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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Magical moment for level-headed Wood as he rides out claim

George Wood: had a spell in Dubai with Godolphin last winter
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James Burn with three things to take away from Goodwood's meeting on Friday night

Magical moment for Wood

Magical Dreamer was an eyecatching winner of the 6f handicap for fillies, and it was also a victory jockey George Wood will not forget in a hurry as it meant he lost his claim.

Watch a replay of Magical Dreamer's victory

The grounded and capable 20-year-old, who is based with Magical Dreamer's trainer James Fanshawe in Newmarket, has won plenty of admirers during his short time in the saddle, as witnessed by a spell in Dubai last winter with Godolphin and Charlie Appleby.

Two winners from eight rides for Sheikh Mohammed's operation have followed in Britain this year for Wood, whose biggest win has come on Dolphin Vista in last year's Cambridgeshire.

Losing your claim can be a tricky time for a young rider, but Wood's career seems unlikely to stall.

First Edition

Any two-year-old who wins in style at this time of year is almost certainly booked for Royal Ascot, so what about a juvenile who wins twice in style?

Watch Main Edition impress

The royal meeting is likely to be on Main Edition's agenda after she came away from the field in the 6f novice for Mark Johnston and James Doyle, whose battle with the Friday night traffic from Epsom was not wasted.

The daughter of Zoffany won on quick ground at Windsor in May and followed up on easier conditions, so she looks a contender for the Albany. She is a nice, sizeable type to boot.

Burrows starting to plough on

Owen Burrows had just two winners in March and April but four in May, and Ganayem's success in the mile novice set him on his way for June, so perhaps that is a sign the trainer's string is coming to hand.

See how Ganayem struck for Owen Burrows 

Laraaib, who remains unexposed after just five starts, three of which he has won, ran with credit when second to Poet's Word in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes recently, while eight of Burrows' last 14 runners have made the frame.

He had the best season of his brief training career last term and will be keen to build on it this year, when he has more – and hopefully for him – better horses.

Ganayem, for instance, could be one of those.

You might also be interested in these reports from Friday:

Ascot-bound Cosmic Law proves himself an A-lister with Woodcote win

No Hassle for Newland as he lands Lincolnshire feature

St Malo makes long trip pay off and provides Hobbs with first Flat win at course


Wood has won plenty of admirers during his short time in the saddle, as witnessed by a spell in Dubai last winter with Godolphin and Charlie Appleby
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