Unlucky Losers From Glorious Goodwood


The first hard luck story of the week came on the Wednesday in the Group One Sussex Stakes where the Qatar Racing owned Kameko was very unfortunate not to go closer in the contest.

Having won his last two races at a mile, both of them coming in Group One company, he was always sure to be in the mix and coming up to the final two furlongs Oisin Murphy seemed to have plenty of horse under him.

However, having been out the stalls quick he dropped back onto the rail behind the pace of Circus Maximus, but from there the race was a nightmare for the 2000 Guineas winner.

All three of the Ballydoyle contingent in the race, especially Wichita, seemed to fill all the space where Kameko needed to go leaving him tied up on the rail getting no sort of run whatsoever.

Not just once but it looked like he was hampered twice just when the race was unfolding and he was travelling like the best horse in the race up to that point.

He is one to stick with and looks to be heading to the Juddmonte International at York.

Sir Busker

Secondly, Sir Busker for William Knight was arguably one of the worst hard luck stories of the week, dropping back all the way to ninth but his actual run was far better than that.

Having landed the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in a 22 runner field under a great. patient ride by Oisin Murphy, you would have thought he would have tried to do the same.

However, as we said Goodwood is a racecourse that sees more unlucky losers than any track in Britain and when Sir Busker came to mount his charge, he was cut up and basically pulled up.

He travelled lovely into the race but found trouble with a few horses when trying to come off the rail and when that happened his race was run.

He will be back in similar events to the Golden Mile in big fields and he will go close once more, he should not be given up on.

My Oberon

Finally the William Haggas trained My Oberon was mightily impressive in his run at York before Glorious Goodwood and even though not quite producing that winning run he should not be given up on for his next event.

The Group Three Bonhams contest saw three classy three year olds head to post in My Oberon, Khaloosy and eventual winner of the race Tilsit.

But if you look closely at the race and watch the interference that My Oberon had, it stopped the colt from having any chance of winning when he was still travelling nicely.

Having shown clear quality when clearing away from a decent field the run before this one and giving another strong performance in a better race, he should be kept in mind next time out.