Kirby secures feature on Es Que Love
Published 30/07/2014 | 02:30
Mark Johnston was the first winner at this year's Glorious Goodwood, saddling the first, third and fourth in the opening race of the five-day meeting.
Yet it was a horse which used to be an inmate at the trainer's yard, Es Que Love, which took the day's main event, the Group Two Lennox Stakes, for Clive Cox.
The five-year-old cost the Es Que Love Partnership 110,000 guineas and he went a long way to repaying them yesterday when he beat last year's champion two-year-old Toormore by a neck under Adam Kirby.
A cloud on Kirby's horizon was that the stewards referred his ride to the British Horseracing Authority for incorrect use of the whip and he could now face a ban.
Johnston sent out his 60th winner at the meeting when Sennockian Star, a 14/1 shot, beat Ajman Bridge and his two other runners, Salutation and Busatto, in the opening bet365 Handicap.
Paul Hanagan might well have reflected on what a leveller the sport is. After a month in which he has won two of the British summer's marquee races, the Eclipse and the King George, the jockey took a heavy fall from White Nile in the Summer Stakes. (© Daily Telegraph, London)