Betfred Mile

Heritage Handicap,
Goodwood 15:10
£150,000 added,
3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
Friday 29th July 2016

1 Franklin D 7/4F
2 Master The World 20/1
3 Donncha 10/1
4 Belgian Bill 10/1
5 Boomshackerlacker
NR: Here Comes When (IRE), Keystroke, Lat Hawill (IRE)
19 ran Distances: hd, 2l, 1l
TIME 1m 37.19s (slow by 0.99s)

Franklin D Lands a Gamble

Franklin D
© Racehorse Photos
Franklin D

Michael Bell and owner Bill Gredley completed a notable double at the Qatar Goodwood Festival as the well-backed Franklin D (7/4 favourite) was the head winner of the £150,000 Betfred Mile Handicap, adding to the success of Big Orange in yesterday's Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup.

Franklin D was drawn in stall 1 and travelled along the inside rail throughout the mile contest. In the home straight, the three-year-old colt struggled to get a clear run and was hemmed in approaching the final furlong.

However, once Ryan Moore found daylight on the colt, he quickened up well and held on gamely from the fast-finishing Master The World to land a major gamble.

Bell said: "A lot of people backed him so there was pressure on that front but I always believed in the horse and arguably we had the world's best jockey so we ticked all the boxes. The man who did the draw at Weatherby's very kindly gave us stall 1 so everything slotted into place.

"Ryan said he had to use quite a bit of early gas to hold his position early on and that was why he had slightly less energy at the end as he used up a little bit more in the first furlong and that counted in the last furlong and nearly cost him.

"Ryan has ridden him beautifully and produced him beautifully so it couldn't have gone any better. This is a very hard track to ride and they went very fast.

"Franklin D looked as though he was going to win easily but in the last 100 yards he was just coming to the end of his tether but he lasted to the winning line.

"Franklin D has a few issues with a little spine problem and hind joint problem but we have got the medication really on top of that now. The head lad at home is bang on it and everyone has played a big part.

"This is horse very well bred - his dam is a half-sister to a Grade One winner. He is a beautiful horse and is at long last fulfilling his potential.

"The Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury could be an option, although this horse could be an international traveller because he loves fast ground and has won on a turning track.

"He is a stakes horse in the making after this but how far up the ladder we can get we will have to see. He is improving and when they start improving there is quite a way they can go. It is one step at a time with him so I don't know where he will go.

"Ryan said he has the speed for seven. I didn't put him in the Hungerford Stakes but he will probably start in Listed company and then move up to Group races. We don't need to be too brave too soon."

Bill Gredley, the winning owner was delighted to follow up Big Orange's success with victory with Franklin D. He said: "We have won two good races. Most people would just like to win one race like this so it is amazing to win these two races.

"Horse racing is horse racing. You have good and bad days and you enjoy the good ones as they compensate the bad. I've got 25 horses at the moment."

With regards to Big Orange, Gredley said: "We would like to have a crack at one of the mile and a half races somewhere. I want to give him a good rest, find a nice mile and a half race and have a go at that. He 's in the Irish Leger but he has plenty of possible races to run in."

Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap)
(formerly known as The Golden Mile)
£150,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
19 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Franklin D (USA) (ex3) 7/4f R L Moore
M L W Bell 4
2nd (5) hd Master The World (IRE) 20/1 P J Dobbs
D R C Elsworth 5
3rd (10) 2 Donncha (IRE) 10/1 A Kirby
R Eddery 5
4th (9) 1 Belgian Bill 10/1 P Cosgrave
George Baker 8
5th (8) nk Boomshacker-lacker (IRE) (ex3) 20/1 D Sweeney
George Baker 6
6th (21) ½ Carry On Deryck 25/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 4
7th (6) s.h One Word More (IRE) 14/1 D Allan
T D Easterby 6
8th (15) ½ Solar Deity (IRE) 80/1 M Dwyer
Jane Chapple-Hyam 7
9th (4) nk Azraff (IRE) 8/1 Andrea Atzeni
M Botti 4
10th (17) s.h Celestial Path (IRE) 10/1 L Morris
Sir Mark Prescott 4
11th (7) hd You're Fired (IRE) 16/1 Jordan Vaughan (5)
K R Burke 5
12th (19) Can't Change It (IRE) 28/1 J P Spencer
D M Simcock 5
13th (22) ½ Jailawi (IRE) 20/1 S De Sousa
I Mohammed 5
14th (18) Hors De Combat 25/1 Oisin Murphy
J R Fanshawe 5
15th (13) ½ Outlaw Country (IRE) 25/1 James McDonald
C Appleby 4
16th (2) 2 Room Key 33/1 J Fanning
Eve Johnson Houghton 4
17th (3) Red Avenger (USA) 33/1 L P Keniry
G L Moore 6
18th (14) ½ Gabrial's Kaka (IRE) 50/1 T Eaves
R A Fahey 6
19th (12) ½ Third Time Lucky (IRE) 14/1 P Hanagan
R A Fahey 4
NR (11) Here Comes When (IRE) 20/1 Joshua Bryan (7)
A M Balding 6
NR (20) Lat Hawill (IRE) 33/1 Non Runner
K Dalgleish 5
NR (16) Keystroke 20/1 Non Runner
J Noseda 4


Jockey Pat Dobbs was left wondering what might have been after a slow start all but ruined the chances of the unlucky Master The World, who finished with a wet sail at the closing stages of the Betfred Mile.

The pair couldn't quite reel in the well-backed 7/4 favourite Franklin D though, who got first run on the five-year-old under jockey Ryan Moore, and Dobbs had to make do with second best, eventually being beaten a head at the winning line.

Dobbs explained after the race that a slow start had put him and 20/1 chance Master The World on the back foot and that it was an uphill struggle after that.

"He jumped slow and then didn't travel for the first two furlongs," said Dobbs.

"I got a dream run through eventually but I had to wait for Ryan to go first. He's got first run on me and that's cost me.

"If he'd have got through at the same time, he'd have won. But he didn't."