“I’m riding a Group class horse in a handicap” said jockey Richard Hughes of his winning ride aboard Intrinsic last Saturday. Hughes said that before and after the victory in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
Members of VG Tips who took that early price to win (as advised by me) were better off than those who bet on Intrinsic closer to the off.
Another winner for them on Satuday proved that taking the early price is the best bet. Mizzou won at Doncaster. 3/1 when advised to be on, the SP price was only 5/2.
It wasn’t The highest quality Goodwood ever. For example, the field in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes was very poor (though the winner. Wannabe Yours, is one to watch out for).
And there were lots of horses declared as non runners. Why? One reason on one day will have been the firmer than expected going. The overnight rain forecast by the Met Office for Friday night/Saturday morning, never materialised.
There were some highlights at the meeting. The now retired Missunited provided spectators with a gutsy win in the Lillie Langtry Stakes. Her determination to triumph cost her an injury that ended her racing career, but you had to admire the resilience of the 7 year old mare. She simply refused to be beaten.
For me the ultimate highlight was the performance of Kingman(above). It was no surprise that he won the tactically run Sussex Stakes. It was the manner in which he won. Trainer John Gosden spoke afterwards and said how much he admired the tactics of the opposition, jockeys and trainers. He said he thought Richard Hughes aboard the eventual runner up Toronado, and Joseph O’Brien aboard third placed Darwin, were very clever in trying to slow things down in the hope of sending Kingman off to sleep.
But the tactic didn’t work. With an astonishing turn of speed late on, Kingman raced into a lead and left those horses trailing in his wake. Young jockey James Doyle could not contain his pleasure at the manner of victory. He smiled from ear to ear.
I have seen great horses launch into top gear fast, but I doubt I have ever seen one do it so late on in a race.
Kingman was breathtaking. Kingman is the current king of flat racing.
Next up, we can look forward to the Ebor meeting at York.
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