Filly in bid to live up to star potential

091335-460_GOODWOOD_14/4/09 ''Richard Hannon, leading trainer of the year 2008, with his trophy the Dick Hern Award. ''PICTURE: ALLAN HUTCHINGS (091335-460)
091335-460_GOODWOOD_14/4/09 ''Richard Hannon, leading trainer of the year 2008, with his trophy the Dick Hern Award. ''PICTURE: ALLAN HUTCHINGS (091335-460)
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Date With Destiny is aiming to fulfil her early promise at Goodwood this afternoon.

The three-year-old filly is the only product of George Washington, the dominant miler who won the 2,000 Guineas in 2006.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained star sired Date With Destiny before he died in the 2007 Breeders Cup Classic at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

His only offspring, the filly cruised to a debut win over seven furlongs last season but has failed to build on that in her subsequent four starts, two in Group company.

This afternoon she runs in the Listed Height of Fashion Stakes (3.10pm) for trainer Richard Hannon.

The seven-race card, which also includes the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes, begins at 2pm, while the last contest goes to post at 5.30pm.

Meanwhile, Goodwood stage the first of their two family race days of 2011 on Monday, May 30 – and the The News is joining in the fun.

Johnston Press, who own this newspaper and many others across the south, have teamed up with the racecourse for the big occasion, which will see thousands of racing fans and families flock to the popular course.

Races, such as The News Veteran Stakes Handicap, will be named after our papers and readers will be able to take advantage of some great deals to get money off admission.

To complement some fantastic flat racing, the racecourse will be transformed into a wonderland of excitement with free children’s activities, including circus workshops, fairground rides, children’s races, giveaways and dance-a-longs.

There is also a supervised playground and a crèche to leave the little ones, while the adults enjoy the top-class racing.

All accompanied children under-18 get in free.

In addition, Goodwood are offering readers of The News the opportunity to purchase a family ticket for £24 – this includes two Gordon Enclosure tickets which are normally £19 each.

Visit goodwood.co.uk and enter the code JPFUN2011 at checkout.

The offer closes at midnight on May 29 and a maximum of four tickets per household are available.