Heavy overnight rain caused overnight and morning betting mayhem when horses were withdrawn due to the worsening going. That testing going held no fears for backers of the Ralph Beckett-trained two-year-old Angel Bleu who won the Group 2 Unibet Vintage Stakes under Frankie Dettori though. He was making a quick reappearance after finishing runner-up at Ascot on Saturday in the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes. Overnight punters with access to non-restricted accounts got on at 14/1. He was then backed down to around 13/2 before the withdrawal of 9/4 chance Lusail which compounded his price further, eventually winning at 10/3.
Talking after the race the winning trainer said ‘Saturday went well, although he was a little keen and Frankie got off him and said he thinks the horse needs a little break. I had a chat with the owners, and we decided that we should geld him, give him a holiday and send him to Hong Kong, where the owner has a permit to run horses, in the autumn. However, he bounced up the yard on Sunday morning so I told the owner that I think we should declare for Tuesday, and I could hardly believe my luck when I saw the rain coming down overnight’.
Frankie Dettori told reporters, ‘I rode Angel Bleu on Saturday at Ascot. He was sweaty and keen, so I told Ralph Beckett to give him a break as he was a bit over the top. I told a friend of mine Marc Chan that I’d told Ralph to give him a break. Then Ralph called me Sunday morning saying he’s declared him for Goodwood on Tuesday. I wonder what Marc thinks of me after the horse goes and wins as well. Horses make a fool of you, but a combination of running round the turn, soft ground and being good on the way to post made a difference. He loved it.’
There was double the joy for the owner and trainer combination when 6/1 chance Kinross ensured today would be one to remember by landing the Unibet Lennox Stakes under jockey Rossa Ryan by a neck from Creative Force the 2/1 favourite. Speaking post-race his trainer said, ‘Kinross nearly got their too soon at Haydock. I was very keen that Rossa rode him absolutely cold today and it’s panned out perfectly. He has never been a particularly difficult horse to train, he’s just been a difficult horse to read. I felt that last year I was always trying to get him ready, so I didn’t bother getting him ready for Kempton when he won the Hyde Stakes, I just got him there in reasonable shape. Taking him to Dubai seemed like a good decision at the time but that didn’t work. Gelding him was a good idea and sticking to slow ground is key. The formbook doesn’t lie, and his mother was very good on soft ground, although not as good as him. We’ll be sticking to good or softer from now on’. He added ‘He’ll definitely go back up in grade. The Prix de la Foret is a race that I have always thought would suit him well and we will work back from there.’
Winning jockey Rossa Ryan said, ‘I think Mr Beckett would admit, it took a while to find Kinross out, but he has really got to the bottom of him now and I think he will progress again’.
There was disappointment when Stradivarius the four-time Group 1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup winner was withdrawn from taking his chance to win for a record-breaking fifth time after the first race. Talking to reporters. joint trainer John Gosden said ‘We made a foolish decision last year to run him at Longchamp on bottomless ground by the river Seine, which he loathed, and then even more stupid to run him on Champions Day on very heavy ground at Ascot. Having made the mistake twice, we weren’t quite prepared to do the same thing again. All being well and doing things right by the horse, we would like to go to the Lonsdale at York, which is a race he knows well. The easiest thing is to run, the hardest thing is not to run. You must always remember to do what is in the best interests of the horse. All being well, we will go to the Lonsdale and look at something like the Doncaster Cup after that.’
Hollie Doyle aboard 6/5 favourite Trueshan won the race by 3 ¾ lengths going away from 33/1 chance Away He Goes. The winner was particularly special for the winning trainer Alan King providing him with his first Group 1 winner on the flat. Talking after the race he said ‘I have always enjoyed my Flat races, and this is very special. This is up there with the Champion Hurdles. All I want to do is train proper horses I am not giving up the jumping yet! Hollie has given him a great ride and the owners have been great supporters of mine. Trueshan can be a little keen so I’m glad he had a proper race at Newcastle, he could have been ferocious today if he hadn’t had that run’. The gelding is owned by the Singula Partnership one of whom is Andrew Gemmell famous for his ownership of Cheltenham legend Paisley Park, he’s got another good one on his hands by the look of it but the trainer insists that jumping certainly isn’t on the agenda.
Trueshan was the first of a treble for Hollie Doyle who went on to win consecutive races on 13/2 chance Lord Riddiford in the Back To Goodwood Handicap and also 13/2 shot Sisters In The Sky in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.