Jim and Fitri Hay didn’t have the best of outings on day 1 of Glorious Goodwood with their fancied runners bumping into each other in the Vintage yesterday but they will be hoping for better luck with their pairing of The Cashel Man and No Heretic in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Stakes (2.00) today. Both should go well, with a step up in trip what The Cashel Man needs whilst No Heretic could well come back to the form eh showed when landing the Chester Cup in a togne tie after two heavy defeats since.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Moscato makes more appeal than anything else in the race, however. His five year old has form in two of the biggest staying handicaps of the year, having finished fourth in the Ascot Stakes before then filling the same position in the Northumberland Plate. He’s just 1lb higher today and whilst it’s a slight worry that he lugs left late in his races, his class should see him go very close today whilst he has a win on good to firm earlier on in his career. Poyle Thomas and Oceane are others of major interest, especially the latter who won well at Ascot with a late challenge whilst Wind Place and Sho was impressive when last seen at Pontefract.
In the BeringIce Gordon Stakes (2.35), several look closely matched but there’s potentially still a great deal to come from Ulysees despite his Derby blowout. So impressive was he at Newbury that he went off just 8/1 at Epsom, but two starts before that he’d just finished second to London Gold Cup winner Imperial Aviator and as a two year old he’d impressed when sixth to Algometer in a strong Newbury maiden. Platitude and Harrison;s second and third in the Bahrain Trophy is good form although perhaps they may want to go further and Prize Money was a major disappointment there and must bounce back.
Qatari Hunter has won his last four on the bounce and must be respected although he’s on bad terms with The Major General who would have found 10 furlongs too short last time whilst Shogun takes a drop in class and should enjoy the ground to boot.
The Duel On The Downs has been a popular marketing move for the Sussex Stakes (3.10) but it’s the threesome of Galileo Gold, The Gurkha and Awtaad, the 1-2-3 in St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot. Many have been of the opinion that The Gurkha was the best horse in the race and that is the visual impression that is given from a replay of a contest where Frankie Dettori went forward early and then clinched an advantage that proved too great. That said, there won’t be much between the trio again and The Gurkha, who made his debut only in April, had a hard race in the Eclipse to boot and there’s an argument to suggest that Awtaad got the worst ride in the race from a tactical viewpoint. If Chris Hayes can get Kevin Prendergast’s charge to a decent position he has to be considered a major player, bigger than the 6/1 generally offered.
Ribchester was improved from his Guineas third when landing the Jersey and has to be considered seriously whilst a step back to faster ground is more likely to suit Lightning Spear than Toormoore or Kodi Bear, both of whom he beat in the Queen Anne Stakes.
The Molecomb (3.45) should be lighting quick on ground that’s seen plenty of summer heat and that ought to be to the benefit of Global Applause, who was too quick for Memhas in the National Stakes before finding the ground too soft in the Norfolk when he was fifth, behind The Last Lion, who was second there before taking a Listed contest afterwards.
1 pt each/way Moscato, 2.00 Goodwood (8/1 general)
1 pt win Ulysees, 2.35 Goodwood (4/1 general)
1 pt each/way Awtaad, 3.10 Goodwood (6/1 general)
1 pt win Global Applause, 3.45 Goodwood (3/1 general)