We kick-off at Goodwood on Wednesday with a 2m 4f handicap 1.50pm where Hughie Morrison has two runners, including last year’s winner Star Rider. Both are bound to be competitive, especially Aurora Gray, who has not been out of the first three in her last five starts.
The one I like though is the John Butler-trained Denmead, ridden by the apprentice find-of-the-season, David Egan. A good winner when last seen at Kempton, he’s already got placed form at Goodwood and should take all the beating.
Mark Johnston has multiple entries in the 1m 4f handicap 2.25pm and Londinium catches my eye at the foot of the weights. He was a bit unlucky last time at Chester and nothing went right for him at Ripon wither when just narrowly beaten the time before that.
He’ll love it if the forecast rain arrives. If it does, it could pay to side with his proven soft-ground form. Secret Advisor is the obvious danger if the ground remains good.
The Group 3 Molecomb Sapphire Stakes at 3pm is all about speed. Invincible Army trained by James Tate ran a super race at Newmarket over 6f behind Cardsharp, U S Navy Flag and Coventry Stakes winner Rajasinghe. Dropping back in trip to 5f shouldn’t pose a problem and he’ll be hard to beat.
Wednesday’s feature race, the Sussex Stakes 3.35pm is a hell of a contest. It’s been called a ‘dual on the downs’ many times before and this year it is the same with Churchill taking on Ribchester. There is a doubt about the dual Guineas winner Churchill after his disappointing run at Royal Ascot. We know he’s better than that.
You will see a much better performance here and he will make Ribchester fight all the way.
It doesn’t matter how much rain falls as Richard Fahey’s colt acts as well on soft going as he does on decent ground. He looks the safest bet to me.
Over in Ireland, the 2m 6f Galway Plate has eluded Willie Mullins & Ruby Walsh as a team but both have won the race once before.
Ruby had a choice to make and has plumped for Shaneshill who was a shade disappointi when third in France last time. He must be showing plenty at home for Ruby to choose him but I am a fan of stable-mate Arbre De Vie ridden by David Mullins.
He was only ordinary over hurdles last time but is highly thought of by the team. Gigginstown House Stud throw plenty of darts at the board too and A Toi Phil would be a nice winner for recently deposed retained rider, Bryan Cooper. Last year’s winner Lord Scoundrel looks bound to run well again.