Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group
Goodwood Crusader has been declared to run in the Betway Sprint Handicap at Wolverhampton on Thursday, 23rd March. The five furlong contest has attracted a field of 11 runners with our boy drawn from stall 1 under Shane Kelly. Richard selected this race from 3 options and considers that this is where we have our best chance of success.
Members wishing to attend the races at Wolverhampton on Thursday should call this line between 9am and 9.30am tomorrow morning (Wednesday) when the first 8 callers will be invited to join the paddock party. All other Members of Scheme (23) can purchase an Owners' Badge at half price (£8) on production of their group black and silver metal badge on arrival at the course. Please enter via the main doors of the Holiday Inn and within the foyer you will see the Owners & Trainers desk.
I will aim to be in the Owners and Trainers Bar from 12.30pm to meet up with Members. Members wishing to book lunch in the restaurant at Wolverhampton should call 01902-390011 prior to the meeting. Fingers crossed for a good run.
Thank you for your responses to our visit to Weathercock House and for offering your Five to Follow entries. Please kindly note the closing dates for these events as 31st March and 27th March respectively. I look forward to speaking to Members tomorrow morning. This line will be updated again on Friday, 24th March with a full report on Goodwood Crusader's performance at Wolverhampton. In the meantime thank you for calling the line dated 21st March.
Goodwood Crusader is happy and well at Weathercock House. The challenge is to find the right race for him! He will be entered at Chelmsford on 23rd March for a 5 furlong Maiden, he will also be entered in a handicap at Wolverhampton on the same day. Beyond this there are opportunties in a Wolverhampton Maiden on 30th March or back at Lingfield on 31st March for a handicap. This line will keep you informed as to where he is declared to run.
Goodwood Showman has now visited the long sand canter twice. William reports that he coped really well with the step up to five and a half furlongs and took the experience in his stride. He further reported that physically our colt is thriving and has good clean legs too. He could not be more happy with him at this stage. He is ridden out regularly by former jockey Amir Quinn who is very positive about him. All being well we can look forward to a mid-summer juvenile campaign.
Goodwood Crusader ran a super race in the 32Red Handicap at Lingfield yesterday.
Relaxed and looking well in the preliminaries, he jumped smartly for jockey Shane Kelly from stall 4 in a field of 9 runners. Racing over the minimum distance, his jockey elected to maintain his prominent position in the early stages rather than allow him to drift back in the field and risk being unable to challenge in the straight. He was travelling nicely on the inner rail, and from two furlongs out had his main rival (Mercers) beaten; it looked as though he would go on and win with a bit in hand. However, the challenge came wide and late when Roundabout Magic swooped on him and headed him in the last strides to take the race by half a length; the two were never locked in a battle. Our horse once again finished an unlucky second, this being the third time that he probably should have won.
I am pleased to report that he is sound this morning and ate up last night. He was struck into behind however and has a gash to prove it. Thankfully the wound did not swell and Richard is confident that it is nothing serious.
Although our boy holds an entry at Wolverhampton next Tuesday (14th March), he will not run. Looking ahead he could go to Wolverhampton on Thursday, 23rd March for one of two options open to him, or he could go to Lingfield on Friday, 31st March, where again there are two options for him. This line will keep you informed.
It was super to see so many Members present yesterday; a big well done to you all for boosting the Lingfield crowd! We nearly called home with a winner and I'm sure his turn will soon come. This line will be updated again on Friday, 17th March. In the meantime we look forward to receiving your Five to Follow entries and thank you for calling the line dated 9th March.
Goodwood Crusader has been declared to run in the 32Red Handicap at Lingfield on Wednesday, 8th March. The 0-65 handicap for three-year-olds only is scheduled for 3.00pm. The five furlong contest on the all weather surface has attracted a field of 10 runners with our boy drawn from stall 4. He will be ridden by Shane Kelly. Richard Hughes reports our horse as being in super form at home and he is hopeful of a good run. In an ideal world we would have preferred the race to have been over six furlongs rather than over the minimum distance, but hopefully as he is now race fit and sharper for his two outings this year, he may manage to maintain a handy position and come home.
Members wishing to attend the races on Wednesday, should call this line between 9am and 9.30am on Tuesday (tomorrow morning) when the first 8 callers will be offered paddock places. All other Members of GROG (23) should produce their black and silver group metal badge on arrival to qualify for entry at £10. I will aim to be in the Owners & Trainers bar at 1.30pm on Wednesday to meet up with Members.
I will look forward to speaking to Members tomorrow morning and to seeing you racing on Wednesday. This line will be updated again on Thursday, 9th March with a full report on Goodwood Crusader's performance at Lingfield. Until then thank you for calling the line dated 6th March.