A large crowd gathered on the Downs for the third and final day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday Weekend.
On another dry afternoon, there was some quality racing and a wide range of sideshows for people of all ages to enjoy – making this, the third year of the three-day bank-holiday festival, probably the best yet.
The feature race of the day was the Group 3 Doom Bar Supreme Stakes and the honours went to a visitor from Ireland – Ansgar, guided to a fine victory by James Doyle for owner Chynel Phelan and trainer Sabrina Harty.
It was the owner’s first visit to Goodwood and she said afterwards: “I’ll more than likely be back after this.”
It continued a memorable Goodwood season for Doyle, who took the summer’s biggest race on the Downs, the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, on Kingman a month ago.
Goodwood officials were delighted to see a third Irish winner of the season at the track, believing it will help attract other runners from across the Irish Sea in the future.
Doyle’s day got even better half an hour later when he took a thrilling Doom Bar Fillies’ Stakes on 9/4 contender Jordan Princess, trained by Luca Cumani, just edging out Tioga Pass and Artistic Muse.
The opening race, the Fairground Auction Maiden Stakes, went to Ryan Tate on Clive Cox’s 9/2 second favourite Shalimah before Amy Scott triumphed for trainer Eve Johnston Houghton on 10/3 second favourite Sparkling Ice in the Revival Selling Stakes.
Sussex jockey Crowley earned his third Goodwood victory of the weekend on the Davi Simcock-trained The Corsican, an 8/1 shot, in the Harwoods Group Stakes, beating the favourite Madeed by a length and a half.
The Goodwood Amateur Rider Challenge Handicap Stakes – staged in honour of the late Gay Kindersley, an amateur jockey who died three years ago – went to Ella Smith on Victor’s Bet, which like the previous race’s winner went off at 8/1 for trainer Ralph Smith.
The last, the August Bank Holiday Stakes, went to Goodwood ambassador Harry Bentley on Michael Mullineaux-trained Two Turtle Doves, the third 8/1 winner of the day.
There are just three meetings left at Goodwood this season, the next of which is on Tuesday week and features the Peter Willett Stakes.
See reaction to the three-day festival and the best pictures in the Chichester Observer – out on Thursday.