Trackman picks out his Saturday racing NAP at Goodwood and has all the latest paddock gossip
YOU CAN’T beat Glorious Goodwood for a bit of high class action.
This week’s meeting was a right roller-coaster for punters and a king’s ransom went west when Aidan O’Brien’s Hermosa (2-1 to 13-8) dropped anchor in Thursday’s Nassau Stakes.
Nostradamus would have struggled to find the Japanese-trained winner Deirdre who was given an absolute peach of a ride by Oisin Murphy.
Mighty Murph made a bit of a superstar of himself over in Japan last winter and plans to head back there for a three-month stay from November.
Mind you, he might have to find another interpreter.
Apparently the fella he used last year spoke perfect English but still found Oisin’s Irish lilt a headscratcher.
Frankie Dettori and John Gosden are more reliable than the taxman and delivered again with big race heroes Stradivarius and Too Darn Hot.
Johnny G looked like a fella who had found a `get out of jail free’ card after TDH’s win in the £1million Sussex Stakes and admitted he’d made a dog’s dinner of training the colt this spring.
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The pint-sized bay is zinging now though and his trainer is double keen to take him to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Mile in November.
It was long-odds against south London teenager Khadijah Mellah hitting the headlines at the start of the week.
But she did just that when steering Haverland home in the Magnolia Cup, thereby becoming the first British Muslim to race-ride while wearing a hijab.
This 18-year-old is the best thing to come out of Peckham since Del Boy and Rodders and her win was a proper breath of fresh air.
Alright, it was only a charity race.
But this was a little slice of history and the bumper crowd loved it.
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John Quinn makes the Sphinx look like a loudmouth but was struggling to keep his boots on the deck after Liberty Beach pinched the Molecomb Stakes.
This fast lady had to look through more keyholes than Loyd Grossman before the gaps finally opened and is another being trained with one eye on the Breeders’ Cup.
This fella was fitter than a butcher’s mutt despite a year on the subs bench and won’t be seen again until the Cesarewitch in October…
Training performance of the week goes to Sir Mark Prescott who sent Timoshenko out to win the 2m4f marathon that kicked-off Wednesday’s card.
This fella was fitter than a butcher’s mutt despite a year on the subs bench and won’t be seen again until the Cesarewitch in October according to Newmarket’s shrewdest Baronet.
Goodwood is a cruel old track for jockeys and Hayley Turner had a face like a bag of spanners after Moll Davis (13-2 to 4-1) got into more scrapes than Gazza when finishing a luckless fifth in a handicap.
It was a proper video nasty for the Billy Bunters who supported this well-bet filly and she’s a must for the notebook.
There was a minor scare for the Police on Thursday when an unattended laptop was found on a bench in front of the stands.
The `boys in blue’ were just about to phone a friend in the bomb squad when they realised it had been left there by a track worker.
Apparently the fella in question had taken a tea-break from repairing the machine to nip off for a crafty bet while the boss wasn’t looking.
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MARHABA MILLIAR (4.50, Goodwood) looked in great nick when winning last time and can get the job done for big John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
Oisin Murphy schleps over to HQ for a good book of rides today and could be on the mark with MANORAH (5.00, Newmarket), while TABDEED (4.40, Doncaster) looked a hot-prospect last autumn and can do the business up at Donny.
Meanwhile, it’s a properly competitive card on the final day of Glorious Goodwood where the best bet might be MARHABA MILLIAR (4.50).
This fella is hard as nails, loves fast ground and has flying Frankie Dettori on his side.