The promise of a "family affair" was kept Saturday at Haydock Park with the result of the group I William Hill Sprint Cup. Goodricke, carrying the colors of Sheikh Mohammed, held off the speedy filly La Cucaracha to notch his first group I score.
Heavy favorite Proclamation, who races for the Sheikh's wife, Princess Haya, never was in the mix, finishing a disappointing eleventh.
The 3-year-old colt Goodricke brought his trainer, David Loder what very well could be his last group I win. Loder is retiring at the end of this season due to health reasons. The bay colt brought his young sire, Bahamian Bounty, his second group I winner. Goodricke's 4-year-old full brother, Pastoral Pursuits, captured the July Cup earlier this season. Both colts are out of the Most Welcome mare Star.
Goodricke, along with Proclamation, will more than likely be transferred to race under the Godolphin banner for 2006. First up, however, is a possible start in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Belmont Park in October. Proclamation may also compete on that day, in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I). The classy runner-up La Cucaracha is being aimed for the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I), where she may meet superstar Silent Witness.
In other stakes on Saturday, Imperial Stride captured the September Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket. The 4-year-old Indian Ridge colt won the 12-furlong event by 1 1/4 lengths over Mamool. Imperial Stride has been knocking at the door for the past two seasons now, and looks ready for a crack at group I company. In his last start, he won the Scottish Derby (Eng-II) at Ayr, defeating recent Arlington Million (gr. I) winner Powerscourt.
Also at Newmarket, the 2-year-old colt Prince of Light became champion Fantastic Light's first stakes winner by taking the Sirenia Stakes (Eng-III) by three-quarters of a length. The filly Ann Summers Gold (by Yankee Victor) was second, with the Giant's Causeway colt Art Market third.