Trainer Richard Hannon and jockley Richard Hughes, each launched their bids for a fourth Glorious Goodwood title at the earliest opportunity as they combined to take the opening bet365.com Handicap with Viewpoint.
The four-year-old son of Exceed And Excel, a 16/1 shot, came from off the pace with a strong late run to cut down Nabucco by a length.
After a promising fourth to Nabucco on his seasonal debut, Viewpoint had finished only third at Ascot on Friday. The difference, according to Hannon, was the ground, softened during the morning by the driving rain that caused the abandonment of the Glorious meeting’s opening ceremony.
“It was just too firm for him at Ascot,” said the trainer, the current leading trainer at Goodwood and this meeting’s champion in 2008, 2010 and 2011. “He could never pick up on it and lengthen. He likes to get his toe in and today was just perfect.
Hannon won the second race with Brown Sugar, ridden by Pat Dobbs, who finished narrowly ahead of Richard Hughes on board stablemate 7-2 shot, Anticipated.
Hannon will saddle Toronado in tomorrow’s QIPCO Sussex Stakes and does not see the softened ground as a problem. “He should be fine with it,” he said. “And he should be OK on the track too, he’s a well-balanced horse. The other two [Dawn Approach and Declaration Of War] have both pacemakers in, but ours will appreciate a good gallop too.
“When Dawn Approach beat us at Ascot there was only inches in it, and although both horses suffered interference, we took a right whack. We’ll just have to see what happens. He’s in good form and we’ve done our bit at home. We pay a good man to do the rest of the job and it’s up to Hughsie now.”
Jockey Ryan Moore notched up his 100th Goodwood winner with Brazos, trained by Clive Brittain in the Casino at bet365 Maiden race, coming through at the last minute to beat Lyn Valley and Mystique Rider, trained locally by Olly Stevens, by two necks.
The rider was more impressed with the colt than his own landmark. “He did that well and he’ll be better for it,” he said. “He’ll be a nice horse.”
Told it was his century at the track, he said in typically dry deadpan style: “Is that all? Disappointing.”
He had earlier won on board Garswood and ended the day as leading jockey with two wins.
Five jockeys tied for runner-up spot with one win each: Richard Hughes, Pat Dobbs, George Baker, Willliam Buick, and Raul Da Silva.