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  • 14:50 Betfair Gordon Stakes 1m 4f

  • (group 3) £70,000 added 3yo 6 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 37.14s
  • Off time: 14:53:28

Full result

14:50 Goodwood Result 29th July 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Conduit (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 1/2f
Disputed start, challenged on outside from 3f out, narrow lead inside final 2f, strongly pressed and edged right from over 1f out, hard driven to assert final strides opened 4/7 touched 4/7 £2000-£3250 £1600-£2600(x2) £800-£1300(x3) £2000-£3500(x5) £1600-£2800 £800-£1400(x8) £600-£1050 £400-£700(x3) £693-£1300
2nd (6) hd Donegal (USA) 9-0 Martin Dwyer A M Balding 3 14/1
Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, soon challenging, upsides winner from inside final 2f, stayed on gamely, just held final strides opened 11/1 touched 14/1
3rd (4) Hebridean (IRE) 9-3 J P Murtagh A P O'Brien 3 5/1
Chased leaders on rail, driven 2f out, 3rd and no impression on front pair, eased inside final furlong opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500
4th (2) Bouguereau 9-0 A Munro P W Chapple-Hyam 3 10/1
Led, pushed along and kept narrow advantage from 3f out, driven and headed just inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out opened 10/1 touched 12/1
5th (1) 8 Scintillo 9-0 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 11/1
Held up, pushed along 3f out, soon beaten opened 11/1 touched 12/1
6th (5) 1 Alan Devonshire 9-0 E Ahern M H Tompkins 3 33/1
Took keen hold, held up, hampered 7f out, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 40/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.50 Tote Place: £1.10,3.20
Straight Forecast: £8.68 Exacta: £8.20

Jackpot: £35,620.77 carried forward to Goodwood, 30th Jul, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £1,202.80, Pool: £250707.66, 152.15 winning tickets
Quadpot: £196.90, Pool: £14532.37, 54.6 winning tickets
PlaceSix: £904.04
PlaceFive: £156.41

Verdict

All the pre-race hype here was for 1-2 favourite CONDUIT, a farcical winner off 85 in a handicap on Derby day at Epsom and an unlucky second when rallying late in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. The latter performance put him right into contention for the St Leger, and judging by the market support he was expected to enhance his claims for the Doncaster Classic in style here. He didn't, despite winning, as he was niggled along some way from home and had to pull out all the stops to beat Newmarket's Bahrain Cup winner Donegal by a neck. Andrew Balding's horse prefers softer ground, but this was a career-best effort and he is improving with each race now. That said, Conduit only just prevailed in a battle he looked like losing in the final furlong, and this performance was some way below what will be required on Town Moor. The extra distance looks sure to suit him there, but trainer and owner could have more viable alternatives for the race in Tartan Bearer and Patkai. One thing that should be said is the pace was muddling here, certainly not suiting the winner, or Aidan O'Brien's Hebridean, who took a daring run up the rail.