Today we reach the halfway point of the Goodwood meet down there on the Sussex Downs and it’s fair to say the Bookmakers are having a gay old time (in the old sense of the word) with faves and second faves dropping like york racegoers with a jacket on.
Congratulations on anyone who found Teak in the first yesterday because that was one from leftfield.
The Hannon horses usually clean up here but they have been turned over left, right and centre and Richard Hughes is having a meeting he will want to forget in a hurry.
His rides on Windshear and Beacon would have embarassed a seven pound claimer but strangely Channel 4 were a bit slow on the old criticism with Jimbo Magrath and Graham Cunningham very keen to point out that he was unlucky and not his fault whatever the thicko viewers might think watching it.
Very odd then they cut to the big feature of the week which was a fascinating (not really) drive round the Goodwood estate with Mick Fitzgerald and err Richard Hughes. Oh hang on that’s maybe why Hughesy was getting an easy from Channel 4, cynical old me.
The driving feature did have some small merit though as it lasted ten minutes during which time Mick Fitz didn’t tip or mention one horse from his old Boss Nicky Henderson. Don’t bother calling Guinness I already have.
Today is the Goodwood Cup and features one of the bets of the week who hopefully will keep our Thursday run going. The horse is the Michael Owen owned Brown Panther. It’s a shame the Panther couldn’t give fitness tips to it’s permanently crocked owner because this is one tough fit horse who is a credit to Tom Dascombe and the whole team.
So lets back him to win like he did in this last year, he is 7/2 with Ladbrokes to retain his title. I’m not sure the fave Estimate will act round this undulating track so he rates a very strong win bet for me.
Lets hope the second half of this meeting belongs to the punters.
Back next Thursday.
Stable Line Gold