A review of the early action from Glorious Goodwood
Last Updated: 31/07/14 7:47pm
A review of the rest of the action from day three at Glorious Goodwood, where Lyn Valley led home a one-two for Mark Johnston in the opening race.
Lyn Valley and Rainbow Rock gave Mark Johnston a one-two in the Fairmont Handicap at Goodwood.
Joe Fanning brought Lyn Valley (14/1) through to pass the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned pair of Madeed and Insaany inside the furlong to give Johnston a sixth winner in this race.
Rainbow Rock came from last place under 5lb claimer Cam Hardie to finish with a flourish and get to within half a length of the winner at the line.
Madeed was another half a length away in third.
Fanning said: "He jumped and travelled well, but I never felt like I was going to win the race."
Johnston said of the winner: "This horse's sire, Shamardal, was probably the best I've ever had although he was around the same time as Attraction.
"It's great to train his progeny and he's doing so well. It's exciting when you train a horse like that and he goes on to be a top stallion.
"It's great for the horse and the owner as he's been running well all season and the handicapper hasn't been dropping him so I'm pleased he's won a nice prize.
"Obviously Rainbow Rock was the unlucky horse of the race. Cam (Hardie, jockey) said a horse came across him at the start, he got checked lost a couple of lengths and just dropped himself out.
"I did wonder what was going on early on, but in hindsight he did a really great job. He said he just nursed him slowly back into it.
"He is in again on Saturday so he will get the chance then over two furlongs further."
Shagah made her experience count in the EBF British Stallion Studs New Ham Fillies' Maiden as she stayed on well to score by a length.
The daughter of Invincible Spirit, who had run well in maidens at Kempton Park and Newmarket, travelled smoothly throughout under Richard Hughes. She struck the front with a furlong to run and never looked like being caught. Kodiva finished second with two and a half lengths back to Runner Runner.
Trainer Richard Hannon said: "Shagah is a filly I have always loved. I liked the way she travelled today.
"I suppose we could look at races like the Radley Stakes or Rockfel Stakes. I'd like to think she could be a Guineas filly but she has got a bit to prove before that.
"She is a big filly with plenty of scope and could end up going a mile and a quarter next year."
Young Kieran Shoemark shone on Angelic Upstart (12-1) in the Qipco Apprentice Handicap, while there was another winner in Godolphin blue after Cavalryman's triumph when Charlie Appleby's Safety Check (14-1) made the front cover in the Tatler Handicap.
Winning trainer Andrew Balding was full of praise for 18-year-old Shoemark.
It was an eighth winner at Glorious Goodwood for the Lambourn handler, who said: "Angelic Upstart was given a very capable ride by Kieran. His family is steeped in racing and his dad was actually apprenticed to my dad before being a conditional for Jenny Pitman.
"His great uncle was a jockey and his uncle (Peter) is John Gosden's racing secretary, so he has got great connections. His brother Connor is a top conditional and Kieran rides very well too.
"We wanted to claim off the horse and a seven pound claim is big deal when the jockey rides well.
"Angelic Upstart has run well all year. He did not have a lot of luck when he ran at Epsom but he ran a good race in a decent handicap last time."
Safety Check was Appleby's first Glorious Goodwood winner of 2014 and second in total.
Of Safety Check's win, a beaming Appleby said: "I've not got that much experience of this place, but a year down the line [after his first win here] it's great to have a Glorious Goodwood winner. He was a hardy little campaigner last year and did me proud by running almost every week and would never put a bad run in.
"We took him out to Dubai [for the winter] and while we tried him over extended distances it didn't work out. We tried him over a mile when he came back, but, dropped back to seven furlongs today, he did it well.
"He's a son of Dubawi and I thought he might need a bit of give underfoot, but he's handled that today and it was too soft for him at Newmarket last time. He came on for that run because it was his first since the UAE Derby at Meydan [in March].
"William (Buick) rode him that day and said he nearly had them all at it turning in, but needless to say he didn't see out the trip."