AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

The Cocked Up Stakes ?

Goodwood 3.45
Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed)
TIME: 3.45pm

We often hear at Star Sports that prize money levels are ‘dangerously’ low in this country from trainers and owners and then comes along the Cocked Hat Stakes this afternoon at Goodwood.

A £40,000 race with £22,684 to the winner, perfect racing ground (GOOD) and how many runners will ‘fight’ it out this afternoon?


With Fantastic Moon now pulled out, the already bitterly disappointing and frankly untenable race is down to a match between Contributer and Disclaimer.

So it’ll be a case of after you, no after you.

The race used to be run as the Predominate Stakes and a Derby trial but has now morphed into a St Leger heat.

Despite the low turnout course general manager Adam Waterworth has no plans to scrap it.

Whether races should be scrapped automatically with less than (say 5 runners) is another argument. But that would deny racing fans of some great small field finishes where tactics become much more important. On the other hand, £40k buys a lot of more modest handicaps which are much more Levy friendly for the long term benefit racing industry.

As for the winner.

Contributor is rated 7lb superior on official ratings and should be good enough to see off Sir Henry Cecil’s progressive Disclaimer who is on for the four-timer and seems to handle any ground.

DISCLAIMER: Disclaimer could also win.

Our greyhound selection at Romford on Friday Dudleys Viking ran well to finish a 3/4 length second at 4/1. Bumping off the final bend may well have cost him success.

Our tip surely can’t come second today ??

(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
5 points win CONTRIBUTOR (3.45 Goodwood)

(-5 points Wednesday. No bet Thursday)

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An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has become the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest – but his record may be short-lived.

Yuichiro Miura said: “This is the world’s best feeling.” But he confessed to feeling “totally exhausted”.

Mr Miura had previously conquered the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak when he was 70 and again when he was 75.

The climber and his son Gota called their support team from the summit to report the news. They reached the peak at 9:05 am local time.

Before him, the oldest person to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain was Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who accomplished the feat at the age of 76 in 2008.

Mr Sherchan, now 81, is preparing his own attempt on the summit next week, meaning Mr Miura’s record may soon be broken.

In sport records never stand still no matter what your age.