Timeform: Our top treble can get you off to a glorious start at Goodwood

Our racing boffins are like giddy geese for the start of the Goodwood festival and they’ve given us a terrific trio to back on the opening day…


The 2015 horror film Dark Vision might be one to miss. Given a score of 3.4/10 on IMDb, it is described as ‘Utterly bad’, ‘An insult to the horror genre’ and ‘Mediocre at best’.

I think I’d settle for the latter on my gravestone when I pop my clogs, though I do have low expectations. Higher hopes abound for Dark Vision in the Vintage Stakes at 14:25 though.

Having cost the same as a 2016 six-berth Luna Venus caravan, he already looks a bargain purchase after his impressive wins at Yarmouth and York, and it’s worth noting that Mark Johnston traditionally aims his best youngsters at this race.

The form of Confiding’s debut win at Newbury has worked out better than Arnie in his prime and his yard has a good line on Dunkerron and Van Beethoven through July Stakes winner Advertise. Any rain would make Cosmic Law a big player.

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According to my GCSE French (and some googling), Suédois means ‘Swedish’ in French. Everyone knows about ABBA and IKEA, but did you know that Sweden lets a random Swedish person manage their twitter feed each week? Food for thought Paddy Power…

Anyway, Suedois looks to have strong claims in a really competitive renewal of the Lennox Stakes at 15:00.

Third behind Breton Rock in the race last year, David O’Meara’s stable star gets the nod on the back of a fine effort in the Summer Mile at Ascot recently.

Tip Two Win will be a massive threat if recapturing anything like his 2000 Guineas form, while Sir Dancealot arrives at the very top of his game. Emmaus is another fascinating contender.


Surprisingly, Torcedor is Jessica Harrington’s first Goodwood runner. One of the best trainers in Ireland, her horses are respected whenever – and wherever – they run and it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see her star stayer turn the tables on his Gold Cup conqueror Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup at 15:35.

Torcedor had to play third fiddle to Stradivarius that day, but he might be able to pull the strings from the front here, with the track expected to suit.

However, Stradivarius hasn’t looked back since taking this race 12 months ago and, assuming the track doesn’t get too much of the traditional British summer (rain), he can set himself up for a possible tilt at the £1 million stayers’ bonus at York next month by stretching his unbeaten record this year to three.

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