100-1 charity runner to be sold at the end of the season
Ashley Head earned any amount of good karma by buying a two-year-old with Gary Moore and running it for charity for a year, and he seemingly cashed it all in at once as Thechildren'strust won on debut at Glorious Goodwood at 100-1.
The horse is running, and will be sold at the end of the season, to raise money for the charity after which he is named, and his sale could raise a great deal more than the £12,660 he earned here on his first start.
"We bought him for a bit of fun and he's raising money for the charity," said Head. "I'll auction him for the year at our function on November 6 and whoever buys him will have a lovely horse."
Given Head is giving all the prize-money to charity he deserved the 100-1 SP, but he revealed: "I didn't have a bet!"
Head's silks are more familiar to jumps fans, with horses such as Ar Mad – who could be campaigned at three miles this year – and he was keen to thank jockey Hector Crouch, who is in fantastic form of late having ridden a four-timer at Lingfield on Saturday evening.
There was a sad postscript to the race as the Richard Hughes-trained Hell Of A Band fractured his shoulder and had to be put down.
Connections over the moon with El Astronaute
El Astronaute returned to winning ways with a tenacious display in the £30,000 5f handicap and trainer's John Quinn's daughter Kelly was on hand to collect the trophy.
She said: "I'm absolutely delighted for [owner] Mr [Ross] Harmon, he's a superstar and Jason [Hart] gave him a lovely ride. His last run wasn't great but he got dropped a pound, which helped, and that was the real him today."
Thought for the day
British festivals like to start with a bang and by having the Vintage Stakes and Goodwood Cup either side of the Lennox, day one of Glorious Goodwood now has a start to match its rivals.