Four-star Godolphin can’t keep Hughes quiet

Ted Durcan rode Hunter's Light to victory
Ted Durcan rode Hunter's Light to victory
Megan Nicholls (left of picture) was the Silk Series trophy winner last year / Picture by Dan

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The famous colours of Godolphin dominated the winner’s enclosure at Goodwood’s penultimate meeting of the season.

They took the honours in yesterday afternoon’s first two races then doubled their tally with a further two wins, including one in the feature – the Tanqueray Stakes.

But despite their domination, Goodwood’s top jockey Richard Hughes was still the most successful rider of the day with a double to take his 2011 wins tally at the course to 20.

Four different jockeys steered Godolphin runners to victory, three on Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained runners, one on a Saeed Bin Suroor contender.

It was Ted Durcan on 10/1-shot Hunter’s Light who got their big win in the feature, beating two more-fancied Godolphin runners, Debussy and Prince Siegfried.

Bin Suroor, who won the Listed race last year with Holberg, said: ‘The ground really helped him. He has always shown ability on soft ground at home.’

The card began with a Godolphin one-two. Frankie Dettori won the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes on Genius Step, the Al Zarooni-trained 6/4 favourite. Okimono was second at 8/1.

And Antioco Murgia steered 7/4-favourite Welcome Gift home in the RH Hall EBF Maiden Stakes.

After the feature, Goldolphin were at it again, as Ahmed Ajtebi guided Sandusky home in the fifth.

But Hughes cannot be kept out of the Goodwood winner’s enclosure for long.

In the 3663 First For Food Service Stakes he took a photo-finish win for Silenzio, the 7/2 favourite.

And in a thrilling Discovery Foods Stakes, he beat Godolphin’s Tahaamah by a neck on board the Alan King-trained Samsons Son (16/1) in another photo.

The last, the Merbury Catering Consultants Apprentice Stakes, went to Mata Hari Blue (11/4).

Goodwood’s final meeting of 2011 takes place on Sunday, October 9.