Chorister calls tune to complete five-timer
Caius Chorister (5/1) continued her remarkable ascent through the ranks to make it five wins on the bounce in the concluding Oliver Brown Handicap.
Trained by David Menuisier, the three-year-old had been raised 23lb in the handicap following two wide-margin victories in Epsom Downs handicaps earlier this month.
Benoit De La Sayette’s mount settled well and found plenty to repel Paradias (12/1) by a neck, with Youthful King (14/1) back in third.
Menuisier said: “Caius Chorister is unbelievable. She keeps on puzzling me. Sometimes you have the feeling you have one that is well handicapped, but I have never come across one like this who just keeps on digging deeper and deeper. I am baffled. She is quite light, so we don’t do much at home and, until we race, we don’t know how much improvement there is.
“The plan was to go to the Melrose. I thought there was too big a gap between Epsom the other day and York, so I thought we needed to run once more before York. She was entered here on Tuesday, but I thought she would be better off today carrying less weight. We went for the easier race of the two, but the way she battles, she is extraordinary really.
“The dam Corpus Chorister stayed over two miles and was a relentless stayer who broke the track record at Beverley. This horse is turning into a black type horse. There is not much of her, but she just wants to run and please you.”
De La Sayette said: “She is a tough filly. I am so lucky to have had four wins on her. She does everything so well, and you can put her in any position in the race. She is an absolute lady and gives me such a buzz.
“I got a lovely lead. I pulled her out and she idled a bit in front, but she had a helping hand which took her to the line.”
Winning owner Clive Washbourn said: “Thank you to everyone who puts this meeting on. It is very special. I have had horses for 20 years and never had a Goodwood winner. Why did my trainer not tell me at Yarmouth off 54 that I should put at least £5 million on her?! I have had a lovely day at Goodwood, but we are coming for the Melrose!”
5.20pm Oliver Brown Handicap
1 Caius Chorister (Clive Washbourn) David Menuisier 3-9-05 Benoit De La Sayette (5) 5/1
2 Paradias (Dodds-Smith, Farrell, Hodgson, Coupland) Alan King 3-9-04 James Doyle 12/1
3 Youthful King (Richard L Page & Luke Dace) Luke Dace 3-9-00 Marco Ghiani 14/1
David Menuisier – 3rd Qatar Goodwood Festival winner
Benoit De La Sayette – 1st Qatar Goodwood Festival winner