Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group
Despite looking wonderful before his run, Goodwood Crusader ran disappointingly in the Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap at Goodwood yesterday. It is all too easy to try to apportion blame, but in a nutshell the race just did not go to plan. Jockey Finley Marsh was unable to position our horse to ensure that he was well covered up during the early part of the race; I know that Richard Hughes would not have minded our horse being 5 lengths adrift of the field in order to avoid any early scrimmaging. This coupled with unsuitable ground led to a poor effort; on the upside he did not have a hard race in testing ground.
Although Members are bound to be disappointed, I am pleased to report that our horse ate up last night and is positively bouncing this morning. Richard believes that he did very little yesterday and so Members shouldn't be surprised if we see him back in action fairly quickly. He will receive an entry in next Saturday's Shergar Cup at Ascot which is a unique occasion with attractive prize money. If Richard is satisfied with him this week, he could easily line up for this.
Goodwood Showman is moving well and shaping up nicely ahead of an autumn campaign, and we will feature more on him in the next newsletter. Thankfully there remains much to look forward to with both horses.
We hope those of you who attended the GROG picnic yesterday enjoyed the occasion ahead of at last a largely sunny afternoon!
This line will be updated again on Tuesday, 8th August with any amendment to Goodwood Crusader's handicap mark. In the meantime thank you for calling the line dated 6th August.
Welcome to the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group Information Line of 3rd August. This is Gail Brown speaking.
Goodwood Crusader has been balloted out of the Qatar Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) and declared for the Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap at Goodwood on Saturday, 5th August. The race is scheduled for 1.50pm. Regular rider Finley Marsh claiming 7lbs has been booked to ride. Due to leaving for Goodwood early today I am unable to confirm the runners and draw. No doubt it will be tough, particularly in this ground, but our little horse has done nothing wrong and he deserves to take his chance.
Those Members wishing to join the parade ring party should call 01798-865150 between 9am and 9.30am on Friday (tomorrow) morning. If you have been part of the parade ring party this season, please kindly allow other Members the opportunity to access the paddock. Thank you. I will meet those with Paddock places in front of the weighing room at 1.30pm.
Each Member of Scheme (23) will be entitled to one complimentary Richmond Enclosure Badge on this day. Please be prepared to show your GROG Metal Badge (black and silver) at the Members' desk on arrival to redeem your badge.
There are likely to be too many of us to arrange a pre-race talk, however I will give a full debrief after the race at the unsaddling area (as you exit the parade ring on the left) after the horses have left the area. Please do not try to enter this area until the horses have departed as there will be a lot of runners and it will be unsafe for Members.
Please kindly note that the GROG picnic is now closed with 48 Members and guests booked to attend. I look forward to seeing you there from 11.30am.
Unfortunately Goodwood has not confirmed that any facilities are available to GROG over the next 3 days; it is a very busy meeting for hospitality and we trust that everything is full.
This line will be updated again on Sunday, 6th August with a report on Goodwood Crusader's run. Until then, good luck on Saturday and thank you for calling the line dated 3rd