Glorious Goodwood 2014 got underway on Tuesday for one of the highlights of the flat-racing season in Sussex.
Read on for a full recap of each of the five days of action as well as full results and prize money payouts for every race.
Day 5 Recap
The final day of the 2014 Glorious Goodwood certainly lived up its billing, with fans and punters treated to another day of spectacular racing on Saturday.
A total of seven races were contested at the Goodwood Course in Sussex, England, with the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes and the 32Red Cup standing out as the main events on Day 5.
Let's have a look at the full results of the final day of racing, including payout info:
|32Red Sport.Com Handicap||Humidor (20-1)||Hopes N Dreams (25-1)||Confessional (12-1)||£24,900|
|Jaguar Handicap||Double Bluff (7-1)||Kings Fete (3-1f)||Second Step (7-1)||£31,125|
|Nassau Stakes||Sultanina (11-2)||Narniyin (7/4f)||Venus De Milo (5-2)||£113,420|
|32Red Cup||Intrinsic (6-1)||Ninjago (10-1)||Alben Star (8-1)||£62,250|
|Stallions Maiden Stakes||Dutch Connection (9-2)||Rotherwick (10-1)||Fieldsman (11-2)||£12,938|
|Telegraph Nursery||Grigolo (6-1)||Special Venture (16-1)||Grand Proposal (25-1)||£12,938|
|Seamus Buckley's 20th Glorious Handicap||Online Alxander (8-1)||Flying Bear (12-1)||Peterkin (3-1f)||£10,894|
Sultanina Gives John Gosden Third Straight Sussex Stakes Win
Sultanina (11-2) took full advantage of the firm ground at the Goodwood Course and outlasted the rest of the pack, beating favourite Narniyn (7-4) by one-and-a-half lenghts. Coral shared the result:
Sultanina wins the Group 1 Nassau Stakes!— Coral (@Coral) August 2, 2014
Trainer Gosden took home his third big win of the week, but the even bigger story was his third consecutive Nassau stakes win, as shared by Champions Series:
Third successive Nassau Stakes for John Gosden after The Fugue and Winsili— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) August 2, 2014
Narniyn was held up early but led the chase on the two leaders early, and the French filly made her move to the top of the group in the final two furlongs. William Buick had his mount positioned perfectly, however, overtaking the favourite in the final 100 yards.
Gosden was obviously excited about the performance of his inexperienced filly, praising her performance against her highly touted French opponent, as he told Weatherbys:
It's lovely. The Aga Khan's filly (Narniyn) is a really good filly to come over and is a tough nut to break. The last furlong and a half was a right duel between the pair.
This filly is very classy and Philippa (Cooper, of owner-breeders Normandie Stud) bred her down the road, just 11 miles from here, and she always told me this filly was the best and I could never work it out.
I didn't run her until this year as a four-year-old. She's gone and won a maiden, a Group Three, second in a Group Two and now won a Group One, so it's unbelievable.
We're going to enter her on Tuesday in the fillies' and mares' race on Qipco Champions Day in October. I might just freshen her for that and go stright there and bring a fresh filly for the autumn.
Venus De Milo set the pace from the outset and never slowed down, grabbing an impressive third-place finish. Trainer Aidan O'Brien's filly never found a second gear, and on such a fast track, she looked like she would have preferred an even longer race.
The fast track bothered the runner-up as well, according to trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, who told Sporting Life:
"I think the ground was too fast for her, she was changing her legs. She did well but she has the capacity to do better. Her next race will be the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in three weeks."
Stamina won the day for Sultanina and Gosden, while Buick put himself in the lead for the Top Jockey Race.
Intrinsic Takes 32Red Cup, Richard Hughes Makes Good on Promise
Buick's lead at the top of the board was short-lived, as Richard Hughes rode Intrinsic (6-1) to victory in the 32Red Cup, the most anticipated race of the day. BBC's Cornelius Lysaght was impressed:
#GloriousGoodwood: Intrinsic (6-1) v stylish as beats Ninjago (10-1), Alben Star (8-1), Ruwaiyan (25-1), Muthmir (fav) in 32Red/Stewards— Cornelius Lysaght (@CorneliusRacing) August 2, 2014
Hughes told reporters in the morning his horse Intrinsic was a group horse running a handicap, displaying all kinds of confidence in the outcome of the race. Precise Tips couldn't help but be in awe of the jockey:
Let's give Richard Hughes some credit. Cane out and said INTRINSIC was a group horse in a handicap. If it lose how much stick would he got?!— Precise Tips (@Precise_Tips) August 2, 2014
Favourite Muthmir (5-2) could do no better than fifth, to the chagrin of punters, as the group of 24 horses kept things very close going into the final furlong. Hughes made his move late and took a comfortable lead on Intrinsic, and even a late veer couldn't stop the Irish jockey from taking the win.
Ninjago (10-1) took second, with Alben Star (8-1) taking third. The talk of the day was Hughes' high praise for his horse and his subsequent performance, however. The Liverpool Echo's Tony Scott couldn't believe it:
Richard Hughes at his very best. #GloriousGoodwood— Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) August 2, 2014
Speaking to RacingPost.com's Lydia Symonds, Hughes reiterated his position after the race:
I'm riding a Group horse in a handicap. He idled in front but he is a very good horse. I always thought he was a certainty for the last couple of days. He has so much quality this horse. He shuffled down the hill a bit but he travelled so well. I hope he is a Group 1 horse for [owner] Malih Al Basti, it's nice he's got a good horse. I really thought he was my banker at the end of the week.
Intrinsic's burst in the last furlong was beyond impressive, and the margin of victory (one length) could have been even greater if the horse hadn't started drifting late. Early odds for the Sprint Cup at Haydock were immediately improved, and Intrinsic might become a very hot name for punters in these next few weeks.
Hughes had plenty of cause for celebration, but Buick would strike back riding by Dutch Connection to a win in the maiden and the Top Jockey award.
The Sprint Cup will be the next big meeting on the British Group 1 flat-horse racing calendar, while trainers will also start preparing for the top events at Newmarket and Ascot in September and October.
Top trainer Gosden has taken the Hungerford Stakes a record five times, and he'll be eyeing the Group 2 race once again as the horse racing season slowly draws to a close.
Day 4 Recap
With the first three days of action at Glorious Goodwood being nothing short of compelling, Day 4 had a lot to live up to when the action got underway on Friday.
It did that and more, though, with the exciting, seven-race day setting up an exciting, Saturday finale in Chichester.
Here, we take a look at the complete results from another interesting day for the Goodwood punters, and analyse the top stories of the day.
|Coutts Glorious Stakes||Pether's Moon (11-10f)||Encke (6-1)||Cafe Society (6-1)||£34,026|
|Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes||Wannabe Yours (7-1)||Hors De Combat (9-2)||Bow Creek (4-1)||£34,026|
|Betfred Mile||Red Avenger (12-1)||Heavy Metal (6-1j)||Magic City (7-1)||£80,925|
|Betfred King George Stakes||Take Cover (6-1)||Extortionist (5-1)||Moviesta (9-2f)||£56,710|
|Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery||Son of Africa (7-1)||Markaz (11-4f)||Sunset Fail (9-2)||£12,938|
|L'Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes||J Wonder (7-1)||Muteela (7-4f)||Indignant (16-1)||£34,026|
|Betfred Mobile Handicap||Tall Ship (10-1)||Artful Rogue (13-2)||Fire Fighting (4-1f)||£10,894|
Red Avenger Wins Betfred Mile
The day’s headline event, the Betfred Mile, was won by Ed Dunlop’s four-year-old Red Avenger, who pipped joint-favourite Heavy Metal at the post.
Red Avenger was handed first-time blinkers for the race, and appeared revitalised on the way round despite being held up at the start.
Once he got into contention, though, his power shone through, catching Heavy Metal at the final stride to win under jockey Jimmy Fortune.
Speaking after the race, Fortune reflected on a good day at the office, saying that the blinkers were instrumental in Red Avenger’s victory—per At The Races:
I wasn't sure I'd won, but he's certainly game. I wanted to be handier, but he jumped a bit slow and he wouldn't go early, so I had to sit on him a bit. Luckily they went quick enough and they came back to him. Putting the blinkers on him worked very well, we fancied him. He's only just won today but it's a very competitive handicap, today was his day.
Trainer Dunlop also praised the impact the blinkers had on his horse, with focus the key to Red Avenger’s success—as Channel 4 Racing revealed:
Trainer @EdDunlopRacing: "Red Avenger loves fast ground as do all War Fronts. With the blinkers to concentrate he's a pretty good horse."— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) August 1, 2014
Though Heavy Metal came home just after Red Avenger, fellow favourite Velox had a race to forget.
Velox won impressively at Sandown four weeks ago, but never got going in the Betfred Mile, coming 11th after weakening in the final furlong.
He also demonstrated his brilliance in the Betfred Mile last year, per Racing UK, but jockey Andrea Atzeni couldn’t orchestrate a top-five finish this time around.
The day deservedly belonged to Red Avenger, though, who will look to continue his strong form as the remainder of the season plays out.
Shock of the Day: Tall Ship wins Betfred Mobile Handicap
While Red Avenger’s triumph was one that many punters hadn’t seen coming, another horse to sneak under the radar and romp to victory on Friday was Tall Ship.
In the final race of the day, stretching one mile and three furlongs, Tall Ship dominated from the off, crossing the line all alone to a fabulous ovation—as Goodwood Racecourse revealed:
It was indeed a stunning ride from the Bay Gelding, coming first ahead of Artful Rogue by one-and-a-half lengths and favourite Fire Fighting by a further length.
Trainer Gary Moore was visibly elated when Tall Ship crossed the line, but the victory was nothing more than the three-year-old deserved.
Friday was another day to remember at Glorious Goodwood, but with more action on the way in Day 5, it could get even better.
The 32Red Cup will be the centre of attention on Saturday, with 28 runners all vying for the title.
Day 3 Recap
It was another interesting day of racing for the punters on Day 3 of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday, as Ladies' Day threw up a mixture of winning favourites and outsiders.
The trend of the first couple of days continued for the opening race as long-odds once again came through in first place but Ivawood came through as the favourite next up in the Richmond Stakes.
The course having been watered, the going was once again Good to Firm. Read on for a look at the results from the day as well as a look at how the racing went in Sussex on Thursday.
|Fairmont Handicap||Lyn Valley (14-1)||Rainbow Rock (6-1)||Madeed (15-2)||£31,125|
|Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes||Ivawood (2-5f)||Louie de Palma (14-1)||Jungle Cat (5-1)||£45,368|
|Artemis Goodwood Cup||Cavalryman (5-1)||Ahzeemah (12-1)||Brown Panther (11-4)||£68,052|
|Sterling Insurance Lillie Langtry Stakes||Missunited (3-1f)||Arabian Comet (7-1)||Waila (6-1)||£34,026|
|EBF British Stallion Studs New Ham Maiden Fillies' Stakes||Shagah (15-8f)||Kodiva (6-1)||Runner Runner (14-1)||£12,938|
|Tatler Handicap||Safety Check (14-1)||Day Of Conquest (22-1)||Almargo (4-1f)||£15,562|
|Qipco Apprentice Handicap||Angelic Upstart (12-1)||Jodies Jem (8-1)||George Cinq (6-1)||£9,704|
Cavalryman Takes Goodwood Cup
Kieron Fallon powered his way to his 40th Glorious Goodwood win with victory in the Day 3 headline race—the Goodwood Cup— riding Cavalryman, ahead of Ahzeemah and last year's winner Brown Panther.
Taking the lead two furlongs out, the victory was claimed despite a late push from Ahzeemah and Fallon praised the toughness of his mount having triumphed, per BBC Sport:
"He's a tough horse. It's a very difficult race to win but he's gone from strength to strength."
The Queen's horse, 2-1 favourite Estimate, ended up last having faded drastically towards the end of the run.
The BBC's Cornelius Lysaght reported the explanation given for the horse's poor performance with the course being cited as significant:
#GloriousGoodwood: verdict on HM's horse Estimate (fav & last) was she was unsuited by track; trainer gave that explanation to stewards— Cornelius Lysaght (@CorneliusRacing) July 31, 2014
Ivawood Maintains Unbeaten Run
The second race of the day, the Richmond Stakes, saw a convincing victory for Ivawood ahead of Louie de Palma as the 2-5 favourite truly lived up to his very short odds.
Richard Hughes cruised to victory aboard the Richard Hannon trained horse for its third win as he made almost every yard of the running.
The fine performance would like have impressed Hollywood actor Tom Cruise who made an appearance at Goodwood on Thursday, per the Racing Post:
Do you come here often? Tom Cruise presents Edie Campbell with her prize after winning the Goodwood charity race. pic.twitter.com/HXlc7K6ejH— Racing Post (@RacingPost) July 31, 2014
The bookies were so impressed by the run from Ivawood that they made the horse favourite for next year's 2,000 Guineas.
Missunited Retired Despite Victory
However, the victory with Jim Crowley on board was to be the last for Missunited as she was retired soon after with an injury to her suspensory per Channel 4 Racing:
MISSUNITED bravely sticks her neck out to win the Lillie Langtry. The mare, 7, was retired after a tendon injury. pic.twitter.com/EMGXCGmrvm— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) July 31, 2014
She showed a great deal of bravery to take the victory as challengers powered home on all sides with Crowley attesting to the horse's toughness, per Sporting Life:
"She's unbelievably tough - one of the toughest horses I've ever ridden - but she was probably just feeling the ground there."
Friday's Day 4 action sees the headline Betfred Mile in a day of great quality and hopefully a continuation of the terrific racing seen so far at Glorious Goodwood.
Day 2 Recap
After a day of upsets to open Glorious Goodwood’s annual meeting on Tuesday, punters backing race outsiders would have been full of encouragement heading into Day 2 in Chichester.
Good news, then, as fortune favoured the brave once again at Goodwood Racecourse on Wednesday, with just two race favourites coming home first on the seven-race day.
Here, we take a look at the full results from another eventful afternoon of racing, and analyse the biggest shocks of the day.
|Goodwood Stakes (Handicap)||Teak (33-1)||Ray Ward (6-1)||Longshadow (12-1)||£24,900|
|Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes (Group 3)||Snow Sky (9-2)||Windshear (13-2)||Somewhat (7-2)||£45,368|
|Qipco Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)||Kingman (2-5)||Toronado (11-4)||Darwin (25-1)||£170,130|
|Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2)||Highland Reel (10-11)||Tupi (13-2)||Room Key (20-1)||£45,368|
|Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes||Royal Razalma (10-1)||Hundi (4-1)||Shahah (7-4)||£12,938|
|EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap||Magique (25-1)||Hedge End (12-1)||Patterned (7-1)||£10,894|
|Turf Club Handicap||Related (6-1)||Lulu The Zulu (11-2)||George Rooke (9-2)||£11,321|
Teak Opens Up Day 2 With a Bang
The first race of the day provided a real turn up for the books, as 33-1 outsider Teak romped to victory, with 11-8 favourite Made in Rio failing miserable to live up to the tag.
Though Made in Rio came into the race in strong form and started well, he just didn’t have the staying power at the front and ended up coming dead last.
That left Teak, trained by Ian Williams, to come home in first place, crossing the line ahead of Ray Ward and Longshadow.
Following the race, Williams commented on Made in Rio’s inability to stay, but said that the problem goes beyond the race favourite—per Channel 4 Racing:
"The big worry was the favourite but one or two of them haven't stayed" - winning trainer Ian Williams. TEAK will go hurdling now.— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) July 30, 2014
Not that he’ll care too much about that, though, as Teak’s exploits earned him an unexpected victory to kick off the day in style.
Jockey Silvestre De Sousa focussed away from Made in Rio during his post-race interview, praising Teak’s brilliance over the two mile, five furlong track—per Channel 4 Racing, via SportingLife:
"He gives everything and he travelled well through the race and he's come home well."
Teak’s victory combined with Made in Rio’s failure was a perfect way to start proceedings at Goodwood, and the drama was far from finished.
Royal Razalma Reigns Supreme
In the fifth race of the day, the Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes, 10-1 horse Royal Razalma crossed the line first, with favourite Shahah coming in third, as Paddy Power revealed:
Royal Razalma 10-1 wins 415 #Goodwood from Hundi 3rd Shahah— Paddy Power Racing (@pphorseracing) July 30, 2014
The two-year-old Chestnut Filly looked more than comfortable on the good to firm surface, striking at the right time to win the race.
Royal Razalma led the centre group from the off at Goodwood, but pushed for the overall lead with around one furlong remaining.
After edging left, he managed to make his way to the front and made it look easy from there—placing first by two-and-three-quarter lengths.
The victory had been coming, too, as Royal Razalma’s form has been improving at an incredible rate as the year has gone on.
His odds of 10-1, then, appeared very generous before the race, and though 7-4 favourite Shahah came in third, the day belonged to Jonathan Portman’s horse.
Elsewhere, the two favourite victories of the day came at the Quipco Sussex Stakes (2-5 Kingman) and the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (10-11 Highland Reel), but it was another miserable afternoon for the heavily backed horses.
Thursday’s meeting sees the Goodwood Cup go up for grabs, and if the last two days of action are anything to go by, there could be a surprise victor in store.
Day 1 Recap
Tuesday saw Glorious Goodwood's annual meeting get off to a riveting start, with one of the most highly anticipated flat-racing events of the British calendar beginning in unpredictable fashion.
Of the seven races on Day 1, only one favourite managed to claim victory in Chichester, with Extremity living up to the hype in his bet365 Stakes outing.
The underdogs made for an exhilarating opening day. See Tuesday's results, prize payouts and a breakdown of the biggest shocks below.
All odds are referenced by the Racing Post.
|bet365.com Stakes||Sennockian Star (14-1)||Ajman Bridge (8-1)||Salutation (8-1)||£31,125|
|bet365 Molecomb Stakes||Costai Glory (3-1)||Fast Act (10-1)||Beacon (10-11f)||£28,355|
|bet365 Lennox Stakes||Es Que Love (7-1)||Toormore (5-6f)||Anjaal (25-1)||£85,065|
|bet365 Summer Stakes||Van Percy (8-1)||Havana Cooler (5-2f)||Noble Silk (10-1)||£49,800|
|bet365 EBF Maiden Stakes||Misleading (13-2)||Aussie Ruler (12-1)||Dark Profit (5-2f)||£12,938|
|bet365 Stakes||Extremity (3-1f)||Buckstay (7-1)||Skytrain (12-1)||£11,320|
|Casino at bet365 Stakes||Inxile (25-1)||Cheworee (25-1)||Salvatore Fury (25-1)||£11,320|
Sennockian Star: bet365.com Stakes
From a field of 18, Joe Fanning did a marvellous job in riding Sennockian Star past the post by half a length in Tuesday's opening race, claiming victory in the bet365.com Stakes to begin the day with a big 14-1 upset.
In fact, Fanning himself was impressed to see his ride take to the course so well, according to quotes courtesy of Channel 4:
"I thought he was six pound too high in the handicap!" Joe Fanning is thrilled to be proved wrong by SENNOCKIAN STAR— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) July 29, 2014
From the beginning, Sennockian Star moved into contention, the four-year-old starting well and never falling out of the top spots.
However, it wasn't until two furlongs out that he really made his move. Fanning eased the gelding into a lead with just a furlong to go, maintaining pace to see off his rivals.
It was a particularly good race for trainer Mark Johnston, too, who saw his other participants Salutation and Busatto finish third and fourth, respectively.
Van Percy: bet365 Summer Stakes
Perhaps an early sign of what's to come from sound-alike Manchester United striker Robin van Persie this season?
Trainer Andrew Balding will be over the moon to see Van Percy claim his third win in five races, taking victory over Havana Cooler in the bet365 Summer Stakes by a neck.
Stan James' Rory Jiwani quotes Balding saying that Australian glory is now in their team's sights:
Andrew Balding says the Ebor is next for #GloriousGoodwood winner Van Percy with a tilt at the Melbourne Cup in the offing.— Rory Jiwani (@roryjiwani) July 29, 2014
It was a two-horse race from several furlongs out, but inside the closing 100 yards Van Percy made his move, the four-year-old driven well across the line by jockey David Probert.
Inxile: Casino at bet365 Stakes
The biggest upset of the day at 20-1, Inxile raced over the five furlongs of the Casino at bet365 Stakes to top a field of 21. Three-quarters of a length separated him from his nearest rival as he confirmed victory.
The ride was especially significant given that Paul Hanagan was set to jockey Inxile, replaced by the victorious Tom Queally after falling with a suspected broken arm earlier in the day, per Racing UK:
At nine years of age, Inxile was the oldest of the field but showed that experience still counts for something at this level, coasting to victory with relative ease.
Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood will see the Goodwood Stakes and Sussex Stakes headline as the biggest races to watch.
Tuesday's upsets ensure punters will likely feel encouraged to back an outsider or two in anticipation of yet more drama across the next four days.