All the way success for Chamade in opener
Chamade (Ralph Beckett/Harry Bentley, 22/1) made every yard of the running in the opening British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Handicap over a mile and a quarter.
The three-year-old Sepoy filly kept finding out in front, seeing off all challengers, and at the finish had two and three-quarter lengths to spare over 13/8 favourite Waliyak (Roger Varian/David Egan).
Ralph Beckett said: “Chamade is what you call a slow burner. She was actually in the Horses In Training sale last October and won just before; if she hadn’t won well that day, she would have got sold for about five grand. She is a homebred, she has got her black type and now she has won a couple, so that’s great.
“Making the pace has suited her every time we’ve done it. Richard Kingscote actually won her maiden on her and it was because he rode her like that that we carried on with it. I thought the ground would be too quick today.
“We will be heading back for black type again, probably in the autumn I would think. She might turn out in the Upavon Stakes [at Salisbury] in a fortnight’s time, but I would have thought it was more likely that she’d be heading for Europe in the autumn.”
Harry Bentley added: “As much as I love this racecourse, it can be an unlucky place at times. Things went nicely in front and she just got the run of the race. She was coming back down in class and is very effective over this distance. When she won at Newmarket on her second start and Richard Kingscote rode her, it was similar fashion – she dominated a bit in front and kept on pulling out more.
“She is a filly that doesn’t do an awful lot at home but seems to do a lot more on the racecourse. She just really appreciates being out there in front on her own, being able to wind things up in her own time.
“I think it is good ground. It has tightened up a little bit from yesterday, with no rain overnight. I am going to be biased because I have won but it is beautiful racing ground.”
1.10pm British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap 1m 2f
1 Chamade – Ralph Beckett 3-8-10 Harry Bentley 22/1
2 Waliyak – Roger Varian 3-8-10 Ralph Beckett 13/8 Fav
3 Dean Street Doll – David Menuisier 4-9-03 Ryan Moore 14/1
Winner owned by Mr and Mrs David Aykroyd
Breeding: Sepoy (AUS) – Colima (IRE) (Authorized (IRE))
Breeder: Mr and Mrs David Aykroyd
Time: 2m 8.06s
Distances: 2¾, 1½
Tote Win: £21.70 Places: £4.60, £1.10, £3.20 Exacta: £62.30
Ralph Beckett – 6th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Harry Bentley – 6th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival