Glorious Goodwood Preview And Betting Tips – Day Two
A thrilling Sussex Stakes is the headline act on day two of Glorious Goodwood. The English and Irish 2,000 Guineas winners will tussle in a clash to find the best miler in the lands. They go off at 3.15pm. The ground is 'good-good to soft in places' for day two with action underway from 1.10pm through until 4.20pm on a seven-race card. The Racing Post cast their eyes over the full race card with their betting preview and tips for day two of Glorious Goodwood.
1.10 - British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m2f)
A field of eight fillies are set to contest what appears a wide open starter on day two at Glorious Goodwood, with plenty likely to fancy their chances.
Top-weight Nkosikazi may go off favourite amidst an excellent summer form-wise for the William Haggas-trained five-year-old. She won on comeback at Redcar and has since added an all-weather Group 3 at Newcastle over this trip. She can run well, though a mark of 102 likely demands a career-best effort today.
Her stablemate Ghaziyah is less exposed, having finished just ahead of Nkosikazi on her sole start in a handicap at Newmarket back in the autumn. The lack of a run since is cause for concern but the Haggas team are thriving, while she is in receipt of plenty of weight now from her progressing stable companion. If she has come on similarly in her down time, she's a key player.
The wildcard could be Lake Lucerne for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. She was not disgraced in a York Group 3 last month (25/1, beaten 4¼-lengths) and could do much better on handicap bow.
Most appeal, however, is held by WALIYAK for Roger Varian and David Egan. She was having only her fourth career start and first in a handicap when she finished second in last month's Sandringham at Ascot over a mile. She handles cut in the ground but shouldn't be inconvenienced if things dry out.
That Royal Ascot form looks like it can be taken to the bank and, up in trip and rated only 3lb higher, this filly can take another step forward in the Goodwood opener.
1.45 - Unibet You're On Goodwood Handicap (2m4½f)
A veritable marathon in store here with just shy of 2m5f to be covered. A strong field has assembled and The Grand Visir will shoulder top weight after finding only short-price favourite Who Dares Wins too strong at Royal Ascot last month.
That was a conditions race, however, and it's a big ask for Ian Williams' son of Frankel to carry his burden in this arena, despite his love for a thorough stamina test. He was also very poor in one previous Goodwood run, and that's enough to get him overlooked.
Plenty of these lined up in the Ascot Stakes last month with winner Coeur De Lion being joined by Summer Moon (third), Smart Champion (fourth), Rochester House (fifth) and Cliffs Of Dooneen (seventh).
The Alan King-trained winner is only 3lb higher and isn't crossed off easily with Thore Hammer-Hansen retaining the partnership. Summer Moon ran below par next time in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown but could well bounce back here in a race Mark Johnston does well in; he appeals more than stablemate Rochester House today.
The one that appeals most though is SMART CHAMPION for David Simcock. At Ascot, Callum Shepherd had to repeatedly weave through horses to make his challenge and, once in the clear, he followed Coeur De Lion and was finishing every bit as strongly, only from an untenable position in terms of getting the win.
He has a little more than a length to find and is now 6lb better off with the winner. His subsequent effort in the Northumberland Plate is forgiven as he never found himself in a challenging position in a race where it paid to be handy. This is just his fifth start on turf and that Ascot run strongly hinted there'll be a decent handicap to be collected with him over this sort of testing trip.
True Destiny made the frame in this race last year (rated 4lb lower) and has to be considered but perhaps there's more to come from recent Pontefract winner Oleg for the Paul Nicholls yard. He's not got many miles on the clock and with Hollie Doyle on board here looks to be one with potential for better things; albeit he does jump up in class today.
2.15 - Unibet 3 Boosts A Day Handicap (1m4f)
Having run well enough under a penalty in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, Win O'Clock was back in the winners' enclosure on his next start at Leicester. He's back up in trip here and rises in grade again following his latest 4lb hike. He can make further progress but is set to head the betting and there's probably more value elsewhere on that basis.
Trainer Mark Johnston, prolific at this venue in recent times, took this race last year with Sir Ron Priestley, and the Middleham trainer has both top-weight King's Caper (Joe Fanning) and GLENTIES (William Buick) in contention today.
The first-named just missed out on the Italian Derby last time out under Frankie Dettori, though how that form stacks up remains open to debate. His stablemate is preferred here.
Having returned to action with a pleasing turf bow at Haydock in June, Glenties came here for a three-runner race a week later that he was evens to win. He cut out the pace and was overhauled at the furlong-marker by Bright Eyed Eagle, the winner also hampering the second as he hung badly right.
It was a similar tale at Newmarket next time as Glenties was again foiled having forced the running against three rivals but, on his most recent start at Windsor, the colt appeared to benefit from hold-up tactics and getting some cover amongst horses before coming home strongly to win.
He was good value for that win, up 4lb, and looks the sort to make further progress now. He's got solid claims back at Goodwood.
Encipher, Carlos Felix and A Star Above all appeal as possible improvers; with the first-named likely to run well after a positive effort in the Dante at York last time. This is his first start in a handicap and progress is expected.
2.45 - Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes (Group 3, 5f)
Irish raider Steel Bull commands plenty of respect given the impressive nature of his debut success just seven days ago at Naas. He beat a more experienced rival and ultimately did so with plenty in hand, there's likely significant improvement coming and he's a big player on what could be a landmark afternoon for the Emerald Isle's champion jockey Colin Keane.
Similarly, Night On Earth looked useful when coming clear to win on only his second start at Windsor recently for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy, an effort that is backed up by the clock. Could this be a dress rehearsal before the same connections lock horns in the Sussex Stakes?
The dangers are everywhere in a wide open renewal, though, with Army Of India, Chief Little Hawk and Wings Of A Dove all possible improvers.
Sardinia Sunset won a Listed event at York recently and should not be far away again but this might go to SIGNIFICANTLY for Karl Burke and Ben Curtis.
The Garswood colt has yet to win and has indeed finished second in all three starts. The latest of those was in the Dragon Stakes at Sandown where he just failed to hold off the late surge of Gussy Mac having looked to be going best through the race. This track will surely suit his running style and he can open his account deservedly.
3.15 - Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1, 1m)
A potential blockbuster is on the cards here as English and Irish 2,000 Guineas winners Kameko and SISKIN draw swords alongside the likes of Summer Mile winner Mohaather and runner-up San Donato, Queen Anne winner Circus Maximus and his stablemates Wichita (Newmarket Guineas second) and Vatican City.
Both Classic winners, along with St James's Palace Stakes one-two-three Palace Pier, Pinatubo and Wichita (split only by a length) suggest a strong three-year-old crop this year and their generation have come to the fore in six of the last 10 renewals of the Sussex Stakes.
Kameko and Oisin Murphy ran on strongly at Headquarters last month to foil Wichita and win the Guineas. He needed every yard and his subsequent effort when fourth in a lamentable Epsom Derby suggested he'll certainly excel beyond this bare trip.
That said, they broke the track record on the Rowley Mile last month and need total respect. Murphy did admit he rode for luck in the Guineas and he got a seamless passage, something that is never assured at Goodwood.
The unbeaten Siskin and Colin Keane certainly couldn't be accused of a seamless passage at the Curragh in their Classic win. Amid a flurry of Ballydoyle contenders in a tactical event, the pair forced their way out of trouble before showing the push-button change of gear that has come to characterise this imposing colt.
Keane is an impressive pilot, though one still relatively unknown on British turf. He can get the passage right again and while Kameko is a determined rival that loves a close finish, Siskin might just possess the kick to blunt him in the blink of an eye. Duel on the Downs II, anyone?
3.45 - Alice Keppel EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes (5f)
Charlie Appleby's Miss Jingles improved on second start to win a 5f maiden at Sandown recently and is clearly going the right way now. She makes decent appeal, ahead of the more exposed Furlong Factor, Country Carnival and Pelekai - who all finished behind Molecomb contender Miss Sardinia last time out at York. A win for that filly would certainly boost their claims and Country Carnival might be best placed of the trio now.
The one they all need to fear is SPRIGHT for the Karl Burke yard. The Charm Spirit filly found only one too strong on debut at Doncaster (form that bodes well for this clash with Miss Jingles through to the third, Zoetic) before making every yard to win at York 10 days ago.
That was over 6f and she scooted almost six lengths clear of her rivals. Her speed will be a real asset here and she might simply outgun this field coming back down in distance.
4.20 - Theo Fennell Handicap (7f)
A 20-runner handicap to conclude day two and it will be a tough 'get out stakes' for punters if things haven't gone to plan.
Society Lion did plenty right when runner-up at Doncaster over this trip last time on his second start in a handicap, just being foiled late by the smart-looking Tiger Crusade. The winner ran well under penalty at Ascot on Sunday, while the race has the general appearance of being a strong one about it.
For Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore, this Invincible Spirit colt has fair claims having gone up 5lb.
So, too, does TORO STRIKE for the Richard Fahey team. He went close in a C&D nursery at this meeting last summer and backed that up when third in the big Doncaster Sales races at the St Leger Festival.
He was a creditable fifth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot on his seasonal bow (66/1 there) despite meeting traffic and ground certainly softer than his ideal. From the same mark and with Oisin Murphy now taking over, this son of Toronado looks a sure-fire improver.