THE GOING HAS CHANGED
Straight course: Good, Good to firm in places (from Good)
Round course Good to firm (from Good to firm, Good in places)
Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, said: "We have changed the going descriptions this morning after a dry night. The course has quickened slightly but is standing up well to the racing we have had.
"We watered two furlongs of the round course after racing last night. We put on eight millimetres from the 10-furlong start to the intersection of the bends.
"We have removed the temporary running rail from the final three furlongs of the straight which means there is a lovely fresh strip of ground on the far side.
"We will review the watering programme after racing this evening. There could be some rain tomorrow evening which we will take into consideration."
GoingStick reading at 9am
Straight: Stands’ side: 8.2, Centre: 8.2, Far side: 8.5
Straight course: stands’ side
Round course: inside
There is fresh ground on the far side for last three furlongs of the straight, ie from the winning post to the three-furlong marker
The temporary running rail from the six-furlong marker on the lower bend to the three-furlong marker is still in place, dolled out six yards.
The top bend has been dolled out three yards.
QUICK-TRAPPING CATTERMOLE IS KING OF BLUESQ.COM DRAW
Commentator and Channel 4 racing presenter Mike Cattermole is king when it comes to drawing stalls for Saturday’s £100,000 bluesq.com Stewards’ Cup.
Four times he has chosen stalls on behalf of winning trainers, and today he gained two prime slots for horses in the care of Roger Charlton, nailing 22 for Run For The Hills, the first of 28 names drawn, and 25 for last year’s winner Genki, the fifth out.
Cattermole said: "I’ve picked out the stalls for all three of Roger’s winners [Harmonic Way 1999, Patavellian 2003, and Genki] and also for Bond Boy  on behalf of Reg Bond and Bryan Smart, which is pretty extraordinary. I was a bit worried when Run For The Hills came out first because I wanted to be among some pace. Without knowing where the pace horses are going, it is hard to get the right call. I was glad to see Jonny Mudball going in 24 which should help Genki in the next stall.
"The ground is said to be slightly quicker on the far side, but it may be chewed up there by Saturday which could help those drawn low. As they say, it’s the luck of the draw, but I’ve spoken to Roger and he’s happy."
Today’s draw, which was piloted by Nick Luck and drawn by Steve Evans, manager of Blue Square Bet Premier League side Crawley Town, gives trainers and owners the chance to nominate stalls of their choice for one of the biggest handicaps of the year - usually the draw for races is performed by a computer. Luck began by announcing that Turftrax readings for Goodwood’s six-furlongs straight course gave a mark of 8.5 for the far side and 8.2 on the stands’ side, suggesting horses drawn high would gain a minor advantage, although he added that light rain was forecast and could affect the figures by Saturday afternoon.
Other trainers present included Richard Fahey, who has five runners, but who had to wait until the 18th name was drawn, Castles In The Air (stall 2), before taking a pick. Another Fahey runner, Prime Exhibit, was the last name drawn and left with stall 13.
Fahey was seeing the bright side in being drawn late, saying: "I didn’t have much choice and had to go low, but it takes a bit of pressure off. We’re happy enough because there is pace low. Good ground would be ideal for all of them."
Tom Dascombe, who has two runners, said: "I arrived just in time to gain stall 24 for Noverre To Go and I’m happy with that, although it turns out a lot of the pace horses are drawn low. Godolphin’s Ancien Regime (23) is alongside and should go on in first-time blinkers, so if the ground stays quick he’s got a chance. Jonny Mudball (19) went up 9lb for his last win, which was ridiculous, and he’s going to struggle, but at least we’re in the top half of the draw."
Kevin Ryan, represented by a trio in the race, said: "They all came out late and the high stalls I wanted had all gone. Advanced (14) has gained a middle berth which gives him the option to go either way, and when Parisian Pyramid (1) came out I opted to give him the chance of running up the rail. Everymanforhimself (8) came out late so we had no choice but to go low. Because I’m drawn low, I’d be glad to see some rain to even the going out on both sides."
Local trainer William Knight, whose runner Palace Moon (20), was ninth out of the draw said: "Looking at the Turftrax readings the far side is slightly quicker and that’s where we’ll be, and there is pace and fancied horses around us, so I’m happy. I didn’t want to be first out and I avoided that, and I wouldn’t mind a bit of rain, because he would handle that although he has won on firm."
Dandy Nicholls, who won the race five years ago with Gift Horse, said: "We’ve got three in there and two, Sonny Red (7) and Striking Spirit (5), are drawn low, while Evens And Odds (18) is higher. That’s fine, and they are all good horses who will make the best of their way, although we would have liked to be up the middle where there are one or two front-runners."
THE bluesq.com STEWARDS’ CUP DRAW
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Goodwood, Saturday, July 31, 2010. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties, after June 26, a winner 3lb; a winner of 2 races 6lb. Entries closed June 15, entries revealed June 16 (126 entries), weights revealed June 30, scratchings deadline noon, July 13 (107 remained), five-day confirmation stage Monday, July 26 (90 go forward). Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, July 29 (28 runners - maximum field). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Wednesday, July 28. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer/Jockey Draw
1)000-044 KNOT IN WOOD (IRE) 8-9-10 Rhodes, Kenyon & Gill Richard Fahey/Barry McHugh(3) 9
2)002105 SIR GERRY (USA) 5-9-09 Trish Galligan Chris Dwyer /Gary Carroll(3) 16
3)103-461 GENKI (IRE) v 6-9-09 (3lb ex) Gillian Khosla Roger Charlton/Steve Drowne 25
4)100-532 PALACE MOON t 5-9-08 Canisbay Bloodstock William Knight/Kieren Fallon 20
5)315-040 JIMMY STYLES bl 6-9-07 Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers Clive Cox/John Fahy(5) 6
6)20-10031 CASTLES IN THE AIR 5-9-06 (3lb ex) Jim McGrath Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan 2
7)6-030550 EDGE CLOSER 6-9-05 Godfrey Wilson Richard Hannon/Patrick Hills(3) 11
8)211-1302 KALDOUN KINGDOM (IRE) 5-9-04 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey/Lee Topliss(5) 4
9)013002 RILEYSKEEPINGFAITH v 4-9-04 Jolly Roger Racing Mick Channon/Richard Hughes 15
10)(4)03000 ADVANCED 7-9-02 T Doherty and McHeen Kevin Ryan/Amy Ryan(5) 14
11)0135-00 HITCHENS (IRE) 5-9-02 Laurence O'Kane David Barron/Christophe Soumillon 28
12)652650 IVER BRIDGE LAD bl 3-9-02 The Iver Lads John Ryan/Alan Munro 17
13)00-2422 STRIKING SPIRIT 5-9-02 N & Z Aboobaker & Bon Accord Racing David Nicholls/Adrian Nicholls 5
14)003-100 JOHANNES (IRE) 7-9-02 John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn Richard Fahey/Martin Lane(3) 3
15)60221 JONNY MUDBALL t 4-9-02 Woodgate Family Tom Dascombe/Seb Sanders 19
16)3-66360 RUN FOR THE HILLS 4-9-01 Richard Pegum Roger Charlton/Hayley Turner 22
17)(1)00-0 ANCIEN REGIME (IRE) bl t 5-9-01 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor/Frankie Dettori 23
18)(4)0234 PROHIBIT p 5-9-01 Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Morley, Mrs Penney Robert Cowell/Eddie Ahern 12
19)(1)(0)000 EVERYMANFORHIMSELF (IRE) v 6-9-01 J Duddy B McDonald & A Heeney Kevin Ryan/- 8
20)4-04000 EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) 6-9-01 Dab Hand Racing David Nicholls/Billy Cray(5) 18
21)51223-2 ENACT 4-9-01 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore 27
22)02-1300 INGLEBY LADY 4-9-00 Dave Scott David Barron/Graham Gibbons 26
23)0-00500 SONNY RED (IRE) 6-9-00 Alex Nicholls E Maher & J E Greaves David Nicholls/- 7
24)-(4)310 NOVERRE TO GO (IRE) t 4-9-00 Duddy Duddy Heeney McBride Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote 24
25)(1)64253 SECRET ASSET (IRE) h 5-9-00 Simon Pierpoint & Paul Salisbury Jane Chapple-Hyam/Jamie Spencer 10
26)(6)200(1) PRIME EXHIBIT 5-9-00 (3lb ex) Dab Hand Racing Richard Fahey/Dale Swift(5) 13
27)6501513 PARISIAN PYRAMID (IRE) 4-8-13 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan/Stephen Craine 1
28)20(4)300 SINGEUR (IRE) bl 3-8-12 Ms M Austerfield Robin Bastiman/Tom Queally 21
28 runners - maximum field
The latest Blue Square odds after the Bluesq.com Stewards’ Cup draw today
Palace Moon 8
Jonny Mudball 10
Striking Spirit 14
Noverre To Go 14
Secret Asset 14
Castles In The Air 16
Kaldoun Kingdom 16
Parisian Pyramid 16
Knot In Wood 20
Jimmy Styles 20
Iver Bridge Lad 25
Evens And Odds 25
Ingleby Lady 25
Sir Gerry 33
Edge Closer 33
Run For The Hills 33
Ancien Regime 33
Sonny Red 40
Prime Exhibit 40
Updated Blue Square+ Nassau Stakes odds
9/4 Midday, 7/2 Stacelita, 7/2 Rosanara, 6/1 Strawberrydaiquiri, 10/1 Antara, 14/1 Contredanse, 16/1 Barshiba
BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES PREVIEW
Last year’s winner Midday heads a high-class renewal of the Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday with seven runners bidding to land the prestigious prize.
Midday gave Henry Cecil his sixth training success in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes and went on to land the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita. She kicked off this season at York in May when she finished second to Sariska in the Group Two Middleton Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute has saddled seven previous winners of the famous race and Strawberrydaiquiri, winner of the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot will bid to enhance that record.
No French-trained filly has ever won the Blue Square Nassau Stakes but two will attempt to put that straight this year.
Last season’s Group One Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Rosanara, trained by the Aga Khan for Alain de Royer Dupre, has gone on to finish second in the Group One Prix de Diane on her latest start.
The four-year-old Stacelita racked up three Group One successes last season for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and was a comfortable winner of the Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp on her latest start.
The one-eyed Barshiba also heads to Goodwood in good form, having landed the Group Two Lancashire Oaks for a second consecutive year earlier this monh.
High-class German performer Antara made a winning debut on her first start for Godolphin in the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on June 5. She went on to finish third to Strawberrydaiquiri in the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot
It is 25 years since Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani last won the Blue Square Nassau Stakes (with Free Guest in 1985) and the rapidly-improving Contredanse represents him, having won the Group Two Italian Oaks on her most recent run.
FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010 - GOODWOOD
2:45pm ROLF GROUP STEWARDS' SPRINT HANDICAP 6f
1 (17) Five Star Junior (USA) Mrs L. Stubbs 9st 11lb (3lb ex) Tom Eaves
2 (20) Wildcat Wizard (USA) P. F. I. Cole 9st 10lb Richard Hughes
3 (1) Tiddliwinks K. A. Ryan 9st 10lb Neil Callan
4 (18) Victoire de Lyphar (IRE) D. Nicholls 9st 9lb Adrian Nicholls
5 (9) Sea of Leaves (USA) J. S. Goldie 9st 9lb Kieren Fallon
6 (7) Olynard (IRE) R. M. Beckett 9st 9lb (3lb ex) Jim Crowley
7 (24) Kellys Eye (IRE) D. H. Brown 9st 8lb Robert Winston
8 (15) Mac Gille Eoin J. Gallagher 9st 8lb Martin Lane (3)
9 (8) Oldjoesaid K. A. Ryan 9st 8lb Jamie Spencer
10 (5) Pastoral Player H. Morrison 9st 8lb Steve Drowne
11 (16) Bagamoyo J. R. Fanshawe 9st 8lb Eddie Ahern
12 (27) Aye Aye Digby (IRE) J. R. Boyle 9st 7lb Pat Cosgrave
13 (11) Saucy Brown (IRE) D. Nicholls 9st 6lb Daragh O'Donohoe
14 (2) We Have A Dream W. R. Muir 9st 5lb Martin Dwyer
15 (3) Kerrys Requiem (IRE) M. R. Channon 9st 5lb Ryan Moore
16 (12) Lowdown (IRE) M. Johnston 9st 5lb (6lb ex) Joe Fanning
17 (21) Drawnfromthepast (IRE) J. A. Osborne 9st 4lb Sophie Doyle (5)
18 (23) King's Wonder D. Nicholls 9st 3lb Michael Geran (3)
19 (6) Secret Witness (Blinkers) R. A. Harris 9st 2lb Tom McLaughlin
20 (25) Ghostwing J. Gallagher 9st 2lb Hayley Turner
21 (19) Rasaman (IRE) J. S. Goldie 9st 1lb Tom Queally
22 (14) Joseph Henry D. Nicholls 9st 1lb David Probert
23 (13) Sunrise Safari (IRE) (Visor) R. A. Fahey 9st 1lb Royston Ffrench
24 (22) Crimea (IRE) D. Nicholls 9st 0lb (3lb ex) Alan Munro
25 (26) Hamoody (USA) D. Nicholls 8st 13lb Neil Chalmers
26 (10) Red Cape (FR) Mrs R. A. Carr 8st 13lb Paul Hanagan
27 (28) Averoo (Sheepskin C/P) M. D. Squance 8st 9lb Philip Robinson
28 (4) Quasi Congaree (GER) (Tongue Strap) I. A. Wood 8st 6lb Louis-Philippe Beuzelin (3)
CROWD UP ON SECOND DAY OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD
The crowd on Wednesday came to 16,663, which was 1,133 up (+7 per cent) on last year’s attendance of 15,530 for the second day of Glorious Goodwood.
Both advance bookings and on-the-day admissions increased over 2009 levels and hospitality sales are 17 per cent ahead of last year through the week, with annual membership also strong.
On-course cash totepool turnover at Goodwood came to £406,090 yesterday (£419,115 in 2009).
GOODWOOD TRIBUTE TO JOHN DUNLOP
Goodwood today acknowledged trainer John Dunlop's outstanding contribution to racing with the presentation of its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The son of a surgeon, Dunlop was born in 1939 and after spending some time as assistant to Gordon Smyth, he took out his first training licence in 1966. Within weeks he was celebrating his first ever winner, Tamino at Newmarket.
He was champion trainer in 1995 and over the last four and a half decades has established himself as one of the greatest practitioners of his art that racing both in the UK and across Europe has ever had the privilege to see with more than 3,400 winners.
The list of his big race winners provides an honours board of English racing at the highest level. He has won the Derby twice; the Oaks twice; the One Thousand Guineas three times; the St Leger three times; the Coronation Cup twice; the July Cup twice; the Gold Cup; the Eclipse Stakes and so many other big races in Britain.
Beyond these shores, he has been a pioneer in sending horses overseas to bag Classics and other big races in Ireland, France, Italy and Germany.
Much closer to home, he began this week having sent out no fewer than 194 winners at Goodwood, 41 of them at the Festival Meeting and has been an influential member of the Goodwood Board of Directors for many years.
An OBE, Dunlop, who is nursing a broken foot and is unable to attend this year's Festival Meeting, received his award from His Grace, the Duke of Richmond, at a luncheon at Molecomb House on the Goodwood estate today.
"John has made an enormous contribution, as a trainer, member of the Pattern Race Committee and an ambassador for our sport, and in raising many hundreds of thousands of pounds for racing's charitable organisations without ever seeking one ounce of recognition," said His Grace, who presented Dunlop with a painting by the celebrated French equestrian artist, Hubert de Watrigant.
GOODWOOD HONOURS GEOFF LESTER
Geoff Lester, the distinguished racing journalist and former President of the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association, is the recipient of this year's Goodwood Press and Media Award.
Lester joined the Sporting Life from school in 1964 as a 16-year-old. He started reporting from racecourses eight years later and in 1985 was made the paper's chief racing correspondent, a post he held until its much lamented demise in 1998.
A great wit with an irrepressible sense of fun, his humour comes from his South London background and it was with great pride that he took his place among the sport's elite reporters when given Lord Derby's award for racing journalism in 1988.
His distinctive and colourful writing style has enabled him to maintain a career as a freelance over the past decade or so, and he has embellished that roll with stints as a broadcaster, jockey's agent and trainer's website manager.
Always eager to help his colleagues, he became President of the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association in 2004 and, during his four years of office, helped raise its profile and introduced an element of showbiz to the showcase annual lunch.
Commenting on the award, Rod Fabricius, Goodwood's Managing Director, said: "It recognises a life-long contribution to the promotion of the sport and Goodwood in particular, and is a tangible expression of our appreciation to Geoff who has more than fulfilled that criteria over a long period of time."
BETTING NEWS AT 1PM
Pricewise’s selection Astrophysical Jet has been all the rage in the Audi King George Stakes (2.45pm), now trading at 6/1 from 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Other movers include:
2.10pm TurfTV SUMMER VASE HANDICAP
London Stripe 7/2 from 9/2 totesport, 5/1 from 11/2 Ladbrokes
Rigidity 6/1 from 9/1 totesport, 8/1 from 11/1 Ladbrokes and William Hill
2.45pm AUDI KING GEORGE STAKES
Astrophysical Jet 6/1 from 8/1 Ladbrokes
Amour Propre 16/1 from 25/1 Coral
3.25pm ARTEMIS GOODWOOD CUP
Illustrious Blue 8/1 from 12/1 totesport
4pm MOET HENNESSY FILLIES’ STAKES
Flying Cloud 2/1 from 11/4 totesport
5.45pm RUK LEADING JOCKEY AWARD HANDICAP
Lost In Paris 11/2 from 13/2 totesport
199 AND COUNTING FOR HANNON
Wiltshire trainer Richard Hannon runs five horses at Glorious Goodwood today, and needs just a single winner to hit the 200-mark at the Sussex racecourse.
Yesterday Hannon trained his 50th winner at the festival meeting - King Torus, who won the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes - and while it is not a foregone conclusion he will reach another landmark this afternoon his horses are in great form and stable jockey Richard Hughes is riding with such confidence that all his runners have to be considered potential winners.
Hannon and Hughes, who have shared four winners during the first two days of the meeting and lead the respective trainers’ and jockeys’ table (the latter sponsored by Racing UK), team up today with: Invincible Soul (2.10), Elnawin (2.45), Free Agent (3.25) and Kalahaag (4.35). Rio Mist (5.10), another Hannon/Hughes hopeful, was withdrawn this morning, although the trainer also runs Gene Autry (5.10), for whom Pat Dobbs was the original jockey booking.
Free Agent, who tackles the Artemis Goodwood Cup, is owned by Her Majesty The Queen, while Kalahaag is also associated with a form of ‘royalty’ - his owner is Benny Andersson, a member of Swedish superstars Abba.
Hughes meanwhile, is closing in on a double hundred of his own - he needs three more winners to reach his ton for the season and also to achieve a century of firsts at Goodwood.
Lambourn trainer Barry Hills, who needs a single winner to achieve 50 at the festival fixture, has withdrawn Ransom Note (2.10) but runs Cultivar (2.10) and Gunner Lindley (5.10).
Veteran horses rarely run at Glorious Goodwood, let alone win, so the odds are against teenager Caracciola in today’s feature race. The 13-year-old runs in the Artemis Goodwood Cup, a race which, since 1945, has been claimed once by a horse whose age was in double figures. That was the great Persian Punch, a ten-year-old when successful in 2003.