Unibet Golden Mile
Heritage Handicap 15:00
£150,000 added,
3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
Friday 3rd August 2018


1 Seniority 9/2J
2 Poet's Society 12/1
3 Original Choice 12/1
4 Cape Byron 12/1
17 ran NR: Fire Brigade, Isomer, Zhui Feng, Zwayyan
Distances: ½l, nk, nk Time: 1m 36.63s (slow by 0.43s

Ryan Moore registered 11.1/1 double on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival following the impressive success of 9/2 joint favourite Seniority, owned by Her Majesty The Queen and trained by William Haggas, in the £150,000 Unibet Golden Mile.

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In a race full of hard-luck stories, Moore produced the four-year-old son of Dubawi to perfection inside the final furlong, with Seniority displaying a potent turn of foot to score going away by a half-length.

Moore said: “Seniority won nicely today. It was a lovely race to win and he is a really well-bred horse.  William has done a super job getting him here today and luckily we got a good draw (stall 3) and he kept on well at the end.

“Seniority was always travelling well in behind them and he only had a length to find when the gap came. He picked up well when the gap opened and he lengthened nicely to the line.”

Her Majesty The Queen, registering her first success at this year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival, won the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap last year after Fabricate was awarded the race in the stewards’ room. Her Majesty also owned Call To Mind, who was pulled up in Tuesday’s G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup and retired after the race, having sustained a tendon injury.

John Warren, Her Majesty the Queen’s Racing Manager, remarked: “That was a really big effort from Seniority. Ryan gave him a beautiful ride. He wanted to ride for a bit of luck today.

“There was a bit of trouble in front of him with a furlong to run, but Seniority has cut through them really well and showed today what we thought he might do at Ascot.

“It came a bit quick for him at Ascot, having run six days beforehand.  It was an exciting race and Ryan was towards the back of the field, so he had to pass a lot of horses which made it exciting to watch.

“Seniority is a very good horse and it was nice to see him at this amazing meeting which is so well sponsored by Qatar.

“Seniority upped his level again today. He has shown he is a Group class horse today. He is very well-bred and we will now put him into a Group race and give Her Majesty a lot of fun watching him run.

“I can’t be sure Her Majesty is watching now but no doubt she will be watching it pretty shortly. I never quite know what she has got on. She was really fascinated to watch the horse run today. It was a competitive field and really big effort from the horse. Her Majesty The Queen watches every race, so she will watch the race with tremendous interest and will be very grateful for the support Qatar has given this race meeting.

“There a few important focal points on the calendar and Goodwood is one of the most important meetings and it has gained tremendous prestige with the support of the Qatar Royal Family. For the status of a horse, it is so important to win a race at a  prestigious track.”


Golden Mile (Heritage Handicap)
£150,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 2
17 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Seniority 9/2j R L Moore
W J Haggas 4
2nd (7) ½ Poet's Society (ex3) 12/1 L Dettori
M Johnston 4
3rd (17) nk Original Choice (IRE) 12/1 James Doyle
W J Haggas 4
4th (18) nk Cape Byron 12/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 4
5th (1) ½ Mythical Madness (ex3) 14/1 Harry Bentley
D O'Meara 7
6th (11) Hors De Combat 16/1 Fran Berry
D J Coakley 7
7th (8) ½ Firmament 10/1 M Harley
D O'Meara 6
8th (2) nk Escobar (IRE) 9/2j D Tudhope
D O'Meara 4
9th (19) ½ C Note (IRE) 100/1 David Egan
Mrs H Main 5
10th (10) hd Third Time Lucky (IRE) (ex3) 20/1 P Hanagan
R A Fahey 6
11th (9) Master The World (IRE) 11/1 Jim Crowley
D R C Elsworth 7
12th (4) hd Repercussion 16/1 R Kingscote
C Fellowes 5
13th (16) 1 Shady Mccoy (USA) 20/1 R Havlin
Ian Williams 8
14th (13) ¾ South Seas (IRE) 9/1 Oisin Murphy
A M Balding 4
15th (12) Borderforce (FR) 50/1 G Mosse
K R Burke 5
16th (21) Masham Star (IRE) 33/1 P J McDonald
M Johnston 4
17th (14) ¾ Hayadh 50/1 J Fanning
Rebecca Bastiman 5
WN (6) Fire Brigade W Buick
M L W Bell 4
NR (20) Zhui Feng (IRE) Non Runner
Mrs A J Perrett 5
NR (22) Zwayyan Jason Watson (5)
A M Balding 5
NR (15) Isomer (USA) F Norton
A M Balding 4