Hello & welcome to Arseonlineracing’s coverage of Glorious Goodwood (And a bit of Galway later in the week)..
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Charlie & Chris will join us tomorrow, so for the opening day of the festival from Goodwood, Jamie & Rich will take you through day one….
The going is Heavy, Soft in places…
2:25 – Vintage Stakes (G2) – Selection: Berkshire Shadow
Seven runners go to post for this Group 2 race with a rich roll of honour. Berkshire Shadow has done nothing wrong in his two starts and I think he can make it 3/3 today. The son of Dark Angel followed up his smooth Maiden success at Newbury by taking out the Coventry at Royal Ascot last month. That day he had today’s rival Elderickjones behind by nearly two lengths. Berkshire Shadow stayed on well over 7F at Ascot so it would seem likely he will cope with an extra furlong today no problem. The Balding / Murphy combination are flying at the moment, this horse has a lot going for him. Lusail is the big danger.
3:35 – Goodwood Cup (G1) – Selection: Trueshan
The overnight rainfall that has turned the ground heavy, soft in places will be music to the ears of Alan King and connections of Trueshan. The progressive stayer posted the best performance of his career so far on soft ground at Ascot on Champions Day last season by winning the Long Distance race. He really powered home to win by a wide margin that day. So far this campaign Trueshan has finished second to Japan at Chester and sixth in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, it’s hardly inspiring form but he did unfortunately miss Ascot due to quick ground. Trueshan will need to bring his A-game if he is to topple Stradivarius but with the Champion Stayer looking perhaps vulnerable after defeat at Ascot and on this ground, Trueshan might be too good today for him. Emperor Of The Sun might be worth an each way play.
3.00 Lennox Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 7f….
Space Blues – Dubawi X Miss Lucifer 5yo horse.
Winner of this race last season when beating Duke of Hazzard by 2 lengths, that win was part of an unbeaten season which took in the Haydock Listed Spring Stakes, the Longchamp Group 3 Prix De La Porte Mailot before ending in August at Deauville, when Space Blues landed the 7f Group 1 Prix Maurice De Gheest.
He was off until February when he went to Riyadh to land the 6 & 1/2f Turf Sprint by 3/4’s of a length.
A trip to Meydan followed on March 27th, when finishing down the field in the 6f Al Quoz Sprint, 9th of 13.
back after 122 days off the track & back over 7f, where he is 5 wins & 2 places from 7 runs over this trip…
DANGER – Creative Force – Dubawi X Choose Me 3yo gelding.
A 2 length 5th of 19 in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 10th, having landed the 6f Group 2 Jersey Stakes at Ascot in June. 1 win at 7f & 3 wins over 6f from 5 runs this season.
4.10 Handicap – Class 2 – 4yo Plus – 5f…
King of Stars – Starspangledbanner X Glowing Star 4yo gelding.
Spent most of 2021 on the all weather at Southwell before running on Turf at Bath back on April 6th in a 5f Class 4 handicap, winning by 2 & 1/4 lengths. He was beaten at neck at Beverley on April 14th, when tackling a Class 3 5f Handicap.
Had 86 days off as he had been on the go since December 2020.
Returned on July 9th at Newmarket in a Class 3 5f Handicap, finishing a neck 2nd to Twlight Calls, with the front pair 3 &1/4 length ahead of the field, 5th & 14th have both won since. Has risen from a mark of 80 at Bath to 92 today…
That’s all folks for day one… We hope you enjoyed the recent BIG Interviews & fingers crossed there are more to come…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team