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Stan Mellor, outstanding jockey and nemesis of Arkle, dies aged 83

Rider was jumps champion three times in early sixtiesSummerghand wins Stewards’ Cup at empty GoodwoodStan Mellor, whose death was announced on Saturday at the age of 83, was Britain’s champion National Hunt jockey three times, the first rider to reach …

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Goodwood executives ‘gutted’ after Saturday’s crowd trials are scrapped

Racecourse would have been first with crowds since lockdownGovernment ruling forces abandoning of plans at 11th hourGoodwood racecourse has been forced to abandon its plan to allow 5,000 of its annual members to attend the final day of Glorious Goodwoo…

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Glorious Goodwood sponsor deletes tweet after false claims on O’Brien horse

Sheikh had said Vatican City was ‘not right’ before going lameQatar ruling family member already critical of Ballydoyle yardLeading owner Sheikh Fahad al-Thani has deleted a tweet which appeared to suggest that Aidan O’Brien’s colt Vatican City was “no…

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Mohaather produces devastating finish to win dramatic Sussex Stakes

Winner’s brilliant turn of foot proves decisive Kameko blocked from clear run in tactical raceMohaather, at 3-1, produced an irresistible burst of acceleration from a seemingly impossible position a furlong out to beat the Guineas winners from England …

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Japanese celebrate landmark Goodwood win by Deirdre in Nassau

• Japan racing’s 19-year wait for second Group One winner is over• Dettori foiled in attempt to win four consecutive Group OnesJapan racing’s 19-year wait for its second Group One winner in Britain finally came to an end here on Thursday as Deirdre, a …

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Talking Horses: Frankie Dettori aiming for racing quadruple

Hermosa stands in the way of jockey hoping to win four consecutive Group One races in Britain for the first time in his careerHermosa, a dual Classic winner earlier in the season, is the major obstacle standing in Frankie Dettori’s way as he aims to wi…

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Glorious Goodwood: Too Darn Hot and Frankie Dettori win Sussex Stakes

• Favourite allows Dettori to follow up Goodwood Cup win• ‘The horse has shown his class here today,’ says John GosdenFrankie Dettori’s exceptional summer continued when Too Darn Hot, last year’s champion juvenile, staked his claim to be the season’s t…

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Glorious Goodwood: Too Darn Hot and Frankie Dettori win Sussex Stakes

• Favourite allows Dettori to follow up Goodwood Cup win• ‘The horse has shown his class here today,’ says John GosdenFrankie Dettori’s exceptional summer continued when Too Darn Hot, last year’s champion juvenile, staked his claim to be the season’s t…

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Glorious Goodwood: Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius win Goodwood Cup

• Odds-on favourite takes third straight win in race• Dettori, 48, on course for best season of top-level victoriesThirty-two years after riding the first winner of his career at Goodwood in June 1987, Frankie Dettori moved a step closer to completing …

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Frankie Dettori awaits call from Aidan O’Brien if he is to grab a Derby ride

• Goodwood winner Private Secretary skips Epsom for Ascot• O’Brien set to send at least six runners for ClassicFrankie Dettori rode the winner of Goodwood’s only Derby trial on Friday as Private Secretary outstayed six rivals in the Cocked Hat Stakes b…

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Gifted Master battles to brave Stewards’ Cup success at Goodwood

• Hugo Palmer: ‘He’s been through some tough times’• Cross Counter beats Dee Ex Bee to land Gordon StakesHugo Palmer has saddled a 2,000 Guineas winner and won Group One races at Royal Ascot, Longchamp and The Curragh, yet the success of the indefatiga…

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Battaash blitzes home in style to win Goodwood’s King George Stakes

• Jim Crowley believes Battaash is the fastest horse in the world• Seniority wins ultra-competitive Golden Mile for The Queen“When those gates open, you light the fuse,” Jim Crowley said after winning the King George Stakes and it was as exhilarating t…

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Battaash blitzes home in style to win Goodwood’s King George Stakes

• Jim Crowley believes Battaash is the fastest horse in the world• Seniority wins ultra-competitive Golden Mile for The Queen“When those gates open, you light the fuse,” Jim Crowley said after winning the King George Stakes and it was as exhilarating t…

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Wild Illusion’s Goodwood win frames likely reality for Charlie Appleby

• Godolphin filly lands Nassau Stakes for Derby-winning trainer• Aidan O’Brien takes Richmond Stakes with Land Force“This has been a stellar season,” Charlie Appleby said on Thursday after winning the Nassau Stakes with Wild Illusion and, though a peda…

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Lightning Spear and Oisin Murphy take the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood

• Pair finally record win after 14 Group One defeats together• Murphy: ‘What a horse and what a training performance’Persistence finally received its reward here on Wednesday as Lightning Spear and Oisin Murphy, who had been beaten in all 14 of their p…

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Glorious Goodwood: Gosden makes case for staying horses after Stradivarius win

• Trainer fears ‘one-dimensional’ dominance of speed• Dark Vision overcomes missed break to take eighth winJohn Gosden spoke up in favour of staying horses after the Goodwood Cup here on Tuesday and, thanks to the success of his magnificent chestnut St…

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Glorious Goodwood: Winter of content as Aidan O’Brien does it again

• Filly copes with testing ground to win Nassau Stakes
• Favourite beats outsider Blond Me by a length and a half

Winter faced as many questions as she did opponents as she set off for the Group One Nassau Stakes here on Thursday, and answered one after another with the assurance of a Mastermind finalist.

Doubts about the 10-furlong trip, the ground and the older horses lined up against her for the first time were brushed aside as Aidan O’Brien’s filly recorded her fourth win at the highest level this season, opening a wide range of possibilities for Winter in the months to come.

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Glorious Goodwood: Here Comes When relishes the weather and sinks Ribchester

• Andrew Balding’s gelding becomes first seven-year-old to win Sussex Stakes
• ‘He was always in the right place,’ trainer says of winning horse

Rain washed away the eagerly anticipated duel on the downs here on Wednesday as Churchill, the 2,000 Guineas winner in England and Ireland, was ruled out of his meeting with Ribchester in the Sussex Stakes half an hour before he was due to go to post. In his absence Ribchester then floundered on almost unraceable ground as Here Comes When, a 20-1 chance, became the latest big-priced winner at what is, in theory at least, Glorious Goodwood.

No major event in the British racing calendar is as susceptible to the weather as this week on the Sussex downs, in part because Goodwood is such a uniquely beautiful stage for racing if the sun shines. In wet weather, however, the sharp contrast means it can be a thoroughly miserable place to spend an afternoon, and no one here on Wednesday could recall a wetter day at this meeting.

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Stradivarius foils Big Orange hat-trick bid in Goodwood Cup

• Andrea Atzeni wins four races on opening day of Glorious Goodwood
• Expert Eye looked top-class in turning Vintage Stakes into a procession

Big Orange came up a couple of lengths short here on Tuesday in his attempt to win the Goodwood Cup for the third year running, but time may show that it took a Classic winner with 13lb less in his saddle to frustrate him. Michael Bell’s magnificent six-year-old could not respond as Stradivarius surged past inside the final quarter-mile, and the winner is now a 5-1 chance for next month’s St Leger at Doncaster.

Big Orange saw off all the older horses in the field in his familiar, front-running style. The two three-year-olds in the line-up, though, finished first and third as Stradivarius made the most of the weight concession to take the first running of the Goodwood Cup as a Group One event.

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Frankie Dettori gets Derby boost from Khalidi victory at Goodwood

• Cocked Hat Stakes victory a boost for Classic hope Cracksman
• Winner will bypass Epsom to head for a race at Royal Ascot

Thirty years ago next month a 16-year-old apprentice called Frankie Dettori rode his first winner at this breathtaking downland track and, if Ascot is the racecourse most readily associated with his long career, Goodwood cannot be far behind. Dettori has long since mastered its contours and quirks and he was impeccable again aboard Khalidi on Friday as the colt took the Cocked Hat Stakes in course-record time.

Monarchs Glen, a stable companion of Khalidi at the John Gosden yard, flew out of the stalls and raced freely through the first mile, extending his lead to about 10 lengths at one stage. He started to come back to the field with a quarter of a mile to run, however, and Khalidi was soon in command, going on to cross the line five lengths in front of Fierce Impact.

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