Adam Waterworth, Goodwood Racecourse’s managing director, was thrilled with how Glorious Goodwood’s top race, the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, panned out.
Marketed as the second Duel on the Downs following the clash between the mighty Frankel and Canford Cliffs in 2011, the race lived up to its billing.
Dawn Approach, who had previously beaten Toronado twice, succumbed by half a length to his rival.
Waterworth commented: “What a great race. It was just what we wanted. It was an absolutely fantastic race and could not have been better - a real Duel on the Downs.”
The Goodwood crowd appreciated jockey Richard Hughes’ late swoop on Toronado and cheered him back to the winner’s enclosure - as can be seen on the video at the top of this story.
Wednesday’s attendance came to 18,152. This was down from the 21,505 who came last year for Frankel’s second QIPCO Sussex Stakes victory.
Frankel’s first QIPCO Sussex Stakes success in 2011 was watched by 19,080 racegoers. The attendance on the second day of Glorious Goodwood in 2010 was 16,748.
Waterworth said: “We are happy with today’s attendance. We knew the crowd would be down on the last two years because of the Frankel effect.”
Two jockeys picked up bans on the second day of Glorious.
Kevin Manning was banned for four days (August 14, 15, 16 and 17) following his ride on second-placed Dawn Approach in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes. He was found to have used his whip above the permitted level.
Tom Queally was banned for one day (August 14) following his ride on third-placed Spillway in the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes. The stewards found him guilty of careless riding after interference with Secret Number (fifth).
Meanwhile, the going remains Good to Soft overnight after day two of Glorious Goodwood although clerk of the course Seamus Buckley could see that description changing tomorrow (Thursday).
“We are not forecast to get any rain before Friday and if that’s the case then I could see the going changing tomorrow to Good to Soft, Good in places, or Good, Good to Soft in places.
“We had fine drizzle this morning that didn’t even amount to a millimetre of rain so I left the going as Good to Soft, which the jockeys agreed with. The GoingStick reading has gone from 6.8 to 7.2 so it has quickened up a bit.
“Tonight we will be taking down the far running rail to provide fresh ground for the last three furlongs from the home bend to the winning post.”
Reflecting on the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, Buckley added: “We were privileged to see such a wonderful race as the QIPCO Sussex Stakes and it turned out to be just what we had hoped - the duel on the downs.
“The time of the race on that ground was amazing and I feel we saw two exceptionally good horses. To have come within a second of the course record on that ground was a fantastic effort.”
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