We learned about an hour before racing that Goodwood’s plans to have 5000 attend on Saturday had been scrapped under Government instruction. It was a setback for the sport but gave on-course bookmakers a chance to get their heads together and come up with a united front for when racing resumes with spectators.
1:10 – Tdn Australia Handicap (Class 3) (3YO only) 1m 3f
After three days of winning at BadWood, confidence in the trading room was high. True, though tempered with the knowledge that two of traditionally the busiest days betting were yet to come. The first event tested that growing mettle with a one- horse book to kick off with. The only one the punters wanted to be on was Al Qaqaa, bets included £1500 – £1000, £3000 – £2000, £2438 -£1500, £8750 – £5000 and £3250 – £2000 all beating the SP of 5/4. In addition to that there were plenty of small wagers as well as being a popular leg in plenty of multiples losing £24,000 in just win bets alone. It was great news for the office, not so much the punters, that the jolly could only manage fourth behind 6/1 winner Cepheus. The trading room let out a cheer as it passed the post but it wasn’t enough to drown out the trumpet blast from Trading Manager Ed Dark who’d backed the winner (and it was also put up by City AM’s Racing Editor Bill Esdaile in our Zoom Room Preview). At least it wasn’t the bogie, that always used to be a sacking offence on-course, so if you did and it won you had to keep your brass in your pocket, so to speak.
1:45 – Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes (Fillies’ And Mares’ Group 3) (Class 1) (3YO plus) 7f
The jollity and frivolity was snatched from the lips of the lads and lasses in the office in the next. Frankie Dettori looked to have sealed the deal when quickening away inside the final furlong on 12/1 chance Valeria Messalina. Cheers were stifled and trumpets put back in their cases when Tom Marquand galvanised a devastating and ultimately winning run from 6/4 favourite One Master to get up on the nod. That was bad news for the book, the only loser for £10,000, bets included £3000- £2000, £8125 – £5000 and £1625 – £1000. For no logical reason turnarounds like that can often usher in a change in fortunes for punters and bookmakers alike. As Star’s run had been good it was everything crossed that it wasn’t about to ‘turn’.
2:15 – Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3YO only) 1m
It wasn’t, in a drama packed finish where Ryan Moore and 10/1 winner Tilsit survived a stewards’ enquiry and kept the race. That despite but for the grace of a stride or two putting 3/1 runner up My Oberon and Tom Marquand over the rail. It was all academic bar £4000 for the firm though. All the money had been for the odds-on 4/7 shot third Khaloosy. Bets included £1143 – £2000, £4000 – £7000, £1600 – £2600, £667 – £1000 and £1231 – £2000 which all stayed in the hod, the jolly the only loser in the book
2:45 – Unibet Golden Mile Handicap (Class 2) (3YO plus) 1m
The 3/1 favourite Prompting won the next, it wasn’t all bad news though, the worst in the book was ninth placed Sir Busker the bogey for £27,000 bets included – £5625 – £1250 each-way, £7500 – £1500 each-way and £5500 – £1000. The only other loser in the book was fourth placed Willie John, bets struck included £9000 – £1000 each-way and £4000 – £500 each-way. The winner copped small in the book which was very handy indeed.
3:15 – King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO plus) 5f
Most people would have sat out the next and just marvelled at Battaash smashing the course record. 2/7 might have been prohibitive for some but there are always money buying punters happy to nick a few quid on the good thing. Bets of £2000 – £7000, £400 – £1200 and £857 – £3000 was just like finding it on the floor, you’d have to be careful if you did mind, find it on the floor that is, cash is plague ridden, apparently …
I don’t like backing odds on shots but battaash was a big lump job I do look forward to @SimonNott and @StarSports_Bet telling us about the bets they have laid for this horse or weather they managed to dodge it
— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) July 31, 2020
3:45 – L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4YO plus) 1m 4f
Next up, plenty of bets which included for Communique £4500 – £1500 and £15,000 – £5000 plus support for Alounak £4000 – £1000 and £6750 – £1500. All those bets stayed in the bag after the 9/2 victory of Pablo Escobar, the best cop in the book and a result not to be sniffed at.
4:20 – New Unibet Instant Roulette Nursery (Class 2) (2YO only) 6f
It took a while for the Ed in the office to give me the bets for the penultimate. I feared the worst, after all even money jolly Zamaani won the race. They had taken some chunks for the winner, those included £3750 – £2000 and an even £2000 a couple of times. The bottom line was the firm lost a bullseye, £50 on the race. That happy figure was thanks to relatively hefty support for Thank You Next including a single bet of £23,450 – £3350, luckily win only as the filly finished third.
4:55 – British E.B.F. EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) (Class 4) (2YO only) 6f
The lucky last proved to be just that, what on earth was going on at Badwood this year? Second favourite, 5/2 shot Ventura Diamond won the race, with 2/1 jolly Sarsaparilla back in third. It’s always handy to get the jolly in the frame for the each-way but you don’t expect a £6000 cop over the second-in. The bogey was Rhythm which attracted a bet of £8250 – £1500, while a couple of punters parted with £1400 -£800 and £2100 – £1200 the jolly, smaller bets making up the field.
That’s an unprecedented four winning days on the trot at the Glorious Goodwood meeting, would it be tempting fate to say it’s all over bar the shouting?
We’re back tomorrow.
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