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Thousands revel at Goodwood opening

Sussex jockey Jason Watson has declared his love for Goodwood after landing yet another winner on Opening Saturday at the South Downs course.

 

The Brighton-born rider maintained his good rapport with his local track when successful on Dominus for Brian Meehan in The Sussex Roof Garden Novice Stakes.

 

The 9/4 shot quickened with two furlongs to go and just about edged out 6/5 favourite Qutob to land the race.

 

It was yet another successful homecoming for Watson who was victorious in the Stewards’ Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2018.

 

He said: “I have a close affinity with the track, it’s one of my favourite racecourses to ride and a real family day out for me.”

 

It was one of a number of exciting races the crowd of more than 10,000 enjoyed at the track.

 

The eight-race card commenced with The Double Trigger Handicap Stakes, where the local challenge looked strong with the favourite Cristal Spirit trained in Chiddingfold by George Baker and bred by Meon Valley.

 

However, it was Horsham trainer, Gary Moore, whose Rydan landed the race, held up in midfield, he travelled strongly into the home straight before asserting inside the final furlong to beat long-time leader Berrahri.

 

The two Listed contests attracted high-quality fields.

 

The first, The Unibet EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes, provided a second win in the race for John Gosden when Enbihaar prevailed.

 

In a race run to suit, the lightly raced 11-4 shot finished strongly under Dane O’Neil to beat favourite Klassique, with the two fillies pulling a convincing 4½ lengths clear of the field.

 

The second, the Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes, saw the William Haggas trained Awesometank bounce back to form following a below-par run at the end of last season.

 

The next event at the track is the May Festival which takes place from May 23-25.

 

— Racegoers can still snap up cut-price tickets to attend Fontwell’s popular United Hunts Fixture on Thursday (May 16, 5pm).

 

The card features a range of point to point races which are often used as significant stepping stones for up and coming jockeys.

 

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