Live horse racing blog: News, reviews and replays from Glorious Goodwood
Hollie Doyle added to her Goodwood Cup success aboard Trueshan by landing the following handicap aboard Lord Riddiford - follow all of the action from Glorious Goodwood.
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1631: The market for this British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes is a little livelier than might have been expected.
Marcus Tregoning saddled the winner last year and there's been support for Olivetti who is a half-brother to Perotto and whose jockey wears the same silks.
Like the favourite he's had a run and experience is so often key in the maidens at this meeting.
I'm pretty sure I dug out a stat supporting that last year only for newcomers to dominate the finish of the upcoming race. It was ever thus.
1621: Bell is now talking to a Minister but it's not Newmarket MP and racing enthusiast Matt Hancock.
I'm surprised. He's got more time on his hands these days but perhaps he's trying to avoid the cameras?
The favourite for the next race is trained in Newmarket by William Haggas but is on the drift slightly.
The ITV team are rounding up the day's action and Richard Hoiles has nominated Space Blues as his eyecatcher while Kevin Blake goes with Berkshire Shadow.
Don't lose the faith.
If you want to follow that pair you can add them to your tracker with My Stable.
1613: It's a one-two for John Quinn as Lord Riddiford leads home El Astronaute with Desert Safari third.
It's a double on the card for Doyle and she's now two from two for the yard.
The winner is owned by twins who are speaking to Oli Bell. They're understandably delighted and providing some gentle entertainment.
They have just admitted to 'being quite confident today' and having 'a nice bet on him'.
Hats off. No wonder Doyle gave him a big shout when interviewed earlier.
Ed Chamberlin thinks someone has won £100,000 on the ITV7.
I wonder if the twins won that much?
1607: Blue De Vega is next to come under the microscope but Dixon sounds less enthusiastic about his chance; he believes he will need some luck in running.
"Most of these blow hot and cold and not that many of them arrive in tip-top form," says Dixon.
One of the exceptions is King Of Stars which goes some way to explaining his position in the market.
He bumped into a potential pattern horse last time and is described as 'a big strong horse in the paddock' and Dixon believes he could still be improving. The ground is an unknown though.
Only Spoofing receives a positive word as does the inconsistent Sunday Sovereign who has a Nunthorpe entry.
They are loading. King Of Stars shortens to 4/1. The favourite is prominent. He weakens rather tamely though and it's another winner for Hollie Doyle - she marked our card after the Goodwood Cup. Did you listen?
1601: Only Spoofing won this race last year and is one of three horses vying for favouritism but I wasn't convinced his form suggested he would appreciate this ground.
My pin landed on Blue De Vega (each-way of course) but I'll see if I can source a more considered opinion in the coming minutes.
Simon Holt is among the winners already and he's with Only Spoofing while Value Bet has sided with Desert Safari.
Nevison has filed it in the 'too difficult' tray but reluctantly nominates Sunday Sovereign.
It's over to Hislop and Dixon and the latter starts with Ishvara who is visored for the first time.
"She'll either run exceptionally or dreadfully, there's no in-between. She's tricky, she's quirky and sometimes she doesn't want to do it but there will be a day when she pops up because she's capable and she handles soft ground," says Dixon.
She's got form to her name from higher marks.
1549: It's a shame we didn't get more of a horse race but Away He Goes did try and provided his connections with a thrill.
Trueshan's best form suggested he was in a different league to his rivals under these conditions and so it proved. That should have been a bad result for the layers - anyone shedding a tear?
Yes, I do know which side my bread is buttered but still......
The five furlong sprint handicap which comes up next may well help them to get a penny or two back.
"I'll be smiling till next year," is Doyle's sign off on Racing TV but she did give a positive mention to Lord Riddiford in the upcoming race believing he should handle the ground and could still be feasibly handicapped.
I think I read in her blog that she is one from one for trainer John Quinn.
If you're intending to follow Galway but have lost track of time (it's easily done) then a reminder that action there gets underway in 30 minutes or so.
1541: Doyle: "He's a superstar isn't he?
"He was quite free early on. When he hit that rising ground he found another gear. All credit to Alan. He's been in my mind every day since Champions Day."
The 'lass' leading him up is suitably delighted too, adding 'he's such a dude'.
Sir Ron was dismounted very quickly after the line and the screens were put up. Fingers crossed. The worse news would be desperate at any time but in light of the injury suffered by Subjectivist would seem a little crueller.
King: "Absolutely thrilled, a very special moment. I'm not sure I've had a runner in a Group One before on the flat. She's given him a great ride.
"I get nervous if I'm odds-on for a novice hurdle at Plumpton but as time went on it started to kick in.
"The owners have been great supporters all the way through, the staff at home, Hollie; it's a very special moment. We were lucky the rain came at the right time. I'm going to enjoy today before I worry about that (where he goes next)."
1529: The runners are making their way out onto the track for the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup.
They are circling behind the stalls.
Nayef Road was second in this race last year but has only one longer than him in the betting and Dixon suggests he might be 'a little bit too big'.
They're loading as the presenters make a case for Santiago. All set.
Santiago misses the break by a couple of lengths. The top one leads from Nayef Road. Trueshan third but only marginally. Serpentine and Sir Ron are in close attendance although Serpentine has either been taken back or lost his position.
Nayef Road is the new leader and tracked by Trueshan, commentator suggests they may not have been going fast enough for him. Around six furlongs to run.
Trueshan hits the front as they come across in front of the stands. Away He Goes is in second and challenging. Sir Ron is third.
Trueshan asserts and wins by three or four.
That was never in doubt. He was given a very uncomplicated ride.
1526: Alan King on Racing TV: "I am (disappointed Stradivarius is out), it's more pressure now! Somewhat surprised but there we are. It's testing ground but....it's Mr Gosden's decision.
"Certainly on soft ground his form is very good but he's only raced on heavy once a couple of years ago when he won at Newbury.
"I'm very pleased we went to Newcastle. I'd be more nervous today if we hadn't been to Newcastle. It was a proper race and we were able to let him down and build him back up for this. It did him good.
"Hopefully he'll be alright (on the track). We'll find out in a minute!"
Dave Nevison believes Trueshan's price is deserved and that he has 'absolutely everything in his favour'.
He's knocking Sir Ron Priestley's soft ground form though - place lay potential?
1511: It's the big one next.
Although it has lost a good deal of lustre.
It's still a big moment for Alan King - whose focus is increasingly on the flat - and Hollie Doyle.
Trueshan is odds-on in places now and that's no great surprise in truth.
If you took the 7/1 (?) at the start of the week before declarations you will have a big grin all over your smug face. And rightly so. It couldn't have worked out any better but he still has to go and do his stuff on the track of course.
We heard of money for Santiago from one of the bookmakers' reps before racing and Aidan O'Brien's runner is second favourite, alongside Sir Ron Priestley but they both have a good deal more to prove than the market leader.
Surely this is all about the coronation of a new staying hero?
That said, there is a Value Bet selection going to post.......
1457: The below was recorded before Stradivarius came out but it's relevance remains.....
The sun is shining at Glorious Goodwood (sort of) and the runners are behind the stalls.
Not long to wait for a good renewal of the Lennox Stakes in which Godolphin hold all the aces.
There's more love for Safe Voyage from Dixon and Hislop and it's not hard to see why - he's a lovable individual - but he's not for me.
Escobar could be the last to come forwards.
Happy Power leads from Toro Strike and there's jostling on the inside between Fundamental and Creative Force. Sage Voyage in fourth. Past halfway.
Space Blues in the centre of the track seems to be travelling well. He doesn't pick up quickly enough though as Kinross wins.
Tight for second between Happy Power and Creative Force.
The winner was returned at 6/1. Creative Force confirmed in second.
"Brilliant," says Rossa Ryan. "All thanks to Mr Beckett. He's a tremendous turn of foot. At the furlong and a half pole I was sitting on the bridle and just needed the split."
There are 5⃣ days of quality racing coming at #GloriousGoodwood this week