Two down – three to go! Yes people it’s Day 3 of Glorious Goodwood on ITV and this is the afternoon the girls take centre stage!
There are five races on terrestrial TV to enjoy, so let’s get straight to it.
Caspian Queen weighted to go well and likes this track with Ryan Moore up.
The coverage gets under way with a handicap over 1m2f. Hugely competitive race. Al Salt won much more easily than the winning margin suggests at Wolverhampton last time as he dived across the track in the closing stages. He stays well and is very promising for William Haggas. Jim Crowley takes the ride from a good draw.
A Group 2 here for juveniles in the shape of the Richmond Stakes over 6f. Every chance of a quick Haggas double as Yazaman will take some stopping this time under Tom Marquand. The Windsor Castle runner-up was also second in Group 2 company at Newmarket last time and that form with Tactical looks very solid. Hard to stop.
Now we are in Group 3 company with the Gordon Stakes over 1m4f. I’m all over English King who in my opinion should have gone much closer in the Derby than he did. Ed Walker’s hope was eventually fifth that day but was flying at the finish. He won at Lingfield the time before and should have no problem with a downhill track. I hold him in very high regard and Frankie Dettori is on top.
This is the big one today, the Group 1 Nassau for fillies and mares over 1m2f. Annoying there are only seven runners here for each-way betting so I will go for defending Japanese champion Deirdre to land the big prize once again. As he did last year, Oisin Murphy is on top and while the mare has been well beaten of late this is her chance to bounce back to her best.
Finally a nursery handicap for youngsters over 7f. Calcutta Cup was far from disgraced in a decent event at Newbury last time and must have each-way claims for Andrew Balding and David Probert. He has a good draw in this contest and the trip is no problem. So strong place claims at the very least.
Zooma comes from a top yard and is bred to shift a bit.
Golden Bear has shown ability in a couple of starts and could be well handicapped.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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