Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group
What a super race Goodwood Showman ran at Kempton on Wednesday; I hope everyone safely received my report via HRC. Our horse has come out of the race in good shape and will be allowed to fully recover and digest the experience before his next outing. It is important to give him the time he needs for this rather than rush him back; I know that William is keen to work him again at home just to see where he is mentally after the run before his next race; this will require a minimum two-week gap. There are options for him as follows:-
3/9 Windsor 10 furlongs 0-70 handicap
4/9 Kempton 8 furlongs 0-75 handicap
There is a further option at Salisbury on 6th September although this may not be ideal as it is for apprentice jockeys whi have not ridden more than 15 winners.
Goodwood Sonnet is also in good heart. William has chosen to remove the pacifier our colt had previously been wearing at home and also to ride him out in a snaffle bit only; attempting to take him back to basics with the knowledge that he now has some experience under his belt and should have 'grown up' a bit. His next race will be the one upon which he is assessed for his nursery (handicap) weight. It is likely that William will send him to Sandown on 31st August for a 7 furlong Maiden for this purpose and this line will keep you informed.
This line will be updated again on Friday morning, 24th August with news of any box availability for Members over Goodwood's August Bank Holiday Meeting.
This is an interim update to report on GOODWOOD SHOWMAN’s running at Kempton.
Making his return to the racecourse after a soft palate operation and a spell on the side-lines of 102 days in the Charlotte Wetherell 21st Birthday Handicap. Ridden by Andrea Atzeni for the one mile contest, our horse was dealt the worst draw of all from stall 12 giving his jockey no option but to switch across to the rail and bide his time. Taking a fair grip, possibly as a result of his lay-off and being over-fresh, our boy was always travelling strongly. As the field turned into the home straight, his rider made absolutely the right move in coming wide. Making strong headway, it looked for a moment as if our horse might get up to win, but the winner Extra Large, a son of Dubawi, is smart and will undoubtedly go on to better things. Goodwood Showman ran all the way to the line finishing a strong second, beaten just ¾ length.
Most importantly our horse has made a promising return to the racecourse, giving us every reason to believe that he could still realise the potential we always felt he held. I am pleased to report that he is fine this morning although he did leave a little food, hopefully only as a result of being very late back to his stable.
Goodwood Showman has been declared to run in the Charlotte Wetherell 21st Birthday Handicap at KemptonPark on Wednesday, 15th August. The one mile contest has a rescheduled start time of 8pm. Our horse is drawn 12 of the 12 runners (not an ideal draw) and will be ridden by Andrea Atzeni. Although our boy was also entered at Salisbury, the ground there is currently good to firm and there was also the possibility of being balloted out. William feels that our horse has been working nicely at home, but is likely to need the 'blow' this time.
Those Members wishing to join the paddock party at Kempton on Wednesday evening should call this line between 9am and 9.30am tomorrow morning (Tuesday) when the first 10 callers will be invited to join the paddock party. Beyond this Members of Scheme (24) can purchase entry to the course at just £15 on production of their group metal badge (in red) at the Owners & Trainer entrance.
I look forward to speaking to Members in the morning. May I suggest that Members meet up outside the Owners & Trainers Bar at 6:45pm on Wednesday evening. William Knight will then give a debrief from wherever the horse is unsaddled after the race.
Goodwood Sonnet ran very respectably last night in the Barrier Trials Here 15th August EBF Novice Stakes at Lingfield Park. Ridden by Luke Morris and drawn from stall 3, our colt behaved well both before the race and down at the start. William felt that our colt had improved since Newbury and so was a little surprised to see him showing clear signs of greeness and inexperience again. He dwelt slightly from the stalls and did not get into a clean rythmn, veering left and right on more than one occasion. He ran in 'snatches' and did not ever really look as if he was travelling smoothly. This is a clear sign of inexperience and after the race his jockey reported that our colt felt babyish and inexperienced. He commented that our horse had stayed on nicely and his opinion will keep improving. Looking at the result, William and I both feel that he ran respectably in 5th place. The first 4 home have strong pedigrees; Global Warning is a half brother to The Tin Man, Fearless Warrior is a 340,000 Guineas son of Sea the Stars and Thorn, who beat us by only 3/4 length is out of the Group One winning mare, Thistle Bird. The race could easily turn out to be above average.
I am pleased to report that our colt ate up last night and walked out sound this morning. The plan will be to give him an approximate 3-week break before running him again; after this he will be given a nursery weight and we will know where we are for the remainder of the season. All being well Members will have plenty of fun with him this year and next year.
Tomorrow's update will confirm whether Goodwood Showman will be aimed at Kempton on Wednesday or Salisbury on Thursday. He will not go to Ffos Las.
First & foremost I apologise for this late update due to LingfieldPark's meeting on Saturday being 'sold out' in advance; as a result it has taken some while to agree entry arrangements. Thank you for your patience.
Goodwood Sonnet has been declared to run in the Barrier Trials Here 15th August EBF Novice Stakes at LingfieldPark on Saturday, 11th August over one mile. The race has attracted a field of 9 runners with our colt drawn from stall 3 under Luke Morris. The race is due off at 6:15pm.
Members wishing to join the paddock party at Lingfield on Saturday evening should call this line between 9am and 9.30am tomorrow morning (Friday) when the first 10 callers will be invited to join the paddock party. Because the event is sold out, ALL Members wishing to attend the races tomorrow need to call me in advance. I will need a list of the names of everyone to pass to Lingfield and have only a LIMITED NUMBER of badges available. I will receive calls to 01798 865150 from 9am through to 10:30am tomorrow (FRIDAY only). Thank you.
Please may I suggest that we meet up in the conservatory at 5:15pm to talk through the race. After the race we will give a debrief from wherever he is unsaddled, so please make your way to that area. A full report will also be given via this line on Sunday. William feels our colt has progressed from his debut so good luck everyone!
This line will be updated again on Sunday, 12th August with a report on Goodwood Sonnet's performance. Until then, I look forward to seeing Members at Lingfield.