Goodwood’s three-day August Bank Holiday meeting starts today

Goodwood stages its three-day August Bank Holiday Weekend meeting today Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 22, 23 and 24 with some cracking action on the track in prospect.

The opening race at 5.10pm today is the Doom Bar Apprentice Stakes over six furlongs. Local trainers are well represented, with Lavant trainer Steve Woodman putting up Kieran Shoemark on board course winner Chevise. This mare has previously finished in front of Peter Hedger’s charge Lucky Di at the track and enjoyed a good win earlier in the season at Goodwood. Horsham trainer Gary Moore has Hector Crouch on board Freddy With A Y.

Trainer Steve Woodman and Chevise

Trainer Steve Woodman and Chevise

The feature race of the day is the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Fillies’ Stakes Handicap over a mile at 6.45pm when previous track winner Saucy Minx is entered by Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett with her brother-in-law Jim Crowley in the saddle.

Top stables of Richard Hannon and Sir Michael Stoute are represented by Musicora and Psychometry. Roger Charlton’s Hiking is worth another look, having been carried wide in her last race, also at Goodwood, where she was left with no chance over a slightly longer trip.

In the two mile Chichester Stakes, Sir Mark Prescott’s grey Moscato is one to consider- having scored his first win last time out when he tackled this distance for the first time.

On Saturday the feature race of the meeting is the £100,000 Group Two Doom Bar Celebration Mile (3.30pm) with  16 confirmations going forward  including the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Darwin, who finished third behind the mighty Kingman at Glorious Goodwood in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, and Cougar Mountain, who was last seen when fifth in the six-furlong Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Cougar Mountain and Joseph O'Brien Photo: Peter Simpson

Cougar Mountain and Joseph O’Brien
Photo: Peter Simpson

The big handicap on Saturday is the seven-furlong £100,000 August Bank Holiday Handicap (2.55pm), which has attracted 41 entries including Belgian Bill, Heavy Metal (Mark Johnston), who won the seven-furlong International Handicap at Ascot prior to finishing second in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood and Louis The Pious (David O’Meara), who won the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot.


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