GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2014 DIGEST

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Updated: August 3, 2014

The weather certainly agreed with the term “Glorious” as Goodwood and the rest of the country basked in sweltering heat, causing the race track to have extremely fast conditions. The official going was Good to Firm for the week and this condition was maintained by regular watering of the course overnight. A short spell of showers on the final day made no difference to the course, and it didn’t dampen the relaxed less gentrified atmosphere of Goodwood.

The “Duel on the Downs” between Kingman and Toronado in the Sussex Stakes on Glorious Wednesday was much anticipated. A tactically slow paced race until the half way point Toronado pulled away as expected in the hope of leaving Kingman behind. For about a furlong and a half the ploy seemed to work as Kingman seemed wrong footed. However once the horse altered his stride and put on the accelerator there was no question that Kingman would be victorious.

Dual on the Downs between Kingman & Toronado. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Dual on the Downs between Kingman & Toronado. Image credit @Channel4Racing

5-4-3-2 to 1 odds

Five

Trainer Richard Hannon secured 5 placing positions (3 seconds and 2 thirds) at Glorious Goodwood using five different jockeys. This was in addition to the marvellous success he had with jockey Richard Hughes (see later).

Five jockeys managed to achieve two wins on the same day. James Doyle and R Kingscote each managed the double on day two, Richard Hughes on day three, Jimmy Fortune on day four and William Buick on day five.

William Buick was the most successful jockey with five winners Misleading (day 1), Safety Check (day 3), Wannabe Yours (day 4) and on the final day Sultanina and Dutch Connection.

William Buick Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey 2014. Image credit @Channel4Racing

William Buick Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey 2014. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Four

Assuming the number of winning horses takes precedence then Mark Johnston was the most successful trainer at Goodwood with a tally of 4 winners, 3 seconds, 6 thirds and 1 fourth place. In hot pursuit was Richard Hannon with 3 winners.

Running a close second to Buick in the jockey stakes was Joe Fanning with four wins at Goodwood. His mounts were Sennockian Star (day 1), Lyn Valley (day 3), Double Bluff and Grigolo (day 5).

Sultanina won her first Group 1 race in only her fourth career start having never been run until the age of four.

Sultanina. Image credit @sport_oliver

Sultanina. Image credit @sport_oliver

Three

Day three gave Richard Hughes & Richard Hannon their first two wins of Goodwood 2014. Another victory followed for the pair the next day. The tally for the partnership reads 3 victories, 4 seconds, 3 thirds and 1 fourth place.

Three wins were also secured by jockeys O’Brien, James Doyle and Jimmy Fortune.

On three days each race had a different winning trainer. Thursday seen Richard Hannon secure two victories and on Saturday Mark Johnston had double success as well.

On day three back to back races seen horses win by the largest margin during the week. The Richmond Stakes winner IVAWOOD and the Goodwood Cup winner CAVALRYMAN both won by four and a half lengths.

Trainer John Gosden had three great wins at Goodwood to round off a very successful week. For starters Tagroohada won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes last week, and then John watched Kingman defeat Toronado in the Sussex Stakes to give him his first Goodwood win this year. Wannabe Yours won the Thoroughbred Stakes (not Group 1) and Sultanina won the Nassau Stakes thus ensuring John Gosden had his third top class Group 1 victory in seven days. It was also Gosden’s third successive win of the Nassau Stakes.

Trainer John Gosden. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Trainer John Gosden. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Two

By the end of day two the Richard Hughes/Richard Hannon partnership had yet to secure a win, although they managed three second places that day.

Day two was less successful for William Buick who failed to secure any placed horses that day.

One

Only on the first day of Glorious Goodwood were there different jockey winners for each race.

In the first race of the first day trainer Mark Johnston had three horses in the top four places. Only Ajman Bridge (trained by Luca Cumani) in second position prevented a Johnston clean sweep.

Red Avenger wearing blinkers for the first time stormed to the line to be declared the winner of the Betfred Mile after a photo-finish. Jockey Jimmy Fortune however was given a nine day ban for excessive use of the whip during the race.

Horse Whispers

Some of the chatter gleaned from the stable called Twitter

After bravely winning the Lillie Langtry Stakes MISSUNITED had to be re-tired as it was discovered she had injured a tendon during the race. Her career statistics read 29 runs, 12 wins over hurdles, bumpers and on the flat with winnings of around 500,000 Euros.

MissUnited retired through injury. Image credit @Channel4Racing

MissUnited retired through injury. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Trainer Aidan O’Brian confirmed Venus de Milo will be headed to York next and return to racing 1 ½ mile distance.

The next race for Narniyn may well be the Prix Jean Romanet.

Goodwood Cup winner Cavalryman looks to be heading for a Melbourne Cup run Down Under.

Warwick Racecourse will abandon flat racing from 2015 and have 17 jump races over the year instead.

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