Favourites can’t find form at Goodwood

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IT WAS a bad night for favourite-backers as Goodwood’s three-meeting August bank holiday festival kicked off with some unpredictable results.

Not one market leader won at the Friday-night card which kicked off a weekend which includes a number of group races - including Saturday’s centrepiece Betfair Celebration Mile.

Biggest-priced winner of the evening was the Stuart Williams-trained Cherry Princess, who took the Goodwood Home Farm Stakes under David Probert after going off at 20/1.

The British Stallion Studs EBF Stakes Fillies’ Handicap went to La Fortunata (14/1), ridden by Ryan Tate - giving trainer Mike Murphy his first Goodwood winner.

Another first came from Louis Steward, an 18-year-old jockey riding on the Downs for the first time - he took the Gordon’s Fillies’ Nursery Stakes Handicap for Michael Bell on Gender Agenda (7/2).

Hampshire trainer Peter Hedger won the Chichester Observer Apprentice Stakes Handicap with Lucky Di (12/1), ridden by Charlie Bishop.

Kieren Fallon was taken ill and missed a few rides - but not before winning the Revival Maiden Stakes on Madeed (2/1) for Brian Meehan.

Goodwood specialist Richard Hughes wasn’t in his best form of the year at the track but did take the Veterans Stakes Handicap on Patrick Chamings’ runner Aye Aye Digby (4/1).

We’ll have tips for Saturday’s card on this website on Saturday morning.

STEVE BONE