Tough as Teak at Goodwood
A review of the rest of the action on day two of Glorious Goodwood, including a surprise victory for Teak.
Teak and Silvestre De Sousa caused a 33/1 upset in the Goodwood Stakes as the second day of the Glorious meeting got underway.
Stopped Out attempted to make all the running in this unusual event, which winds the entire way around the undulating course and over two miles and five furlongs, but he weakened with a couple of furlongs left.
The Ian Williams-trained outsider was one of the closing pack and was required to be as hard as his name to beat Ray Ward by a length and a quarter, while the 11/8 favourite Maid In Rio seemed to fail to get the longer track after travelling smoothly into contention.
Williams told Channel 4 Racing: "He switched off during his race. He was far too keen at York in a visor last time.
"He'd run very well at Pontefract over two mile two. This distance is more specialist. The big worry was the favourite (Maid In Rio).
"Some of them haven't got home and his staying has come into its own.
"I'll probably send him hurdling. That's what we're looking forward to. There aren't many great opportunities for him now.
"We struggle to get in the bottom of these bigger handicaps. We were fortunate today. It worked out well and we're all very happy."
De Sousa said: "He gives everything and he travelled well through the race and he's come home well."
Trainer Jonny Portman believes Royal Razalma is a bright prospect for the future after the filly captured the Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes in impressive style.
"She's a nice filly but I was dreading the ground. She won in spite of it rather than because she enjoyed it," said Portman. "She's nice and improving with each run. I was bit disappointed with her on her debut at Newbury and then showed today that her Warwick second was no fluke.
"She has potential but she is superior mentally than physically. I can't think the handicapper is going to give her much of a chance of winning a nursery after landing a Goodwood maiden so easily so our hand may be forced into going for something like the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury.
"I hoped to bring Annecdote here on Friday but she has been sold to America so it's nice to have a replacement for Annecdote, although she's not as good as her at the moment."
Magique signed off on a fine note by causing another surprise, this time at 25/1, in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap.
Noseda, enjoying his 11th Glorious Goodwood, said: "Magique is 119 days in foal and the cut off point is 120 days. We have had this race in mind for her swansong since her last start and it's a great result.
"A big thanks to Jimmy Fortune. A wonderful front-running ride and, although the other jockeys let him do what he wanted, it was a stunning performance from him. I can't actually remember a better ride on one of my horses. For me, he has made today.
"Being in foal has made a big difference to her. I told Jimmy just to jump out the stalls and not send her or take her back. He took the bull by the horns and a big thanks to him."
Fortune added: "It wasn't the plan to make the running. Jeremy said to go out there and not send her back or take her forward.
"She got to the front and the others left me to it. It's not often you get that in a big field - there are normally two or three of them taking you on.
"She was running around a bit in front but is a talented filly. It's a shame it's her last race because I won't get to ride her again."
Newmarket trainer David Simcock got on the Glorious Goodwood scoreboard when Related took the closing race on day two, the Turf Club Handicap.
The Richard Kingscote-ridden winner - a twelfth at the course for Simcock and second at the Glorious meeting - wore first-time blinkers and made all the running to beat Lulu The Zulu and George Rooke. Kingscote was completing 76/1 double on the day having ridden the previous-race winner, Royal Razalma - his tally now reads 12 Goodwood winners and four at the track's mid-summer highlight.
Simcock said: "He probably deserved that because he's run some good races this season without winning. Things didn't really pan for him at Epsom [on his previous outing in a visor] and there was no real thought processes in visor or blinkers.
"It's particularly nice for the owners because it's been a long time since the horse won.
"It was pretty obvious we had to make use of our draw [stall one] and he loves fast ground. It's hard to come from behind today especially over seven furlongs and one mile.
"He probably doesn't quite get home over a mile. As long as he can get his own way he can take a bit of catching, so I don't see any reason why he can't win again in blinkers."