Last day of the Qatar Goodwood Racing Festival
The story so far. A couple of winners, several placed selections, and some lost somewhere on the Downs. A typically mixed bag, but excitement galore, and some very compelling performances.
So to today. First up, a little double. The first two races on the card (1.5 and 1.40) look frankly to be at the mercy of the respective favourites Classic, for Richard Hannon, and Karl Burke’s Lethal Levi. Famous last words, eh?
The 2.10 is a fiendishly tricky-looking handicap with a huge pot of around £50k to the winner. 1m 6f Class 2 event, with of course stamina required in abundance. The Johnston’s field 3 here, but I like the look of their Soapy Stevens, the mount of Franny Norton.
Winner of a similar event at HQ recently, this would be such an appropriate success. ‘Soapy’ was a character played by Wilfred Hyde-White in the film ‘Two-Way Stretch,’ and a fellow actor on that project was one Bernard Cribbins, a much-admired entertainer, who sadly passed away this week aged 93.
Finally, there’s a 7f handicap at 3.55 that despite only having 9 runners is about 7/2 the field – lovely stuff. Positive Impact for the Crisford’s trades at around 6/1, and that will do for me.
A cracking handicap debut when only beaten a whisker by the decent Jimi Hendrix, he gets the assistance of smart 5lb claimer Benoit de la Sayette, and is recommended as an each-way play.
Have a lovely afternoon, weekend even, of sport. Community Shield later, Lionesses tomorrow. Fabulous!