Godolphin double at Goodwood

WEST Sussex trainers William Knight and Gary Moore both tasted victory at Goodwood’s penultimate raceday of the current season yesterday, September 21.

There was some good class racing and Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley, currently contending for the Champion Jockey title, secured an impressive victory for Angmering trainer William Knight on board 11-8 favourite Sea Shack in the Conditions Stakes.

Winner Sea Shack with owner John Seabrook and jockey Jim Crowley.Photo: Jeannie Knight

Winner Sea Shack with owner John Seabrook and jockey Jim Crowley.Photo: Jeannie Knight

The French-bred Equiano colt is owned by group Seabrook Miller, headed by John Seabrook. He was an impressive winner, racing out in front,  and winning by a short head. He had been placed in two of his first three starts.

Seashack connextions with jockey Jim Crowley prior to the race Photo: Jeannie Knight

Seashack connections with jockey Jim Crowley prior to the race Photo: Jeannie Knight

Owner John Seabrook revealed that he owns an overseas bar by the sea and the horse was named after that. Sea Shack is a progressive sort and was out in front throughout- and there should be more successes to come.

Earlier in the week Sussex trainer Gary Moore had enjoyed a good double over jumps at Plumpton, but was equally comfortable sending out an easy winner at Goodwood on the level with Imari Kid at 20-1 with 5lb claimer Hector Crouch in the saddle.

Imar Kid and Hector Crouch coming into the winner's spot. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Imar Kid and Hector Crouch coming into the winner’s spot. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Owner Patrick Moorhead was there to see the victory and Gary Moore said: ” The horse had a poor run at Ascot previously in July, on good to firm ground over a mile and a half. But he ran well today under Hector Crouch and the ground was not so firm.”

Owners Godolphin really stole the show at the meeting with a good double ridden by William Buick initiated by partnering Celestial Spheres, trained by Charlie Appleby, to a short head victory at 9-2 in the opening Crimbourne Stud Foundation Stakes Listed Race, where every horse was stepping up in trip to one mile one furlong.

Celestial Spheres and William Buick. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Celestial Spheres and William Buick. Photo: Jeannie Knight

That particular victory came at the expense of Frankel offspring Monarchs Glen,  a 3-1 shot trained by John Gosden and ridden by Robert Havlin, which should go on to success.

Buick was also in the saddle when Godolphin’s Sky Hunter, trained by Saed bin Suroor,  took the Crimbourne Stud Foundation Stakes at the expense of Tullius, owned by Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds. Sky Hunter had previously won six races on various ground between one mile two furlongs to one mile four furlongs.

Sky Hunter and William Vuick coming into winner's spot Photo: Jeannie Knight

Sky Hunter and William Buick coming into winner’s spot Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tullius, in turn, has won 11 races from seven furlongs to one mile two furlongs on all types of ground and again put in a solid performance under Jimmy Fortune. But he could not get the better of Sky Hunter, which was a 2,000th worldwide winner for Saeed bin Suroor and is now likely to head for the Melbourne Cup.

Tullius in the parade ring, Jimmy Fortune in the saddle Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tullius, trained by Andrew Balding, in the parade ring, Jimmy Fortune in the saddle Photo: Jeannie Knight

He has been a truly rewarding runner for his owners group with Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, trained by Andrew Balding and producing consistently impressive performances over versatile distances.  Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds specialises in managing single horse, flat racing partnerships. with 16 shares at an initial cost of between £6,500 to £10,000 per share.

Tullius Owners Group Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tullius Owners Group Photo: Jeannie Knight

There was a Royal winner at the meeting when Daphne, at 9-2,  trained by William Haggas and ridden by Pat Cosgrave, toook the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes, beating Graceland  by a nose.  There was a double for Hagggas when Symposium, ridden by Georgia Cox won the Bibendium Stakes.

The final race, the Hildon Apprentice Stakes was won by Stormflower, ridden by Josephine Gordon and trained by John Bridger.

Goodwood’s final raceday of 2016 is on Sunday October 9- don’t miss it.

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