Tomorrow’s Dream takes opener
The first race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2020, the British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap over a mile, went the way of 11/2 chance Tomorrow’s Dream (William Haggas/Tom Marquand).
After tracking the leaders, the three-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream began to make stealthy headway quarter of a mile from home and went to the front entering the final furlong. She never looked in any danger thereafter, coming home a length and a half to the good of 9/4 favourite Angel Power (Roger Varian/Silvestre De Sousa).
Tom Marquand, celebrating his 50th winner of the season, said: “I am really impressed with Tomorrow’s Dream. I won on her two runs ago at Chepstow and she really didn’t handle the track at all and took a long time to get going, but she hit the line very hard.
“She was probably caught up in a little bit of a tactical affair at Newbury – she had to come out round them – and I think it just halted that little bit of momentum she had. The winner won pretty convincingly in the end there, but she ran a really nice race.
“We didn’t go that hard there today; I got landed in a nice pitch from an easy draw [stall 5], and to be fair she showed a really good turn of foot, because we weren’t going that quick.
“At this time of year, the weight you are getting for being on the three-year-olds – it’s a pretty big help, but she’s clearly done well for the winter and is a nice filly to go forward with.
“It is a massive week. Goodwood has always been a big part of the season; being an apprentice at Richard Hannon’s, it was always a main focus, and to win the first race on such a big week is fantastic and hopefully gets the ball rolling for the rest of the week.”
1.10pm British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap 1m
1 Tomorrow’s Dream – William Haggas 3-8-09 Tom Marquand 11/2
2 Angel Power – Roger Varian 3-9-01 Silvestre De Sousa 9/4 Fav
3 Queen Of Silca – Mick Channon 3-8-02 David Egan 25/1
Winner owned by Apple Tree Stud
Breeding: b f Oasis Dream – Midnight Thoughts (USA) (Henrythenavigbator)
Breeder: Apple Tree Stud
Time: 1m 41.86s
Distances: 1½, nose
Tote Win: £4.60 Places: £1.50 £1.40 £6.10 Exacta: £18.70
William Haggas – 16th winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Tom Marquand – 2nd winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival