Spectacular Bank Holiday racing at Goodwood

FROM the sensational fireworks display that took place on Friday evening, to the superb performances on the track, the August Bank Holiday fixture at Goodwood Racecourse from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 August was nothing short of spectacular with glorious weather to match.

Spectacular fireworks at Goodwood    Photo: Goodwood Racecourse

After racing, the very popular Batala drummers set a hypnotic beat, drawing crowds from around the stands before fireworks lit up the night sky. The crowd were so impressed that there was rapturous applause and cheers after the finale.

Volkan Star was a sensational winner of The European Breeders Fund EBF Novice Stakes, trouncing his rivals by an impressive six lengths to justify the £1million price tag paid by Godolphin for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. Green Power showed his liking for the Sussex track once again by winning the feature Levin Down Handicap- proving that victory at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in the Chelsea Barracks Handicap was no fluke.

Volkan Star when he was sold at the sales for racing
Photo courtesy of Laura Green

On Saturday, Duke Of Hazzard got the better of Turgenev in the Group 2 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile, heralding jockey, Rossa Ryan’s, biggest career win to date. The three-year-old now has a Group 1 entry in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Rossa Ryan, 19, who is in his first year after riding out his claim, commented; “I didn’t sleep well last night and spent a lot of time on my tablet, working out what might happen and how the race would go.

Up and coming jockey Rossa Ryan Photo: John Simpson

“Blinkers have brought out a big improvement in him, and he loves it round here. Paul Cole (trainer) has been very kind to me and I am grateful to him and Mrs. Fitri Hay for putting me up.”

Richard Kingscote rode a tactical race on Boomer. who stuck her neck out to repel the late challenge of Dark Lady in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes, before a small but select field contested the Group 3 Ladbrokes March Stakes.

Sir Ron Priestley and jockey  Franny Norton, following their victory at Goodwood Racecourse in the March Stakes, in memory of the late John Dunlop.
Photograph by Sam Stephenson, 07880 703135, www.samstephenson.co.uk.

Run in memory of local trainer, the late John Dunlop, it was Sir Ron Priestley who obliged becoming the third Qatar Goodwood Festival winner to follow up with a win at the meeting.  Having been headed by the strong travelling Promissory, he won convincingly, under a confident ride from Franny Norton.

John Dunlop’s widow, Sue, was on hand to present the trophy for the race to  Deirdre Johnston, wife of trainer Mark Johnson, and owner Mr. Paul Dean.

On Sunday, the warm weather continued to grace the Sussex Downs with Oisin Murphy enjoying a good day with two winners. The first came aboard Queen’s Soldier in The Chichester City Selling Stakes, before Le Don De Vie followed up in the Handicap Stakes.

Suedois rallied gamely under Danny Tudhope as Momkin challenged late in the Group 3 Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes; the ultra-consistent eight-year-old holds an entry at Irish Champions Weekend.

Red Stripes made the long trip from Cheshire worthwhile for Lisa Williamson by winning The Ladbrokes Download The App Handicap Stakes, before Blue Medici won the final race of the weekend, the Silk Series.

Throughout the meeting, racegoers not only enjoyed the blissful weather, but also family fun including live music, a traditional fairground, donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and a petting zoo. For those keen to sit back and enjoy the afternoon, food outlets proved extremely popular, while those who stayed into the evening could toast marshmallows on fire pits as the sun set.

The racecourse is now looking forward to two Midweek fixtures on September 3 and 11, before the season comes to a close on October 13  with the Harvest, Hops and Horseracing fixture.

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