Trainer Alan King bagged his second group winner of this year’s Glorious Goodwood meeting when Asymmetric won the Group Two Unibet Richmond Stakes under jockey Martin Harley. Sent off the 11/4 favourite, backers got their money’s worth in the excitement stakes. Their fancy had nowhere to go two furlongs out then had to be switched before swooping to win by half a length close home.
Speaking to reporters after the race the winning trainer said ‘Asymmetric is not the biggest, but I think he is just sharper for the July Stakes. He does nothing at home, he eats and sleeps. You give him the odd nudge in the morning just to make sure all is good. Martin rode him on Tuesday morning and was very happy. Luckily, the ground has dried out a bit. He can go on soft, but we think he is a better horse on top of the ground. Martin said he gives him a much better feel on faster ground. I’ve no idea where he goes next. He’s in the Gimcrack, he’s entered in the Prix Morny in France. We’ll see what the team want to do.’
The Group Three John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes went to Irish raider Ottoman Emperor trained by John Murtagh and ridden by Ben Coen. The winner was the first Glorious Goodwood success for the trainer who as a jockey who plenty of big races at the meeting. After the race he’s quoted as saying, ‘Ottoman Emperor did it the hard way. Ben says he’s raced lazily all the way, but he’s like that, he’s a little bit babyish. You don’t know how good he is or how good he can be. He got to the top of the hill where he lost his balance a little bit and then he grabbed him, and he came strong. Ben said he got to the front a bit too soon, but he wasn’t stopping when the others came to him. One thing about him is that he’s very genuine, very tough and he doesn’t stop trying.’ He concluded, ‘We’d love to give him a shot at the St Leger next because it’s a very nice race and we’d love to have a live chance in it.’
The winning jockey celebrated his first success at the Glorious Goodwood Festival on his first ever ride at the course, he said of his win ‘I was happy early on. He raced behind the bridle a little bit, but I couldn’t have asked him to go through the race any better. He is a big, raw horse and still learning on the job. I haven’t got to the end of him yet, so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming.’ Returning at 11/1 the winner was a cracking result for the bookmakers. The biggest bets noted on others in the race included £90,000 – £40,000 Third Realm, £450,000 – £100,000 Yibir and £525,000 – £175,000 Wordsworth all laid by Star Sports.
10/3 chance Lady Bowthorpe triumphed in the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes. William Jarvis’ mare was held up under jockey Kieran Shoemark before coming cruising three out then quickening clear inside the final furlong to win impressively from 7/1 shot Zeyaadah. The winning trainer said ‘We knew Lady Bowthorpe was smart when she won the Valiant Stakes at Ascot as a four-year-old. She was exceptional in the Dahlia Stakes and she’s a very, very smart filly’ adding, ‘I’ve been dying to run her over 10 furlongs for a long time, but events transpired against us until today. Anyway, I think she has proved that she’s even better over 10 than she is at a mile.’