Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group
Goodwood Crusader was given a super ride under apprentice jockey Finley Marsh at Bath on Good Friday in the Betway Maiden Stakes over 5¾ furlongs. Claiming 7lbs and drawn from stall 4, Finley allowed the field to fight it out for the lead, and popped our boy in behind. He travelled really well on the firm ground and when switched right a furlong out, moved sweetly up to join and pass the leaders. He ran on really well to score by 3¼ lengths to break his Maiden tag at odds of 6/1. It was a solid performance and provided that the handicapper is not too harsh, it would not be surprising to see him follow up on similar ground. With this in mind Richard Hughes has entered him back at Bath on Friday, 21st April in the Four Seasons Handicap, again over the 5¾ furlong trip. The race, which has attracted an entry of 18, is scheduled for 8.00pm. If our boy takes his chance he will race off his new predicted mark of 71 with Finley Marsh once again claiming 7lbs.
Thank you to Board Member Paul Nicholson for representing at Bath last week and well done to all of you who braved the Bank Holiday traffic. I gather there was quite a delay on the M4; however at least the journey home was made sweeter with a winner under our belt. Maybe he can do it again?!
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter break. This line will be updated again on Wednesday, 19th April with confirmation of any declaration for Goodwood Crusader.
Thank you to all those Members who supported our visit to Weathercock House yesterday; we hope you enjoyed the morning.
Goodwood Crusader strode out pleasingly on the gallop yesterday (image attached) and trainer Richard Hughes has opted to declare him for a Maiden contest for 3 year olds and upwards at Bath this Friday (Good Friday), 14th April. He has decided to allow him to take his chance in Maiden company under his apprentice Finlay Marsh who claims 7lbs. Although off his current mark of 65 we would normally aim for handicap company, Richard feels that the Betway Maiden Stakes over 5¾ furlongs is a relatively weak contest and given that the ground is likely to be on the fast side of good to firm, we hope this will suit him. He is drawn from stall 4 in a field of 9 for the second division due off at 2.30pm.
Members wishing to apply for paddock places on Friday should call this line tomorrow morning between 9am and 9.30am when the first 8 callers will be offered passes. All Members should take their group black and silver badge on Friday, when the next 8 Members to arrive will be offered Owners & Trainers Badges for £10. Beyond this Members will be asked to pay the normal admission price of £25. Sadly I am unable to join you at Bath on Friday, but Paul Nicholson, a Member of the Board of Management will be in attendance and he will meet Members by the parade ring at 1.45pm prior to the first division. I will let him have a list of names for the paddock party and he will then join you for the race and debrief.
This line will be updated again on Saturday, 15th April (via Information Line only until Goodwood offices re-open on Tuesday) with a full report on Goodwood Crusader's performance. In the meantime I look forward to speaking to Members in the morning, Good luck everyone.
We look forward to welcoming 110 Members and guests at the visit to Weathercock House on Tuesday of next week, when we will see Goodwood Crusader and other horses under the care of Richard Hughes at exercise. Please kindly note that acceptances for this event have now closed.
Ahead of next week, I have discussed the possibilities for Goodwood Crusader with Richard Hughes and he will confirm these options with Members on Tuesday. In the meantime you may wish to diairise 2nd May at Brighton and 8th May at Windsor. This is not to say that he will not run before then, but these are two convenient opportunities for consideration.
William Knight reported on Goodwood Showman this morning. He said "I am very happy with how Goodwood Showman is training. He is coughing less which shows the antiobiotics are making a difference. He is still venturing on to the long canter on Wednesdays and Saturdays where he is moving well. Overall I am very pleased with how he is going."
Members should have received their April newsletter together with details of the visit to Lower Coombe Stables next month on 12th May and our Racing Lunch at Goodwood on 27th May. We hope you will be able to join us on both of these occasions.
This line will be updated again on Wednesday, 12th April including any comments from Richard Hughes for those Members who cannot be with us on Tuesday.
Having discussed the possibilities for Goodwood Crusader with trainer Richard Hughes, we have decided against running him ahead of our visit to Weathercock House next Tuesday, 11th April. There is very little for him frustratingly until that very day at Lingfield, which naturally we cannot target. Richard will discuss the options with Members next week, but you may wish to diairise 2nd May at Brighton and 8th May at Windsor. This is not to say that he will not run before then, but these are two convenient opportunities for consideration.
Last week I visited Lower Coombe Stables to watch Goodwood Showman at exercise under the care of William Knight. I was delighted with his physical appearance, for he has both grown and strenghened. He was ridden by former jockey Amir Quinn, who describes him as really promising juvenile. He commented that he has natural balance and good paces for his frame, but also a good mind and never leaves any feed. At exercise he tucked his head down and strode out nicely on the drying woodchip surface. One simply could not ask for more of him at present and both William and I are extremely happy with his progress.
Thank you to those Members who have responded to our visit to Weathercock House on 11th April. Acceptances for this event have now closed. Your April newsletter is being mailed as I speak, this will include details of the visit to Lower Coombe next month and our Racing Lunch at Goodwood on 27th May.
This line will be updated again on Friday, 7th April.