Goodwood aim to end flat season on high note

Adam Waterworth is looking forward to the final two meetings of the season   Picture by Kate Shemilt C140683-10
Adam Waterworth is looking forward to the final two meetings of the season Picture by Kate Shemilt C140683-10

We’ve only two race meetings left for the season – but we’re determined to end the season with some fine racing in what looks like it might be lovely weather, writes Goodwood racecourse MD Adam Waterworth.

We have a seven-race card on Wednesday (Sep 24), the highlight of which is a listed race, the RH Hall Foundation Stakes, for older horses.

Although our bigger Group races have all gone for the year, there’ll be plenty of interesting ‘autumn’ horses to see at these last couple of meetings – including, I’d expect, a number of two-year-olds who are showing promise for next season.

Something that adds spice to our final meetings is that the Dick Hern Trophy – awarded to our leading trainer over the course of the season – is very much up for grabs.

Richard Hannon senior has pretty much owned it for the past few years but at the moment Richard junior, who has taken over as the yard’s trainer this year, is only one win ahead of Mark Johnston. He, in turn, is only two ahead of John Gosden.

Our leading jockey for the year, unless there’s a freak number of wins for one of his rivals late on, will be Richard Hughes, whose win at our last meeting a fortnight ago took his tally to 12.

If he goes on to be champion jockey nationally, it’ll be lovely to have him as our champ too.

Our season finale, when all these matters will be confirmed, takes place on Sunday, October 12.

The weather looks set fair certainly until Wednesday’s meeting and beyond and hopefully we’ll still have some sunshine for that final get-together.

Thoughts are already turning to our 2015 season.

The fixture process has been quite drawn out this year but it looks like we will have an unchanged, or little-changed, schedule.

Certainly Glorious and the three-day May and August bank-holiday festivals will stay as they are and we’re confident of getting our Sunday in June again, which we held for the first time this year.

We’ve applied again for the Lennox Stakes – run on the first day of Glorious – to be upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1. We feel it has the quality consistently to warrant it, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Until then, happy racing!

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