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Gung Ho stings layers on day to remember for happy punters; TALK OF THE TRACKS.

Byline: Cyrus Dailami

BOOKMAKERS did not have a great day at Goodwood yesterday as five wellbacked horses prevailed on the six-race card.

"We missed the price," was the initial reaction of the owners of Gung Ho Jack, who battled back in good style to beat Mahkama by a length in the nursery.

Available at 12-1 with one bookmaker last night, the John Best-trained colt opened up on course at 5-1 and his supporters continued to get stuck in as the son of Moss Vale was sent off at just 3-1. Best said: "I was thrilled with his game attitude. The other one came to him and I was worried, but he just kept finding more."

Carroll keeps it in the family The last race on the card proved a family affair as amateur Charlie Carroll, son of trainer Tony Carroll, rode his first winner on just his fifth ride when partnering Boston Blue to victory in the 1m3f handicap.

Carroll jnr confidently guided the well-backed 9-4 favourite home and it was impossible to ignore his enthusiasm for the sport.

"I loved it. It's my first winner, I've still got a year left at school, but I'm going to try to turn conditional," said the jockey. "I just need to thank the owner [Bob Millen] for having faith in me and letting me have a go."

The proud winning trainer said: "It's only the boy's fifth ride and we're very pleased. He's worked hard - he's been down for a fortnight to Sir Mark [Prescott] and at Philip Hobbs's yard. All credit to the owner, who gave him a chance."

Fortune's thrill on Swingland There was also quite a buzz about Swingland and the Paul Cole-trained 3-1 favourite justified heavy support as she raced away from a field of wellbred fillies to land the maiden fillies' stakes.

Jockey Jimmy Fortune was pleased with her performance, saying: "She's a nice filly and she stayed on well. Hopefully there will be more to come."

The enthusiastic greeting from large sections of the grandstand confirmed that this was another victory to hit the bookmakers hard.

Queally eases bookies' pain Tom Queally, who has heaped misery on many bookmakers this season when partnering the mighty Frankel to success, came to their rescue this time as the Sir Henry Cecil-trained Late Telegraph denied the well-backed 8-11 favourite Dick Doughtywylie in the 1m2f maiden.

Cecil was not present to see the 320,000gns son of Montjeu make his belated racecourse debut, but the manner in which the colt defied greenness and an apparent lack of fitness in the paddock was quite taking.

Morant lives up to high hopes Sluggsy Morant, winner of the 6f handicap, was a horse connections had "high hopes" for at the beginning of the season and has always been well regarded at Henry Candy's yard, according to Dane O'Neill.

The winning jockey said: "He took a bit of time to get going but finished off his race very well today. We've always had high hopes for him. He was incredibly impressive on his first win of the season, but things didn't quite go right for him after that."

HISTORY LESSON Dick Doughtywylie, who finished runner-up in the 1m2f maiden at Goodwood, is owned by Rachel Hood and is a half-brother to her Lancashire Oaks winner Getrude Bell. However, the real Doughtywylie was married and embarked on an unconsummated affair with explorer Gertrude Bell, to whom he sent many love letters. Let's hope any equine relationship is a little more straightforward.

SIR HENRY THE HOODIE Sir Henry Cecil had three runners yesterday and two of them wore hoods. Late Telegraph swooped late in the headgear to land a Goodwood maiden under Tom Queally, while Loving Thought ran on strongly to finish third in the 7f handicap at Epsom.

APPRENTICE RULE It was a good day for up-and-coming jockeys at Ripon, with five of the seven races being captured by apprentices - Declan Cannon, Kieran O'Neill, Garry Whillans, Shane B Kelly and Jason Hart all rode a winner.

BELTER UNDER BOTH CODES Spice Bar, winner of four of his last five races over hurdles, proved he can also do it on the Flat. Trained by Declan Carroll and ridden by Jason Hart, the seven-year-old won the 2m handicap.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2011
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