• 17:30 Merbury 20th Anniversary Apprentice Handicap5f

  • Winner £2,590 2nd £771 3rd £385 4th £192
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in Places on the Straight course)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 0m 58.05s
  • Off time: 17:30:49
17:30 Goodwood Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Colorus (IRE) 11/2
2nd Admirable Duchess 7/1
3rd Elhamri 10/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 245344 YELLOW, BLACK seams, BLACK cap Texas Queen 11
Distance Winner
3 9-7 M R Channon Matthew Lawson (5) 69 10/111.00
3 (8) 723970 Red, white triple diamond, white sleeves, red diamonds, red cap, white diamond Nubar Boy 14
3 9-6 P D Evans Richard Evans 68 25/126.00
4 (10) 99-9872 Dark Blue and Light Blue stripes, Black and Red striped cap Elhamri 36
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-6 S Kirk E J McNamara 67 10/111.00
5 (2) 242213 Royal Blue, Yellow stars, White sleeves, Royal Blue armlets, Royal Blue cap Admirable Duchess 41
Distance Winner
3 9-6 D J S Ffrench Davis Billy Cray (3) 68 7/18.00
6 (11) 343642 Light green, brown braces and armlets, white cap Wanchai Whisper 12
Distance Winner
3 9-5 p P Hedger Andrew Heffernan 67 9/25.50
7 (12) 244722 Black, White hoop, diabolo on sleeves, White cap Mrs Boss 18
Distance Winner
3 9-3 B R Millman J Millman 65 11/112.00
8 (1) 78-9312 Dark blue, light blue triple diamond and sleeves Witchry 24
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 9-2 A G Newcombe R Kennemore 63 9/25.50
9 (9) 626705 White, Dark Blue chevron, armlets and cap Colorus (IRE) 8
Distance Winner
7 9-1 v W J H Ratcliffe Matt Cosham (7) 62 11/26.50
10 (3) 224253 Royal Blue, Yellow hoops, Royal Blue sleeves and cap Miss Firefly 23
Distance Winner
5 8-12 R J Hodges Simon Pearce (3) 59 16/117.00
11 (5) 24-2266 Orange and Black stripes, Orange sleeves Tiger Trail (GER) 85
6 8-9 Mrs N Smith J P Fahy (3) 56 8/19.00
12 (4) 659667 MAROON, BEIGE triple diamond and diamonds on cap Green Lagonda (AUS) 1
Distance Winner
8 8-9 P D Evans Louis Beuzelin 56 25/126.00
Non runners
2 (7)224281Sermons Mount (USA)49-6Mouse Hamilton-fairleyMartin Lane67


Dominic Ffrench Davis won this race last year and the versatile Admirable Duchess who handles various ground conditions has solid claims. Mrs Boss has put in two better runs of late but has more to find against some in-form opposition. A drop in trip isn't sure to suit Sermons Mount who ran on well to win at Bath over a furlong further last time out, but the trip looks ideal for Texas Queen who started slowly over course and distance here most recently and didn't finish too far behind the winner. With a better start today she could go closer. Elhamri has been rated far higher than this in the BHA ratings and has steadily tumbled down the list over the past two years to a realistic looking mark. Miss Firefly may pose the biggest threat to our selection after a narrow loss at Bath but we prefer WITCHRY. Tony Newcombe's gelding ran really well when last seen here to finish a close second and only 2lb higher looks the one to side with, especially if there is any more rain as he thrives with cut in the ground.