Wood lands biggest win on Prize Money
Doncaster has been a lucky track for Godolphin this Flat season – in April they won the Lincoln with the Charlie Appleby-trained Secret Brief and seven months on they plundered the last major handicap of the campaign with the aptly-named 4-1 shot Prize Money.
Trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, Prize Money stayed on with great gusto to take the £80,000 Betfred November Handicap by three-quarters of a length from the Yorkshire-trained Erik The Red.
In between those two major handicaps wins, Blue Point lit up the Yorkshire sky with a scintillating win in a novices' race in July before going on the win the Gimcrack Stakes at York and making the places in the Middle Park and Dewhurst.
One of the features of Godolphin's operation is the way they give opportunities to up-and-coming apprentices and this time the spotlight fell on George Wood, who has been one of the finds of the season and was having his first ride in their colours.
He admitted to being hopeful beforehand saying: "I thought I had a chance as he is a horse with plenty of class. I came there travelling well and rather than take a pull and disappoint him, I kicked on and he found plenty."
Wood, 18, who is based in Newmarket with James Fanshawe, was riding his 35th and biggest winner of a career that has taken off this season.
He said: "I have had my licence for two years, and things have gone very well for me this season as my first winner was in March at Southwell."
There will be no travelling around the all-weather circuit and enduring the cold of a British winter in the next few months for Wood as he will soon be heading off to the sun of the West coast of America as he has secured a job working in California.