TODAY’S GOING AT 9.30AM - THE SAME AS YESTERDAY
Round course: Good to Firm, Good in places
The GoingStick reading at 9.15am was 8.3 (8.1 yesterday).
Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Courser, said: "It was dry overnight and we applied six millimetres of water to the first two furlongs of the mile course - from the mile start to the six-furlong pole.
"After a successful day yesterday, we are offering similar going today and once again there is tremendous racing to enjoy.
"We will be reviewing the going late this afternoon to see if more irrigation is desirable.
"GoingStick readings for the stands’ side and far side will be published on Thursday morning, in time for the draw for the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, after the temporary rail has been removed from the far side of the straight course."
2m 5f: Flip Start.
Straight course: stands’ side.
Round course: inside except 1m 4f which is outside
The running rail from the six-furlong marker on the lower bend on the far side to the winning post has been dolled out approximately six yards.
The last three furlongs of this dolling out (from the three-furlong pole to the winning post) will be removed after racing this evening to provide fresh ground.
The top bend has been dolled out three yards, with both these measures increasing race distances by approximately 15 yards.
Yesterday’s opening day crowd came to 12,968, down 5 per cent on the Tuesday attendance of 13,767 for 2009
Tuesday’s totepool on-course cash turnover at Goodwood was £365,496, down 3.6 per cent on the £379,305 bet on the same day last year.
Advance sales were 692 down but are better for the rest of the week. Membership has been strong this year and, over the week, hospitality is 17 per cent up on last year.
TWO GOODWOOD NON-RUNNERS FOR TOMORROW
2.45pm AUDI KING GEORGE STAKES
no 16 PICCADILLY FILLY (IRE) (Self Certificate (In Season))
3.25pm ARTEMIS GOODWOOD CUP
no 9 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Declared at 10.16 on 28/07. (Self Certificate (Not Eaten Up))
HANNON & HUGHES THE MEN IN FORM
Trainer Richard Hannon and stable jockey Richard Hughes look set to profit on day two of Glorious Goodwood.
They teamed up for a double (plus a runner-up) on the festival’s opening card, and seem very likely to be involved with three favourites during the second afternoon, when Canford Cliffs, who carries their hopes in the £300,000 Group One Sussex Stakes (3.25), is poised to become the meeting’s headline act.
Hannon, who operates from two yards near the village of Collingbourne Ducis in Wiltshire, needs a single success to reach the 50-mark at Glorious Goodwood, and King Torus could well become the landmark achiever when tackling the £80,000 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2.45). King Torus has won at Leicester and Newmarket this season, yet if he fails today Hannon has excellent back-up in the shape of Major Art, a Lingfield winner on his latest start and partnered by Ryan Moore.
Canford Cliffs faces serious opposition in the Sussex Stakes - most notably from last year’s winner Rip Van Winkle - but after victories in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot he looks hard to beat in today’s seven-runner contest.
Hughes and Hannon then team up with the debutante filly Yashila, a well-bred two-year-old who tackles the Markel International Fillies’ Maiden (4.35), and they close the day in partnership with Oratory in the Sportingbet.com EBF Classified Stakes (5.45). The two men won the closing race yesterday with Martyr, who, like Oratory, races for a Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate - it is hard to think of an owner/trainer/jockey triumvirate in more potent form.
Hannon seems very likely to pass the £2,000,000 prize-money mark for the season during this afternoon (he needs to bag just over £77,000), and while he currently lies second to Sir Michael Stoute in Britain’s leading trainers’ table, trailing the pacesetter by nearly £440,000, he will be within striking distance should Glorious Goodwood continue to yield gold for his owners.
Hughes, whose first-day double means he heads the Racing UK Leading Jockey award given to the most successful rider at Glorious Goodwood, also takes the mount on Contract Caterer for Pat Eddery in the Racing UK Handicap (4.00) and Water Gipsy for Gary Moore in the EBF Fillies’ & Mares’ Handicap (5.10). Bookmakers Blue Square make Hughes their 4/6 favourite to remain in pole position for this particular jockeys’ title, and they also offer 6/4 Ryan Moore, 10/1 Kieren Fallon and 14/1 Jim Crowley. Frankie Dettori, who has ridden more winners at Goodwood than any other contemporary jockey, is a 16/1 shot to add to his four festival championships.
ECLAIR SWEET FOR PUNTERS IN GOODWOOD OPENER
Lady Eclair has put bookmakers in a sticky situation on day two of Glorious Goodwood.
The Mark Johnston-trained four-year-old filly carries joint top-weight of 9st 10lb in the opening Sportingbet.com Goodwood Handicap (2.10), and has never raced beyond two miles - today’s contest is held over a further five furlongs - yet she hails from the mighty Mark Johnston stable, and, more pertinently for punters, she gets the thumbs-up from Tom Segal, aka Pricewise of the Racing Post.
Segal’s selections invariably create a wave of interest from punters, and bookmakers have been ducking the shells and shortening Lady Eclair’s price since early this morning.
Ladbrokes chopped her price to 7/1 from 9/1, William Hill slashed her to 13/2 from 9/1, while Coral, a firm which clearly suspected trouble, offered just 7/1 at the start of play but reduced the filly’s price a further half point to 13/2. Blue Square’s 10/1 was meat and drink to hungry Eclair seekers, and not surprisingly those odds tumbled too, settling at a lunchtime revision of 13/2.
Other betting moves saw Ladbrokes taking each-way sums on Dream Eater (20/1) and Beethoven (33/1) for the Sussex Stakes (3.25), in which Canford Cliffs’ position as odds-on favourite has opened up plenty of big-priced options for win-and-place punters (even though a field of seven runners has cramped their potential for profit).
Coral offers 8/11 Canford Cliffs and is looking to take him on, a position that may leave them on a cliff ledge, while William Hill has seen support for Rip Van Winkle, and reduced his odds from 3/1 to 5/2.
Verdant and Contract Caterer are movers in the Racing UK Handicap (4.00) - Verdant is 6/1 from 7/1 with Blue Square and 11/2 from 13/2 with Coral, while Contract Caterer, the mount of Racing UK’s leading Glorious Goodwood jockey Richard Hughes, is 9/1 from 10/1 with Coral and 8/1 from 10/1 with Blue Square and William Hill. Berling, who is owned by Abba’s Benny Andersson, is another mover for William Hill in this contest, and his odds are now 5/1 from 11/2.
Kieren Fallon’s mount in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2.45), Crown Prosecutor, has been a threat to Ladbrokes and that firm’s early show of 9/4 is now 2/1.
TANQUERAY RICHMOND STAKES PREVIEW
The all-conquering Richard Hannon captured last year’s Tanqueray Richmond Stakes with Dick Turpin, who has gone on to Group One glory this year, and the Wiltshire trainer - who was also successful in 2008 with Prolific - has a bright chance of a hat-trick in the six-furlong contest.
The unbeaten Libranno will represent Hannon and comes to Goodwood on the back of two Newmarket successes, most recently in the Group Two TNT July Stakes on July 8.
The Richard Fahey-trained Marine Commando has also had two wins from two starts and captured the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot on his latest outing.
Trainer Mark Johnston won the 2001 race with Mister Cosmi and he is represented by Satin Love, a $150,000 foal sales purchase who won by five lengths on his debut at Hamilton.
"My two-year-olds as a whole are further behind than in normal years, because they are generally slower-maturing types," Johnston told this week’s Racing Post Weekender. "However this is the one who does look smart at the moment having made a five-length winning debut at Hamilton.
"The ground on that occasion changed to good to soft after heavy showers and he acted very well, although I don’t think he beat an awful lot. He has come on again for it and steps up in class on Friday when he runs in the Richmond Stakes."
Godolphin’s Roayh won a maiden at Leicester on June 2 and has since gone on to be third in Group Two company at Royal Ascot and Newmarket.
The Brian Meehan-trained The Long Game broke his maiden by four and a half lengths at Ascot on July 9 while William Haggas is represented by The Paddyman.
The Giant’s Causeway colt, who was home-bred by former Coral bookmakers supremo Bob Scott and his wife Pauline, was a runaway eight-length winner when odds-on favourite for a Yarmouth maiden on July 1.
SEA LORD 9/2 FAVOURITE FOR FRIDAY’S TOTESPORT MILE
The Mark Johnston-trained Sea Lord has hardened into 9/2 favouritism with the sponsor for Friday’s Totesport Mile following today’s declaration stage when, as expected, his stablemate St Moritz was taken out of the handicap.
"It had been a steady market until last weekend when Mark Johnston was interviewed on At The Races and said that Sea Lord was his best bet of the meeting. He has been backed from an initial 14/1 into 9/2 favourite," said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Meanwhile, the Barry Hills-trained Ransom Note, who was 8/1 joint-favourite for the Totesport Mile when betting opened, is now a 14/1 chance.
Totesport Mile betting: Sea Lord 9/2, Oasis Dancer 6/1, Invisible Man 7/1, Marajaa 8/1, Acrostic 10/1, Ransom Note 14/1, Al Muheer 16/1, Mahadee 16/1, Moynahan (Res 2) 16/1, Royal Destination 16/1, Aspectus 20/1, Irish Heartbeat 20/1, Signor Peltro 20/1, Tartan Gunna 20/1, Charlie Cool 25/1, Proponent 25/1, Vitznau 25/1, Webbow (Res 1) 25/1, Beauchamp Xerxes 33/1, Coasting 33/1, Dunn’o 33/1, Spectait 40/1
No. (Draw) Horse Trainer Weight Jockey
1 (11) Acrostic L. M. Cumani 9st 10lb Kieren Fallon
2 (2) Beauchamp Xerxes G. A. Butler 9st 7lb Jamie Spencer
3 (17) Invisible Man (Blinkers) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 6lb Frankie Dettori
4 (7) Vitznau (IRE) R. Hannon 9st 5lb Richard Hughes
5 (6) Signor Peltro H. Candy 9st 5lb Dane O'Neill
6 (22) Aspectus (IRE) J. A. Osborne 9st 5lb Fergus Sweeney
7 (20) Al Muheer (IRE) D. Nicholls 9st 3lb Adrian Nicholls
8 (16) Sea Lord (IRE) M. Johnston 9st 3lb (3lb ex) Royston Ffrench
9 (9) Proponent (IRE) R. Charlton 9st 2lb William Buick
10 (19) Oasis Dancer R. M. Beckett 9st 2lb (3lb ex) Jim Crowley
11 (10) Royal Destination (IRE) J. Noseda 9st 1lb Ryan Moore
12 (12) Charlie Cool (Blinkers) Mrs R. A. Carr 9st 0lb Robert Winston
13 (1) Dunn'o (IRE) C. G. Cox 9st 0lb Philip Robinson
14 (15) Marajaa (IRE) W. J. Musson 9st 0lb Jamie Mackay
15 (13) Mahadee (IRE) (Blinkers)R. M. Beckett 9st 0lb Martin Lane (3)
16 (8) Coasting Mrs A. J. Perrett 9st 0lb Neil Callan
17 (4) Irish Heartbeat (IRE) R. A. Fahey 8st 12lb Paul Hanagan
18 (5) Ransom Note B. W. Hills 8st 11lb Michael Hills
19 (14) Tartan Gunna (Visor) M. Johnston 8st 11lb Joe Fanning
20 (3) Spectait (Sheepskin C/P) Jonjo O'Neill 8st 11lb Seb Sanders
R21 (21) Webbow (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) N. Tinkler 8st 10lb Louis-Philippe Beuzelin (3)
R22 (18) Moynahan (USA) (Blinkers) P. F. I. Cole 8st 9lb Tom Queally