Goodwood Starlight continues winning sequence

TWO local horses enjoyed good successes in the last week, with the Lady Herries trained Kokkokila winning at Warwick in a tight finish and Goodwood Starlight trained by John Dunlop scoring an excellent win at Goodwood on Friday night.

Before that race, Lady Herries said: "She ran well, though unplaced last time out. She needs to settle because she ran too freely that day and was overtaken in the final stages. She will have her day this season."

She was unlucky at Goodwood to find one too good in four-times previous winner Dove Cottage on this occasion but rode to the challenge at Warwick despite the ground not suiting her in an amateur rider race.

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Goodwood Starlight is the 14th Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group horse.

Gail Brown Grog in 1994 and it is now in its 16th scheme on the strength of an attractive record, with Goodwood Starlight's win on Friday evening continuing its popular success.

A one-off payment of 725 buys a 200th share in the Grog scheme and John Dunlop and an independent bloodstock agent select a yearling at one of the major sales each autumn.

Each scheme runs for two racing seasons, after which the horse is sold, with all profits from winnings and sale money shared among the 200 subscribers.

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The schemes have generally been very successful and some outstandingly so '“ Goodwood Blizzard, for example, won 33,498 and was also sold for 58,000 guineas, with the owners of that scheme enjoying extremely good returns. There are also social events as part of the membership.

The two Grog horses currently at Castle Stables are Goodwood Starlight and Goodwood Chimes.

Goodwood Starlight, a brown colt by Mtoto, won both his starts as a two-year-old and as a three-year-old added another win to the tally last week.

He put in an outstanding performance at Goodwood's evening meeting for a decisive victory that is a good pointer for the rest of the season.

He is cared for at Castle stables by Christie Rowlatt.

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Goodwood Chimes, now two, is an Elnadim colt and will make his racecourse debut when a suitable race is found. Rebecca Woodman, head girl at Castle Stables, rides him out.

The 16th group will purchase a yearling at this autumn's sales. Anyone interested in joining the scheme should contact Gail on 07860 361444.

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