Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group
Thank you to those Members and guests who attended the visit to Lower Coombe Stables on Friday of last week. Extraordinarily we experienced the only hour of rain that there has been for some time, however the clouds soon passed and we were able to see Goodwood Showman at exercise on the woodchip canter accompanied by a few other horses under the care of trainer William Knight. I hope you all feel that it was an enjoyable occasion; it was good to see you.
There is no change to the schedule for Goodwood Crusader. Richard Hughes is very happy with him and confirms that our boy is really enjoying his morning exercise followed by the afternoons in the paddock. Whilst there is no firm plan with regard to his next race, it could fall at Brighton on 9th June (which is the afternoon meeting ahead of our evening meeting), or he could come to Goodwood on Sunday, 11th June. Sadly there is not a suitable race for him at one of our Friday night meetings in June. He remains on a mark of 77.
Goodwood Showman strode out nicely for all to see in the grounds of Angmering Park and William Knight confirmed that he is delighted with our colt and feels that he is progressing in every sense.
Please kindly note that the visit to Whitsbury Manor Stud in June is now fully subscribed. A small number of Members will have their payments returned as the visit was oversubscribed. In an effort to be as fair as possible, those Members who are unable to join us at Whitsbury will be placed at the top of the list for our next stud visit.
Just a reminder of our Racing Lunch at Goodwood on Saturday, 27th May. We currently have 74 Members and guests due to attend. Reservations will close on Thursday of this week, so please let us know as soon as possible if you want to join us. Thank you.
This line will be updated again next Tuesday, 23rd May with any news ahead of our May Festival.
We are much looking forward to welcoming Members and their guests who have informed us of their attendance to Lower Coombe Stables for 10.00am tomorrow, Friday, 12th May. Please remember that we do not send out acknowledgements to your acceptances to attend, but simply check guests in on the day. The visit takes place whatever the weather conditions, so please wear suitable footwear and clothing as we will be outside for the whole morning. Please allow yourself time to park and cross the field to the viewing position. We recommend that guests aim to arrive at 9.45am.
Richard Hughes's confirmed yesterday that Goodwood Crusader is very happy in himself and really enjoying his morning exercise followed by the afternoons in the paddock. There is no firm plan with regard to his next race but it could fall at Brighton on 9th June (which is the afternoon meeting ahead of our evening meeting), or he could come to Goodwood on Sunday, 11th June. Sadly there is not a suitable race for him at one of our Friday night meetings in June. He remains on a mark of 77.
Goodwood Showman will be at exercise tomorrow for all to see for the first time since we introduced him at Goodwood House in December. It is likely that guests will see quite a change in him and we hope you will be pleased with his progress.
Bacon rolls and coffee and tea will be available from 9.30am tomorrow, so we look forward to seeing you for what we hope will be an enjoyable morning.
This line will be updated again next Tuesday, 16th May with any fresh news on Goodwood Crusader.
Richard Hughes's most recent report on Goodwood Crusader confirms that he is cantering each morning and spending the afternoons in the paddock. Understandably his trainer feels that he deserves a little break after 3 relatively quick races and 2 wins! He now feels it unlikely that he will enter him at Salisbury on 18th May; preferring to give him a proper break before bringing him back for hopefully some fast ground in June. We will obviously look at the Goodwood calendar during this month to see if there is anything suitable for him on one of our Friday nights. He remains on a mark of 77.
I visited Lower Coombe Stables on Saturday morning to see Goodwood Showman at exercise. I spent some time with his regular rider Amir Quinn, who believes that our colt could make up into a quality three-year-old. He has grown and strengthened further and according to his rider, he never leaves an oat! I saw him complete one canter on the long sand gallop where he strode out pleasingly and seemed relaxed in his routine. A fuller report is offered in your May newsletter which is complete and awaiting circulation at Goodwood.
We hope that Members are looking forward to the start of the season at Goodwood this Saturday, 6th May. I am pleased to confirm that Members will have use of one of the Sussex Boxes in the Sussex Stand although I am unable to give the box number at present, it will however be clearly marked on the day.
This line will be updated again next Thursday, 11th May ahead of our visit to Lower Coombe on Friday. Until then, I hope to see you racing on Saturday.