Friday, August 26, 2010
GROUND DRYING OUT AT GOODWOOD
Goodwood is set to stage two wonderful days of racing this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29, with the course recovering well after the recent very wet weather.
A deluge of rain, amounting to 49 millimetres in 24 hours, caused the abandonment of Goodwood’s final evening fixture of the year last night, August 26, but Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley reported today that the conditions have improved significantly.
Buckley said at 2.00pm today: “I am out walking the course now and it has recovered well. The ground is currently soft, with a GoingStick reading of 7.1, and I would predict conditions to be much the same for the racing on Saturday and Sunday.
“The drizzle stopped at around 10.00am this morning and the forecast is for it to now stay dry right the way through to Monday.
“We are fortunate that the course has been able to recover so quickly when you consider the amount of rain we have experienced in the last 10 days. It was disappointing to have to abandon our final evening fixture of the season on Thursday, but the course was just not able to cope with the amount of rain we had in the preceding 24 hours.”
The highlight of Saturday’s seven-race card is the £100,000 Group Two totesport.com Celebration Mile (3.05pm) while Sunday is Family Fun Day with the £57,000 Group Three Supreme Stakes (3.55pm) the racing highlight.
TALES FROM THE SCALES TO LAUNCH AT GOODWOOD TOMORROW
Tales From The Scales, a new Racing for Change initiative designed to introduce the jockeys as personalities to racegoers, will be launched at Goodwood tomorrow.
The initiative, thought up by Goodwood’s incoming Managing Director Adam Waterworth, consists of a number of short television clips showing several leading jockeys answering a number of questions about them and their colleagues in light-hearted and entertaining format. The clips, each lasting around three minutes, will be shown on the big screens around the racecourse and also as part of Channel 4's Goodwood coverage.
Among the jockeys to feature are Frankie Dettori, Seb Sanders, Kieren Fallon, William Buick, Richard and Michael Hills, Martin Dwyer and Jimmy Quinn.
Jon Williams of Racing For Change commented: “A lot of banter between the jockeys takes place in the weighing room and Tales From The Scales gives racegoers the opportunity to get closer to the jockeys in a light-hearted and humorous way.
“After its launch at Goodwood this weekend, Tales From The Scales will be available to all racecourses across Britain and provides an excellent opportunity for courses to fill a spare moment and inform racegoers at the same time.”
Richard Hughes donates £1,000 to Newmarket Youths Football Club
Richard Hughes today donated his £1,000 cheque for winning the Racing UK-sponsored Leading Jockey Award at Glorious Goodwood to the Newmarket Youths Football Club.
The in-form jockey received his cheque from Racing UK’s Rishi Persad following the EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.
The team is in dire need of funding and their manager Dave Cahill, along with some of the players, was on hand to receive Hughes’s valued donation.
The jockey explained: “Willie McKeon is a good friend of mine and he’s involved with the team, who are struggling to keep going.
“They used to share their pitch with Newmarket Town, but have been forced to move and are now going to share a pitch in Cambridge but need £3,000 to lease it, as well as funding for kit, goalposts and much, much more.
“They are all under 14s and football is an important part of these kids’ lives and encourages team and community spirit, and keeps the kids honest. It would be a crying shame if they couldn’t carry on.”
McKeon added: “We are all so grateful to Richard and overwhelmed by his generosity. It shows just what a top man he is.”
Hughes, who lies second in the Flat jockeys’ title races, enjoyed an incredible week at the Sussex showpiece meeting, riding a record-breaking nine winners.
The in-form jockey received a lifetime subscription to Racing UK, a £1,000 donation to Racing Welfare, a £1,000 donation to the charity of his choice, and a deluxe Goodwood hamper for his brilliant meeting.
Hughes set the record number of nine winners for the five-day meeting, breaking the previous record tally of eight set by Johnny Murtagh, Kieren Fallon and Lester Piggott.
Newmarket Racecourses was also delighted with the success of today’s raceday, which was designated Seniors Day.
Over 1,000 senior citizens took up the chance of free admission to the eight-race card and were able to take up the offer of a free cup of tea or coffee, generously sponsored by racehorse and stud owner Bill Gredley.
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