Horse Racing: King reigns once again; Black Jacari carries Katchit colours to victory.
BLACK Jacari carried the pink and green colours of Champion Hurdle hero Katchit into the winner's enclosure as Jimmy Fortune drove him home in the Goodwood Vintage Fly In Handicap on the Sussex Downs yesterday, writes MARTIN KELLY.
Like the Cheltenham Festival winner, the three-year-old is trained by Alan King whose only previous win at Goodwood came courtesy of Triumph Hurdle runner-up Franchoek last September.
King also owns a half-share in Black Jacari, who shot clear down the far rail with a furlong left to run and rewarded those who backed him into 4-1 with a length-and-a-half success.
King said: "We bought him from the breeze-ups last year as a dual purpose horse, but we'll have some more fun on the Flat before we worry about jumping.
"It was a slight concern dropping back to 10 furlongs and staying won't be a problem for him."
Richard Hannon, who sent out a double at Sandown on Thursday evening, celebrated his 63rd birthday with a win from the Richard Hughes-ridden Round The Cape.
The even-money favourite fulfilled the promise shown on her debut at Newbury to knuckle down and land division one of the Goodwood Flying School Maiden Fillies' Stakes as the even-money favourite.
Hannon said: "She is a lovely filly, but Richard said she hated the ground. She got the mile well and will stay further."
Division Two provided Fortune with his second winner of the day as John Gosden's Cosmopolitan (10-1) made a winning debut with a head victory over La Sarrazine.
Vicky Haigh made the long trip south from Doncaster to saddle recent Beverley winner Paraguay to victory in the Goodwood Aerodrome Handicap, although the judge was required to split the 6-1 chance from Merrymadcap by a short head.
Haigh said: "I can't believe we won the photograph as I thought he had got beat. I couldn't go through 2008 without a winner here as I've had one every season since I started training.
"He had every problem you could have last year and we just got him right for last week. I might let him run again at Carlisle on Monday."
Racegoers on the Downs were treated to another bobbing finish in the six-furlong Casco Maiden Auction Stakes with Ralph Beckett's newcomer Creshendo just getting the better of Woolston Ferry at odds of 11-2.
Beckett said: "He has been showing up well at home but my last three two-year-olds have run poorly, so I didn't know what to expect."
Creshendo's rider Seb Sanders completed a near 10-1 double as Sir Mark Prescott's Master Of Arts rattled off his third win on the bounce as the 8-13 favourite in the International Bureau of Aviation Stakes.
Last year's joint champion jockey commented: "He was slowly away from the gate but overcame that and finished his race well."
Shane Kelly finished runner-up aboard Stand In Flames but was stood down for four days due to careless riding soon after the start.
MOORE'S RUN STEALS SHOW
FORMER champion jockey Ryan Moore carried out instructions perfectly on King Of Dixie as William Knight's rising star reigned supreme at York.
On an unusually low-key Knavesmire card, the smooth victory posted by Knight's up-andcoming Kingmambo colt stole the show and paved the way for connections to plot a path into Group-race company.
After finishing third in the Victoria Cup, King Of Dixie was sent off the well-supported 9-4 favourite for the PD Ports Stakes and while Moore sat a long way off a furious early gallop, his supporters were always sitting pretty.
Quickening smartly inside the distance, he went on to an easy two-and-a-half-length win.
SUSSEX SUCCESS Jockey Jimmy Fortune and Black Jacari (left) heads for victory in the Goodwood Vintage Fly In Handicap on the Sussex Downs yesterday.