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Game Set and Match totesport Mile
1st 19 Third Set 5/2 FAV
Third Set served it up to his rivals again today when adding a Glorious
Goodwood victory in the £150,000 totesport Mile, the richest
mile handicap of the year, to his recent triumphs at Newmarket’s
July Meeting and Ascot’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth
Fast ground suits the Roger Charlton-trained four-year-old, who is
owned by John Livock, an ardent fan of tennis.
Charlton said: “We never thought we’d go to Newmarket
and win there, go to Ascot and win there, come here and win again.
You enter big races and don’t expect to get in, and when we declared
for Ascot I said to the owner I don’t think the ground will be
right for him, but we’ll declare and get our money back. Instead
he gets in, the ground is right and the rest is history. There’s
a lot of luck involved.
“People have asked if we had a scheme, but we didn’t.
He’s just a nice horse. We’re lucky because he only loses
four kilos each time he runs, whereas your average horse loses about
10 or 12 kilos. He puts the weight back on easily, doesn’t seem
to need much work and seems very uncomplicated, so since his last race
he’s had a day on the walker, a day walking and trotting, a day
cantering and a little breeze-up, then we turned him out in a pen and
he did nothing yesterday.
“Our horses have come to themselves, but there was nothing really wrong with them. Over the years you accept you will get blank periods in the season. If you’re going to have a good time, it’s better in the second half of the season, because there’s a chance owners will notice and send you a good horse.”
Winning jockey Jimmy Quinn said: “When he came through he opened
them up. I had to take the gap when it came and although that was half
a furlong too soon I didn’t want to miss my chance. When I got
through I sat on him, let him fill his lungs and then aimed for the
lollipop. That was my goal.
“It’s nice to get a chance on a horse like this. I’ve
been riding a long time, just up and down, up and down, but it’s
a dream to get on a horse like this that can be so good twice in a
“"It's great isn't it? He's a jockey's dream and there's no snags with him. He's a beautiful big horse and we had an ideal draw.”
NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN GOODWOOD FALL
The pile-up one and a half furlongs out in the totesport Mile at Goodwood
today resulted in three horses coming down and their jockeys being
thrown to the ground.
The three horses and jockeys involved were Drumfire, ridden by Joe
Fanning, who fell when clipping the heels of a horse in front of him
and brought down Blades Girl, partnered by Ted Durcan, and Darryll
Holland’s mount Uhoomagoo.
Ted Durcan walked away unscathed and is fit to ride Light Shift in
tomorrow’s Blue Square Nassau Stakes, while Darryll Holland has
a suspected broken thumb and Joe Fanning has been taken to Chichester
Hospital for precautionary X-rays on his chest but walked into the
The stewards held an enquiry and found that the Tolley Dean-ridden
Azarole had interfered with Drumfire who clipped heels and fell, bringing
down Blades Girl and Uhoomagoo. They considered the interference accidental.
Ted Durcan told Channel 4 TV: “The horse in front of me hit
the floor and I was right behind him and unable to swerve around. So
I went out over him and it was just a pile-up - one of those things.
A bit unlucky but hopefully it is lucky with nobody badly injured and
the horses all walked away.
“I could see what was happening ahead of me but there was no
room. There loads of runners and the race had really started in earnest
so everybody was looking for some room and the beaten horses were dropping
back which is half the issue.
“I am perfect but I spoke with the physio and she wants to me to miss the rest of my rides today and put ice on my ankle. I will be here in the morning, no problems.”
3.30pm totesport MILE (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
1 THIRD SET (IRE) (John Livock) Roger Charlton 4-8-04 Jimmy Quinn
Winning trainer:-Name Charlton, Roger John Born: Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, 18/1/50 First winner: Deploy (Haydock, April 14, 1990) Date of first licence:1990 Trains at Beckhampton, Marlborough, Wiltshire Previous Occupation: Amateur rider (three wins including 1969 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase on Pride Of Kentucky), worked for Colin Davies, stockbroker, 1975-77 ran equine swimming pool in Lambourn, 1978-89 assistant to Jeremy Tree British Classic wins: (1) Vodafone Derby (1990 Quest For Fame) Other major wins include: Cambridgeshire (2005 Blue Monday), Criterion Stakes (1993 Inchinor), Dante Stakes (1990 Sanglamore), French Derby (1990 Sanglamore), Greenham Stakes (1993 Inchinor), Hungerford Stakes (1993 Inchinor), John Porter Stakes (1996 Spout), Lancashire Oaks (1996 Spout), Lingfield Derby Trial (1996 Mystic Knight), Palace House Stakes (2005 Avonbridge), Prix de l’Opera (1994 Andromaque), Prix d’Ispahan (1991 Sanglamore), Prix de l’Abbaye (2003 Patavellian, 2005 Avonbridge), Rockfel Stakes (2002 Luvah Girl), Sandown Mile (1997 Wixim), Scottish Classic (1995 Baron Ferdinand), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1998 Tamarisk), totesport.com International Stakes (2007 Third Set), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1999 Harmonic Way, 2003 Patavellian) Wins in a season (1990-2006): 37; 26; 43; 47; 48; 42; 52; 40; 22; 30; 34; 33; 56; 57; 36; 43; 37 Number of horses in training (1990-2007): 73; 73; 70; 79; 93; 109; 104; 110; 96; 70; 75; 84; 76; 91; 105; 97; 100; 96 Wins in 2007: 23 Royal Ascot wins: (6) King George V Handicap (1992 Source Of Light), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (1993 Source Of Light), Wokingham Handicap (2000 Harmonic Way), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2001 Harmonic Way), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo) First Royal Ascot winner: King George V Handicap (June 18, 1992 Source Of Light First Goodwood winner: Kawtuban (Leslie & Godwin Spitfire Stakes, August 3, 1990) Total Goodwood wins: 33 (11 at Festival Meeting)
Winning jockey:-Name: Quinn, James Anthony. Date of birth: May 20, 1967 Apprenticeship: Apprentice school in Ireland. Served with John Oxx for a year, and Pat Rohan between 1984-87 First winner: Tarleton (Ayr, March 25, 1984) Major wins include: totesport Mile (2007 Third Set), Dee Stakes (2004 African Dream), Lincoln Handicap (1992 High Low), Ladbrokes Portland Handicap (2006 Fantasy Believer), Tote International (2003 New Seeker) Wins (1987-2006): 14, 23, 19, 31, 32, 48, 73, 43, 56, 73, 61, 58, 77, 35, 31, 101, 49, 72, 80, 47 Wins in 2007: 35 First Goodwood win: USA Dollar (Longley Construction H’cap, June 29, 1990) Goodwood winners: 29 (6 at Festival Meeting)
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