Up highlights Strawbridge double
A review of Tuesday's meeting at Goodwood, where owner George Strawbridge enjoyed a successful afternoon.
George Strawbridge's white and green silks have been carried to success in many major races around the world and a couple of the owner-breeder's new generation came to the fore at Goodwood.
While Make It Up (11/4) took the lion's share of the prize money in the feature ebfstallions.com Peter Willett Conditions Stakes, newcomer Timba must be regarded as equally exciting.
Like the majority of the training community, Pennsylvania-based businessman and philanthropist Strawbridge was an absentee on a pleasant but sleepy afternoon in West Sussex, but connections were positive about both of his winners.
Make It Up, trained by Andrew Balding, had been off the mark on debut at Epsom but was beaten two lengths in a novice event at Lingfield when jockey David Probert dropped his whip.
Stick firmly in hand, the Welshman excelled from the front and always had this event under control to beat 13/8 favourite Good Contact by a length and three-quarters.
"He jumped great and was quickly into stride," said Probert. "He picked up well for me, and I think he's quite a nice horse."
Balding's mother, Lady Emma, who has an involvement with Make It Up's stablemate, the Group race-bound Elm Park, said: "I think they were a bit disappointed he got beaten last time but that was much better.
"It's been a long wait with the two-year-olds, it took five months but it's lovely to see them get going."
Timba overcame relative and personal inexperience to fell her four rivals in the EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
John Gosden's juvenile went off at 8/1 despite her powerful connections and was the only runner in the line-up not to have raced before.
Under only nominal encouragement from William Buick, Timba caught up with Mystic Jade inside the final furlong to win by a length and a quarter.
"It was a good performance," said Buick. "She's very green but she has won like a nice filly."
Soviet Courage was left with a pretty simple task in the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group Maiden Stakes when two of her opponents dropped out.
Ferahya, trained by Roger Varian, and Jo Crowley's Rosarina were both pulled up and only four were left in the reckoning.
In the end, Ryan Moore pushed 1/3 favourite Soviet Courage 13 lengths clear for success at the sixth attempt.
Seamus Buckley, Goodwood's clerk of the course, said Ferayha had was lame, while Crowley reported jockey Fergus Sweeney thought Rosarina did not feel right, but that the filly "walked back absolutely fine".
Moore later helped Inciting Incident (4/1) to his third consecutive win in the Golf At Goodwood Handicap.
Kashgar (4/1) has made a few journeys from his Welsh stable to Goodwood and got it right by a neck in the Royal Sussex Regiment Handicap.
John Llewellyn, assistant to his father Bernard, said: "He's been second here twice and won once from three runs. We might put him away now, but there's a nice mile and six furlong race in him."
Johnny B Goode hit the higher note of Richard Fahey's two runners in the Financial Services Expo Nursery.
While 9/4 chance George Bowen came last of the five, Andrea Atzeni's 9/2 chance fought hard against 15-8 favourite Flash Fire to build on a recent maiden success at Thirsk.
Atzeni said: "I could see Mark Johnston's horse (Flash Fire) coming alongside and it was a big worry but to be fair to my horse, he wouldn't let him by and stuck his neck out."