Enticing On Top in Audi Stakes
1st 7 Enticing 9/1
Johnny Murtagh had his fourth success at Goodwood this week when bringing Enticing with a well-timed run to take the Group Three Audi Stakes prompting lavish compliments from Lester Piggott’s daughter Maureen Haggas, whose husband William trained the winner.
“Johnny gave her a brilliant ride, he’s riding with such confidence and I think he’s a genius as a jockey. He’s the closest thing to my father I’ve seen,” said Haggas.
“It’s great to see Enticing come back to form because she’s been a bit disappointing this year, one way and another. She’s not the easiest filly in the world, which you could see in the preliminaries.
“She’s strong and she throws her weight around but actually today she was quite good. She has run here three times and she’s won twice and was second in this race last year so she obviously likes the place. I think she wants a fast track like this and the fast ground today really suited her. It was a bit loose on top when she was beaten by Moorhouse Lad here last year.
“She’s not in the Nunthorpe and I really don’t know where she’ll go, I’ll leave that to William and I’d think she’d go to stud next year, she’s done her stuff really and there is a yearling full-sister and foal full-sister coming through.
“It’s all about good horses and we’re lucky this year that we’ve got some nice ones. We’re not doing anything different – it’s just one of those things, we’re getting a bit of luck this year and we’ve got some nice horses to go to war with.”
Murtagh added: “She’s a bit mad this one. She’s got two speeds - very slow and very fast. She’s keen in a five-furlong race and she really has a lot of speed. Maureen (Haggas) said to me to get some cover today. I knew they won’t be going fast enough to leave her, so I just gave her a chance and halfway she came on the bridle.
“I moved over behind Frankie (on Dandy Man), then I got a lovely split and she quickened up well. She’s a big, powerful filly with loads of speed.”
NICHOLLS - START DID NOT HELP PLASTA MAN YORK BOUND
Trainer David Nicholls believed that the start did not do any favours to Masta Plasta, the length runner-up in the Group Three £70,000 Audi Stakes.
The North Yorkshire handler said of the 13/2 chance: “He ran a blinder, but maybe next time we will try and get down to the start later with him. He was in the stalls for far too long today. Also, look at where he was drawn (12).
“I don’t know where he will go next. He’s not in the Nunthorpe but he is in a race at Deauville and is also entered at Chester this weekend. However, I doubt he will go to Chester as he had quite a hard race today and the race will come too soon.
“If they all get in, I think we will have a lot of runners in the Abbaye this year!
“We will be back. The horse is still relatively young and you will hear a lot about him in the future.”
Dandy Man, the 7/4 favourite, finished a further length and a quarter back in third and Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin commented: “He ran an honest race.
“Dandy Man sometimes runs better races than others and today was not one of his best days. He didn’t run up to his Ascot form and there are no real excuses.
“He wouldn’t be our most trustworthy horse.
“He will now go for the Nunthorpe.”
2.50pm AUDI STAKES (GROUP THREE)
1 ENTICING (IRE) (Lael Stables) William Haggas 4-8-11 Johnny Murtagh  9/1
Winning Trainer: Name Haggas, William John Date of Birth: 23/8/60 Date of first trainer's licence: 20/11/86 First winner: Tricky Note, Newmarket, April 15, 1987, EBF Bartlow Stakes Previous Occupation: Assistant trainer to Sir Mark Prescott and John Winter British Classic wins: (1) Shaamit (1996 Vodafone Derby - his first (and so far only) runner in the Classic) Other Major wins include: Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont, 2004 Brunel), Audi Stakes (2008 Enticing), Betfred Classic Trial (2006 Primary), Champagne Stakes (1990 Bog Trotter), Crocker Bulteel Handicap (1996 Yeast), Joel Stakes (1996 Yeast), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Insulpak Victoria Cup Handicap (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Molecomb Stakes (2003 Majestic Missile), Gimcrack Stakes (2006 Conquest), Prix du Petit Couvert (2006 Majestic Missile) totesport.com Challenge Cup (2007 Candidato Roy), William Hill Lincoln (2007 Very Wise) Trains at Somerville Lodge, Newmarket Suffolk Royal Ascot wins (5): Jersey Stakes (2008 Aqlaam), Hampton Court Stakes (2008 Collection), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2006 Mont Etoile) First Royal Ascot Win: Yeast (June 19, 1996 - Royal Hunt Cup) First Goodwood Winner: Munadhil, Pilley Green Stakes, September 12, 1987 Total Goodwood Wins: 14 (3 at July Meeting) Number of horses in training (1993-2008): 47; 37; 37; 42; 45; 49; 53; 58; 72; 63; 70; 82; 88; 96; 102; Wins in a season (1991-2007): 27; 13; 13; 22; 19; 28; 12; 47; 45; 39; 43; 44; 75; 46; 53; 59; 57 Wins in 2008: 51
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