HIGHLIGHTS: Glorious Goodwood 2017
Glorious Goodwood was not short of drama in 2017, it will arguably be mainly remembered as a year littered with shocks and big upsets.
In amongst the long odds winners there were a number of stellar performances from the very best jockeys in British racing including one four timer (Andrea Atzeni) and two trebles (Ryan Moore and Silvestre De Sousa).
Here are the main highlights of Glorious Goodwood 2017 including the top three upsets of the festival.
Top Three Upsets
Thechildren’strust – Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Maiden Stakes – 100/1
The longest odds winner of the festival was the 100/1 shot Thechildren’strust who made an eyebrow raising racecourse debut in The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Maiden Stakes on Day one.
The Gary Moore trained horse sprang into the lead in the final furlong and held on in the last few strides to win by a short head from Rebel Streak!
Breton Rock – The Lennox Stakes – 50/1
The Group Two race was full of quality with the favourite Limato, a double Group One winner, heading the market..
However, Breton Rock produced one of the comebacks of the season going from last to first in a flash. Jockey Andrea Atzeni said “I didn’t expect this at all. I dropped him out last to pick up the pieces, but he picked them all up.”
Here Comes When – Sussex Stakes 20/1
The second day at Glorious Goodwood was met with heavy rain which suited Here Comes When but the 2017 Lockinge and Group One Royal Ascot winner – Ribchester was still overwhelming favourite.
Here Comes When was leading in the closing stages and Ribchester’s last gasp attempt to win it on the line made for a nail biting finish but Here Comes When came out victorious.
A four timer for Andrea Atzeni
It was a dream day at Goodwood for Atzeni, four winners including all three of the Group races!
The four winners had combined odds of 8,345/1! The feat was made all the more impressive by having a 50/1 winner in Breton Rock as well as beating the heavily backed Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup with Stradivarius.
Group One victory for Winter
The Aidan O’Brien trained horse continued her winning ways with victory in the Qatar Nassau Stakes.
The filly has now won her four Group Ones this season; the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes to go with Group One glory at Goodwood!
Ryan Moore said “(She) is a very professional racehorse. She knows how to race, and how to win!”
Pulling it out of the fire
“It’ll be a miracle if she’s won” exclaimed commentator Simon Holt as Billesdon Brook (red cap) produced an unbelievable surge to win the Telegraph Nursury Handicap on Thursday.
The Richard Hannon-trained filly had met trouble in running on at least two occasions in the home straight and looked a lost cause with around 10 lengths to make up on the leaders at the furlong pole.
But, just as the fat lady began to warm her throat, Sean Levey scythed through the field and managed to win by a short head; a mere £10 matched on her at 999/1 on the betting exchanges in-running.
Look out for the red and green colours of Billesdon Brook coming from a mile back to win the 4.10! Touched 999-1 in running… pic.twitter.com/Mdmb2LPfcs
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