Salute the July winning machine in the first at Glorious Goodwood
28 July 2014
Three days after one of the best performances by a filly in a good while and Taghrooda’s mesmerizing triumph in the King George seems to have been glossed over.
Instead of gushing and basking in the glory of her achievements there are those who seem to be queuing up with a list of “yeah, buts”.
For example Treve’s wellbeing is thrust back in to the headlines as a reminder that until Taghrooda’s ability can be celebrated she has to beat Treve and Sea The Moon.
Luckily the majority who viewed Taghrooda’s efforts on Saturday were captivated to the extent that the 7-1 for the Arc disappeared in a blink of an eye. The 6-1 and 5-1 did not hang around, either, and now she is a best priced 9-2.
We should just celebrate this year’s Classic generation, starring Kingman, Australia and Taghrooda. So often we are starved in such areas.
Being at Ascot on Saturday was a real thrill. It’s a rarity to witness such an occasion, a filly of such magnitude and she is so expressive when you look carefully at her mannerisms. It’s those types of horses who tend to turn out to be really special.
Paul Hanagan tugging at her ear was a great picture in the Racing Post. It appears we only have her until the end of the season, so let’s just enjoy her.
Galway has already begun and normal service resumed with a win for Dermot Weld and huge payout queues were seen for for Tony Martin’s Quick Jack on day one.
All eyes now are now on Glorious Goodwood normally a benefit for Richard Hughes and he starts day one with odds-on shot Beacon in the Bet365 Molecomb Stakes.
It is hard to ignore, too, the winners factory in July that has been Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning.
Their Salutation really appeals in the very first race of the five-day bonanza. He did so well to try to make all in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot, especially as the only horse to glide past him was none other than Arab Spring. Adopting the same tactics could catch them all out.
Goodwood’s betting ring has never been bursting with turnover, the picturesque scenery is the backdrop to some of the strongest layers but they are there to enjoy the surroundings rather than absorb big wagers.
More and more the fact we are now in a culture of a cashless society it is becoming evident that the betting ring is suffering.
Technology has given the facility to bet via mobiles and other similar gadgets while on-course. It diverts all the money which would have reached bookmakers satchels straight into a computer abyss, which doesn’t recycle onto the on-course market. It only weakens it.
The Sussex Downs beckon, and one thing is for sure no two days will be the same. It is time to be riveted.
Tanya Stevenson’s Tuesday’s tips:
Tanya Stevenson’s pointers:
Seven of the last ten races had been decided by a neck or less.
Thirty-three of the last 68 favourites have won, but only three in the last ten years.
Seven of the last ten winners had finished no worse than second on their previous start.
Five of the last ten winners had been to Royal Ascot.
In 2007 Fleeting Spirit defeated Kingsgate Native.
Future July Cup winner Mayson finished fourth in 2010.
In 2005 Strike Up The Band had run in both the Norfolk Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes before coming on to win the Molecomb!
Only four winning favourites since it was first run in 2000.
Seven of the 14 runnings were won by three-year-olds.
Twelve of the 14 winners were priced no bigger than 7-1.
Nine of the last ten winners came from the first three in the betting.
Nine of the last ten winners had run in a Group One during their career.
Seven of the last ten winners had taken in Royal Ascot en route to Goodwood.
Only two of the last ten winners won on their most recent start.
Only three of the last six three-year-old winners had taken in the 2000 Guineas - the other three all ran in the French 2000 Guineas.
The last winning favourite was Supply And Demand in 1998.
The last horse older than five to win was Knock Knock in 1992 - he was seven.
Mark Johnston has won the race three times in the last eight years.
Sir Michael Stoute has had one winner from his last six runners, but has had three beaten favourites.
Seven of the last 10 winners have been drawn in double figure stalls.
Only three of the last ten had won on their most recent run.
Since 1997 only three winners have carried less than 9-0.
Seven of the ten winners came from the first three in the betting.
Eight of the last ten winners had previously won over at least a mile and a half.
Luca Cumani has won the race three times.