Reflections on Goodwood

Goodwood is always a highlight of midsummer and the racecourse had done much to extol the remarkable Stradivarius. I am a privileged and partisan member of that camp, but I can’t help wondering how the connections of the other two major principals felt. It seems that they should be afforded some publicity to accentuate the contest – a good race needs two protagonists and a great race three or more. The horses that Stradivarius divided would be most owners’ horse of a lifetime and deserve promotion. How famous would Affirmed have been without Alydar?

Baaeed was as impressive as ever and fans must relish the prospect of him stepping up to ten furlongs. I hope that his owners are true to the sportsmanship of their historical roots and return him to the fray as a five year old, when he can prove that he stays a mile and a half like all truly great horses. We are all eager to have a mare covered by him, but the legendary horses proved it on the course, not in the stallion shed. What is there to be lost? Ali is still the greatest, Man O’ War is was still “The mostest hoss.”

The Magnolia Cup went off without calamity, which was a surprise to me; I felt sure that asking Joan Armatrading, whose biggest hit was “Drop The Pilot,” to present the prizes was tempting fate to a dangerous degree.