Long journey south pays off for Jim Goldie with Goodwood double

Sat 4 Aug 2018

Jim Goldie’s long trip south paid rich dividends as he enjoyed a double on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

The Scottish trainer’s brace was initiated by Tommy G (10-1), who avenged his defeat of 12 months ago when running out a clear-cut winner of the Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap.

Beaten three-quarters of a length in the six-furlong heat last year, he made no mistake this time as he ran out a three-quarter-length winner in the hands of Silvestre de Sousa.

Goldie said: “He’s a nice wee horse and I’ve trained three generations of the family, but unfortunately he won’t get into the Ayr Gold Cup.

“During the summer I’ve kept him on the all weather and away from the fast ground. I thought it might be a bit quick for him today and told Silvestre to let him roll.”

Goldie then teamed up with Robert Winston to make it a s double as Sir Chauvelin (12-1) denied Melting Dew in a thrilling finish to the Qatar Summer Handicap.

Favourite Walton Street was a late withdrawal after he arrived at the start without the cheekpieces that had been declared for him, leaving Melting Dew as the 9-2 market leader.

That runner tried his best, but could not reel in Sir Chauvelin who triumphed by half a length.

“It was always in my mind to bring Sir Chauvelin here to try to get the penalty he needed to get into the Ebor, which has been his target since the start of the season,” said Goldie.

“I’ve had him since he was a yearling and he’s progressed every year. His brother, Euchen Glen, won at York and I hope he can.

“It’s a long way from Scotland, but so nice to be going back with two superstars in the lorry.”

Paddy Power were impressed with the performance and cut Sir Chauvelin to 12-1 from 20-1 for the Ebor.

Vale Of Kent stepped up on his second place at this meeting on Wednesday to win the Qatar Handicap for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning.

He only lost out by a neck the first time and it was a similarly close call for victory, with the 5-2 favourite edging out On The Warpath by a nose.

Johnston said: “He ran well here earlier in the week, loved the fast ground and the track and has been a fine servant to us this year.”

Duke Of Hazzard (11-4) took the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes for Paul Cole and David Probert while the closing Qatar Apprentice Handicap was claimed by The Night Porter and Scott McCullagh.

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