Space Blues is ready for another crack in Group 1 company
It was a strong renewal of the Lennox Stakes on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood, and SPACE BLUES put up one of the very best performances in the race this century when beating Duke of Hazzard by two lengths, improving his Timeform rating by 1lb to 123.
It was a bit of a messy race in behind, with space at a premium, but there were no horses you could call unlucky. Space Blues has been in splendid form since the resumption of racing, winning all three of his starts, proving himself a real 7-furlong specialist, again producing a potent turn of foot when speeding away from his rivals in the closing stages.
He has always been held in high regard by Charlie Appleby, and will continue to take all the beating in the top races at this trip, the Prix de la Foret at the Arc meeting in October looking an obvious end-of-season target.
Mohaather is a top-class miler
The mile division has lacked depth for a few years now, but last week’s Sussex Stakes had the potential to ignite it, and it did so in many ways with MOHAATHER proving himself a top-class performer in what was arguably the race of the season.
The only notable absentees were Pinatubo and St James’s Palace winner Palace Pier, and Mohaather deserves plenty of credit for winning in the manner he did. He was stalking the leaders going well when taking a bump from Wichita, losing plenty of momentum as he was forced to switch around the weakening Vatican City.
He ended up challenging widest of all upsides Siskin, but burned past him and the leader inside the final 100 yards in most-impressive style, earning a Timeform rating of 130 (from 125).
Kameko didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages and a rematch between him and the impressive winner will be one to savour.
Supremacy possesses stunning speed
SUPREMACY was the only runner in the Richmond Stakes that had not run in Listed/pattern company previously, but he showed much improved form to score decisively, putting up the best performance from a two-year-old this season, earning a rating of 116.
Supremacy emulated his sire, Mehmas, who won the race in 2016, and also followed in the footsteps of stablemate – and recent Commonwealth Cup winner – Golden Horde, who was successful 12 months ago. Supremacy showed good speed from the stalls, going with plenty of zest and making his way over to the stand side rail, impressively drawing clear from his rivals in the final furlong.
There is some stamina on the dam’s side of his pedigree, but he looks very speedy and the Middle Park looks a suitable objective.
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