Fabricate wins in stewards' room at Glorious Goodwood
Last Updated: 01/08/17 5:42pm
Dark Red and Fabricate ensured the Qatar Goodwood Festival kicked off in controversial fashion when the latter was awarded the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap in the stewards' room.
Ed Dunlop's Dark Red crossed the line in front, having seen off the Michael Bell-trained Fabricate, owned by the Queen, in a tight finish.
But Dark Red drifted markedly to his left under Oisin Murphy, knocking into Fabricate, who in turn nudged the third, Khairaat.
After a long inquiry the placings were revised, with the 20-1 shot Fabricate placed first.
Bell said: "I was delighted with that as we were only experimenting over a mile and a quarter, I know Her Majesty will be delighted with that.
"This horse has been a real trial for us to keep right so it's great credit to my team.
"It was only an experiment coming back in trip but I spoke to Her Majesty this morning and said the ground would be lovely and Adam gave him a lovely ride.
"Adam was pretty confident he'd get it. It was a hefty bump and I'm glad the stewards agreed with him.
"Her Majesty will be delighted, I don't think either of us expected to win."
Murphy said of Dark Red: "He hit the front and then had a look around.
"I had my stick in my left hand to try and keep him straight and then put my stick down towards the line, he's won easy in the end.
"I can't tell the horse to go straight, all I can do is ask him to."
A philosophical Dunlop said: "Would the horse have gone straighter if the stick had been down? I simply don't know.
"The Queen's horse was coming in, we've wiped out most of the field but I think it is harsh to blame the jockey. The horse did it.
"I believe the best horse on the day won the race, but he didn't keep in a straight line."
Thechildren'strust outdid Breton Rock's 50-1 Lennox Stakes shock when winning the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Maiden Stakes at a stunning 100-1.
Gary Moore does not have many first-time-out two-year-old winners, even less in class two events at Goodwood, so his starting price was not that much of a shock.
The Society Rock youngster showed great tenacity, though, to see off Andrew Balding's Rebel Streak, who had had two previous runs, with Bombastic third.
Hector Crouch was on board the winner, fresh from a four-timer at Lingfield on Saturday.
Moore said: "I was absolutely amazed, to be honest. He'd been working nicely, but nothing out of the ordinary.
"I looked at the race and his pedigree and his is mixed, his dam won over two miles. I said to Hector just ride him to run well, and there's your answer.
"Saddling him it was like a three-mile chaser, he didn't give a monkeys about anything.
"Hopefully he progresses. I had agents telling me Hector couldn't claim in the race but I thought it wouldn't matter!"
John Quinn's El Astronaute caused another upset when returning to winning ways at 33-1 in the New & Lingwood Handicap.
Winner of valuable handicaps at Newmarket and Chester earlier in the season he had been unplaced the last three times.
However, only 1lb higher than for Chester, he dominated throughout with A Momentofmadness and came out on top in a photo finish under Jason Hart.
Hart said: "I spoke to the boss this morning and we decided to try and get the rail was the right thing to do as he enjoys doing his own thing.
"He's got that much raw speed there's no point stopping him enjoying what he does.
"It was similar to when he won at Newmarket, he got headed and battled back."
Completing an incredible four-timer on the day for Andrea Atzeni, Shenanigans sprinted clear to win the Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies' Handicap.
With the favourite Tribute Act never looking happy, Darkroom Angel made an early bid for home.
Lincoln Rocks hit the front entering the final furlong, but Atzeni brought Roger Varian's charge with a steady run to win going away, with Lincoln Rocks holding on for second.
Varian said of the 15-2 winner: "That was nice. She was well drawn and she liked the ground and I thought the prices didn't reflect how close she was to Tribute Act, as we were better off at the weights.
"She's a nice filly and we liked her last year and she's run well, bar Kempton, which we put a line through.
"It's nice to get a win here with her and it's great for the owners who are big supporters of mine. She won't get much beyond a mile."