Well it’s the halfway day in the punting triathlon that is the Goodwood Festival and so far two top riders have given us two very different master classes.
Firstly Richard Hughes who had a treble yesterday was at his imperious best producing horses in the shadow of the winning post. His ride on Magic City in the last was magic itself as he made a tricky customer look like an armchair ride. Watch him very closely for the next three days because when Hughes gets on a roll like this he can be a Bookmakers worst nightmare.
Conversely William Buick who I must confess to not being a huge fan of at the best of times is having a week to forget. You give Buick a difficult racecourse such as Chester, Epsom and now Goodwood and he will not let you down in providing at times comical rides unless of course you have backed them.
His limitations have been woefully exposed again this week and you will rarely see a more calamitous performance than the one he provided on hot fave Excess Knowledge in yesterday’s Gordon Stakes. As per usual he was too far back but you take that as a given with him, he then allowed himself to needlessly get blocked in but that was nothing for what was to come he then when finally bothering to ask his horse to get serious our hero proceeded to drop the reigns not once but twice and got beaten by a neck. It was x rated and you wonder how much more his Trainer Gosden and the yards powerful owners will want to see.
The message is simple, the tougher the track the greater jockeyship matters.
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