Posted: Wednesday August 1st 5.30pm
More Downs than Ups! No selections for Thursday for two reasons. Firstly with the ground going surely softer than soft, too many questions such as where will they race, who will act on it etc. etc. and the concern over non-runners and late withdrawls. Hopefully some fancies for Friday.
For what it’s worth in the 3.00 Richmond G2 6F for 2yo’s I had pencilled in Headway and Barraquero. In the Nassau Sobetsu and So Mi Dar to give Winter (?) a race. Tangled in the 7F Nursery at 4.00. My tracker has thrown up seven in the first! Euginio, Good Omen, Leaders Legacy, Addeybb, Archetype, Frontispiece and Society Red. All of them should pick up at least one race each before the season finishes!
GOING/TRACK Soft (GoingStick: 7.4 on Wednesday at 09:30)
Rails: Lower bend dolled out to the 3 furlong marker. 7f races increased by 15 yards
Stalls: Straight course Stand side Round course Inside
WEATHER 15mm rain to 2pm. Further rain for today. Tomorrow looks dry.
OTHER Fresh ground last 3.5 furlongs in the straight and the top bend
Going/Weather/Other last updated @Wed 02 Aug 2:06pm
What happened to Ribchester? Here’s what jockey William Buick told the stewards.
“Race 4 – 3:35pm. THE QATAR SUSSEX STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
The Stewards held an enquiry to consider why William Buick, the rider of RIBCHESTER (IRE), placed second, had appeared to ease for a few strides approaching the final furlong. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race they noted his explanation that the gelding had lugged right-handed, and being mindful that he may run onto the heels of the winner, HERE COMES WHEN (IRE), he eased for a few strides before continuing to ride when the colt became re-balanced and ran straight again.”
A philosophical Fahey said of Ribchester: “William just felt he was dropping away there two down and then he came back again. It’s extreme conditions out there, I was very worried – it’s not for a Flat horse to be racing on, it’s National Hunt horses. But he’s run a mighty race and he showed good heart to nearly get back up. Maybe he was a bit lonely in front and half-pulled up a bit, but that’s racing, we live to fight another day. If you could back winners today you’d be a genius, that’s why bookmakers love conditions like this. They get results and they’ve got one today. I’m disappointed, you come here expecting to win and you don’t, so you are disappointed. It was a strange race, I’d like to see it again.”
BetFred Mile Friday 3.00 Goodwood
EL VIP (Luca Cumani) Dettori rides and they are drawn in stall 12. Personally would have preferred Spencer and is 12 a good draw? Will they come to the stand rail? Fresh six metres on the far rail for Thursday but will it be cut up by Friday? I think it has all the makings of resembling Dodgems entering the home straight.
Earlier on this week on BetPrime website ”….Racing and Football Outlook and the Weekender newspapers, and this week Luca Cumani (gives the impression of a reserved character) talked at length and about his horses and made some very good points. For example when talking about EL Vip’s prospects for the Betfred Mile at Goodwood Cumani said: “He goes for the Betfred Mile next week and granted a decent draw he’d probably be my best chance of the meeting”.
BIRCHWOOD (#FantasticMrFahey) Now here is a disappointing 4yo! Won his first two races as a 2yo and David Armstrong sold him to Godolphin. He won the G2 Superlative over 7F at HQ and should have won the G2 Vintage here at Goodwood but William Buick had a nightmare, squeezed, hampered, ran on etc. Then third in the G1 National Stakes at the Curragh and third in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf! To say he was disappointing as a 3yo would be an understatement. Highly tried but the only race he won was a 7F Listed race at Chester but it was on Soft ground and he had a first time visor! At this Goodwood meeting last year he was seventh of eight in the G2 7F Lennox Stakes at just 8/1! As a 4yo he has been midfield in two Listed races and the 6F Wokingham handicap where he wore first time blinkers. His handicap mark has come down from a heady OR114 to OR102. So is this a Musley Bank plot or the last roll of the dice? Fail here and surely it’s the unkindest cut of all!
However he is drawn in stall 2, which under normal circumstances be fantastic, and Jamie Spencer has been booked!
All season it’s been a case of “working well, we’re happy with him”! On course, dismal.
I’ve played each way at 33/1. Is it class will shine through or has he fallen out of love with racing? In Frank I trust!