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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 2nd August 2011

Speed figures from Glorious Goodwood

I have had a look at the first two days action at Glorious Goodwood and have put together some speed figures which give us an idea which horses put in the best performances.

Day 1
Arlequin 87
Namibian 69
Strong Suit 98
Requinto 104
Moustache 70
Red Gulch 99

Requinto put up the best figure of the day
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The Gordon Stakes won by Namiban is clearly a chuck out race on the basis that it was steadily run and as a future form guide is very suspect. Requinto put up the best figure of the day in the Molecomb Stakes. The race looks as if it was a little bit sub standard but unlike many races at Glorious Goodwood this year it was at least truly run, in fact the pace early on was overly strong. In terms of a set of figures these were disappointing.

Day 2
Hollins 79
Chandlery 89
Frankel 93
Rakasa 84
Webbow 86
Askaud 79

Another set of unremarkable figures with most races steadily run. Frankel posted the best figure of the day, but that was in a small field time trial where his main rival underperformed and effectively he got an easy lead in a race that was nothing more than a three furlong sprint. Rakasa is a two year old of some potential given her pedigree and physical appearance and is worth following.

I will have a look at the remaining three days of Glorious Goodwood tomorrow and am hoping for a decent figure or two. Overall the first two days produced nothing remarkable and whilst the trend these days in decent races seems to be to go a steady pace, the configuration of the Goodwood track may have something to do with the paceless races particularly on the round course.

I am on holiday from for a week or so now which is nice and the weather dictates today that the BBQ will be fired up again tonight and my daughters paddling pool filled with water. Its going to be a good day.

The lady riders initiative at Carlisle worked very well last night although Amy Ryan may not agree. She picked upa 28 day ban for dropping her hands in the last. She should have won the race and the punishment fits the crime in my opinion. Conversely Hayley Turner was brilliant on Efistorm at Windsor last night and remains one of the best jockeys out there, as she has been for a while now.

Time to blow up the paddling pool.

All the best.

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