PULBOROUGH trainer Amanda Perrett enjoyed a 100 per cent record at the May Festival, saddling three runners and gaining three victories thanks to Saucy Minx, Arch Villain and Head Of Steam
Two other trainers also have had three winners at Goodwood this year – Sir Michael Stoute and the leading trainer at the track, Richard Hannon, whose double on Friday was completed by Magic City, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, in the seven-furlong Reheat Handicap.
The excellent racing and good weather delivered a large crowd on Saturday, though the weather was not as kind on the first two days.The total attendance at the May Festival came to 23,000, which was up to expectations.
Adam Waterworth, Goodwood Racecourse’s Managing Director, reflected: “But for the disappointing weather on the first two days, the May Festival would have attracted 25,000 racegoers. We were still pretty pleased with the attendance over the three days.”
Meanwhile he first of Goodwood Racecourse’s Three Friday Nights – this Friday, May 31 – is a sell-out. Rudimental, headlining the event after racing, are performing at Goodwood for the first time.
These evenings feature horseracing followed by a DJ set performed by top artists. A quick change transforms the parade ring from being horse-focused to a huge dance floor under the stars, complete with laser show.
The first of the six races on Friday is at 6.05pm (the gates open at 4.30pm). The Gordon’s Amateur Riders’ Handicap is run over nine furlongs and has attracted 23 entries.
Simon Walker, champion Flat male amateur for the eighth time in 2012, is likely to partner Wordismybond for trainer Peter Makin or Bloodsweatandtears for local handler William Knight. The 40-year-old has enjoyed three winners at Goodwood so far during his riding career.
The feature event is the £14,000 British Stallions Supporting British Racing EBF Fillies’ Handicap (7.45pm). There are 21 entries for the six-furlong dash. This race is followed by the 12-furlong Levy Restaurants Handicap (8.15pm & 15 entries) and the concluding TFN Fillies’ Maiden (8.45pm & 29 entries) at a mile.
Though Rudimental are sold out, Friday Nights continue on June 14 with Groove Armada’s Andy Cato, who has chosen the day to release an 18-track collection entitled, ‘Time and Places’ – an audio reminder of the history of the past 20 years of British dance music culture, and June 21 with Trevor Nelson whose collection album held the number one spot for five weeks in the UK.
Tickets are available at the moment from www.goodwood.com but booking in advance is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.