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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

'That was a bonus' - Chris Gordon double keeps owners and sponsors happy

Chris Gordon hailed the perfect result as Goodwin Racing beat stablemate Red Windsor in the 2m1½f novice hurdle.

With bookmakers BetGoodwin sponsoring the card, Gordon would have had some explaining to do had Red Windsor spoiled the party but Goodwin Racing, in the colours of the sponsor, hit top gear late in the day to register a one-and-a-half-length success.

"It was a very good result and the right way round as well, which was more luck than judgement," said the trainer. "This is a grand little horse. He's had his issues and had last year off but he's a winner now and that's what it's all about."

Gordon has struck up a good relationship with BetGoodwin owner Julian Head and the pair capped a fine day when Goodwin completed a double for connections in the 2m1½f bumper. Both were ridden by jockey Tom Cannon sponsored by BetGoodwin.

Gordon added: "Julian has been a wonderful owner for us and we get on very well. He sponsors half the yard and it works out really well. He's a good mate now and lets me get on with it."

Head, who has been a bookmaker for 30 years and owned horses for 20, enjoyed the day with an enthusiastic entourage and the double did not go unbacked.

He said: "I didn't expect both to win and that was a bonus. We were probably most hopeful about Goodwin. He ran a cracking race last time and he won it brilliantly. "I had a little each-way double and it worked out perfect. The great thing with Chris is you don't always win but you always have a great time."

Both results below.

Tom has three booked rides today at Plumpton.

1:30 CHANDLERS BAY Looked as though he wanted further than this when rallying for second at Ffos Las.

Owners - Mrs J P E Cunningham - Trainer - Alan King

2:30 THE TIN MINER He's hard to warm to after pulling up in both his runs following a break.

Owners - Mrs B Ansell - Trainer - Chris Gordon

The Tin Miner is usually very consistent and is now on a handy mark but has been pulled

up on his last two starts this season so needs a big improvement here today.

He wears the usual visor.

4:10 THIS ONES FOR FRED Won over 6f and 1m6f; poor so far over hurdles but handicaps may see him in a better light.

Owner - Butch Coombs - Trainer - Alan King

Photo - Goodwin Racing winning at Fontwell


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