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Kirby treble lights up Goodwood May Festival’s finale

Adam Kirby scored a treble at Goodwood   Picture by Mark Westley

Adam Kirby scored a treble at Goodwood Picture by Mark Westley

Adam Kirby led the way with three winners as a trio of jockeys claimed the honours on the final day of Goodwood’s May Festival.

Kirby recorded victories for trainers Charlie Appleby, Gary Moore and Peter Hedger, while Frankie Dettori and Luke Morris each notched doubles.

It was Kirby who kicked off day three of the festival in style with victory on Appleby’s 2/1 favourite French Navy in the first of two listed races, the 32Red Casino Stakes- registered as the Festival Stakes. French Navy was tipped on this website on Friday.

John Gosden’s Gatewood took the second listed race - the 32Red Stakes, also known as the Tapster Stakes, under Dettori after going off 4/7 favourite.

There was no predictable result in the Goodwood race picked out as part of the £10m Scoop 6 jackpot, the 32Red.com Stakes, which was won by Morris on Mick Channon-trained Wee Jean (8/1).

That helped significantly cut the field of potential winners of the Scoop 6, which was eventually shared by eight lucky punters taking £1.3m each.

Kirby was back in the winner’s enclosure after guiding 100/30 chance Showcard to the win in the ebfstallions.com Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for Sussex trainer Moore.

Another Sussex handler was celebrating half an hour later when Ted Spread (7/1) claimed the Mark Norman Birthday Celebration Stakes with Morris on board.

Kirby completed his tidy treble on Slip Sliding Away (7/4 favourite), trained by Peter Hedger, in the Allans of Petworth Stakes handicap and Dettori’s double delight was complete when he led Buedyma - also tipped here - home in the Mary How Trust Maiden Fillies’ Stakes priced at 7/2.

All in all it was an excellent three days of racing on the Downs in this the third year of Goodwood’s May Festival in its present form.

We’ll have reaction and pictures from the festival in the Observer, out on Thursday.

 

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