It was that time of the year again, when all eyes turned to Trundle for ‘Glorious Goodwood’. Whilst, all of the weeks racing went ahead behind closed doors, the Saturday was supposed to mark the first racing event since lockdown to welcome back fans. However, the government called off the pilot at the last minute! Whether you’re a race goer or not, day one certainly didn’t let down the punters watching from afar, with the favourites winning most of the racers. Read on as we recap the day!
1:10: British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap (Class 3) 1m
Following two wins at Windsor the day before – see the full racing results here – jockey Tom Marquand racked up his 50th win of the season on board third-favourite Tomorrow’s Dream in the first race of the meeting – really applying the pressure on flat jockeys’ championship leader Oisin Murphy. The 11/2 filly keenly tracked the leaders throughout before nudging into the lead with two furlongs to go – which she held onto to win by a length-and-a-half.
- Tomorrow’s Dream – 11/2
- Angel Power – 9/4F
- Queen Of Silca – 25/1
1:45: You’re On Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f
5/1 favourite Maydanny was the first of many market leaders to land a victory on day one of Glorious Goodwood. The four-year-old, who was jockeyed by Silvestre De Sousa, was amongst the leaders for most of the one mile, two-furlong race. However, when given the go ahead by De Sousa two furlongs out, Maydanny bolted clear of his counterparts, and won by a comfortable five lengths. Sky Defender (33/1) romped home in second, landing a one-two for trainer Mark Johnston.
- Maydanny – 5/1F
- Sky Defenders – 33/1
- Bell Rock – 15/2
- Derevo – 7/1
2:15: Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2) 7f
After a challenging start, 13/8 favourite Battleground settled in midfield for much of the race, whilst Thunder Of Niagara and King Zain set the pace. Jockey Ryan Moore urged on the Aiden O’Brien-trained colt about three furlongs out, and after a couple of strides to find his feet, the market leader raced clear of Devious Company to win by two lengths. “We were very happy with him at home and we just thought it was a lovely race for experience for him,” O’Brien said.
- Battleground – 13/8F
- Devious Company – 4/1
- Youth Spirit – 13/2
2:45: Lennox Stakes (Group 2) 7f
Jockey William Buick led Space Blues (2/1F) to victory in the Lennox Stakes, making it three successive wins for the market leaders. The outright favourite was held-up at the back of the field for the majority of the race. However, when Buick edged right for a bit of extra room, Space Blues moved up a gear. And, after making headway one furlong out, the Charley Applby-trained favourite raced on to win by two lengths.
- Space Blues – 2/1F
- Duke Of Hazzard – 5/1
- Escobar – 40/1
3:15: Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 2m
Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, with heavy favourite Stradivarius, caused insult to injury for the bookmakers in the day’s featured race. It was a record fourth Goodwood Wood Cup for the 4/7 market leader, and a record-equalling sixth victory in the race for Dettori. However, it was far from straightforward for the John Gosden-trained stayer. Stradivarius looked trapped in midfield against the railing, although Dettori managed to edge the favourite to the outside just in time. And, at the half-a-furlong post, the legendary six-year-old raced past the leaders to land an historic victory.
- Stradivarius – 4/7F
- Nayef Road – 20/1
- Santiago – 15/8
SUPER STRAD ⭐️— ODDSbible Racing (@ODDSbibleRacing) July 28, 2020
A historic fourth Goodwood Cup for Stradivarius & what a performance! 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/QqzN5TwG0H
3:45: Qatar Handicap (Class 2) 5f
14/1 outsider Only Spoofing landed the five-furlong Qatar Handicap – much to the delight of the bookies, who had taken a beating in the previous four races. Whilst market leader Celsius struggled at the back of the field, Kieran O’Neill tracked the leaders keenly on Only Spoofing. The race sprung into life at the one-furlong post with Only Spoofing and Acclaim The Nation breaking away from the rest. The pair matched each other stride-for-stride, but the 14/1 six-year-old edged the Eric Alston-trained gelding by a neck at the finish.
- Only Spoofing – 14/1
- Acclaim The Nation – 7/1
- A Momentofmadness – 22/1
4:20 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 2) 6f
Alkumait, and jockey Jim Crowley, got the favourites back into winning ways in the penultimate race of the day. The two-year-old was held up toward the back of the field for the first half of the race. However, at the three-furlongs post, Crowley edged to the outside, and quickly made headway past the leaders. By the one-furlong marker, Alkumait was ridden clear, and he went on to win by just over two lengths.
- Alkumait – 5/4F
- Tawleed – 10/1
- The Princes Poet – 66/1
4:55 British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap (Class 3) 1m4f
11/1 outsider Believe In Love scooped the victory in the final race of the day, and landed jockey Andrea Atzeni his first victory of the festival. Again, the eventual winner was held up in the rear for much of the race. But, four furlongs out, Atzeni pushed on, and by the one-furlong marker, it was neck-and-neck between Believe In Love and Asiaaf. The former romped into the lead half-a-furlong out and went on to win by two lengths.
- Believe In Love – 11/1
- Asiaaf – 4/1
- Dancing Approach – 4/1
You can watch all the highlights from day one below!