Glorious Goodwood: Day One



Good Afternoon everyone, I'm David Weldon (@theweldon88) and welcome to ByTheMin coverage of Day One of the Glorious Goodwood meeting. The weather is set fair on the Sussex Downs and four races today on Chanel Four with the feature Group Two Lennox stakes taking centre stage. The supporting card includes a group two for the juveniles and two hotly competitive handicaps. First race off at 2pm.

Firstly some sad news broke this morning with the passing of John Thomas McNamara, an amatuer jockey who was paralysed in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013. He was one of the best jockeys of his generation either amatuer or professional. He will be sadly missed by the wide racing community and his family are in our thoughts. JT McNamara was an inspiration to all.

Now for a shameless plug of a blog I wrote for todays racing.

Channel Four started their coverage with a lovely montage of last years festival.

Here are the odds for the opener 1m2f contest Matchbook Betting Exchange Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (4YO plus) is due off in around 15 mins, 17 run with Felix Mendelson (not eaten up) the only NR.

Images of JT McNamara now been shown on Channel 4 and a heartfelt tribute from Mick Fitzgerald.

A competitive affair with 7/1 the field. The usual advantage at Goodwood on the round course is high as you can get caught in traffic coming down the hill from the 5 furlong pole. The ground is good to firm, good in places.

Shakopee is the current favourite and gets in here of a very light weight for Luca Cumani and Jamie Spencer. This is the type of horse that Cumani get a lot of mileage from. The form of his last run has been franked but from stall three will need some luck in running.

Another market leader and market mover this morning in Mutamakkin. Better than his last run on unsuitable ground, this quicker surface will allow him progress further.

This is a tough renewal and cases can be made for many. I am going to stick my pin in Fire Fighting. The Mark Johnston gelding has been given a chance by the handicapper despite some decent enough form this year in all the big handicaps. Now 8lbs below his third in this last year and 6lbs below his last winning mark should see him go very well.