Hello & welcome to Day Two of Arseonlineracing’s coverage of Glorious Goodwood Festival (With a hint of Galway)
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Jamie landed our only winner of the day yesterday but we are back to full strength today, so let’s get started..
The GOING at Goodwood is Soft, Heavy in places…
Charlie – 4.45 British EBF Premier Fillies Handicap
Selection – Achelois – Out of Zoffany and Fontley has raced 7 times so far and has won twice, the wins came at Newbury on the 14th May when beating Soundslikethunder by a nose over 7f on Good to Soft Ground. More recently won at Ascot on the 10th July this year when beating Arafi by 2 and 3/4 lengths over 1m on Good Ground. Steps up in trip to 1m 2f for todays race and if showing same attitude as last time at Ascot should be in the mix, biggest danger comes in the shape of Percy’s Pride who should handle today’s ground.
3.00 Molecomb Stakes
Nymphadora broke her maiden tag in a useful listed race at York in May, before finishing midfield in the Queen Mary at the royal meeting all over this trip. The ground there seemed plenty quick enough for this daughter of No Nay Never and she would have finished slightly closer but for meeting trouble in the closing stages. This doesn’t appear an overly strong renewal on paper and at the current double-figure price she makes plenty of each-way appeal.
3.35 Qatar Sussex Stakes
Alcohol Free has put in some fine efforts to date, not beaten far in both the 1000 Guineas (5th) and the Falmouth Stakes (3rd). She landed the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and will again encounter conditions similar to that here. It seems she won’t be hindered by soft ground whereas some of her rivals face a question mark there. I’m expecting a bold show and must hold every chance of landing a third Group 1 success with the yard still enjoying plenty of winners recently.
2:25 – Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes (G3) – Selection: Vadream
This is a hugely competitive renewal of this 7F Group 3 prize with 15 going to post. With further rain forecast I’m looking for horses with soft ground form and I like the chances of Vadream today. Charlie Fellowes’ 3yo has only had the five races so far in her career and is open to further progress. Vadream has some very smart form in the book, especially her third in the Jersey Stakes at the Royal meeting on soft ground. It was another very solid performance last time out when second behind Light Refrain at York, the reaposing Onassis was fourth that day. If she replicates that Jersey Stakes effort then she will be right in the thick of things close home. It is likely Vadream has progressed since York and holds every chance. The dangers – Bouncetheblues & Valeria Messalina, who has an excellent record over 7F.
6:15 – Tote Galway Plate – Selection: Koshari
The feature race on day 3 of the Galway Festival and everyone wants it on their CV. Koshari is part of the six strong Willie Mullins team after a good win at the Punchestown Festival last time out. That day he beat one of the market leaders, The Shunter by a length and today that rival has to give him 12lbs as Koshari is 10lbs lower over fences. Admittedly he will have to jump better today than at Punchestown or Cheltenham, as jumping is crucial around Galway with it being a tight turning track. The forecast rain wouldn’t worry connections of Kosahri as he has won on soft / heavy in the past. I am confident of a bold show today off a nice low weight and he makes lots of appeal at an each way price. Another who could go well at double figure odds is Darasso who is 4/6 over fences and ran a blinder when second last time out in the Grimes Hurdle.
1.50 Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo Only – 1m 3f 218yds
Kolisi – Harzand X Wild Step gelding.
3 starts.. 1 place(2nd) & 1 win.
Debut at Ripon back in April over 1m 2f in a Class 4 Novice stakes, finishing 3rd of 4 runners, some 9 & 3/4 lengths behind the winner. Dropped back in distance on second start in May at Nottingham to 1m 75yds, when finishing a neck 2nd to Ranchero in a class 5 Div2 Novice Stakes. Made no mistake on 3rd start on June 23rd at Salisbury. He stepped back up to 1m 2f & won by 2 & 1/4 lengths.
Last 2 runs on soft ground & now stepped up in trip again on handicap debut from an opening mark of 87….
5.20 Handicap – Class 3- 3yo Plus – 7f…
Be Prepared – Due Dillegence X Chicklade 4yo gelding.
Has had 4 turf runs this season finishing 1/3/1/3 over 6 & 7f.
Both wins on soft ground. Won at Lingfield in a 7f Class 4 handicap on June 28th by 3 & 1/4 lengths before finishing 3rd on his last start at Ascot on July 10th, when running in a Class 4 7f Handicap, by 3 & 1/4 lengths in a field of 12 runners & runs from 87, the same mark as at Ascot…
That’s everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by, we really appreciate your support…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team