Goodwood wasn’t as Glorious as we know it best on Thursday, but it didn’t prevent some brilliant finishes despite the gloomy conditions making viewing difficult. The most valuable race over hurdles in Ireland was won by Clondaw Warrior for a delighted Ruby Walsh, to add to the remarkable CV of both horse and rider. There was also racing at Epsom, Ffos Las and Nottingham.
2 35 MEHMAS (R Hannon) 7/2, Group 2 2YOs (Colts & Geldings), 6F, Good to Firm
Mehmas has become our favourite juvenile over this summer and arguably our favourite on the flat all together. He is remarkably brave and yet is definitely still improving, unlike many of the 2YOs already at the top. There is no doubt that Blue Point is a very good horse and up there with the elite juveniles, and for Mehmas to beat this horse the way he did was a joy to see. He stretched 3L clear of Intelligence Cross who ran him very close last time out. If Mehmas was to go up against Caravaggio once more, the outcome would have to be a lot closer than we witnessed at Ascot and fingers crossed we see this rematch before Autumn sets in.
3 10 BIG ORANGE (M Bell) 11/4, Group 2, 2M, Good to Firm
Michael Bell’s staying star did what he does best yesterday and stuck it out incredibly gamely from the front of field under a top ride from Jamie Spencer , to win back to back Goodwood Cups. The rain made viewing difficult but it set the scene perfectly for the battle that unfolded in the final furlongs. The challenges came one by one, most notably from the huge Pallasator, but Big Orange kept on finding when it mattered. He was the best horse in the race and thoroughly deserved it. All the talk in the aftermath focused on the Melbourne Cup, but connections swiftly pointed out that a high handicap rating would make it a nigh on impossible task.