Ambassadors find fortune at Goodwood

Amanda Perrett was among the winners at Goodwood's new Sunday School fixture  Picture by Malcolm Wells
Amanda Perrett was among the winners at Goodwood's new Sunday School fixture Picture by Malcolm Wells

Goodwood’s 2014 ambassador and the jockey he succeeded in the role both enjoyed victories at the track’s newest race fixture.

Harry Bentley is this year’s racecourse profile-raiser in the riders’ ranks and he got off the mark for the Goodwood season by winning the Veterans’ Stakes on Doctor Parkes (7/1) for trainer Stuart Williams.

Later Hayley Turner - who was last season’s ambassador - took the IJF JohnWoodman Stakes on Clockmaker (10/1), trained by Conor Dore.

The race was named after a former West Sussex jockey who died earlier this year. His career had been cut short many years ago by a broken neck sustained in a fall and the IJF looked after him long-term after the accident. John’s brother Steve still trains horses in Lavant.

The fixture was a new one on the Goodwood calendar. As well as raising money for the IJF, it acted as a chance for young race-goers to learn about horses and racing, getting a chance to see behind the scenes and meet the people who make a race day tick, before the seven-race card began.

A large crowd took advantage of one of the warmest days of the year to flock to Goodwood and enjoy the action.

Racing opened with Sussex trainer Amanda Perrett and jockey Richard Kingscote teaming up to take the Injured Jockeys Fund Oaksey House Maiden Stakes on 3/1 chance Pack Leader. It was Kingscote’s second win of the weekend at the track.

The Injured Jockeys Fund Jack Berry House Stakes went to 5/2 favourite Manomine (Clive Brittain/Richard Hughes) while the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Stakes was won by Number One London, a 12/1 contender ridden by Martin Dwyer for Brian Meehan.

Licence To Till, the 6/4 favourite, was guided home by Jenny Powell in the Goodwood Selling Stakes, giving Tom Dascombe his second Goodwood victory in three days.

The meeting ended with Woodbridge (12/1, George Chaloner/Richard Fahey) taking the Sunday School Stakes.

They race again at Goodwood on Friday evening, when a six-race card will be followed by a DJ set by Naughty Boy.

Get all the latest from Goodwood in the Observer, out on Thursday.