Glamorous Anna makes all in opener to hand Mason and Cox first Goodwood success
Glamorous Anna (Chris Mason/William Cox, 9/1) made every yard a winning one when landing the opening Mirabeau En Provence Handicap, a five-furlong contest for three-year-olds. It was a first Qatar Goodwood Festival winner for both Chepstow-based trainer Chris Mason and jockey William Cox.
The winner saw off all challengers to score by a length and a half from Newyorkstateofmind (William Muir/David Egan, 18/1).
Chris Mason said: “I was hoping Glamorous Anna would run a good race. She only just hung on at Windsor; she was hanging one way and then the other, so I think we would have finished a little bit more in front there if she had stayed straight. Coming here up a grade, I thought she might go close.
“Wearing cheekpieces was a case of doing everything we could to keep her straight – she’s partially sighted in her right eye – so we changed the bit, put the cheekpieces on, just little tweaks here and there.
“She has got so much natural early speed, and she has got that one kick. If she can take enough out of them in that one kick, she takes a bit of catching. At Windsor she took on all the old stalwarts, and she just has so much early speed. She is three, and as we go into her four-year-old year I think she will get stronger and hopefully quicker.
“The Baileys, who own her, have got some nice horses. The breeding is a new part for them – in past years they generally bought in; they bought that Glamorous line in. Just Glamorous, who I train for them, won a G3 in France a couple of years back; he was a really smart horse, just a couple of niggly problems as age gets on, but we have got him to win this year. It’s a nice family.
“We have got 10 horses we are running at the moment; hopefully it will grow on a bit. It is nice to get a [first] Glorious Goodwood winner to reward the Baileys. I am delighted and there will be celebrations tonight.”
William Cox said: “Glamorous Anna takes two or three lengths out of them at the stalls and then you can just easily sit down on the rail. She has so much natural speed and a slightly downhill five furlongs here seems to play to her advantage.
“She is never over-racing and is always in your hands. She is very relaxed and that is a bit unusual for a five-furlong sprinter like her.
“We decided to put cheekpieces on her today. The last day she hung all over the track and she is slightly blind in her right eye so the cheekpieces helped straighten her up and seem to have done the trick.
“We have stuck the cheekpieces on just so that whilst she can’t much coming, the cheekpieces make it similar either side. It seems to have worked well.
“Glamorous Anna is progressive and seems to improve with every run. There is no reason why she can’t step into a class two now.
“The sun is out and it is a lovely day so you have to take full advantage and enjoy it.”
1.10pm Mirabeau En Provence Handicap 5f
1 Glamorous Anna – Chris Mason 3-9-00 William Cox 9/1
2 Newyorkstateofmind – William Muir 3-8-03 David Egan 18/1
3 Show Me Show Me – Richard Fahey 3-9-05 Paddy Mathers 13/2
Winner owned by Robert & Nina Bailey
Breeding: b f Cable Bay (IRE) – Go Glamorous (IRE) (Elnadim (USA))
Breeder: Robert & Nina Bailey
4/1 Fav Caspian Queen (7th)
Distances: 1½, ¾
Win: £12.10 Places: £3.60, £4.40, £1.80 Exacta: £159.50
Chris Mason – 1st winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
William Cox – 1st winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival