VIDEO: Explosive start to Goodwood’s bank-holiday weekend

An unlikely mixture of ice and fire got Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday festival off to a flyer.

The ice was tipped over Richard Hughes, the latest celebrity to accept the ‘ice bucket challenge’ – ie, getting drenched and frozen for charity.

A sun-blessed evening at Goodwood

A sun-blessed evening at Goodwood

The fire came in the skies after racing as a breath-taking fireworks display brought the first day of three to a close.

In a six-race card, Sussex jockey Jim Crowley was celebrating a 30/1 back-to-back double, winning the Doom Bar Fillies’ Nursery Stakes on Arethusa (3/1) for Ed Dunlop and the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Fillies’ Stakes with Saucy Minx (10/1), trained by Pulborough’s Amanda Perrett.

Gary Mahon took the opener, the Doom Bar Apprentice Stakes, on 14/1 shot Lindart, trained by Richard Hannon, while the Docker Hughes Maiden Stakes was taken by Saeed bin Suroor’s 6/5 favourite Best of Times, ridden by Frederik Tylicki.

Hughes arrived from Nunthorpe Stakes heroics at York just in time to ride Frederic Chopin (7/1) to victory in the Chichester City Stakes and racing ended with the Doom Bar Stakes, claimed by Ted Durcan on Aqua Ardens, George Baker’s 8/1 contender.

Away from the track, there was plenty of entertainment, all based around the British seaside holiday resorts of yesteryear. There was a beach, beach huts and beach belles, a fun fair, fish and chips and ice creams.

After racing the crowd stayed on to watch rock’n’roll music from Rockin The Joint, a parglider and a superb fireworks display right in front of the stands.

The action continues today (Saturday) with a seven-race card including the Doom Bars Celebration Mile, a £100,000 handicap, the Group 3 Prestige Stakes and the Chichester Observer Stakes.

Our Saturday tips: 2.20 Efflorescence, 2.55 Intransigent, 3.30 Bow Creek, 4.05 Exceedingly, 4.40 Kings Fete, 5.15 Balmoral Castle, 5.50 My Mate Chris.

STEVE BONE