Xtension stars for Cox in Goodwood

Clive Cox swept past his total for the whole of 2008 before summer has even officially begun as promising two-year-old Xtension headed a double on the day at Goodwood.

Clive Cox swept past his total for the whole of 2008 before summer has even officially begun as promising two-year-old Xtension headed a double on the day at Goodwood.

Last year’s haul of 21 winners was slightly down on Cox’s return from the previous three seasons, but the Lambourn trainer could not be in better form and has re-established himself as one of the younger brigade on the cusp of breaking the old order.

Cox had only fielded a small handful of two-year-olds prior to the debut of the Xaar colt in the Casco Maiden Auction Stakes, but market confidence saw him sent off the 5-2 favourite against rivals of varying quality.

Despite drifting across to the middle of the track, Adam Kirby cruised away to score by four lengths.

“He’s very exciting and will improve a bundle for that,” said Cox. “It was only his first day off the place at home.”

Cox was asked if it was too late for a shot at Royal Ascot.

“We’ll just see how he comes back,” he replied.

“He is in a valuable sales race at the Curragh as well.”

Cashmans offer 25-1 for the Coventry Stakes at Ascot.

Despite the stable’s run, Louise Bonne was a 33-1 shot as she took Cox to 22 winners in the Goodwood Flying School Maiden Stakes.

The American-bred filly finished down the field on her only outing last term but reacted positively to Kirby to collar Aqwaas, who had looked to be going much better at the furlong pole.

“She was badly drawn at Windsor and it was a bit of a non-event, but I didn’t think she was up to winning a maiden like this,” continued Cox.

“But when the yard’s in form, the yard’s in form. Sometimes success is infectious.”

It has been a busy time of late at the Sussex track, which is surely one of the finest of any sporting venues when the sun is out, as it was on Friday.

It seems to bring out the best in Tom Queally, who carried on where he left off when riding a double on the Bank Holiday Monday card by getting Inchpast (10-1) to win for the first time in 18 months in the Goodwood Aerodrome Stakes.

Global (11-10 favourite) made it three wins in nine days under different tactics in the International Bureau of Aviation Stakes.

Patrick Hills had made all aboard the chestnut at Salisbury and Chepstow but was off the pace until coming through with a challenge at the business end of the mile affair.

Trainer Richard Hannon reported: “He had a 12lb penalty here and the handicapper insinuated he would be going up another 5lb, so I had to run him.

“Unfortunately, despite winning three races, he has won us less than 10 grand. He was quite tired at the end, but he might just get into the Britannia now.”

Local trainer John Dunlop snatched his habitual winner at the track as Itlaaq (8-1) relished a step up in trip for the Goodwood Aircraft Engineering Handicap.

King’s Wonder, for Martin Dwyer and William Muir, gave takers of the 12-1 an easy ride for the money in the Goodwood Aero Club Stakes.

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