Star-studded entry list for Goodwood’s Group 1 QIPCO Sussex Stakes next month

Europe’s leading three-year-olds Night Of Thunder and Kingman feature among the star-studded entries for the £300,000 Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, run over a mile on the second day of Glorious Goodwood, Wednesday, July 30.

Top action at  Goodwood's Bank Holiday meeting

Top horses coming to Glorious Goodwood Photo: Jeannie Knight

 The pair, trained by Richard Hannon and John Gosden respectively, have already clashed twice this season with the score currently at one all. Kingman was four and a half lengths superior in Newbury’s Greenham Stakes on April 12, but a combination of faster ground and a step up to a mile saw Night Of Thunder touch off his rival by half a length in the first Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3.

 The form of the Classic has been franked with Kingman recording a five-length victory over Shifting Power(Richard Hannon), who was fourth at Newmarket, in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on May 24. Kingman and Night Of Thunder are set to meet again in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Night Of Thunder Photo by John Simpson

Night Of Thunder
Photo by John Simpson

 Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Night Of Thunder’s owner Saeed Manana, said: “As soon as we get over Royal Ascot we will see what happens, but I’m sure the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is a race we will be looking at for Night Of Thunder.

 “He has been going very, very well since Newmarket. He has not done much galloping because he is a horse who doesn’t require a lot of work, but we are very happy with his progress. We thought he was a good horse before Newmarket and he has now proved that he is a good horse. The result in Ireland at the weekend with Kingman and Shifting Power only makes his form look stronger.

 “The rivalry between Night Of Thunder and Kingman is exciting and you have to take on good horses if you want to win good races. Night Of Thunder has got a favourite’s or second favourite’s chance at Ascot and I don’t think he will be going off at 40/1 anymore – those days are long gone! I think the ground might be more important to Kingman than it is to us, but then again John Gosden would probably say that’s not the case. It’s a good talking point but we will only know after the race.”

 Three-year-olds have dominated the QIPCO Sussex Stakes in recent years, annexing five of the last six renewals, and the Classic generation could also be represented by last year’s champion two-year-old Toormore (Richard Hannon) and Dewhurst Stakes hero War Command (Aidan O’Brien). John Gosden has also entered French 2,000 Guineas fourth Muwaary, while Godolphin’s sole entry is the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf scorer Outstrip (Charlie Appleby).

Olympic Glory's recent victory Photo: John Simpson

Olympic Glory’s recent victory
Photo: John Simpson

 Richard Hannon’s formidable six-strong entry also includes three of Europe’s leading older horses. Olympic Glory saw off his rivals comfortably in the mile Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 17, while last year’s QIPCO Sussex Stakes hero Toronado and four-time Group One heroine Sky Lantern are both set to reappear at Royal Ascot next month.

 Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien also has six contenders, headed by War Command and exciting US import Verrazano. The son of More Than Ready notched up two Grade One victories on dirt for Todd Pletcher in 2013, including a near 10-length demolition in the Haskell Invitational, and shaped with promise when third to Olympic Glory on his turf debut in the Lockinge at Newbury. O’Brien, who has four QIPCO Sussex Stakes successes to his name, could also rely on Darwin, Giovanni BoldiniIllusive and the unraced but highly-regarded Cougar Mountain.

Soft Falling Rain in winning action Photo John Simpson

Fellow Irish handler Tom Hogan has entered stable star Gordon Lord Byron, who started 2014 in fine style with a narrow victory in the mile Group One George Ryder Stakes at Randwick, Australia, in March. International interest comes in the shape of Soft Falling Rain, who was an impressive winner of last year’s Group Two Joel Stakes at Newmarket for South African handler Mike de Kock, Prix d’Ispahan runner-upAnodin (Freddy Head) and Chopin (Andreas Wohler), trained in France and Germany respectively.

 Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “We are very pleased with the QIPCO Sussex entries and are looking forward to another superb renewal of Goodwood’s top race which is one of Europe’s leading mile races. There is a good mix of three-year-olds and older horses entered – which is what the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is all about.”

New Elite Event Auction to be held at Blenheim International Horse Trials in September

Brightwells the UK’s Leading Equestrian Auctioneers, who stage Elite Auctions of Dressage Horses and Show Jumpers at Addington and high profile National Hunt Sales at Cheltenham, have teamed up with Blenheim Palace to launch a new Elite Event Horse Auction at this year’s Blenheim International Horse Trials (Sept 11- 14).

A selection of high quality four, five and six year olds, plus a limited number of intermediate and advanced event horses will be stabled on site from Tuesday  September 9. Competitors and owners will have the facility to view and try the auction horses on the days leading up to the auction, which will be held in the Churchill Arena on Friday afternoon. A catalogue and video footage of the auction horses will also be available three weeks prior to the auction.

Top eventing action in picturesque setting at Blenheim will nnow have special auction Photo: Blenheim Horse Trials

Blenheim Palace will have September horse auction
Photo: Blenheim Horse Trials

Richard Botterill from Brightwells commented “We are honoured to have been chosen as Blenheim Palace’s official auctioneers to stage the first Elite Auction of Event Horses. Blenheim International Horse Trials are world renowned and will provide the most exclusive shop window to showcase an outstanding collection of future talent. Selection days are currently being organised in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe.

“Horses accepted for the auction will have passed stringent veterinary and x-ray assessments, which will be available for prospective purchasers to view while at Blenheim. Alternatively x-rays can be emailed to clients Veterinary Surgeons .“

Event Director Mandy Hervieu added:”Many of the overseas three day events such as Pau and Boekelo have event horse sales and with the UK being the home of eventing  we should have one too. We are delighted that Brightwells want to partner with us and we think this will add yet another interesting activity to the event.”

 

Will Furlong crowned Askham Bryan U21 Champion

In an extremely competitive field of both established British Youth team regulars as well as rising young talent, 19 year old Will Furlong from Battle in East Sussex topped the leaderboard to take this year’s Askham Bryan National U21 title at the EQ Life Houghton International Horse Trials (Norfolk, 22-25 May 2014).

On an influential final day, when just four horses left all the poles in their cups, Will moved three places up the leaderboard to claim the title riding his own German-bred dark brown 11 year old gelding, Livingstone II. Will is no stranger to the podium having an received individual bronze medal at the 2013 FEI Junior Europeans with his mare Pioneer Silvie as part of the Racesafe British Junior team.

Will Furlong Photo:British Eventing

As part of his raft of prizes at Houghton, Will also won the use of a Suzuki quad bike for 12 months, thanks to Suzuki ATV plus a bridle from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

Sophie Beaty (18 years old from Northamptonshire) also climbed up the leaderboard with just one rail down riding her own and Alison Booth’s bay Dutch-bred 15 year old gelding Stanly to take the runner up spot while Isabella Innes Ker (19 years old from Roxburghshire) dropped one place to third, with two jumps down, riding the Duchess of Roxburghe’s Irish-bred grey nine year old gelding, Rosses Captain.  There had been disappointing news in the morning with the withdrawal of overnight leader Navigator, also ridden by Sophie Beaty. Having enjoyed a fabulous cross country day, the only combination to complete on their first phase score, Sophie did not present Navigator at the final vet inspection.

Chairman of the British Young Rider Selectors Alex Colquhoun commented on the weekend’s highlights; “It was a glorious competition at Houghton with a very exciting finish. Will Furlong showed good maturity and coolness under pressure to produce a solid performance to take the Askham Bryan National U21 Championship title.

“It was also good to see some less experienced riders perform well in their first two star competition with some surprises among them.”

Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan provides testing courses for young event riders   Photo: Askham Bryan College

 

Philip Grant, Deputy Principal of Newton Rigg College [part of Askham Bryan, sponsors of the U21 Championship] said: “It’s our pleasure to be able to be associated with the Under 21s and support the up and coming riders as they progress in the sport. The weekend has been a great success and very enjoyable.”

The combinations selected to represent Britain in the Askham Bryan Young Rider British Team at the 2014 FEI Young Rider Europeans in Vale Sabroso (Portugal, 17-21 September)  will be announced soon shortly after Somerford Park Horse Trials (15 – 16 August).

 

 

Supermodel Edie Campbell to be official Ladies’ Day Ambassador at Glorious Goodwood

Supermodel Edie Cambell will take in the role of official Ladies’ Day Ambassador at this year’s Glorious Goodwood meeting, the racecourse has announced

The event, often considered the pinnacle of the sporting and social season, takes place from Tuesday July 29 through to Saturday August 2 and will once again confirm itself as the British summer event not to be missed.

Model Edie Campbell pictured at Glorious Goodwood last year: Photo John Simpson

Model Edie Campbell pictured at Glorious Goodwood last year: Photo John Simpson

As part of her role of Official Ladies Day Ambassador, Edie will race in the Magnolia Cup, the celebrity ladies charity race and has also chosen one of the two official charities this year’s competitors will be riding forThe Reading Agency.

Edie’s love of horses and ability round the racetrack helped her win the inaugural Magnolia Cup race in 2011 and this year will see her compete against fellow high-profile jockeys Tricia Simonon, Maggie Buggie and Megan Nicholls as she competes for the winning title.

She commented;“I am thrilled to take on the role of Official Ladies Day Ambassador for Glorious Goodwood. The Magnolia Cup has established itself as one of the most exciting races of the event and in doing so has raised significant funds for worthy causes. The Reading Agency is a charity close to my heart and I am honored to race on their behalf this year.’

This year’s Magnolia Cup’s charities areThe Reading Agency, a charity dedicated to giving everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident readers ,and Best Beginnings, a charity dedicated to ending child heath inequalities in the UK, will benefit not only from spectator donations on the day but proceeds from the glamorous, annual Regency Gala Ball hosted by Lord and Lady March at Goodwood House on Wednesday July 30.

World’s best riders will be at Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show

Several of the world’s leading showjumping nations will head to the All England Jumping Course this summer for the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (July 29 – August 3), the official show of The British Horse Society.

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ (Friday) and the Longines King George V Gold Cup (Sunday) are the showpieces of Hickstead’s CHIO5* fixture, each having a prize fund of £200,000. In the former, Britain will be competing against Belgium, Germany, Ireland, USA, France, Sweden and the Netherlands. Britain has not won the event since 2010.

Bash Scott riding Ursular XII in the Nations Cup at Hickstead Photo by John  Periam 01243

Brash Scott riding Ursular XII in the Nations Cup at Hickstead
Photo by John Periam 01243

The Royal Internation Horse Show comes just a few weeks before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, so will no doubt prove a useful guide to form ahead of the championships.

Last year’s Longines King George V Gold Cup did deliver a popular win for the British supporters. Almost a year to the day from his team gold medal success at London 2012, world number two Ben Maher jumped a double clear to win the King’s Cup on his former Olympic partner Tripple X III.

The other class that forms part of Hickstead’s ‘triple crown’ is the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup. This used to be a national championship for lady riders only, but in 2008 it was opened up to men and women. Since then, male riders have dominated in Saturday afternoon’s feature class, with the only ladies to win it in recent years being Laura Renwick in 2009 and Anna Edwards in 2010.

The international action begins on Thursday afternoon with the Bunn Leisure Trophy, which forms a qualifier for the Longines King George V Gold Cup. The international classes will feature the highest ranked riders in Britain plus some of the very best competitors in the world; while a huge range of national showjumping classes will attract entries from around 900 riders and 1,500 horses.

Peter Charles on Murka's Odie de Frevent in a previous King George Gold Cup Photo be John Periam 01243 584718

Peter Charles on Murka’s Odie de Frevent in a previous King George Gold Cup
Photo be John Periam 01243 584718

In the showing classes, around 1,600 horses and ponies will arrive at Hickstead, having qualified for their respective classes at shows around the United Kingdom. The best of these will go through to their respective division championships, and the winners will go through to the final judging of the British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underwood Supreme Pony Championships, held on the Sunday.

Last year, riding pony champion Dance All Night became the first pony in Hickstead’s history to win the supreme title twice and this year her rider Samantha Elliott is hoping to recover from a broken arm in time to have a crack at winning a third supreme championship.

Meanwhile, the 2013 supreme horse winner Pearly King continues to dominate in the show ring with rider Simon Charlesworth, recently winning the hack championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and they will be bidding for further Hickstead success at this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show.

New showing classes at Hickstead this season include a Ponies (UK) mountain and moorland amateur class and an amateur maxi cob class, plus the two highest placed junior riders in each coloured horse and pony class will go through to a brand new championship. Showing riders will also benefit from a new all-weather gallop track in Jacksons Fencing Ring 5.

Ladies’ Day will once again be held on the Saturday of the show, and this year proceeds will go towards the charity Dreamflight. A team of ‘spotters’ will pick out the best-dressed guests and invite them into a special ringside enclosure. A celebrity judge will then pick out a winner and two runners-up from the top 10 finalists, with the winner receiving a two-night stay with dinner and spa treatments from the Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa in West Sussex.

To book tickets for the Longines Royal International Horse Show go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.

Seebright scores his fourth Fontwell Park victory in Sussex Snowdrop Handicap Chase

Sunshine and a bumper crowd marked Fontwell Park’s family fun raceday yesterday, supporting the Sussex Snowdrop Trust Charity- and it was eventful day with some exciting finishes.

There was an unexpected result in the opening handicap hurdle race when certain winner Mercers Court, trained by Neil King at Newmarket, swerved towards the stands in the closing stages when clear,unseating Trevor Whelan. It was thought the horse was trying to find the exit from which it had emerged on to the course.

Urcalin and winning jockey Joshua Moore Copyright Jeannie Knight

Urcalin and winning jockey Joshua Moore
Copyright Jeannie Knight

Dollar Bill, trained at Findon by Josh Gifford, took up the lead and was unlucky to be caught on the line by Urcalin, ridden by Joshua Moore and trained at Bear Green, near the Surrey/  Sussex border by David Arbuthnot.

The trainer, who has a dozen in his string, said the plan would be to move Urcalin up to three mile staying hurdles, but that eventually the six-year-old would go chasing next year.

There were five greys in the paddock for the Handicap Steeplechase over two miles two furlongs, and they dominated the race, which had attracted ten runners. The first four past the post were all grey horses, and the one to cross the line first by an easy 11 lengths was Popaflora trained by Dan Skelton at Alcester and ridden by Harry Skelton. Popaflora beat The Informant trained by Seamus Mullins, with Mac’s Grey trained by Zoe Davison in third place.
Popaflora, wiith owners' group and jockey Joshua Moore Photo: Jeannie Knight

Popaflora, owners’ group and jockey Harry Skelton Photo: Jeannie Knight

Dan Skelton said: “Popaflora is a fun horse for Punchestown Syndicate, whose members come from across the South East. I was surprised that he was favourite because he hadn’t got much previous form. I haven’t had him long but thought a drop back in trip might suit him and he’s a nice horse at the right level.”
Venetia Williams and jockey Aiden Coleman won the Maiden Hurdle Race with Cloudy Beach, a grey gelding, whose future probably lies over fences. Cloudy Beach got up by a neck on the line to win from David Bridgwater’s Garnock, and will now have a break for the summer.

Cloudy Beach and Aiden Coleman coming back into winner’s enclosure Photo: Jeannie Knight

The feature race of the day- the Knight Fencing Ltd suppports Sussex Snowdrop Handicap Chase, over three and a quarter miles, turned out to be a thrilling affair, and was won by Seebright, owned by Mrs Dawn Fleming of Chichester, and trained by Victor Dartnell.
Locally trained American Spin, ridden by Tom Cannon, had gone off at a very fast pace, with Jamie Moore on board the popular Fruity O’ Rooney in hot pursuit. Inevitably American Spin finished tailed  off but Seebright was shaken up to challenge the two from home, winning from the Philip Hobbs-trained Imperial Circus. Fruity O’ Rooney plugged on to finish in fourth place.
Seebright with trainer Victor Dartnell (left), jockey Aiden Coleman and owner Mrs Dawn  Fleming Photo: Jeannie Knight

Seebright with trainer Victor Dartnell (left), jockey Aiden Coleman and owner Mrs Dawn Fleming and her husband (right)
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Victor Dartnell said he intended to give Seebright a holiday now, turned out in the field. The horse had won recently at Perth, following his previous Fontwell victory. “He’s earned a break now and I might consider targeting  the Cheltenham Open Meeting in November with him. He has won seven jump races now and this was his fourth win at Fontwell Park ,” he said.
Mrs Fleming was thrilled with her horse’s latest victory, saying: “It’s a particular pleasure to see him win at my local track.”  Her horse was ridden by Aiden Colman, a late substitute for normal jockey Jack Doyle. Doyle was said to have given up his ride on the horse after failing a breathaliser test.Stewards  confirmed that an inquiry was held after Doyle provided a breath sample which was found to contain alcohol in a concentration above the threshold level and suspended him from riding for the rest of the day.
Danny Knight of sponsors Knight Fencing Ltd and his daughter Poppy present Mrs Fleming with her prize Photo: Jeannie Knight

Danny Knight of sponsors Knight Fencing Ltd and his daughter Poppy presenting Mrs Fleming with her prize
Photo: Jeannie Knight

David Pipe won the two and a quarter mile handicap hurdle with Street Entertainer rridden by Conor O’ Farrell, while the final chase of the afternoon went to Grand National winning trainer Dr Richard Newland, who sent out odds-on Neverownup with Tom O’Brien in the saddle.The final handicap hurdle of the day was won by Chris Gordon’s 5-1 shot Lightentertainment, ridden by Tom Cannon.
Fontwell Park has two June fixtures- Wednesday June 4 and Tuesday June 10, before a break until an evening meeting on Thursday August 14.

Thirteen RDA groups showed off their dressage skills at Hickstead championships this week

The rain held off for the Riding for the Disabled’s South East Region’s Dressage Qualifier, held at Hickstead recently and sixty riders of all ages from 13 RDA groups across Kent, Surrey and East and West Sussex showed off their accuracy skills in dressage riding.

While the results were being collated, blind para-dressage rider Nicky Thompson gave an impressive display of her expertise on her new horse, Gregorian Chant  before answering questions.

Ethan Rolf with coveted the Newcomers Trophy Photo:Joanna Sales

Ethan Rolf with coveted the Newcomers Trophy
Photo: Joanna Sale

There were 21 classes held across three arenas in all, of which 13 were qualifying classes for the RDA National Championships at Hurtpury, Gloucestershire in July.
Phillip Mumford, MD of RDA Regional sponsors, Cowan Architects, presented the prizes. “I watched these riders in a number of the classes and I really take my hat off to them as they all have such empathy with the horses. They’re all winners in my book” he said.

 Phillip Mumford, MD of sponsor Cowan Architects, presenting prize to young winner

Phillip Mumford, MD of sponsor Cowan Architects, presenting prize to young winner   Photo: Joanna Sale

There were a couple of annual newcomer trophies presented where Michael Andrews from Pebsham RDA won the cup for the highest non-qualifying score among the seniors and Ethan Rolf, aged 11, from Arundel RDA won the horse trophy for the highest non-qualifying score for the juniors. Stephen Wagland, Epsom RDA, won a pewter tankard for the highest qualifier.

Nicky Thompson with Gary and     Photo:Joanna Sales

Nicky Thompson and her Oldenburg German warmblood Greg with Gary and Photo:Joanna Sale

Nicky Thompson (now Greenhill) gave her demonstration of dressage at the Grade III International level with her new husband, Gary, calling out the markers so that she could orientate herself to the arena.

She said that trust was the number one requirement both in her horse and in her caller. It stunned the audience to learn that her partnership with Greg, her Oldenburg German warmblood, was only two weeks old, but at 10 years, Greg has plenty of scope and experience and the pair have the Olympics in Rio as their goal.

 

Apprentice jockey Louis Steward is heading for the top

ONE young jockey undoubtedly destined for the top is Louis Steward (18), who has been steadily riding winners for a variety of trainers and is based with leading Newmarket trainer Michael Bell.

He has made an impressive start to his career, after winning the Hands and Heels Apprentice Championship with a presentation at Lingfield Park’s Winter Derby Day in March- having had eight winners thus far in 2014 on the all-weather.

Heading for the top- apprentice jockey Louis Steward Photo: Jeannie Knight

Heading for the top- apprentice jockey Louis Steward
Photo: Jeannie Knight

His home is in Great Yarmouth, but he had been riding from an early age, competing in show jumping and gymkhanas. His mother owned racehorse Jupiter Island, trained by Clive Britain but his grandfather, Eric Steward, who has a strong knowledge of racing, has been his biggest influence.
Louis started going racing with him when he was 14 and went to the British Racing School in Newmarket when he was 15.

Now his grandfather goes to the races with the young apprentice, and this week made the trip from Great Yarmouth to Newmarket on Thursday, going on with him to Goodwood and on to Salisbury in the evening when Louis got up to win on 16-1 shot Lisamour trained by Paul Cole by a head.

Back at Newmarket Louis lives with former jockey Philip Robinson, who is his mentor and has plenty of rides for his boss Miichael Bell. He rode out his 7lb claim in January, reducing it to 5lb. So far this season he has ridden 15 winners to add to the 14 from previous years, and has had 38 other horses in the frame in 2014. His wins have been for a variety of trainers, including Lady Cecil, Paul Cole, Lee Carter, Eve Johnson Houghton and John Gallagher as well as Michael Bell.

Louis Steward winning on the all-weather Photo courtesy of All Weather

Louis Steward winning on the all-weather
Photo courtesy of Arena Racing Company

He is a versatile rider who acts equally well on the all-weather, where he has had 17 wins since he started riding this season.. Watch this space….he’s a champion for the future.

Marsh Daisy and Pat Dobbs took Height of Fashion Stakes on opening day of Goodwood’s May Festival

East Ilsley trainer Hughie Morrison won the Bibendum Height of Fashion Stakes  for the second time in three years, when Marsh Daisy, a 7-1 shot riddden by Pat Dobbs, stormed home in soft conditions to win by an easy seven lengths from Uchena. The filly, owned by Sir Thomas Pilkington and Mrs Sonia Rogers, stayed on well to take the race.

Marsh Daisy following her victory in the big race

But unlike Morrison’s previous winner of the race, Coquet, who went on to take her chance in the Oaks, Marsh Daisy will not be heading for Epsom. Morrison explained:” She didn’t come into training until last September, having been quietly broken in and I don’t feel she will be ready for the Oaks. A suitable target for her might be the Lancashire Oaks.”

Delighted trainer Hughie Morrison with award

Delighted trainer Hughie Morrison with award

Despite a thunderstorm just before racing, which led to softened ground, there was quality racing throughout the afternoon, with Portamento taking the opening Irish Stallions EBF Maiden Stakes, ridden by William Buick. The colt, trained by Charlie Appelby, run green when finishing fifth on his debut at Newmarked last month but had clearly gained experience, coming home to win by four lengths in the six furlong race. He may now head for Royal Ascot

William Buick and Portamento in the rain

Jockey Franny Norton and Solo Hunter, trained at Abergavanny by David Evans sprang a 25-1 shock when winning the one mile one furlong handicap, giving the delighted trainer his first win at the track in 15 years.. ” He goes on this ground and there was no pace early on. I’m delighted with his performance,” said Evans.

 

Frannie Norton and Solo Hunter trained by David Evans

Local trainer William Knight, based at Angmering, took the two mile Weatherbys Sports Publishing Handicap with Story Writer, who impressed with a courageous performance to win by a neck with Andrea Atzeni on board

Story Writer and owners' group

Story Writer and owners’ group

His trainer said:  “He was second here over a mile and six (furlongs) last time and we felt the extra couple of furlongs would help him – that with the combination of the rain we had last night. He likes that soft ground. He goes well at Goodwood and hopefully we can find some good races here for him.”

Royal Hunt Cup contender Russian Realm, trained by Sir Michael Stoute-trained justified favouritism when running away with the winnerevents.com Handicap in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Black Shadow and Tom Queally

There was a well-deserved win for Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett when she sent out Black Shadow, superbly ridden by Tom Quelly to win the Breeders Backing EBF Maiden Stakes. There is a lot to like about this bay colt, which had been placed twice and should have plenty more to offer.

Amanda Perrett receiving the \Breeders' Fund cheque for Black Shadow

Amanda Perrett receiving the \Breeders’ Fund cheque for Black Shadow

The concluding TJ Group Apprentice Stakes went to 6/1 shot Eastern Dragon trained by Michael Scudamore and ridden by Jack Duern.

Goodwood’s May festival continues today with pointer to top-class colts of the season

Goodwood’s three day May racing Festival continues today (Friday) when the Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes at 4pm, over 11 furlongs, has  established itself as a pointer to top-class colts, including St Leger winner Masked Marvel and Prince of Wales’s Stakes victor Rewilding.

 Some outstanding older horses have graced the roll of honour for the Listed 32Red Casino Stakes (1.50pm) staged on the third and final day on Saturday, including Ile de Bourbon and Rainbow Quest.

Racing at Goodwood

Top class racing expected

 The Listed 32Red Stakes (2.20pm) on the same card provides a good opportunity for leading middle-distance performers, with Sea Moon (2012) and Noble Mission (2013), trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil whose 170th and final Goodwood winner this was, taking the two most recent renewals.

 Early season juvenile maidens at Goodwood perennially throw up a horse to follow over the summer months, including Sky Lantern, who won last year’s fillies’ mile Classic, the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, and enjoyed more Group One success after making a winning debut the May Festival in 2012. Kiyoshi and Ihtimal fought out the finish to a two-year-old maiden at last season’s May Festival and both ended the season among Europe’s leading fillies.

Sky Lantern Photo John Preston

Sky Lantern
Photo  by John Preston

The Saturday of the May Festival also featured a valuable addition last year – the 32Red.Com Handicap (2.55pm), a seven-furlong contest for three-year-olds with a prize fund of £50,000 (won in 2013 by the Andrew Balding-trained You Da One (Hayley Turner)), while there is again a race for sprinters aged six and above- the six-furlong Allans Of Petworth Handicap (4.40pm).

All of these will have quality entries and should reveal some stars of the future.

Full report of the opening day of the May Festival will follow here later today (Friday).