Another Festival - Another Winner!
WINNER 69 OF 2023: MONSIEUR KODI, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Oisin Orr : The Class 2 'Coral Stewards' Sprint Handicap' over 6f at The Qatar Goodwood Festival.
We do like our Festival runners and the Qatar Goodwood Festival is one that many owners love to attend. This year the weather wasn't quite what you would expect for August, but having won on very soft ground previously, we were confident that Monsieur Kodi would not be fazed by the underfoot conditions, in this valuable Class 2 race.
He broke well and was taken across to the far rail with the majority of the field and was in touch with the leaders. Ridden to lead under 2f out, he went clear and as the field tried to close him down, he crossed the line 1/2 a length in front, giving us our 5th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner in the last 5 years!
Watch the full race replay here: https://www.racingtv.com/results/uk/457378-goodwood/05-Aug-2023/1350
Here's Oisin's post race ITV Racing interview:
Timeform rated it as a career best 95+, saying: "Has been gradually going the right way all season and resumed winning ways back on testing ground, his record 3 from 4 on soft/heavy this year and was value extra over the bare form too, the 2l or so he surged clear 1f out a better reflection of him; chased leaders, pushed along soon after halfway, led under 2f out, hung right, went clear, closed down only late on; he'll continue to give a good account, especially when the mud is flying.”
Syndicate manager Tom says: "Congratulations to his owners on what was a marvellous display from their horse there. A super £38,220 pot to take home and a 3rd win of the year. A career best from him and he continues on a high. He's a very verstile horse and we'll pop a few more big race entries in for him. A brilliant day winning at The Qatar Goodwood Festival and fair play to Oisin and Richard for that performance."