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March Stakes at Goodwood to be run in memory of training legend John Dunlop

Ed Dunlop, pictured with his father John: "Goodwood was my father's favourite racecourse in the world"
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The newly upgraded March Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday week will be run in memory of multiple Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop, who died last month aged 78.

Dunlop, who sent out nearly 3,600 winners during a 47-year career at Castle Stables at nearby Arundel, won the March Stakes with Scottish Rifle (1972) and Rain Rider (1992).

The Ladbrokes-sponsored contest will be run as a Group 3 this year on the same card as the Group 2 Celebration Mile.

Goodwood clerk of the course Ed Arkell said on Friday: "We're very pleased to run the March Stakes in memory of John.

"As a local trainer, he was a great supporter of Goodwood and was also on the board of directors here for a number of years. He had success in the race and was always a fan of the stayer and staying races here."

Dunlop's son Ed said: "Goodwood was my father's favourite racecourse in the world and to have a race named in his honour so quickly after his death is deeply touching.

"Our thanks go to the Duke of Richmond, Ed Arkell and everyone at the course. Unfortunately I don't have a runner for the race – we've looked, I can assure you – but my brother Harry has talked about possibly having a horse to run."


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To have named a race in my father's honour is deeply touching
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