Mark Johnston and Sir Henry Cecil both continued their superb form at Glorious Goodwood with another winner apiece on Ladies’ Day.
Johnston, who is something of a Glorious Goodwood specialist, notched his fourth victory of the week when Joe Fanning rode Heavy Metal to victory in the Group 2 Audi Richmond Stakes after going off at odds of 9/1.
It was a third win of the festival for Fanning – all on Johnston horses – as he held off a strong challenge from Richard Hughes on Master of War.
In doing so, Fanning denied Richard Hannon, Goodwood’s leading trainer in each of the past four seasons, a fifth straight Richmond Stakes victory and put Johnston two victories clear of Hannon in the bid to be 2012’s leading festival handler.
Jubilant Johnston said: ‘He was going so well at halfway that I thought I’d got the trip wrong again because he did just that at Newmarket and didn’t get home.
‘It looks like six furlongs is his right trip. I think he was just one of my horses that wasn’t right a few weeks ago.’
No sooner had Johnston celebrated his fourth win in three days than the formidable Cecil/Tom Queally partnership were doing the same.
They scored with 6/1 contender Wild Coco in the iShares Fillies’ Stakes – better known as the Lillie Langtry Stakes. It was in contrast to the runner’s display in the same race last year.
French-trained outsider Jehannedarc (25/1) ran on well to finish second.
Jeremy Noseda’s Grandeur defied top weight to land the opener, the Betfred The Bonus King Stakes, with William Buick in the saddle enjoying his second win of Glorious 2012.
There was a surprise winner of the EBF British Stallion Studs New Ham Maiden Fillies’ Stakes as 25/1 shot Annie’s Fortune romped home, ridden by Michael Murphy for Alan Jarvis
Franny Norton triumphed on Stirring Ballad (8/1) in the Tatler Stakes to give Andrew Balding his first success of the festival, while Prince Khalid Abdullah followed up his Frankel win on day two with another victory, this time as James Doyle rode the Roger Charlton-trained Silver Lime to victory in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Stakes.
It was a photo finish and it was another Johnston runner, Assizes, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, who was pipped.