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  • 14:35 bet365 Gordon Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Group 3) £50,000 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner £28,355 2nd £10,750 3rd £5,380 4th £2,680
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 39.55s
  • Off time: 14:36:22

Full result

14:35 Goodwood Result 26th July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (10) Namibian (IRE) 9-3 S De Sousa M Johnston 3 7/1
Tracked leaders and took keen hold early stages, steadied 7f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, led over well 1f out, edged right and headed inside final furlong, battled back gamely to get back up close home opened 8/1 touched 10/1
2nd (2) nk Fiorente (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 11/10f
Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge inside final 2f, edged right and led inside final furlong, headed close home opened 11/10 touched 6/5 £3000-£2500 £5500-£5000 £3300-£3000 £1100-£1000(x4) £660-£600 £550-£500 £440-£400 £4000-£4000 £3000-£3000(x4) £2000-£2000(x2) £1000-£1000(x4) £500-£500(x2) £2727-£3000
3rd (5) Hunter's Light (IRE) 9-0 T E Durcan Saeed bin Suroor 3 8/1
Held up, switched left over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went 3rd and edged right inside final furlong, not able to challenge front pair opened 17/2 touched 9/1
4th (7) 1 Yaseer (IRE) 9-0 R Hills M P Tregoning 3 20/1
Held up in rear, ridden and hung right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not able to reach leaders opened 16/1 touched 20/1
5th (8) 2 Highland Castle 9-0 Dane O'Neill D R C Elsworth 3 16/1
Held up in rear, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never near leaders opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £10000-£600
6th (9) nk Hurricane Higgins (IRE) 9-0 D Holland M Johnston 3 33/1
Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th (11) Slumber 9-0 M Hills B W Hills 3 4/1
Mid-division, headway 8f out, led 2f out, soon headed, weakened inside final furlong opened 9/2 touched 5/1 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500 £2250-£500
8th (6) Moriarty (IRE) 9-0 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 20/1
Tracked leaders, lost place 8f out, no impression after` opened 20/1 touched 22/1
9th (1) Measuring Time 9-0 J Fortune Richard Hannon 3 33/1
Held up, ridden over 2f out, not clear run inside final furlong, no impression opened 40/1 touched 40/1
10th (3) ½ Well Sharp 9-0 P Makin M Dods 3 33/1
Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £20000-£400
NR (4) Dordogne (IRE) 9-3 T P Queally M Johnston 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.40 Tote Place: £2.00,1.10,1.90
Straight Forecast: £14.04 Exacta: £18.00 Trifecta: £111.70 Swingers: 1&2:2.70 2&3:3.10 1&3:3.80

Jackpot: £14,620.12 carried forward to Goodwood, 27th Jul
Placepot: £52.00, Pool: £265548.28, 3727.47 winning tickets
Quadpot: £20.50, Pool: £12297.85, 443.28 winning tickets

Verdict

NAMIBIAN landed the Gordon Stakes in a gritty finish. The race was staged initially at a sedate gallop which probably did not help too many of these if the formbook were to be believed.

Well Sharp was given the pacemaking duties along with Hurricane Higgins and although allowed the run of the race, there was always an element of the sitting duck about their predicament.

The winner was always tracking the leaders and while requiring plenty of encouragement from De Sousa as far as half-a-mile out, both he and the second placed Fiorente started to make their run with three to travel - neither prepared to buckle though the Johnston runner (who has raced up to two miles in the past) was able to get the better of his rival.

Johnston suggested that the rain that they had at Goodwood in the morning would have helped his charge and that a crack at the St Leger is now likely for the son of Cape Cross subject to the approval of the owner.

Connections of the second should not be too displeased however as he did not shirk the issue and this effort came in spite of him running a little freely in the early stages.

Hunter's Light was also a little free from the gate but he seemed to get the trip. Yaseer had to make his run from some way off the pace and though his visor suggests he may have some quirks - the way in which he kept on suggests that he will be worthy of interest if stepped up to further.

Slumber looked a likely winner as they came off the home turn. He appeared to be travelling the best though his effort petered out very quickly under the circumstances.