BADENSCOTH revelled in the the Soft conditions at Goodwood yesterday when leading his rivals a merry dance in a pillar-to-post victory, his first win of the season but his seventh in 32 career starts.
After four runners were withdrawn, only six went to post for the mile and a furlong handicap. The well handicapped son of Foxwedge had been held up last summer when romping home at Sandown off a two pound higher mark but this time different tactics were employed this time around at the Sussex track.
George Downing jumped him out to be in front from the off and he was given an uncontested lead throughout much of the contest.. Three furlongs from home, the pace increased but despite the attempts of Sword Beach to close in on the eventual winner, nothing ever really threatened and a gap opened up of two to three lengths. inside the distance. At the line, the stable runner was a length and three-quarters to the good ahead of runner-up Fantasy Believer.
This was the first time this season Badenscoth has had the soft conditions he likes and he duly took advantage of them, benefitting from an easy lead to win convincingly. Perhaps the only surprise was his starting price of 7/1 given the four non-runners.
Badenscoth has been a real credit to his owner/breeder, Peter J Skinner. The six-year-old gelding has won five times on the all-weather and now twice on the grass. There is surely a big handicap in him, may be something like The Cambridgeshire?
The yard has found winners hard to come by since the resumption of racing so this Saturday winner will have come as a welcome relief for Harper Lodge Farm. Hopefully, the stable can press forward now and have a good autumn to finish a rather difficult season in good style.