2nd August 2015
So Goodwood is over for another year and we said goodbye to one veteran Richard Hughes which was correct as he has been a shadow of his former self this year.
The meeting will be remembered as the year another old boy Frankie Dettori came right back to his best as he romped away with the top jockeys title. I'm no fan of the pretend charachter we see on tv but when focused like this he is a brilliant horseman.
Goodwood is like Chester and Epsom in that it finds the bad jockeys out very quickly and this year many racegoers seemed to want to point this out to Jim Crowley whose ride on the Corsican will not be going in his scrapbook. Crowley several times this week has ended up in the coffin on the inside waiting for gaps that never come. The usual genteel atmosphere at Goodwood was shattered as he gave the Corsican a horror ride leading to language that would even shock Andy Bell and his pals at whatever ghastly pub they drink in.
Crowley looked like he wanted the ground to open up and swallow him and to be fair anyone who had backed the Corsican would have settled for that too. Getting caught on the inside at Goodwood for a senior jockey is not acceptable in a small field it's unforgivable.
To be fair to Goodwood everything was perfect from the ground to the facilities and the atmosphere is much more pleasant than Ascot in the Dons opinion. The highlight of a solid week for me was Malabar scooting clear for the in form Channon team.
York is now on the horizon, a chance to meet up with friends and people you respect and Simon Holden will be there and the Don aims to bang in many more big price winners like Malabar.
The show goes on and having mentioned Chester The Don has a big priced selection for us on the Roodeye. In the 3.50 William Hill go 14/1 about Clockmaker a horse who only seems to come to life at this track. If we just look at his Chester form he is bang there and has a lovely draw. Go each way and lets hope it's the right time to back Clockmaker (forgive me that one its been a long week).
Have a great Sunday and remember...
Trust in the Don he will always be BetFans number one.
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don