Hello and welcome to Day 3 of Arseonlineracing’s coverage of Glorious Goodwood..
The going at Goodwood is…. Good
Charlie & Chris returned with a winner each, while Rich grabbed a 3rd…
2.25 Unibet Richmond Stakes (Group 2) Colts and Geldings
Selection – Assymetric – 2 year old Colt out of Showcasing and Swirral Edge, has ran 3 times winning twice and finishing 2nd in the other. The wins came at Goodwood on debut when beating Mojomaker by 1/2 length on the 4th June this year over 6f on good ground. Next win came at Newmarket on the 18th June when beating Sterling Knight by 1 and 3/4 lengths over 6f on good to soft ground. Most recently was beaten a head into 2nd by Lusail in the Group 2 Tatersalls Stakes at Newmarket on the 8th July over 6f on good to firm ground. Has shown excellent form so far and was just a tad unlucky to get beaten by a head at Newmarket last time, if showing up in same mindset today should gain compensation in this race with biggest danger to the selection coming in the shape of Gubbass who has won first 2 races.
3.35 Qatar Nassau Stakes
Audarya ended last season with a huge success in the Filly & Mare Turf at the Breeders Cup, adding to her Group 1 win in France last Autumn. She finished a close 2nd behind Love last month in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over this trip on her first start for 8 months and looks primed for a big run. Soft ground holds no fears and the trip is ideal; it will take a very good filly to beat her today.
6.15 Guinness Galway Hurdle
Magic Tricks looks to have been laid out for this race by connections after some promising efforts over timber during his novice season. Runner-up in a typically competitive Fairyhouse handicap over Easter, this Davidoff gelding arrives here just 5lbs higher with a pipe opener on the flat a fortnight ago to protect his mark. He’s not been missed in the betting, but is still a fair price at the time of writing, he should go close in what looks a very strong renewal.
3:00 – John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes (G3) – Selection: Third Realm
An intriguing renewal of the Gordon Stakes, which was first run in 1902. Third Realm gets the nod from me after a decent run to be 5th in the Derby. Roger Varian’s son of Sea The Stars still has got plenty of potential on what will he just his fifth race today and to be honest I think he is the best horse in the race today. I don’t think Third Realm handled the track particularly well at Epsom, in my book he did well to finish fifth that day. Before Epsom he had taken out the Lingfield Derby trial where he beat Derby & King George winner Adayar fair and square. That is the best form line on the table and with yet more improvement expected, I expect Third Realm to prove tough to beat. However, Wordsworth is a lovely horse and is improving while Yibir I feel is too big a price.
6:15 – Guinness Galway Hurdle – Selection: Belfast Banter
The prestigious 2m Galway Hurdle is as competitive as ever with Grade 1 winners clashing with seasoned handicappers. Belfast Banter is one of those Grade 1 winners courtesy of a win at Aintree in April. Peter Fahy’s stable star has been a revelation since the Spring, starting with a big priced success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham. That was followed by a top level win at Aintree’s National meeting over today’s trip. Further improvement from Belfast Banter is likely and he still looks feasibly weighted at 10st 13lbs. It’s a Galway Hurdle though and he will need some luck in running of course, if he gets a clear run though on ground he likes, I can Belfast Banter going close. It must also be noted that he has won over C+D in a Maiden Hurdle here last October. There is a lot going for this horse. Another I like is Annexation for the De Bromhead team at an each way price.
3,00 Gordon Stakes – 3yo Only – Group 3 – 1m 3f 218yds..
Wordsworth – Galileo X Chelsea Rose colt.
A drop from Group 1 company for the son of the late Galileo today. He has finished behind Hurricane Lane on his last 2 starts, in the 1m 4f Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 26th & last time out on July 14th in Longchamp, when running in the Grand Prix De Paris, again over 1m 4f. Although his only win in 2021 was his maiden back in April, he is ultra consistent & hopefully the drop in grade will yield the win…
3.35 – Nassau Stakes – Fillies’ Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f 197yds..
Joan of Arc – Galileo X You’resothrilling 3yo filly.
A group 3 winner when landing the Irish 1000 guineas trial at Leopardstown on May 8th before finishing 2nd in the Irish 1000 guineas at the Curragh to Empress Josephine. She was stepped up in trip to 1m 2f in the Group 1 Prix De Diane at Chantilly, winning by 3/4’s of a length from Philomene.
DANGER – Audarya – Wootton Bassett X Green Bananas 5yo Mare.
Breeders cup fillies’ & Mares’ Turf winner in November, who made seasonal return on June 16th at Ascot in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, finishing a 3/4’s of a length runner up to Love…
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All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team