It’s the penultimate day of Glorious Goodwood where it’s all about speed as we can enjoy five races on ITV from the Sussex downs.
Let’s get straight to it.
An easy win for Al Qaqaa at Newmarket last time can see him defy a hike in the weights.
The coverage gets underway with a Group 3 for fillies and mares over 7f. One Master should be far too good for this lot, for all that she might prefer some more juice in the ground. The William Haggas-trained mare is a proper Group 1 performer and this is her perfect trip. Tom Marquand is on board – the only negative is she loves the mud.
Another Group 3 here, this time for three-year-olds over 1m. Another hard to oppose here with Khaloosy standing out on her win at Royal Ascot for Roger Varian and Jim Crowley. The daughter of Dubawi hacked up in the Britannia and she has a rating which certainly allows her to have every chance of taking this.
A tough handicap here over 1m. I’m probably mad, but I will give Willie John yet another chance at an each-way price. There is just something about this Roger Varian inmate that makes me feel he still has something to give, although he’ll have to do a lot better than at Ascot last time when he was hopeless. From a good draw I’m praying Andrea Atzeni can get something out of him and will have a few quid each-way.
Now the big one, the Group 2 King George Stakes over 5f. No surprise with the selection here as Battaash is in a different league to his rivals and should win at short odds for Hamdan al Maktoum, Crowley and Charlie Hills. The King’s Stand hero is world-class and loves this track.
And finally a Group 3, this time over 1m4f for horses aged four-years-old and above. Pablo Escobarr stays this trip strong enough and is ultra-consistent for Haggas. He has to do a bit more here to win but has Marquand up and can be supported each-way at decent odds.
Trainer Marcus Tregoning struck with Mohaather and can strike again with Perotto who has shown ability on both starts and has track form.
Sarsparilla may be a little exposed in these types of races against a few unraced types. but her experience an see her through in the finale for John Gosden and James Doyle.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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