well and it seems to have been a very good race. He’s had a break since he last ran in France [when fifth] and we just wondered whether he was short of match fitness. York is closer to home and that would suit us - and we’ll be fitter next time."






A power-packed finish from Kieren Fallon and the willingness of Start Right meant the Tatler Summer Season Handicap ended in an easy victory for Luca Cumani’s stable.

Cumani was not present to welcome his winner, but assistant Ed Walker, who will take out a licence to train from St Gatien Stables in Newmarket on October 1, said: "It was a pretty ballsy ride from Kieren and full credit to the horse because they had to come through some gaps.

"He’s been a bit tricky to load into the stalls, but he went in perfectly today only to be kept in there quite a long time. In that situation horses often nod off and when the gates open they are startled and miss the break, which is what happened to him. The plan was to sit mid-div - we didn’t want to get that far behind - but luckily the gaps opened at the right time.

"He’s progressive, and being gelded has helped him, but how much further he can go I’m not sure. He’s behaving better so hopefully there is more to come."

"It’s been a really good year for the yard - we had a bit of a lull in early July, but otherwise the horses have been running out of their skin. When things are going well it’s the best job in the world."


Ed Dunlop, trainer of runner-up Satwa Laird, said: "We were beaten by a better-handicapped horse. I think the winner is going on to be a very decent handicapper. It’s frustrating to be second again but ours is a very consistent horse."





Keren Fallon received a one-day ban after riding Start Right to victory in the Tatler Summer Season Handicap.

The stewards looked into two bits of interference inside the final furlong.

In the first incident, Start Right was slightly hampered but no action was taken against Frankie Dettori and Fergus Sweeney as it was considered accidental.

Then Start Right interfered with Kavachi which started a chain reaction of interference and the stewards found Fallon guilty of careless riding in that he went left.

His ban is on Tuesday, August 10.






The Ralph Beckett-trained Pabusar looked a smart prospect when holding off the highly-regarded newcomer Big Issue to take the EBF Dallaglio Maiden Stakes.

"He sat down in the stalls on his first start at Ffos Las and emptied as it was all too much for him," said Beckett. "Then he went to Windsor when he was either going to do himself or the stalls a lot of damage and we gelded him the following morning. My vet is very good at gelding and he got over it very quickly.

"But he has done two very good pieces of work in the last fortnight and hence we decided to come here.

"I would be surprised if he got any further than this (six furlongs) and we might even drop him back in trip if necessary. The Mill Reef Stakes is the obvious option and I don’t think he’d mind a dig in the ground - he’s got a roundish action and is out of an Orpen mare. He’ll probably be a better horse next year because he’s still a kid."




Richard Hannon’s two-year-old squad is flying, and even in defeat they invariably run races full of promise.

That was certainly true of debutant Big Issue, a £140,000 sale topper at Doncaster’s spring breeze-up sale, and second today behind Pabusar. Big Issue, a son of Dubawi, was drawn widest of the 11 runners and yet finished with gusto.

Hannon said: "It wasn’t a great draw and it probably cost us the race, but overall we’re pleased and thank God he’ll be there for another day."

Owner Malih Al Basti said: "I’m very happy with the horse, and believe he would have won had he been drawn on the lower side. I’m a fan of the horse’s sire, and I’m very grateful to Con Marnane [of Bansha House Stables in Ireland] who sold the horse to me. I’ve bought horses from him and done well with them. Now I’d like to take Big Issue to York."

Big Issue was a relatively expensive horse, while third-placed Straight Line was relatively cheap.

Trainer Alan Jarvis said: "He’s such an unlucky little horse. Kieren [Fallon] said he would have liked to have kept him handy, but I said hold him up and give him a chance. We’ll try to find a little race to give him confidence and then Kieren reckons he can win a Listed race. The first two are probably pretty good - and we only paid 2,700gns for ours."





Fresh from Harbinger’s big-race success at Ascot on Saturday, and with three Royal Ascot winners still very much in mind, the team from Highclere Thoroughbred Racing was back in first place at Glorious Goodwood today.

The Delilah Syndicate, which comes under Highclere’s umbrella, was on hand to watch five-year-old Martyr win the closing ROA Summer Handicap after cantering into the lead on a tight rein under jockey Richard Hughes.

Harry Herbert, who heads Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "We’ve never had a better season. The year before last we had a memorable time and won some big handicaps and a couple of races at Royal Ascot that took our winnings to more than £1,000,000, but this is very special and so many syndicates are sharing in the success and having fun, which is all important.

"This horse is just extraordinary. Now we’ve got him over the right trip - in other words a mile and six furlongs plus - he’s finding this phenomenal improvement and loving his racing. He’s getting better. Now I’m hoping we’ll go to York for the Ebor Handicap.

"I was getting a bit nervous watching it [as Hughes inched towards the lead on a tight rein] and wanted to shout ‘Go on Richard’ as I saw this wave of horses behind him, but Hughesie knew what was in the tank."

Of Harbinger, another Highclere horse and winner of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, Herbert said: "The trainer says he’s all fine and he’s very happy with the horse. He cantered this morning."


Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, plans to water part of the course after racing today.

This is the first two furlongs of the mile course, from the mile start to the six-furlong pole, which has quickened up slightly.

He said: "I am aiming to maintain the same going tomorrow that we have had today, good in the straight and good to firm, good in places on the round course."

Buckley will review the ground tomorrow afternoon and decide then whether to water after racing on Wednesday.

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