Glorious weather. A fantastic racecourse. Some truly top quality races. What a shame that spectators could not attend one of the best Goodwood Festivals I have ever watched.
There were star turns that I backed and brilliant performers that I didn’t (but will next time). Battaash broke the racecourse record. Stradivarius (above) was as imperious as ever. Mohaather was a very impressive winner of the Sussex Stakes and you’d have to be backing that one next time out.
I had 7 winning tips. A perfectly respectable total I am satisfied with.
There was a time a few years ago when I almost gave up on Goodwood, a racecourse where the best horse doesn’t always win. I had begun to think I was jinxed at Goodwood. But the past three or four years my results there have improved and I no longer run scared of the track, for all some jockeys and horses do make life difficult for themselves, too often getting stuck in a pocket or blocked in on the rail. We saw such incidences last week.
My favourite winning bets were not down to price so much as the fact that I was able to spot their potential improvement very early in their careers. FANCY BLUE and STEEL BULL – both trained in Ireland – were the most pleasing from a punting point of view. Another Irish trained winner for me was BATTLEGROUND while the reliable SPACE BLUES delivered on the same day. BATTAASH and STRADIVARIUS were the ‘open goal’ winners.
ONE MASTER was the seventh winner for me at the meeting, just beating my 12/1 each way option in the same race, Valeria Messalina. Be sure to keep the last named in your tracker or notebook. That was a very good performance from the Jessica Harrington trained filly. To only be beaten a short head at the line by One Master. I will be interested to discover where Valeria Messalina races next. At the moment she has a Group 1 race entry at Leopardstown on September 12th. That would represent a leap in class.
She wasn’t the only one to return placed profit. Rochester House (10/1), Cliffs of Capri (8/1) and Circus Maximus (15/2) also ensured my stake came back to me in the company of a little profit.
Whether you were betting or simply watching, it was flat racing back to its best and back at arguably the most scenic racecourse in England. And the sun shone.
There’s more quality flat race meetings coming in August and September. At York, Doncaster, Ascot and in Ireland and France.