British EBF round up: Qatar Goodwood Festival 2017
Tue 8 Aug 2017
EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies Handicap (Wednesday 2nd August)
A gutsy performance by BILLESDON BESS (Dick Turpin) saw her win the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap, which saw nine horses line up after seven were withdrawn following heavy rain.
The conditions were no problem for the three-year-old winner, who was ridden by Hollie Doyle for trainer Richard Hannon and in the colours of Pall Mall Partners & Partners. Billesdon Bess is a daughter of Dick Turpin, who was trained by Hannon’s father, Richard Snr, to win the 2005 G2 Richmond Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Jeanette McCreery, representing the owners, said she was confident of success, adding: “It’s a brilliant day, she was marvellously trained and we couldn’t be more excited.
“She loves the conditions and we thought she would win because she’s tough. That’s what happens when you have horses with Richard Hannon.”
The winning trainer said: “She’s improving and Hollie gave her a lovely ride – she made all the running and gets on well with her. She did it the hard way and is versatile on the ground. There is improvement to come, and I’m pleased for the owners who are lovely people.”
BILLESDON BESS and runners up TITI MAKFI and INDULGED are all now set to run for the £25,000 TBA bonus (subject to qualification criteria) at the EBF Breeders’ Series finals at Newmarket on 7th October where each of the Handicaps are worth £50,000.
Victoria Racing Club EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden (Thursday 3rd August)
Roulette, the evens favourite, who was sixth, beaten two and a quarter lengths on her debut in July, built on that run when victorious in the Victoria Racing Club EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden over seven furlongs.
Michael Bell, who trained the Poet’s Voice Two-year-old filly, commented after the race: “It is very hard work on that ground for two-year-olds. She has never been in front in a race before in her life.
“We said before that we would try and make the running and use her experience.”
“I thought she looked like winning by a couple of lengths at one point, but it really is very hard for two-year-olds in this ground.
“She is a gorgeous looking filly. Barry Hills trained the mother, who hurt herself, and he said to Bill Gredley [owner], this is a very nice filly – you want to keep this. That was good advice from Barry.
“The Gredleys get so much fun out of it [racing], Bill is out twice a week watching them and Tim watches them a lot – they get a lot of fun out of it and it is great to train another winner for them.”
Charlie Hills, trainer of the 5/1 debutante Ripley who came home a neck second to Roulette, said: “I am really happy with her, though she did run a bit green. She handled the ground but I am sure she will be a bit better on better ground. The winner’s experience counts for a lot.”