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Tuesday, June 6, 2006



Goodwood Racecourse hosts its popular Organic Food & Farming Racenight on Friday, June 9, the first of three evening fixtures to be staged this month at the world's most picturesque racetrack.

The course will also host Friday evening fixtures on June 16 (featuring the Black Tie Picnic), and June 23 (Midsummer Racenight).

The stunningly beautiful Goodwood Estate is now in its third year of organic farming, with Home Farm's 2,800 organic acres boasting the first 100% organically-fed dairy herd in Britain, and the themed evening of Friday June 9, now in its fourth year, reflects Goodwood's commitment to clean agriculture.

The card consists of six competitive contests, which have attracted plenty of entries, and features the £11,000 Crimbourne Stud Handicap (7.55pm) run over just short of 10 furlongs of the unique downland course.

Crimbourne Stud in West Sussex commenced breeding activities in 1991 and is owned by prominent racing figure Sir Eric Parker, whose most famous success as a racehorse owner came when Seagram won the 1991 Grand National.

Racing commences at 6.25pm with the £5,500 Elm Farm Research Centre Handicap over nine furlongs.

The race sponsor was founded in 1980 by the Countess of March's uncle, David Astor, and is involved in developing sustainable agriculture, land-use and food systems based on organic principles.

The seven-furlong £10,500 Ecologist Handicap (8.25pm) is sponsored by the world's most respected environmental affairs magazine, edited by Zac Goldsmith.

The card also includes the six-furlong Soil Association EBF Maiden Stakes (6.55pm), the mile Hildon Handicap (7.25pm) and Goodwood Organic Farm Maiden Fillies' Stakes (9pm) over the same distance, which will provide a fitting finale to a fine evening of sport.

The following day's Empire Property Raceday on Saturday, June 10, (first race 2.20pm) witnesses the Empire Schizophrenia Trust Maiden Auction Stakes (4.05pm), the race in which recent Vodafone Derby hero Sir Percy made a winning racecourse debut last season.

Sir Percy also won the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood last year, helping his trainer, Marcus Tregoning, collect the 2005 Rolls-Royce Dick Hern Award for leading trainer at Goodwood with seven winners.

Tregoning is not represented in that race this time around but is looking ahead to another profitable season at Goodwood.

The Vodafone Derby-winning trainer said today: "I'll run whatever I can at Goodwood. Sir Percy started off at Goodwood and he won two races there so there's nothing wrong with that!

"I haven't had that good a start at Goodwood this year. Samorra won there for me at the end of last month but I need to get a few more rolling now. I think we'll do it with the two-year-olds - they'll be nice."

Tregoning is looking to field a team for Goodwood on Friday and Saturday and he revealed: "The two-year-old Endiamo ran very well at Newbury and he's going to run."

The Indian Ridge colt finished the three-length fourth of 18 to Major Cadeaux at Newbury on May 20, and is engaged in the Soil Association EBF Maiden Stakes over six furlongs on Friday.

The Kingwood House handler reported: "He's a very nice horse and will go to Goodwood with a great chance. He's our best chance quite honestly. He's a proper two-year-old type and he's come on for the Newbury run. Now he has the experience, he'll be a bit tougher and should be better.

"Satin Doll could possibly run in the Hildon Handicap or the Goodwood Organic Farm Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

"Muntada is also a possible starter in the latter. She ran third to the useful Summer's Eve last time at the course. She's very well and would go there with a good chance.

"Babcary won in a mile Lingfield maiden in January. She's in pretty good form after a break and could run in the Crimbourne Stud Handicap."

Tregoning may also be represented at the course on Saturday, June 10, with the maidens Nahaar and Wings Of Dawn engaged.

Saturday's high-quality fixture includes the Listed £30,000 Empire Property Group On The House Stakes over a mile, which was won last season by subsequent Group One Prix de la Foret winner Court Masterpiece for trainer Ed Dunlop.

The Listed contest could see the return to action of 2004 Coventry Stakes winner Iceman, trained by John Gosden, who was last seen contesting the 2005 Stan James 2000 Guineas in which he was 13th of 19 behind Footstepsinthesand.

The James Fanshawe-trained Polar Ben, who landed the Blue Square Prices V The Rest Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs at Goodwood on May 26, is another of the 11 entries along with Stronghold, Mac Love and Satchem.

The race will be broadcast live on Channel 4 at 3.30pm, as well as 12-furlong £15,750 Empire Property Group Conditions Stakes at 2.55pm.

Goodwood's second evening fixture this month features the Black Tie Picnic Racenight on Friday, June 16, which proved a huge success in its inaugural year in 2005, so much so that tickets for the exclusive picnic have already sold out, although racegoers wishing to enjoy the racing can purchase badges for all enclosures on the night.

Racing commences at 6.15pm with the six-furlong Southern Daily Echo EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes, and the six-race card features the £11,000 GABEM Handicap over 10 furlongs.

The Midsummer Racenight will be held on Friday June 23, and boasts total prize money of £67,250, with three races sponsored by Renault, including the feature £20,000 Renault Master Handicap over one mile and six furlongs.

The quality seven-race action kicks off with the Taurus Waste Recycling Apprentice Handicap at 5.45pm and includes the seven-furlong £10,500 Peters Plc Fillies' Handicap (8.25pm), before concluding with the £10,500 Grannies 50th Celebration Handicap (8.55pm) over a mile.

Goodwood Racecourse managing director Rod Fabricius commented: "Goodwood has been staging evening fixtures for over 20 years and the Friday night events are always very well received.

"We welcome back our generous sponsors and supporters who, in tandem with the unique Goodwood setting, make these three evenings in June the fine occasions they invariably are.

"This is the fourth year that Goodwood has embraced an organic food and farming theme and we are looking forward to our Midsummer Racenight as well as another fantastic Black Tie Picnic which was a great success last year.

"Sir Percy's thrilling Vodafone Derby victory took me back to May last year when Anthony and Victoria Pakenham's colt made a winning debut here at Goodwood before returning to collect the Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at our Festival Meeting.

"Sir Percy's Classic success highlights the proud tradition that Goodwood has of providing quality racing, which showcases the talents of the very best racehorses."

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