Welcome to Day 3 of the Arseonlineracing’s coverage of the 5 day Goodwood Racing Festival from the Sussex Downs….

This website is 100% independent & has NO affiliate links, curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles. Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles apart but united by the sport of kings….

What a another fantastic day for racing with Steel Bull landing the Molecomb & an unbelievable performance from Mohaather to land the Sussex Stakes in devastating style… On a sad note, Defoe will be greatly missed & was a fine Champion…

That was Day 2 & now we rock on to day 3, with a full compliment of contributors as Chris joins Charlie, Rich & Jamie….

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The going at Goodwood is……. Good

Charlie –

Goodwood

2.45 John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes Group 3 over 1m 3f 218y

Al Aasy -Out of Sea The Stars and Kitcara, has had 4 career starts winning twice and placing 3rd once. All 4 starts so far have come at Newmarket, was 3rd on debut over 7f in a Class 4 on the 23rd October last year, when finishing behind Tom Collins who won and Galsworthy who was 2nd. Returned to Newmarket on the 6th June and finished 5th in the class 1 listed Newmarket Stakes over 1m 2f, the race was won by Mishriff with Volkan Star 4 lengths behind in 2nd and Waldkonig a further neck behind in 3rd. Returned to Newmarket again for next run in the Betway Novice Stakes over 1m 4f on the 18th of June this year and won, beating Cigoli by 10 lengths with Royal Bassett a further 8 lengths adrift in 3rd. The Group 3 Bahrain Trophy Stakes over 1m 5f was next race at Newmarket on the 9th July and Al Aasy won again, beating Dawn Rising by 1 and 3/4 lengths with Al Dabaran a further length and 3/4 behind in 3rd. The beating of Dawn Rising was eye catching as he beat Yulong Pearlisland by 12 lengths at Limerick over 1m 4f in a Maiden on the 29th June this year. Unplaced

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3.15 Qatar Nassau Stakes Group 1 over 1m 1f 197y

Nazeef -Out of Invincible Spirit and Handassa, Has had 6 wins from 7 starts and looks the one to beat here. The wins have came at Newmarket x 3, Chelmsford, Kempton and Ascot, covering distances of 7f to 1m. The last 3 wins have been at Class 1 level, beginning with the Class 1 listed Snowdrop Fillies Stakes over 1m at Kempton on the 3rd June this year, when beating Billesdon Brook by 3/4 of a length. Nazeef also added the Class 1 Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes when beating Agincourt by a head over 1m. More recently Landed the Tattershall Falmouth Stakes at Ascot over 1m, when beating Billesdon Brook again by a neck this time. That form looks solid and if turning up in same frame of mind should be in the mix again today. 3rd

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4.55 Tatler Nursery Handicap Class 2 over 5f

Acklam Express -Out of Mehmas and York Express, has had 2 career starts so far, beginning with a 3rd place finish at Beverley on the 17th June in a class 5 Novice race over 5f when finishing 4 and 1/2 lengths behind winner Country Carnival. Was sent to Hamilton for next race on the 12th July, in the British Stalion Studs EBF Novice Auction Stakes over 5f and won, beating Madreselva by 1 and 1/4 lengths with Two Cop Bop a further 3 and 1/4 lengths behind in 3rd.  Acklam Express has travelled 265 miles for todays race and isn’t travelling that far to make up the numbers. Winner

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Jamie – 

2:45 – John Pearce Gordon Stakes – Selection: Mogul
It’s like a rematch of the Derby as the second, fifth, sixth and tenth from Epsom all contest this Group 3. At the prices Mogul makes some appeal as he was only just beaten into by English King in the Derby. Aidan O’Brien’s Colt was a good juvenile last year, winning a Group 2 at Leopardstown on Champions Weekend. He returned as a 3yo in the King Edward when it looked like he badly needed the run when finishing fourth.
Mogul then helped to form part of the six strong Ballydoyle squad in the Derby, it was a bit of a strange race as we all know. Ryan got Mogul going in the straight, but the bird had flown by then. He stayed on nicely to claim sixth. The style of this Goodwood track and a smaller field I think will really help Mogul, the ground is perfect for him and at the prices he looks the one to side
with against the favourite. Winner

3:15 – Qatar Nassau Stakes – Selection: Fancy Blue
It could be a big day for the Michael Tabor silks as Fancy Blue and Magic Wand go to post for the final Group 1 of the week. With the weight allowance it is hard to ignore Fancy Blue, who last time held on to win what I thought was a cracking renewal of the Prix Diane at Chantilly.
I tipped her that day and I am not jumping off the ship as it appears that she is still progressing and growing all the time. This is her trip and hopefully she will cope with the Goodwood track fine.
The daughter of the late Deep Impact will have to improve but it looks likely that she will for a filly who is only having her fifth race today. There are many dangers with Deirdre, Magic Wand & Nazeef in opposition. A good race in prospect. Winner

4:20 – British EBF Fillies Maiden – Selection: Miss Chess
There are some unraced horses with decent pedigrees in this race, although I prefer to side with the horses who have had that racecourse experience. The favourite is too short for my liking, so I will take a chance here on the Hollie Doyle ridden Miss Chess.
Ed Vaughan’s charge put together a good run first time out at Yarmouth two weeks ago when a close third in what looked to be a very decent novice stakes, there looked to be some potentially decent types behind her that day. It is also interesting to bear in mind that Miss Chess is a Zoffany half-sister to Prix Diane winner Fancy Blue.
You can expect improvement from her first run and the Ed Vaughan stable do a solid job with their juveniles. She shouldn’t be too far away from the action in the final couple of furlongs. Unplaced

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Chris – 

2.15 Qatar Richmond Stakes

Admiral Nelson made a promising impression over 5f at the Curragh on debut last month but couldn’t back that up a week later at Royal Ascot. Several of the Ballydoyle two year olds also struggled with the fast turnaround there and like connections I’m prepared to give this Kingman colt a second chance at Group 2 level. He should relish the quicker conditions here and I wouldn’t be surprised were he to reverse Coventry Stakes form with Qaadar. Unplaced

3.15 Qatar Nassau Stakes

Fancy Blue was a real eyecatcher on her first run of the season in the Irish 1000 Guineas, finishing runner-up to stablemate Love. She took the step-up to today’s trip in her stride at the French Oaks earlier this month, reversing that form with Love and fending off Coronation Stakes winner Alpine Star on the line. This daughter of Deep Impact receives weight from her key rivals Nazeef and Deirdre today and should use that to good effect, with Ryan Moore opting for her instead of the consistent Magic Wand. Winner

 

 

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Final Word with Rich – 

1 place from 3 yesterday was not really good enough by the standards I set myself….

1.45 Handicap – Class 2 – 3YO Only – 1m 2f….

Zabeel Champion – Poets Voice x Stars in Your Eyes 3yo Colt.
2 wins from 3 starts in 2020. Finished 10th on season return at Yarmouth in a Class 4, 1m 2f Handicap on June 3rd before landing a Class 4 1m 2f Handicap on June 20th by 1 & 1/4 lengths and a Class 2, 1m 2f Handicap on July 10th by 1 & 1/2 lengths, both wins at Newmarket.
Only has had 5 career starts, with the June 20th Newmarket run yielding 2 other winners…. 2nd

2.45 Gordon Stakes – Group 3 – 3YO Only – 1m 4f….

Al Aasy – Sea the Stars x Kitcara 3yo filly.
10 & 1/2 lengths 5th of 9 to Mishriff in the 1m 2f Newmarket Listed Stakes on June 6th, Misriff is now a Group 1 winner & 2nd Volkan Star a Listed winner.
Al Aasy landed a Newmarket 1m 4f Class 5 Novice Stakes by 10 lengths on June 18th & then took the 1m 5f Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket by 1 & 3/4 lengths on July 9th…. Unplaced

3.15 Nassau Stakes – Fillies’ Group 1 – 3YO Plus – 1m 2f – 

Fancy Blue – Deep Impact x Chenchikova 3yo filly.
Won on both starts in 2019 including a 1m Curragh fillies’ Listed race in October before making season return in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on June 13th, finishing a 2 length runner up to Peaceful. Stepped up in trip last time out at Chantilly in the 1m 2f Prix De Diane, beating Alpine Star by a short head on July 5th… Winner

DANGER – Nazeef – Invincible Spirit x Handassa 4yo filly.
7 starts, 6 wins 1 place. Landed a Kempton 1m Class 1 Listed on June 3rd from Billesdon Brooke on season return. June 16th won the Duke of Cambridge 1m at Ascot by head & beat Billesdon Brook again in the 1m Falmouth Stakes, Fillies’ Group 1 on July 10th. Up in trip.

That is everything for you today folks… Thanks for your support & for popping by….

All the best – The Arseonlineracing Team

Pictures – Goodwood (Twitter Account) 2019 & 2020

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