Day two meant Sussex Stakes time at Glorious Goodwood.
The much-anticipated clash between Kingman and last year’s winner Toronado in the QIPCO-sponsored £300,000 race was the centrepiece of what another afternoon of top-class racing.
But that was just one of seven contests and we have all the results and other news right here.
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- STEVE BONE
2pm. We’re under way with the longest race of the week - the two-mile four-furlong Goodwood Stakes - and it goes to Teak, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Ian Williams. 33/1 the starting price there - nice if you had it. Does another day of big-priced winners beckon?
Ray Ward (6/1) was second, Longshadow (12/1) third.
Winning trainer Williams said: “We had a discussion with the owners this morning and I thought we should try and be a bit handier with him, but Michael said we should take a chance, tuck in and take our time. Teak was always getting there.
“He switched off during the race - he was far too keen in the visor during his race at York last time over two miles, but we fitted it because that is his minimum trip and we wanted him to get into the race.
2.35. The Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes is won by 9/2 shot Snow Sky - which is ridden and owned by the same duo who have brought Kingman for the Sussex Stakes. It’s a thriller as the Sir Michael Stoute-trained runner holds off Windshear (making it another near miss for Hannon and Hughes) and Somewhat.
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Snow Sky’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “Snow Sky has travelled well into the race but, looking at the head on, he saw the bend passing the winning post and just ducked a bit. James straightened him up and once Snow Sky changed his legs, he has gone on again.
“Obviously, the great man (Sir Michael) isn’t here and I can’t speak for him but I think we will consider the Great Voltigeur Stakes next. It’s certainly a possibility now.
“The important thing is that he has come again. Since Ascot he has been very straightforward and worked well.”
Jockey Doyle had the perfect prelude to his Sussex Stakes ride aboard Kingman when getting up on Snow Sky. He said: “I was happy enough with him today. He is a big baby and is learning all the time - hopefully that will bring him on again.
“He has had a few little niggly problems. He obviously missed the Derby and then was a touch fresh at Ascot, when we didn’t really get into a comfortable rhythm.
“Today was much better. We were quite patient on him and let him find his rhythm and move into it nicely.
“Once he got away from the parade ring and cantering down, he was fine. He is a bit of a baby and I am sure that it will all come together. He dug deep where it mattered.”
2.55. Sussex Stakes next - and there are huge crowds in the parade king to see the contenders.
3.10. It’s Kingman! He’s justified his 2/5 starting price by making a well-timed run to overhaul last year’s winner Toronado. Fabulous race - close and very much living up to expectations.
Doyle waited patiently aboard Kingman before coming with a decisive run and said afterwards: “That’s what separates him from the others - no matter what comes his way, he is so versatile and he has all the attributes to get you out of trouble. He’s just a wonderful racehorse.
“He has a wonderful turn of foot and it probably did play into his hands. I thought that they would go steady but not for quite as long as that - we passed the two-pole trotting really
“I’ve never experienced going round the velodrome where they go real slow and then sprint for the last two laps, I suppose that must be as close to it as we can get. The turn of gear he has is really unbelievable.
“There was a lot leading up to such a big occasion. It was really only a two-furlong race. We went so slow, it was just a case of waiting for them to kick and then going to pick them up. I thought we’d go slow, but not that slow but I wasn’t that bothered.
“It’s not easy for a horse to go from really slow to flat out as hard as they could go in a matter of strides, they need to get balanced and organised. And Goodwood’s not the easiest track to handle, they do change their legs here.
“His turn of foot is unbelievable. I was happy after a couple of furlongs, I had slight concerns when they quickened up but not for long. He was only getting rolling. We all wondered how it would unfold but it went as I thought it would. To go to top speed in five strides is pretty exciting.”
3.25 A few pictures from the day here on this Twitter feed
More Sussex Stakes reaction from the Kingman camp and trainer Gosden said: “I thought they would go a decent pace because they know he [Kingman] has a turn of foot, but I could see Aidan [O’Brien, trainer of third-placed Darwin] playing the same game. It was as if they were saying, ‘we know he’ll come from last to first, and if we can nick two lengths it will take a lot of getting back’.
“Actually he has the class to do it under hands and heels. It reminds me of the fact I had him in the [Darley] July Cup, and if truth be known he would have won it. I’m not just being loud-mouthed when I say that because I feel it’s a statement of fact. I ran a lovely old horse called Gregorian who was third, but unlucky not to be second - he was shut off and had to switch - and I wouldn’t put them in the same bit of work.
“Is this horse as quick as his uncle, Oasis Dream [who won the July Cup]? They are both equally fast.
“This horse gets the mile well, and, while it was a tactical affair, luckily he had the toe to win.”
Asked if he felt it likely that Kingman would stay in training at four, Gosden said: “That’s not my department. It’s very much Prince Khalid’s choice, and I’m sure we will all have a lunch and discuss it in depth. He’s grown, as has Taghrooda [the filly he trained to win Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot].
“You are lucky when you get two three-year-olds like this. She’s got bigger and stronger and he’s done the same - you only have to put your hand on their necks to feel the sheer strength of them. Being given spaced races helps.
“We know Taghrooda is being retired at the end of this season, and this horse, well, it’s up to the owner, but we know he’s doing enough and he’s growing a lot. He’s a lot wiser. The horse at the beginning of the year was not as smart as he was today - he’s getting pretty smart and the jockey’s smart enough, too.”
3.30. More Group action next - with the Group 2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes, won last year by Toormore.
3.40 The Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes is won by Highland Reel, ridden by Joseph O’Brien for trainer father Aidan. That will please Goodwood bosses, who were delighted O’Brien had brought a top two-year-old here.
It was a 12th Glorious Goodwood winner for Aidan O’Brien, who said: “Highland Reel could have gone for a winners’ race at Naas over six next week, even though he won over a mile last time. He is not short of pace and only ran over a mile last time because it fitted in well.
“He is a horse who learns quick and he will have learnt a lot today. He travelled well, quickened and went through the line strong. Joseph (O’Brien, jockey) said it was hard to pull him up.
“He could go to the Futurity or National Stakes next. All those type of races are open to him.”
Joseph O’Brien, celebrating his first Glorious Goodwood triumph on his third ride at the course, added: “It is my first winner at Goodwood and it’s nice to get the first one out of the way.”
4.15 Royal Razalma takes the Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, ridden by Richard Kingscote for trainer Jonathan Portman.
Portman said: “She’s a nice filly but I was dreading the ground. She won in spite of it rather than because she enjoyed it. She’s nice and improving with each run. I was bit disappointed with her on her debut at Newbury and then showed today that her Warwick second was no fluke.”
4.50 Race six - the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Stakes - is won by Magique, an irish runner trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Jimmy Fortune.
Noseda, enjoying his 11th Glorious Goodwood, said: “Magique is 119 days in foal and the cut off point is 120 days. We have had this race in mind for her swansong since her last start and it’s a great result.
“A big thanks to Jimmy Fortune. A wonderful front-running ride and, although the other jockeys let him do what he wanted, it was a stunning performance from him. I can’t actually remember a better ride on one of my horses. For me, he has made today.
5.10 More reaction from the Sussex Stakes, this time from Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Kingman’s owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah: “John (Gosden) has always said that he could win a July Cup and he showed that kind of speed. Really, they played into our hands from that point of view because we knew he has that really exciting turn of foot,” said Grimthorpe.
“I didn’t know what to expect because Hughsie rides this track so well that it is always a hard one to get absolutely right. When Kingman finds his stride and starts to quicken, it’s pretty impressive off a slow pace.
“We discussed running him at length and we thought that the most important thing was to try and take on Toronado, especially on his home ground. It’s important for the three-year-olds to meet the older generation and Prince Khalid was very keen on this because he is a great lover of the Sussex Stakes. When the ground came up fair - it’s good, fast ground - we really had to take the shot with him.
5.25. Last race time. It’s the Turf Club Stakes and the victory spoils go to Related (Richard Kingsctoe/David Simcock). Is that the perfect warm-up for the jockey who will tomorrow ride Brown Panther as he tries to retain the Goodwood Cup?
Simcock said: “He probably deserved that because he’s run some good races this season without winning. Things didn’t really pan for him at Epsom [on his previous outing in a visor] and there was no real thought processes in visor or blinkers.
“It’s particularly nice for the owners because it’s been a long time since the horse won.
“It was pretty obvious we had to make use of our draw [stall one] and he loves fast ground. It’s hard to come from behind today especially over seven furlongs and one mile.
Top trainers after two days? No-one has more than one win but Charlie Hills tops the standings with a win, a second and a third. Richard Hannon awaits his first victory but has been second or third in eight of the 14 contests.
Top jockeys so far are James Doyle and Richard Kingscote, each with two wins and one second. Spare a thought for Richard Hughes, who’s notched four second places.
That’s your lot for today - more tomorrow. Don’t forget if you click on the link below you can get all the results from today’s racing plus racecards from the rest of the week.