WHAT a treat we have in store on day two of Glorious Goodwood.
A stunning renewal of the Sussex Stakes is the feature event on a fantastic seven-race card. Our man Jack Keene has taken a close look and picked out his best bets.
A cracker to kick things off and WALIYAK gets the nod.
She finished an excellent second from an unpromising position in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, where she raced virtually alone for much of the contest.
The winner has since followed up in Listed company and this filly will relish the step up to 1m2f. A 3lb rise looks lenient.
Plenty of dangers, including Be More, who travelled powerfully when successful at Sandown and is clearly a mare on the up.
She is feared, while Ghaziyah was a little unlucky when second at HQ in the autumn and represents an in-form yard.
Nkosikazi was afforded the softest of soft leads when winning the Group 3 Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes at Newcastle. That wasn’t a deep race and she has to concede weight to some up-and-coming rivals.
At decent odds, keep an eye on Dean Street Doll, who shaped with promise behind Be More earlier this month.
Not a race I’m a great fan of, but I may chuck a few quid in the direction of SMART CHAMPION.
He was left with a mountain to climb when a never-nearer fourth behind Coeur De Lion at Royal Ascot before being unsuited by a steadily-run Northumberland Plate.
This step back up in trip will suit and he remains a stayer of significant potential.
Summer Moon and The Grand Visir are also worth close consideration, with the latter a shade unlucky not to win the Queen Alexandra last month.
EACH-WAY SELECTION: Smart Champion
A fascinating race in which chances can be given to several.
SARVAN has improved with each visit to the racecourse and was a ready winner at Pontefract last time.
He thumped a decent yardstick that day, with the pair pulling miles clear, and he will no doubt love the step up to 1m4f.
He is an exciting prospect and gets the nod ahead of Cozone, who is worth a small saver.
The Amanda Perrett-trained colt enjoyed a dream split up the rail when winning from off the pace at Sandown, but he did so off a steady gallop and he was well on top at the line.
Expensive purchase Carlos Felix won easily at Ascot in a four-runner heat earlier this month. This is a deeper race and demands another step forward but he is going the right way.
John Gosden rolled the big dice when running Encipher in the Dante last time out. It was a move which backfired but he will be more at home in handicap company and has an each-way shout, as does Win O’Clock.
Not the deepest renewal of this race and one which can go the way of Richard Spencer for the second time in two years.
WINGS OF A DOVE is highly-thought-of and, having struggled at Royal Ascot, she showed her true colours with a fine second to a smart type at Sandown.
She has loads of speed and will be well-suited to this downhill track.
Significantly has finished second on each of his three visits to the racecourse, including a good effort at Sandown where he tanked into the race.
He is another who will love the speedy nature of this track and is feared most ahead of Army Of India, who got back on track at Lingfield, and Sardinia Sunset, who battled on well to win at York.
EACH-WAY SELECTION: Wings Of A Dove
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This is the race of the season. So much so that it’s almost tempting not to have a bet and just sit back and enjoy. Almost.
You’ve got a couple of real stalk-and-pounce types in here in the form of Siskin and Mohaather.
The former showed gears and a tremendous attitude to win the Irish 2000 Guineas and he is a colt of the highest order. He could well preserve his unbeaten record and I would not put you off backing him.
His style will be ideally suited to this course, and the same goes for Mohaather who showed blistering speed to win the Summer Mile at Ascot.
He is a top miler but has to concede 8lb to some very, very good three-year-olds, something which may prove just too big a task.
The 2000 Guineas hero Kameko was given an absolute peach of a ride to win at Newmarket. Oisin Murphy let his rivals cut each others throats and swooped late, while he clearly failed to stay in the Derby.
There is a suspicion this speedy track won’t necessarily play to his strengths and he probably wants a strong gallop at the trip, something which he mightn’t get here.
Which makes me think that WICHITA mightn’t be a bad punt at decent odds. There is no obvious front-runner in here, but Wichita went forward in the Guineas and in the St James’s Palace. That latter run at Ascot is a cracking piece of form, with three top colts pulling miles clear.
His stablemate and multiple Group 1 winner Circus Maximus won’t be far away, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Vatican City sit third to form a potent Ballydoyle posse up top.
Wichita’s career-best effort came in the hands of Frankie Dettori, who is back on board today, and there is no finer judge on the front-end that the Italian.
If he can get to the lead and kick approaching the 2f he could take some pegging back – though I expect it will be a nervy finish with Siskin and Mohaather likely to be the last off the bridle. What a race in prospect.
SPRIGHT was a runaway winner at Doncaster last time.
It may transpire that she didn’t beat a great deal that day, but she could hardly have done it any easier and is clearly a filly with a decent engine.
She can follow up at the chief expense of Country Carnival, who was only a length behind Sardinia Sunset at York. Her form could get a timely boost in the Molecomb earlier on the card.
Miss Jingles was probably value for more than the winning margin of a neck at Sandown and she completes the shortlist.
This looks absolutely perfect for MR SNOWDON.
He cantered through a decent 6f handicap at Yarmouth last time but was perhaps given a bit too much to do and made up a lot of ground in a short space of time without any cover.
The extra furlong here will be perfect and he should get lots of pace to aim at. This track will suit him down to the ground.
Society Lion looked all over the winner at Doncaster last time but had to settle for a narrow second. The horse that beat him ran well at Ascot over the weekend so he has to enter calculations off 5lb higher.
Mottrib was doing all his best work late over 6f at Chepstow and this extra furlong is the least he wants.
He is dangerous at the foot of the weights, while Arigato and Deep Intrigue are solid each-way contenders.