Sometimes you have days when nothing goes right, and Friday at Goodwood was one of those days! My fella in the first ran a bit flat and we know he’s better than that. I guess it may have been the ground, as it was very quick. Mystery Power reared up as the stalls opened and had no chance from that point while Zwayyan never landed a blow in the Golden Mile. Alounak ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Glorious Stakes as he was just caught out when the pace quickened and got boxed in a little. He’ll be back another day and has a decent prize in him.
It’s also worth a word on Battaash as he was quite brilliant in the King George (pictured below). We are so lucky to have some of these super-talented older horses like him, Enable and Stradivarius still in training. We need to treasure them. As for me, I’ll just dust myself down and go again on Saturday. Don’t forget to check out the final Zoom Room of the week below too.
TOMMY G (1.50pm)
I mentioned earlier in the week that you have to respect anything that Jim Goldie brings down to Goodwood and he runs Tommy G in the opening Stewards’ Cup consolation race. I won this race on him a couple of years ago off a mark of 81 and then we were third again last year off 78. He hasn’t been in the best of form since, but we sneak in here off a mark of just 72. He ran a nice trial last time and when I spoke to Jim earlier in the week, he said he was in good form. I know the stable also like Call Me Ginger so hopefully we can shake up Charlie Hills’ Rewaayat.
Next up I ride Indianapolis for James Given in the staying handicap. He gave me a nice feel when I rode for the first time over 12 furlongs at Ripon last week. He appeared to get outpaced and then ran on really well to get close at the line. He looks worth a try at this trip and the handicapper has given him a tiny bit of slack. Laafy looks the obvious one for Sir Michael Stoute.
STONE OF DESTINY (3.35pm – Stewards’ Cup)
The big race of the afternoon is the Stewards’ Cup where I team up with Andrew Balding and King Power racing to ride old friend Stone Of Destiny. He has plenty of ability but just doesn’t always show it. You can put a line through his last run as he reared up when the stalls opened, and he is better judged on a good sixth in the Wokingham at Ascot. He will be fine on the fast ground and is 2lbs lower than that run at the Royal meeting. His current mark of 95 is 5lbs lower than the mark from which he ran in this race 12 months ago and he wasn’t beaten far that day. Hopefully he can go better than the market suggests.
My penultimate ride of the meeting is Corvair for the Crisfords. He’s been gelded since we last saw him and its just a question of whether he can translate his decent all-weather form to the turf. The ground is pretty quick so that has to be a worry and he has to step up from his Pontefract run.
Finally, I ride Longlai in what looks a pretty hot maiden. He made a really nice start to life on the racecourse with a good run behind a smart one of John Gosden’s. He will have to step up again here but he is in the right hands and has had the benefit of a run. Golden Flame sets the bar pretty high and Marcus Tregoning’s newcomer Tasfeeq is apparently held in high regard.
THE ZOOM ROOM