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Published 15 October 2012

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John Dunlop Signs Out at Goodwood

Goodwood Racecourse was pleased with their closing Season Finale (Sunday, October 14) which attracted 10,028 racegoers, a noteworthy 42% increase.

A flying start was guaranteed following an exclusive Vickers Supermarine Spitfire display by pilot Matt Jones; providing racegoers with a 15-minute eye-watering show.

The quality of racing was highly competitive with players from both codes – Flat & Jump – on-course on a stunning October Sunday and a declared runner for HRH The Queen.

Goodwood’s most prolific winning trainer, Mark Johnson, took the opening race, the historic BetFred Bigger and Better Goals Galore Alderbrook Stakes for National Hunt jockeys, with Tartan Jura ridden by Jason Maguire. A competitive finish resulted in Jason receiving a two-day suspension for careless riding (29 & 30 October).

A presentation was made to the legendary John Dunlop who hands over the reins of Goodwood Racecourse Owners Group to William Knight and retires from racehorse training at the end of the season.

On receiving his limited edition Ian Weatherhead print of the Goodwood Estate from Lord March, John Dunlop says: “It’s been a privilege to be associated with Goodwood which has provided me with some tremendous memories. 

“I’m especially proud to have given the Maktoum family their first ever winner (HATTA) nearly thirty years ago and to have trained over 3,500 career winners; 205 of those achieved at Goodwood and 42 Glorious successes so I’m told!”

Other winners on the day included 3-1 favourite Don Marco trained by Roger Charlton and Amanda Perrett’s Empiricist was impressive over seven furlongs which sadly saw John Dunlop’s Shebebi badly hampered. Jockey William Buick was treated to double victories on board Nichols Canyon for John Gosden and NicholasCopernicus for Ed Walker – both easy winners with a two length leads.

A fairy tale finish was denied for the final race of the season, The Lavant House School Diamond Jubilee Stakes, with John Dunlop’s Estebsaal, 8-1 second favourite, outpaced in the finish by Derek Haydn Jones-trained First Post.  

Goodwood’s Head of Marketing, Bradley Eccleshare adds: “Today has been a glorious finale with an emotional ending. The Goodwood team wish John Dunlop a happy retirement and thank him for his dedicated support.”

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