Racing Gossip: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk as he lines up some bets at Goodwood on Saturday

Racing Gossip: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk as he lines up some bets at Goodwood on Saturday

August 29, 2020

TALK about taking a liberty.

Goodwood has asked its members to gift the track their £384 annual subs to ease Covid related losses.

That is more than a bit strong bearing in mind they haven’t been able to attend a meeting in 2020.

Worse still, this call is coming from the Duke of Richmond….and that isn’t a boozer on the Mile End Road.

Beside inheriting one of Europe’s fanciest racecourses, the Duke has a 12,000-acre estate, two golf courses and a 91-bedroom hotel on his portfolio.

In short, you wouldn’t mind being a dollar behind him.

And by asking his members to waive a membership refund the Duke has proved something else.

He is the owner of a highly polished brass neck.

By the way, David Probert is the only jockey to have rides in all three Group races at Goodwood this weekend.

Diddy Dave’s trio are live runners and the team over at Sporting Index are offering come cracking prices about his chances.

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They go 2-1 Andrew Balding’s stable jockey winning exactly one Group race, 16-1 for a Goodwood Group race double or better and 1-2 he goes home empty-handed.

Meanwhile, the firm have spiced up the market for Windsor’s Winter Hill Stakes (3.15).

Fox Chairman will start a skinny price, but Sporting Index are a generous looking 11-4 about him winning by two lengths or more and that could be the way to go.

Meanwhile, keep your mince pies on in-form Chris Wall’s runners.

This fella operates so far under the radar his fan club is made up of miners and pot-holers.

But he’s shrewder than Solomon and reeled-in a big’un when Goldie Hawk (9-1 to 11-4) pulled off a monster touch at Lingfield on Wednesday.

She’s nailed-on to win again and I’m told the yard are expecting a bold show from Double Or Bubble at Newmarket (2.45) today.

Mind you, punt of the week was landed by rookie trainer Tom Ward and top-jock Tom Marquand.


DOMINO DARLING (3.55, Newmarket) won a hot maiden last backend and will love the testing ground.

The `two Toms’ were a better double act than Batman and Robin when they grafted together at Richard Hannon’s yard.

And they have given the layers plenty of grief since Wardy took out a licence to train last summer.

The pals hit it out of the park again with Devils Club (14-1 to 6s) at Bath on Monday and must be shadowed when they team up.

Talking about Bath, I remember the day a well-known face called Jimmy The Spiv was haggling with the ticket lady there.

Now this fella is so tight he squeaks when he walks.

And he was determined to squeeze a few quid off the entrance fee.

Jimmy wouldn’t be the quietest fella in the world and insisted he went racing every day so shouldn’t pay more than a fiver.

The ticket lady could not get a word in edgeways so admitted defeat, took his fiver and waved The Spiv through.

It wasn’t until he got in and saw the gaff was busier than Piccadilly Circus that our hero realised it was a free admission day.

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