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Monday, July 27, 2009



BARSHIBA AMONG 13 GOING FORWARD IN SEARCH OF BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES GLORY AT GOODWOOD




This year’s £200,000 Blue Square Nassau Stakes (3.05pm) looks set to be another titanic clash of the generations with 13 fillies and mares remaining on course for the Group One contest, highlight of the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood on Saturday, August 1.


David Elsworth is hopeful that Barshiba can make an impact in the 10-furlong contest following a brace of decisive victories over 12 furlongs in the Group Two Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on July 4 and the Listed Plantation Stud Stakes at Newmarket two weeks later, when she gave the rest of the field upwards of 7lb.


The five-year-old ended her 2008 campaign with victory over 10 furlongs in another Listed race at Newmarket in October and had previously posted some fine efforts over a mile, including when staying on to take second in the Group Two Summer Mile at Ascot in July.


Elsworth revealed: “Barshiba has come of her Newmarket win in good order and there’s 20 days between Saturday’s race and the Yorkshire Oaks, so she could line up in both races. I will take a look at who is going to run in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes before finalising any plans but I think that she will probably run on Saturday.


“She won over a mile in Pattern company and she ran really well when coming second to Archipenko in last year’s Summer Mile. She’s been victorious over a mile and a quarter so I don’t think that returning to that trip would be a problem.


“She has a problem with one of her eyes but she ran well at Newmarket last time and she has run well around Ascot. She’s also won going left-handed at Haydock, so I wouldn’t think that running at Goodwood would be an issue. “

A high-class septet of older horses also includes the ever-consistent Dar Re Mi. The John Gosden-trained four-year-old has never been out of the first three in all of her 11 starts and notched a first Group One success on her latest outing at the Curragh on June 27 when taking the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes.


The Cheveley Park Stud-owned pair of Heaven Sent and Spacious, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and James Fanshawe respectively, may clash for a third time this season

After fighting out the finish to the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which the four-year-old Spacious got the better of Heaven Sent, both horses came second and third in the Group One Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting, when the six-year-old Heaven Sent fared best behind Goldikova.


The four-year-old Saphira’s Fire, fifth behind Barshiba on her seasonal debut at Haydock, may bid to give trainer William Muir a first Group One success, while Mick Channon has left in the five-year-old Sweet Lilly, who was fourth behind Peeping Fawn in the 2007 Blue Square Nassau Stakes.


Irish trainers have triumphed in three of the past four renewals of the Blue Square Nassau Stakes and County Kildare-handler John Oxx may bid to enhance that recent record with the four-year-old Katiyra, who was third in last year’s Epsom Oaks.

The six three-year-old contenders going forward include the Henry Cecil-trained Midday, who was runner-up to Sariska in this year’s Epsom Oaks before finding the ground too heavy when coming third behind the Michael Bell-trained filly in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on July 12.

High Heeled was third behind Midday at Epsom before filling the same spot in the Lancashire Oaks. The Barry Hills-trained filly could make a quick reappearance after taking a Listed race at York on July 24. The Group One Coronation Stakes third Rainbow View, from the stable of John Gosden, could also re-oppose Midday having finished fourth at Epsom and will prefer this 10-furlong trip.


The potential three-year-old challenge is completed by Listed Sandringham Handicap winner Moneycantbuymelove, dual Listed scorer Nashmiah and French raider Reggane, who found only Ghanaati too strong in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on just her third start for leading trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.


A total of 90 horses have been left in at today’s six-day confirmation stage for the £100,000 Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup and the weights for the prestigious six-furlong handicap are headed by Asset (10st) from the Godolphin operation. Other notable contenders include Knot In Wood (9st 6lb) and Barney Mcgrew (8st 12lb), who were first and second respectively in a York heritage handicap on July 25.


Runners that are balloted out of the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup will be eligible for the consolation race, the six-furlong £30,000 Rolf Group Stewards' Sprint Handicap (2.45pm) on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, Friday, July 31.



Saturday’s action gets underway with another competitive handicap, the £20,000 Bluesquarepoker.com Handicap (1.55pm) over 11 furlongs, which has attracted 39 entries, while 20 three-year-olds, including the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Zacinto, have been entered in the mile £50,000 Blue Square Premier Stakes (2.30pm).


The seven-race card is completed by £20,000 Blue Square EBF Maiden Stakes (4.15pm), with 27 two-year-olds entered for the seven-furlong contest, the £20,000 Bluesquare.com Nursery Stakes (4.50pm) over six furlongs, for which 31 juveniles have been entered, and the nine-furlong £20,000 Bluesquarecasino.com Apprentice Handicap, which has attracted an entry of 27.


THE Bluesquare.com STEWARDS’ CUP
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Goodwood, Saturday, August 1, 2009. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties, after June 27th, a winner 3lb; a winner of 2 races 6lb Entries closed, June 16, entries revealed, June 17 (132 entries), weights revealed July 1, forfeit stage July 14 (111 remain), five-day confirmation stage Monday, July 27 (90 remain). Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, July 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, July 26, 2009. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
410142 ASSET (IRE) 6-10-00 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
32000141 KNOT IN WOOD (IRE) 7-9-06 (3lb ex) Rhodes, Kenyon & Gill Richard Fahey
015(2)012 TAMAGIN (USA) 6-9-05 Killnarney Glen Jeff Pearce
0-0041(5)0 VALERY BORZOV (IRE) 5-9-04 D Kilburn, I Hewitson & David Nicholls David Nicholls
(2)34105 JUDD STREET 7-9-03 Fulke Johnson Houghton Eve Johnson Houghton
15-2105 JIMMY STYLES 5-9-02 Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers Clive Cox
(3)-10600 HITCHENS (IRE) 4-9-01 Laurence O'Kane David Barron
00(1)602 BUACHAILL DONA (IRE) 6-9-01 Mike Browne David Nicholls
033(4)001 NOTA BENE 7-9-01 (3lb ex) The Malzee Partnership David Elsworth
41000-0 BRAVE PROSPECTOR 4-9-00 Peter Chapple-Hyam Peter Chapple-Hyam
104000 BEAVER PATROL (IRE) 7-9-00 G C Stevens Eve Johnson Houghton
0(1)(0)-605 PROHIBIT 4-8-13 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
(0)(1)(2)(2)-64 MARKAB 6-8-13 Tight Lines Partnership Henry Candy
060-401 SONNY RED (IRE) 5-8-13 (3lb ex) Alex Nicholls, E Maher & J E Greaves David Nicholls
6(1)-4510 GLOBAL CITY (IRE) 3-8-12 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
0(0)-3100 EVENS AND ODDS (IRE) 5-8-12 Dab Hand Racing David Nicholls
0-202100 FISHFORCOMPLIMENTS 5-8-12 Mel Roberts and Nicola Meese Richard Fahey
2(5)2-52202 BARNEY MCGREW (IRE) 6-8-12 Andrew Tinkler Michael Dods
0(4)-2136 ADVANCED 6-8-12 T Doherty and McHeen Kevin Ryan
4(0)(0)(2)(5)-11 BINIOU (IRE) 6-8-12 (3lb ex) Stennett, Dasmal, Rix, Barr, Mrs Penney Robert Cowell
0(4)0(0)-63 VIKING SPIRIT 7-8-11 The Masterminds Walter Swinburn
1/(0)00-00 KOSTAR 8-8-11 Mrs P Scott-Dunn & Mrs F J Ryan Clive Cox
2-42613 ENDERBY SPIRIT (GR) 3-8-11 (3lb ex) We-Know Partnership Bryan Smart
060241 MAC GILLE EOIN 5-8-11 (3lb ex) M C S D Racing Partnership John Gallagher
1/40-502 GENKI (IRE) 5-8-10 Gillian Khosla Roger Charlton
160(6)-00 PEARLY WEY 6-8-10 Dennis Shaw Clive Cox
(2)(4)5400 ORPSIE BOY (IRE) 6-8-10 Miss Vanessa Church Nick Littmoden
1604104 FOL HOLLOW (IRE) 4-8-10 Middleham Park Racing III David Nicholls
6-100010 STRIKING SPIRIT 4-8-10 (3lb ex) N & Z Aboobaker & Bon Accord Racing David Nicholls
006040-00 PROTECTOR (SAF) 8-8-09 Joshua Snellings George Foster
04-(1)3050 SOMETHING (IRE) 7-8-09 Middleham Park Racing LIII David Nicholls
100064 JOSEPH HENRY 7-8-09 Billy Hughes David Nicholls
05532030 RIVER FALCON 9-8-08 F Brady, E Bruce & S Bruce Jim Goldie
04-(3)(2)2(1)00 PEAK DISTRICT (IRE) 5-8-08 Sunpak Potatoes Kevin Ryan
101-400 OSIRIS WAY 7-8-08 Alexandra J Chandris Patrick Chamings
01-001130 ROKER PARK (IRE) 4-8-08 T Alderson Kevin Ryan
141000 PROCLAIM 3-8-07 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
23245100 THEBES 4-8-07 (3lb ex) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
(0)-(4)0160 BABY STRANGE 5-8-06 Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd Derek Shaw
0-03222 EVERYMANFORHIMSELF (IRE) 5-8-06 John Duddy, B Mcdonald & A Heeney Kevin Ryan
024-0004 KALDOUN KINGDOM (IRE) 4-8-06 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey
201-10 MASTER OF DISGUISE 3-8-05 Courtenay Club Clive Cox
6-(0)3160 JOBE (USA) 3-8-05 J & L Duddy, A Bailey B McDonald A Heeney Kevin Ryan
003425 PARISIAN PYRAMID (IRE) 3-8-05 Dr Marwan Koukash David Nicholls
11100-4 PERFECT FLIGHT 4-8-04 John Drew Michael Blanshard
22-42002 HARRISON GEORGE (IRE) 4-8-04 P D Smith Holdings Ltd Richard Fahey
00-(1)0441 NORTHERN DARE (IRE) 5-8-04 (3lb ex) Dr Marwan Koukash David Nicholls
301305 SAUCY BROWN (IRE) 3-8-03 The Heffer Syndicate Richard Hannon
4(6)0-0606 FLASH MCGAHON (IRE) 5-8-03 Dundalk Racing Club David Nicholls
0-0550(2)0 BOND CITY (IRE) 7-8-03 Reg Bond Geoff Oldroyd
03-(1)630 FAULT 3-8-03 David Gilbert Stef Liddiard
(0)(4)(0)206 PAWAN (IRE) 9-8-02 Caron Stokell Ann Stokell
015220 VHUJON (IRE) 4-8-02 Nick Shutts David Evans
0340-05 HURRICANE SPIRIT (IRE) 5-8-02 The Little House Partnership John Best
0416505 INDIAN TRAIL 9-8-02 Martin Love David Nicholls
500-420 ABLE MASTER (IRE) 3-8-02 Ron Hull Bryan Smart
(0)1(1)0-650 TONY THE TAP 8-8-02 Kevin Mercer & Sue Mercer William Muir
023005 LITTLE PETE (IRE) 4-8-02 Friends of Saunton Sands Andrew Balding
0050306 PHANTOM WHISPER 6-8-01 Mrs T Dormer & Mr C Dormer Rod Millman
6664361 SPIRIT OF SHARJAH (IRE) 4-8-01 (3lb ex) A Dee Julia Feilden
2-00000 VAN BOSSED (CAN) 4-8-00 Mike & Maureen Browne David Nicholls
(1)11030 JACONET (USA) 4-8-00 R G Toes David Barron
1/-(5)000 SAMMY THE SNAKE (IRE) 4-7-13 Joe Duke Brendan Duke
400-0615 TURNKEY 7-7-13 Middleham Park Racing XXIII David Nicholls
0030-000 BURNWYND BOY 4-7-13 Robert Reid David Nicholls
4000000 NORTHERN FLING 5-7-13 Paul Moulton David Nicholls
2-06102 FILLIGREE (IRE) 4-7-13 The Filligree Partnership Rae Guest
(2)(5)060-(2) SIR EDWIN LANDSEER (USA) 9-7-13 EERC Gary Moore
2460351 SUNRISE SAFARI (IRE) 6-7-13 (3lb ex) Timeform Betfair Racing Club Ltd Richard Fahey
00(5)-1040 TOTAL IMPACT 6-7-12 The Wakey Exiles Richard Fahey
5-(3)16046 PETER ISLAND (FR) 6-7-12 C R Marks (Banbury) John Gallagher
2061510 BLUE JACK 4-7-12 (3lb ex) Martin Graham William Muir
(1)041330 ARTISTIC LICENSE (IRE) 4-7-11 Wood Street Syndicate IV Mick Channon
3-233053 SOLAR SPIRIT (IRE) 4-7-11 Christopher James Allan John Quinn
00-0402521 CAPE VALE (IRE) 4-7-11 (3lb ex) Lady O'Reilly David Nicholls
0(6)-1210 JOHANNES (IRE) 6-7-10 John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn Richard Fahey
6103100 ROTHESAY DANCER 6-7-10 Highland Racing Jim Goldie
014560 METHAALY (IRE) 6-7-08 Allan Jones Michael Mullineaux
246/-(0)26 MYMUMSAYSIMTHEBEST 4-7-08 Mrs M J George Gary Moore
053(5)00 FIRST ORDER 8-7-08 Caron Stokell Ann Stokell
23(0)-(0)0(6) NORTHERN BOLT 4-7-08 Jim Dale David Nicholls
5305404 STEELCUT 5-7-06 A Rhodes Haulage & P Timmins Richard Fahey
2-33024 ROCKER 5-7-03 Sir Eric Parker Gary Moore
611350-0 MUFTARRES (IRE) 4-7-04 Beetle N Wedge Partnership Gerard Butler
000-2400 BONNIE PRINCE BLUE 6-7-02 Middleham Park Racing XVII David Nicholls
0204600 NAMIR (IRE) 7-7-02 Ownaracehorse.co.uk (Shakespeare) Derek Shaw
50-0(5)0(4)0 IDLE POWER (IRE) 11-7-00 The Idle B'S Jim Boyle
2301U6 BUY ON THE RED 8-6-13 R Haim David Nicholls
55630-001 PRINCE NAMID 7-6-12 (3lb ex) T Gould David Nicholls
10-6013 GUEST CONNECTIONS 6-6-10 Hall Farm Racing & David Nicholls David Nicholls

90 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage


LATEST BLUE SQUARE ODDS

Markab 7/1
Prohibit 8/1
Genki 12/1
Asset 14/1
Knot In Wood 14/1
Mac Gille Eoin 14/1
Jimmy Styles 16/1
Buachaill Dona 16/1
Tamagin 20/1
Something 20/1
Striking Spirit 20/1
Barney McGrew 20/1
Roker Park 20/1
Master Of Disguise 20/1
Hitchens 20/1
Sonny Red 25/1
Valery Borzov 25/1
Evens And Odds 25/1
Advanced 25/1
Global City 25/1
Fol Hollow 25/1
Pearly Wey 25/1
Nota Bene 25/1
Parisian Pyramid 25/1
Kaldoun Kingdom 25/1
Enderby Spirit 25/1
Biniou 25/1
Beaver Patrol 33/1
Kostar 33/1
Everymanforhimself 33/1
Viking Spirit 33/1
Joseph Henry 33/1
Judd Street 33/1
Harrison George 33/1
Peak District 33/1
Brave Prospector 33/1
Proclaim 33/1
Fishforcompliments 33/1
Osiris Way 40/1
Orpsie Boy 40/1
Flash McGahon 40/1
Protector 40/1
Thebes 40/1
River Falcon 40/1
Baby Strange 40/1
Jobe 50/1
Perfect Flight 50/1
Saucy Brown 50/1
Bond City 50/1
Fault 50/1

Others on request

Each-way bets on 5 places at 1/4 odds



THE BLUE SQUARE NASSAU STAKES
Class 1, Group 1, £200,000 guaranteed. 3.10pm, Goodwood, Saturday, August 1. For three-year-olds and upwards, filles and mares only, 1m 1f 192yds. Weights: 3yo 8st 10lb; 4yo+ 9st 5lb Entries closed July 7, entries revealed Wednesday, July 8 (26 entries). Supplementary entry & five-day confirmation stage July 27 (13 remain). Final declaration stage, 10am Thursday, July 30. Form supplied by Weatherbys and is correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, July 26.


Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
61-43511 BARSHIBA (IRE) 5-9-05 Jeff Smith David Elsworth
1223-21 DAR RE MI 4-9-05 Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden
2345-122 HEAVEN SENT 6-9-05 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
35113-5 KATIYRA (IRE) 4-9-05 H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
(1)103-5 SAPHIRA'S FIRE (IRE) 4-9-05 Mike Caddy William Muir
4144-313 SPACIOUS 4-9-05 Cheveley Park Stud James Fanshawe
152050-3 SWEET LILLY 5-9-05 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
(1)6-14331 HIGH HEELED (IRE) 3-8-10 Mr and Mrs Steven Jenkins Barry Hills
314-2123 MIDDAY 3-8-10 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
44-5311 MONEYCANTBUYMELOVE (IRE) 3-8-10 Wright,Stanley,Marsh,Lascelles & Harris Michael Bell
53-(1)0105 NASHMIAH (IRE) 3-8-10 Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
111-5434 RAINBOW VIEW (USA) 3-8-10 George Strawbridge John Gosden
122 REGGANE 3-8-10 Haras de la Perelle Alain de Royer-Dupre FR

13 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage
1 Irish-trained
1 French-trained

LATEST BLUE SQUARE ODDS

Midday 7/2
Dar Re Mi 9/2
Rainbow View 5/1
Reggane 7/1
Heaven Sent 8/1
Moneycantbuymelove 8/1
Spacious 8/1
Katiyra 9/1
Barshiba 12/1
High Heeled 25/1
Saphira's Fire 25/1
Sweet Lilly 40/1
Nashmiah 50/1

Each-way bets on 3 places at 1/4 odds

GUINEAS HEROINE AMONG NINE DECLARED FOR THE BGC SUSSEX STAKES

- VEUVE CLICQUOT VINTAGE STAKES ATTRACTS 10 DECLARATIONS

Ghanaati will bid for a Group One hat-trick in a fantastic renewal of the £300,000 Group One BGC Sussex Stakes (3.25pm) at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, July 29, after trainer Barry Hills included the 1,000 Guineas heroine among a total of nine declared runners.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned filly is unbeaten in two starts this term, having added a stunning victory in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot to her Classic triumph, but faces the stiffest test of her career in the mile showpiece.


Ghanaati will attempt to become the first three-year-old filly to land the historic prize since Marling in 1992, and faces stiff competition from the likes of 2000 Guineas and Derby fourth Rip Van Winkle and the dual Group One-winning four-year-old Paco Boy.

The three-year-old Rip Van Winkle is highly regarded at Ballydoyle and trainer Aidan O’Brien evidently expects his charge to be unfazed by the return to a mile after finishing a length behind Sea The Stars in the 10-furlong Group One Eclipse at Sandown on July 4.


Paco Boy, successful in the Group Two Betfair Cup over seven furlongs at the meeting last year, will represent the in-form Richard Hannon stable that enjoyed success in 2003 with Reel Buddy. The Desert Style colt proved his doubters wrong when staying a mile in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and then finished fast to clinch fourth in the six-furlong Darley July Cup on July 10.


Lord Shanakill from the Karl Burke stable also holds strong claims. The three-year-old colt was found out in the closing stages when third to Mastercraftsman in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot but built on that run to take the Group One Prix Jean Prat over the distance at Chantilly on July 5.


Beacon Lodge, trained by Clive Cox, also won at Chantilly on his latest start. The classy four-year-old, runner-up to July Cup second Main Aim over seven furlongs at Haydock in May, captured the Group Three Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord last month when stepped up to a mile.


Lahaleeb won the Group Three Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury in April for trainer Mick Channon. The three-year-old filly was runner-up in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May but was no match for Ghanaati in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and again when fifth to that rival in the Coronation Stakes.






Royal Hunt Cup winner Forgotten Voice takes a massive step up in class after losing his unbeaten tag when fourth to Dream Lodge in a mile conditions race at Doncaster. The lightly-raced four-year-old had previously looked a Group horse in the making when slamming 24 rivals to take the prestigious Royal Ascot handicap for trainer Jeremy Noseda, who won the BGC Sussex Stakes with Proclamation in 2005.


Mia’s Boy, trained by Chris Dwyer, was three lengths third to Forgotten Voice in the Royal Hunt Cup, while the O’Brien-trained Malibu Bay, a stable mate of Rip Van Winkle was well-beaten in the Group Three Meld Stakes on July 23 and could be utilised as a pacemaker. O’Brien, successful with Giant’s Causeway (2000) and Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), is bidding for back-to-back wins after Henrythenavigator scored in 2008.


In a mouth-watering prelude to the BGC Sussex Stakes, 10 two-year-olds have been declared for the £80,000 Group Two Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (2.45pm) over seven furlongs.


Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor was successful in 2007 with Rio De La Plata and has declared Chaperno, impressive when winning a six-furlong York maiden on July 11. Frankie Dettori will be bidding for a Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes hat-trick aboard the colt, having triumphed aboard Rio De la Plata and again in 2008 atop Orizaba.


Corporal Maddox represents the Burke yard. The Royal Applause colt followed a six-furlong triumph in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom with a third-placed effort over five furlongs in the Group Three Prix du Bois on July 5.


Roi De Vitesse, trained by Rod Millman, was runner-up to Silver Grecian in the Group Two Meydan Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on July 10. The Hannon-trained pair of Lucky General and Big Audio were fourth and seventh respectively.


Paul Cole has landed the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes with Putra (1996), Central Park (1997) and Strategic Prince (2006). The Whatcombe handler relies on Leicester maiden winner Ishtar Gate and Mata Keranjang, third in a Deauville Listed contest on his only start.


The Clive Cox-trained Xtension was runner-up to Hannon’s easy winner Canford Cliffs in the Group Two Coventry Stakes last time, while the Richard Fahey-trained filly She’s A Character was fourth in the Group Three Albany Stakes at the Royal Meeting.


Dreamspeed, trained by Andrew Balding, made an eye-catching winning debut over seven furlongs at Sandown on July 3 and looks a classy prospect.


The fantastic seven-race card kicks-off with the historic two-mile, five-furlong £50,000 Range Rover Best Of British Goodwood Stakes (2.10pm) with 20 declared runners.


The mile and a half Racing UK Heritage Handicap (4pm), worth £60,000, has 16 engaged, including Sabotage, Matraash, Topolski, Becausewecan and Fin Vin De Leu from the Mark Johnston yard.



Nine two-year-old fillies are set to go to post for the £20,000 Markel Maiden Stakes (4.35pm), while 15 fillies and mares have been declared for the competitive nine-furlong £20,000 Country Life EBF Handicap (5.10pm).


Wednesday’s concluding race is the £20,000 Kennels EBF Stakes. The seven-furlong race has 17 declared runners.


LATEST SPONSOR’S PRICES ON BETFAIR DAY AT GOODWOOD

Please find below the Betfair prices for the exchange-sponsored Group races at Glorious Goodwood tomorrow, with weight-adjusted Timeform ratings for the Gordon Stakes and Betfair Cup, won respectively last year by Saturday’s King George winner Conduit and Queen Anne winner Paco Boy.


Betfair would be sponsoring all of the Channel 4-televised races on “Betfair Day” tomorrow, but auctioned the naming of the opening race at the exchange-backed Pride Of Racing Awards in November.


Leading owner Andy Stewart won the charity bidding and has named the race “Paul Goes The Extra Mile Stakes”, for obvious reasons to this audience.


Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin commented: “Betfair Day at Goodwood tomorrow caps a busy and top-class four days of horse racing for our sponsorship and marketing teams after the Betfair Weekend at Ascot.

“And let’s hope that the Gordon Stakes throws up a horse of the calibre of Conduit once again. If it does, the current market suggests that it will be his stablemate Harbinger, who is trading as the 2-1 favourite on Betfair.”

To win the Betfair Group 3 Gordon Stakes – Betfair bet: 2-1 Harbinger, 4-1 Masterofthehorse, 9-2 Firebet, 6-1 Urban Poet, 14-1 Swindler, 18-1 Tactic, 31-1 Montaff, Big Bound, 59-1 Heliodor.


To win the Group 2 Betfair Cup – Betfair bet: 7-4 Main Aim, 3-1 J J The Jet Plane, 5-1 Ouqba, 11-1 Finjaan, 14-1 Dream Eater, 20-1 Regal Parade, Balthazaar’s Gift, 45-1 Express Wish

To win the Group 3 Betfair Molecomb – Betfair bet: 5-6 Monsieur Chevalier, 8-1 Archers Road, 11-1 Bould Magic, Iver Bridge Lad, 12-1 Mister Manannan, 14-1 Reignier, 16-1 Totally Invincible, 22-1 Now Here And Why, Soccer, 27-1 Mdawee, 33-1 Star Rover,

Timeform Ratings (weight-adjusted)
MASTEROFTHEHORSE (IRE) 135
FIREBET (IRE) 127 p
HARBINGER 124 p
MONTAFF 122
PARTHENON 121
TACTIC 120
BIG BOUND (USA) 116
HELIODOR (USA) 114 +
URBAN POET (USA) 112 p
SWINDLER (IRE) 102 p


MAIN AIM 139
J J THE JET PLANE (SAF) 136
OUQBA 131
FINJAAN 130
DREAM EATER (IRE) 129
BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) 128
REGAL PARADE 127
EXPRESS WISH 126



BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2009




PERFECT GROUND EXPECTED FOR START OF GLORIOUS GOODWOOD

There will be no need to water before the 2009 Glorious Goodwood Festival gets underway tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28. Four millimetres of rain fell overnight and Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley is delighted with the condition of the racecourse.


“The going stick reads 8.4 and it is good ground and will ride perfectly on Tuesday. The weather forecast states that it will be dry this afternoon through Tuesday with maybe a shower of rain sometime on Wednesday so I expect it to remain good for the next two or three days, “ said Buckley this morning.



TICKET SALES VERY ENCOURAGING FOR 2009

Marketing & PR Manager Callum MacKay is pleased to report that ticket sales for public enclosures look healthy for the week ahead.


“Sales for Tuesday and Wednesday are slightly ahead of last year and we expect that the Gordon Enclosure will sell out on Saturday and probably Thursday as well so racegoers should book in advance if they want to be guaranteed entry.

“We have an excellent card on Tuesday and Wednesday’s BGC Sussex Stakes is a fascinating contest so we are set for a great start to the Festival.”


GLORIOUS GOODWOOD CALLING

In the current media age when the all-seeing eye and the ever-listening ear seem to be ubiquitous realties; when every move made by the famous and the not-so can be accessed and commented upon at the click of a mouse, sports commentators are under more scrutiny than ever before.


That heightened analysis does not faze the genial Richard Hoiles as he looks forward to one of his favourite gigs of the year, working as one of the racecourse commentators at Glorious Goodwood.


“I’ve been doing Glorious Goodwood for the last five years - maybe six,” says Hoiles.

“Goodwood is one of my favourite tracks, hence Glorious Goodwood is one of my favourite meetings - perhaps because I lived near Plumpton for years, so it was local.”

One might imagine that a five-day Festival covering 35 high-profile races with all of the horses, jockeys and colours that entails might result in stress levels reaching panic status. That may be the case before and during a race like the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup, with 28 runners hurtling flat out down the Goodwood straight, but for the most part, Hoiles maintains a calm approach.


“The best thing is to just let it happen, relax as much as you can and let lots of things flood into your brain,” he reveals.


“People have a common perception that we come up with lots of lines in advance but you can’t. You have to wangle so much yourself to get them in that it just doesn’t work.


“The thing is, you run out of words. In a race like the Stewards’ Cup that takes a minute and 12 seconds, give or take, if you’re going to be intelligible, you can’t go above four words a second. That’s 280 words, which is not a lot. If you think about it you have 30 runners, some of them with two distinct words in their name, so you just don’t have time to say everything that everyone wants you to say. That’s an element that people sometimes don’t appreciate.”

Not only is Goodwood one of Hoiles’ preferred places to enjoy a day’s racing, he also considers it a special place to commentate.


“Goodwood is so good to work at,” he states. “It has a relaxed atmosphere that is almost unique to the place. There are moments of complete panic with the Stewards’ Cup, simply due to the quantity of numbers but, by and large, when they’re side on at the top of the hill, you can get a good pan-back through the field and as long as you don’t get lousy weather, the colours really stand out.

“That’s the beauty of Goodwood as a commentator, the backdrops, especially at the Glorious meeting, are so quintessentially English summertime. That actually makes the viewing very good. It’s not really a hard place to call because the colours are always against green. If you think about the backdrops you get at various tracks, there’s nothing worse than them running past the local B&Q, which makes them very hard to pick out.

“I always feel comfortable calling at Goodwood. It’s not a place that you go to feeling particularly worried.”

That is not to say that things always go smoothly. Of all the races at the Glorious meeting, the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup is the one for which even the most composed commentators reserve their anxiety. It is inevitable then that the historic cavalry charge is the race that caused Hoiles his most memorable palpitation.


“Bentong caused a bit of a panic after last year’s Stewards’ Cup,” he admits.

“The race had finished without a problem or so I thought. Well, after everyone had put their headsets down, relieved and thinking it hadn’t gone too badly, we looked up and saw Bentong coming back with jockey! I remember thinking, what happened? Did he go in? In fact, he had gone in the stalls and then refused to come out.

“The thing is, there is a slight element of fiction in the early stages of all sprints. You have the draw written out, you know where the split is and you just name call. Sometimes you see them, other times you say ‘the far side includes’, which is correct but you’re just name shouting. So, I was thinking, ‘oh, no, did I mention a horse that hadn’t gone in,’ because that’s what I thought must have happened.

“Simon Holt was next to me and John Hunt in front - well none of us had a clue. We were frantically trying to find out while convincing ourselves that it didn’t really matter but everyone who backed that horse will have known what had happened.”

Hoiles has 17 years of race-calling experience behind him including stints in Hong Kong and North America but one of British racing’s most familiar voices may have remained anonymous had it not been for the last recession.

A qualified accountant, he was 25 and plying his profession in the retail industry when redundancy came knocking in 1992. A chance glance at the job section in The Sporting Life led to an application to SIS as a race commentator and he was soon relishing a career he had not previously considered.


Always passionate about horseracing, Hoiles naturally enjoys the buzz of calling home Group One winners and Glorious Goodwood has provided him with one of his all-time peaks.


“It’s a no-brainer really - the 2006 Nassau Stakes with Ouija Board and Alexander Goldrun was phenomenal. It was a really good race but on top of that Ouija Board’s Oaks was one of the first Classic races I called. I obviously had a soft spot for her and had seen her all around the world in the intervening two seasons.

“I’d also seen Alexander Goldrun a lot overseas, in Hong Kong and places, so to see those two mares coming down to a head-to-head at the furlong pole, with no other horses in it, that was a nice summation of their careers. That by some way is my favourite race at Goodwood and would certainly be in my all-time top five races.”

Hoiles is aware that he and his colleagues’ performances are scrutinized more intently since the advent of in-running internet betting as well as the proliferation of big-race replays on TV and online.

“Some days the brain is full of nice colourful phrases and you’re looking in the right place and then other days you’re looking at the left as one breaks through on the right,” says the commentator.


“That’s the way it goes. All you can do is hope you’re as accurate as you can be and then the language follows. It doesn’t matter how good a commentator you are in so far as the lovely things you can say, if you’re not accurate it doesn’t actually matter.


“With the better quality races like the Sussex Stakes or the Nassau Stakes, they do all the talking, you just describe. In the back of your mind, you’re hoping that you can stay in the background and do it justice. You just hope that in those few seconds, as things are mulling around in your head, you come up with something that fits what other people are seeing.

“You hope that when it gets played back it’s not cringe-worthy - because it sounds contrived. You are aware, with those races, that they are the ones that will get played back time and again. It’s no good if your punch-line is 10 yards after the post, you always want it to end hitting the line.”


GLORIOUS THIRD FESTIVAL FOR CHANNEL FOUR AT GOODWOOD

This year’s Glorious Goodwood festival marks the third occasion that Channel Four has covered the annual summer showpiece since entering into a successful accord with Goodwood Racecourse.


The two hooked up in 2007 and the continuing relationship has brought a number of exciting innovations that have benefited the course and heightened the televisual experience for those armchair fans watching five afternoons of tremendous racing at home.


Rod Fabricius, for one, is delighted with the arrangement between the TV station and the racecourse.


Goodwood Racecourse’s managing director commented: “The partnership with Channel Four has been a great success. We see them regularly throughout the summer and that is probably the biggest bonus.


“There is now a continuity throughout our racing season. The profiling that they give us, because of their regular involvement with horseracing on a weekly basis is, in a sense, more consistent and more substantial than historically we have ever achieved.”

Channel Four broadcast nine days racing from the picturesque Sussex Course this year, including five days of extended coverage from this week’s flagship Glorious Goodwood meeting that runs from Tuesday, July 28, to Saturday, August 1.


The channel is living up to its commitment with extensive live coverage starting at 1.45pm and concluding at 4.15pm for the first four days of the meeting. Saturday’s programme, featuring the Bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup and the Group One Blue Square Nassau Stakes, commences at 2pm and ends at 4pm. That final day’s coverage also includes the popular Morning Line programme from Goodwood at 8am.


Therefore, Channel Four will broadcast just under 13 hours of racing coverage from the course during Glorious Goodwood.


Last year’s coverage of Glorious Goodwood was watched by 3.2 million people which equates to 5.7 per cent of the UK population

The Channel Four television audience averaged 565,000 over the five day and the viewing figures peaked at 650,000 (7.4 per cent of the audience share).


Considerable efforts have been made to widen the audience appeal of Channel Four Racing.

Interest features, inserted between races, are the order of the day and Channel Four has upped the ante this year with the Audi Speed Challenge that sees presenters and jockeys give the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit the Top Gear treatment.


Alastair Down and Emma Spencer will go head to head with top riders Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore, Alan Munro, Martin Dwyer and Jim Crowley in a hair-raising spectacle that should provide ample opportunity for a horsepower pun or two. They each went two laps in an Audi RS6 with a capped maximum speed of 152mph.


Viewers can also look forward to the sight of the sartorially incomparable John McCririck exploring the allure of Goodwood’s favourite accessory, the panama hat, while John Francome and jockey Richard Hughes head to the Goodwood clubhouse to explore the history of golf.


There is a feature on leading trainer John Gosden, who is based in Newmarket, revisiting Lewes where he was brought up at the Heath House training yard of his late father Towser.


Local trainer William Knight, who operates out of Lower Coombe Racing Stables, Angmering Park, near Littlehampton, will also have the spotlight shone on him

The production team’s broadcasts have been well received. With 29 cameras being deployed including a portable single camera unit plus the state-of-the-art Vortex camera, Channel Four is maintaining its level of coverage from last year. The Vortex is an aerial camera system which has the ability to lift a camera from ground level to 30 metres in 15 seconds and it will provide dynamic views of the course.


A team of 80 technicians and production crew are involved with the Channel Four broadcast from the beautiful Sussex course.


Racegoers too will reap a noticeable benefit. Previously, Channel Four’s trucks and equipment have been conspicuously located racecourse side, prompting Goodwood to take the positive step of investing in extensive cabling that has enabled their removal to a more concealed site.


THE GOODWOOD GENERATION WARS

A mid-summer highlight for over two centuries, Glorious Goodwood is perfectly placed in the racing calendar to stage epochal clashes in the annual quest for generational supremacy.


Located as it is after that oft-referred to yet inexact period when most three-year-olds reach a level of maturity that enables them to take on and defeat their elders under weight-for-age conditions, the five-day festival has produced more than its share of memorable tussles between the Classic crop and its forerunners.

Goodwood’s two Group One events, the BGC Sussex Stakes and the Blue Square Nassau Stakes, have become synonymous with such rivalries in modern times, but it was not always the case.


The BGC Sussex Stakes was confined to three-year-olds until 1960 when the race was opened to four-year-olds. Older horses were admitted to the line-up for the mile showpiece in 1975, the same year that the Nassau Stakes became an all-aged affair.

Le Levanstell was the first four-year-old with the effrontery to put the Classic generation in its place. Trained in Ireland by Seamus McGrath, the colt was sent off a 100/7 chance for the 1961 Sussex Stakes, with the three-year-olds primarily represented by St James’s Palace Stakes runner-up Eagle, Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Lady Senator and Jersey Stakes winner Favorita.


Sir Peter O’Sullevan called many of the great races at Goodwood and he remembers the 1961 Sussex Stakes as an intriguing affair.


“I remember calling the race in 1961 and I do seem to recall that Le Levanstell rather nicked the race,” he says. “He was given a somewhat opportunistic ride by Bill Williamson, who was particularly effective on him.

“He wasn’t the sort of horse you would have expected to win a Sussex Stakes and was in fact a little bit of a surprise winner. Having said that, he was a fair horse and it turned out that he was in fact a pretty good horse.”

The Irish four-year-old made the running under the canny Williamson until Eagle narrowly took the lead a furlong and a half from home. Not to be denied, Le Levanstell, who had finished third under 9st 12lb in a Curragh handicap the time before and would subsequently defeat the great Petite Etoile at Ascot, reasserted at the furlong-pole. Lady Senator threw down a strong challenge inside the distance but Le Levanstell held his younger rivals through a thrilling climax to prevail by a neck from Eagle with Lady Senator another short-head away.


Le Levanstell’s success did not however herald a rush of triumphs for the older generation. Three-year-olds, the likes of Brigadier Gerard, Kris, Chief Singer, Warning and Zilzal, held their own in all but six of the renewals from 1960 to 1994.


Among those triumphant three-year-olds was the Geoff Wragg-trained Marling. The Edmond Loder homebred had been a brilliant two-year-old, winning all four starts in her juvenile campaign including the Queen Mary and Cheveley Park Stakes. An agonising head defeat in the 1992 1,000 Guineas was followed by victories in the Irish equivalent and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Marling arrived at Goodwood to face open competition for the first time in the Sussex Stakes. Ranged against her was the previous season’s champion miler, Selkirk. Their epic duel, perhaps more than any other, stands out among the generational clashes that have become an enthralling feature of Glorious Goodwood in the modern era.


“That was a hell of a race,” recalls Sir Peter. “I was big fan of both horses but I remember I had selected Marling and it was a very close call. It was a Grundy and Bustino, almost. Goodwood is such a great stage for the top performers and that was pure theatre.”

A strapping four-year-old chestnut colt, the Ian Balding-trained Selkirk provided a striking contrast to the neat little bay filly as the pair battled through a breath-taking final furlong. Both horses called on their deepest reserves. Marling took the verdict by a nod of her head.


Sayyedati’s 1995 victory marked a definite sea-change. Clive Brittain’s brilliantly resilient five-year-old mare had been a tad unlucky to finish only second and fourth in the previous two renewals of the Sussex Stakes but gained deserved recompense in a tight finish, at the expense of the season’s leading three-year-old miler, Bahri.


Since Sayyedati’s triumph, older horses have redressed the balance somewhat, landing eight of the 14 renewals up to 2008.


When Roussalka won the 1975 Nassau Stakes she made history in becoming the first four-year-old to win the 10-furlong race. Trained by Henry Cecil, the filly had also prevailed as a three-year-old the previous year and thus became the first dual winner of the contest.


As with the Sussex Stakes, that first victory by an older horse in the Nassau did not open the floodgates as 10 years passed before Free Guest, who had won the Extel Handicap at Glorious Goodwood as a three-year-old, as well as the Sun Chariot Stakes, routed the opposition in 1985.


Luca Cumani’s filly went to post the only four-year-old against 10 rivals from the Classic crop that included Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Al Bahathri. That filly had defeated Free Guest over a mile in the Child Stakes at Newmarket the time before, but at Goodwood the three-year-olds were no match as Cumani’s filly put the younger generation in its place with a seven-length victory.


“It was a long time ago but I remember it was a good day. I recall her winning well from some nice three-year-olds,” reflects Cumani.


“Free Guest was a consistent filly who did very well at three and four. She won the Sun Chariot twice so was unlucky to have been around before that race and the Nassau became Group One, otherwise she would have a been a multiple Group One winner.


“She also did well as a broodmare for us and produced Shamshir, who won the Fillies’ Mile and was second in the Oaks. We have many descendants of hers to go with some great memories.”

Glorious Goodwood was privy to two superb clashes of the ages in 1992. After the heroics of Marling and Selkirk on the Wednesday, Saturday brought a mouth-watering encounter between Ruby Tiger and All At Sea.


Ruby Tiger, the darling of Whatcombe, had won the Nassau Stakes by seven lengths the previous year from Free Guest’s daughter, Shamshir. Returning to defend her crown, the five-year-old grey mare found herself pitted against the Henry Cecil-trained three-year-old All At Sea - the odds-on favourite following her second to User Friendly in the Oaks.


Richard Quinn kicked Ruby Tiger to the lead three furlongs out and made for home as Pat Eddery stalked the move aboard All At Sea. The favourite was sent in pursuit but Paul Cole’s tough mare was not to be outdone and dourly held the Warren Place runner by a neck to secure her second Nassau Stakes.

All in all, three-year-olds have come out on top in the clash of the generations with 13 of the last 16 Nassau Stakes falling to the Classic crop.

Since the race became a Group One affair in 1999, three-year-olds have landed seven of 10 instalments. The five-year-old mares Ouija Board and Alexandra Goldrun going head to head for victory in 2006 is something of an exception, with the former just coming out top in a thrilling finish.


Peeping Fawn and Halfway To Heaven, three-year-olds both, have carried the past two Nassau Stakes trophies off to the Ballydoyle, Ireland, stable of Aidan O’Brien.

Irish Oaks winner Peeping Fawn was the dominant filly of 2007 and dismissed the previous year’s French champion three-year-old, Mandesha, with a brilliant victory, while Halfway To Heaven saw off all-comers in a blanket finish last year.

Aidan O’Brien’s Irish 1,000 Guineas winner maintained her advantage at the line by a head from her fast-finishing peer, Lush Lashes. The four-year-old Passage Of Time was a further head back in third with the five-year-old Heaven Sent only a neck away in fourth, proving that the generational war is still raging on the Sussex Downs.




2009 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD STATISTICS


History of Racecourse

Created by the 3rd Duke of Richmond, the first public racing took place at Goodwood in 1802

The first running of the Goodwood Cup was in 1812

The Festival, originally 2 days, was first moved to the end of July in 1814 and became known as 'Goodwood Week'

The Panama hat first made its appearance at the Festival in 1907

Her Majesty the Queen opened the March Grandstand in 1980


The Venue

The total racing surface covers an area of 35 acres

In order to prepare the racing surface, one specialist tractor operates for 960 hours throughout the season

The total area of the Goodwood racecourse site is over 500 acres

The racecourse requires 9 miles of running rail

The longest race of the festival is 2 miles 5 furlongs

600 bags of fertiliser are used throughout the year to prepare the racing surface - a total of 52,000kg

30 tons of topsoil will be needed to repair the racing surface after Glorious Goodwood


Attendance

102,068 people attended Glorious Goodwood in 2008

The two busiest days in 2008 were Friday and Saturday, which attracted crowds of 23,135 and 24,796 people respectively


Prize Fund & Competition

The total prize fund for the festival is £2.19 million

The highest total prize fund for a race is £300,000 offered for the BGC Sussex Stakes (Group One)
458 horses competed at Glorious Goodwood in 2008


Betting/Tote

The totepool estimated on-course turnover for the week is £2,750,000

The estimated number of bets placed with the tote at the festival is 300,000 (60,000 per day)

There will be in excess of 250 tote staff on course

totesport (with four betting shops) has an estimated turnover of £750,000


Personnel

Glorious Goodwood will be staffed by 350 Goodwood Racecourse Staff

Goodwood Racecourse employs eight permanent groundstaff and will utilise a groundstaff team of 25 people during Glorious Goodwood

A team of 80 technicians and production crew will oversee the five-day Channel 4 Racing broadcast

The parking operation will consist of 70 staff operating 15 car parks covering a total of 6,500 parking spaces

50 cleaning staff will be on site each day


Website

During the week before and the week of Glorious Goodwood 2008 there were over 704,797 visitors to the website - an average of 54,000 visitors per day

During this time 266,702 web-pages were viewed on the Goodwood site, 87,518 of which were horse racing pages

'Glorious Goodwood' was searched by over 6,000 people during this time


Parking

Over 30,000 vehicles will be parked during the festival

Over 600 cars will be valet parked during Glorious Goodwood

The parking operation will consist of 70 staff operating 15 car parks covering a total of 6,500 parking spaces

Over 6,000 vehicles will be parked on most days of the festival

On average, around 165 coaches will be parked each day


Air Traffic

The on-site helicopter pad will accommodate over 150 helicopter movements will take place over the five days

Guests and competitors arriving by helicopter will be shuttled to the main facility by six vehicles


Catering

4,000 organic burgers, 1,000 organic sausages, and 650kgs of organic roast beef will be sold at the Festival

31,500 strawberries will be given away at the Strawberry Tower

250kg of fruit will be chopped for Pimms throughout the event

9,500 afternoon teas will be served over the five days

500 lobsters will be served throughout the festival

5,000 meals for operational staff will be provided over the five days

70,400 pints of beer will be poured

35,200 jugs of Pimms will be served

6,700 bottles/40,200 glasses of house champagne will be served

4,800 bottles/28,800 glasses of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label champagne will be served

In total, 11,500 bottles/69,000 glasses of champagne will be sold at the festival


Racecards

59,000 Racecards have been printed for the five days


TV

Glorious Goodwood 2008 was watched by 3.2 million people which equates to 5.7% of the UK population

Glorious Goodwood audience figures averaged 565,000 over the 5 days

The peak for the festival was on Saturday when the audience figure reached 650,000 (7.4% audience share)

Channel 4 Racing will utilise 29 cameras over the five-day broadcast

Vortex, a new aerial camera system which will be used, has the ability to lift a camera from ground level to 30 metres in 15 seconds

A team of 80 technicians and production crew will oversee the five-day broadcast

Channel 4 Racing will broadcast for nearly 13 terrestrial hours during the festival


SPORTING GREATS DAY TOMORROW - TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

Glorious Goodwood , one of the highlights of the summer sporting and social calendar, kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28) and runs until Saturday, August 1.

The festival takes place on top of the beautiful Sussex Downs and offers racegoers the chance to see some of the finest horse racing in Europe. Edward VII famously described it as a ‘garden party with racing tacked on’.

Glorious Goodwood will kick off with ‘Sporting Greats Day’ when the great and the good of the sports world will flock to Goodwood to enjoy the first day of racing.

In association with SportsAid - the leading charity that helps young talented sports people - sports stars, Olympians and Paralympians will enjoy a day dedicated to Britain’s sporting heroes and the next generation of champions.

Athletes from a host of different sports will enjoy the hospitality and great racing at the most picturesque course in the country.


As an added bit of fun on the day, and a great way to raise funds for SportsAid, Betfair will provide a ‘betting fund’ for the sporting heroes to try their hand in each race, with any winnings going to the charity.

Betfair is a longstanding partner of SportsAid and a major sponsor of Glorious Goodwood, supporting such races as the Betfair Gordon Stakes, the Betfair Cup and the Betfair Molecomb Stakes tomorrow.


With The Ashes high on the sporting agenda, BBC presenter Rishi Persad will be doing a question and answer session with West Indies cricket legend Michael Holding in the winner’s enclosure between the second and third race.

Richard Dunwoody, having recently finished walking 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours in the Dunwoody Challenge, will be walking the course with Paul Stewart, son of racehorse owner Andy Stewart, who is recovering after being paralysed in a snow boarding accident earlier this year.

There will also be a 'guest' appearance from Goodwood legend and three-time winner of the Coutts Goodwood Cup, Double Trigger.


The standard of racing is some of the best in Europe. Wednesday plays host to the most prestigious race at Glorious, the £300,000 BGC Sussex Stakes - one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The Blue Square Nassau Stakes, another Group One race with a prize value of £200,000, takes place on Saturday.


Saturday is the most popular day at Glorious Goodwood with thousands of racing fans set to visit the final day of the festival.

The hospitality is superb, ranging from champagne and canapés to sumptuous four-course lunches and afternoon tea, but with breathtaking views Goodwood is also the perfect place to have a picnic.

Less than an hour and a half from London, the racecourse provides the opportunity of a perfect escape for families and friends in a stunning setting. The Goodwood Hotel on the Goodwood Estate is situated close to the racecourse and offers luxurious accommodation in peaceful countryside.


Ticket prices start at £15. For more information about Glorious Goodwood and to book a night in the Goodwood hotel, visit www.goodwood.com To book tickets please call 01243 755022.


SportsAid is a registered charity no. 1111612. For over 33 years SportsAid has worked to support the next generation of sporting champions, offering a financial boost to help cope with the costs of competing at a high level and recognition of their talent. SportsAid is the first organisation to give talented athletes a helping hand which can often be the difference between succeeding and losing sight of a sporting dream.


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