Frankel, officially rated the best racehorse in the world, will be the star attraction at Glorious Goodwood next week when he bids for a second victory in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.
The meeting gets under way on Tuesday with a very competitive 1 mile handicap. Luca Cumani’s Danadana is bidding to land a hat-trick of wins and may have most to fear from the consistent Fury, ridden by Ryan Moore. Mark Johnston has a fine record at this meeting and has four entries, the pick of them may be Landaman.
John Gosden’s stable have been flying since Royal Ascot and Michelangelo bids to underline his St Leger claims in the Gordon Stakes. Henry Cecil’s Noble Mission may give him most to think about. Frankel’s trainer also has sound claims in the following Lennox Stakes with Chachamaidee who looked a shade unfortunate last time out. The useful three-year-olds Foxtrot Romeo and Aljamaaheer could give her most to do. The useful Morawij could be the best of some speedy youngsters in the Molecomb Stakes.
Wednesday’s action kicks off with the marathon 2m 5f Goodwood Stakes with Romeo Montague and Palazzo Bianco among those holding each-way claims. Olympic Glory would be an appropriate winner of the Champagne Stakes but the star of the show is undoubtedly Frankel in the featured Sussex Stakes. He faces a maximum of seven rivals, the pick of which may be Godolphin’s Farhh who chased home Nathaniel in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. Bet365 sum up the race by quoting Frankel at 1-12! There may be better value when the markets come out for winning distance, the colt having put eleven lengths between himself and the runner-up at Ascot.
Aidan O’Brien has a choice of two-year-olds entered for the Richmond Stakes on Thursday including Cristoforo Colombo and Parliament Square. The Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision makes his reappearance in the Goodwood Cup and Simenon, twice a winner in handicaps at the Royal meeting, could pose the biggest threat. Godolphin’s Lost In The Moment was a desperately unlucky loser in this race a year ago and it would be no surprise to see him improve on his recent form.
The Queen’s Estimate provided Her Majesty with a Royal winner in Diamond Jubilee year and puts her St Leger credentials on the line in the Lily Langtry Stakes.
John Gosden’s Gatewood has won at Epsom and Ascot and now seeks to add Goodwood to his festival tally in the opening race on Friday. A half-share has been sold to Australian owners OTI with a tilt at the Melbourne Cup the likely end of season target. The Golden Mile is one of the big handicaps of the week, the other being Saturday’s Stewards’ Cup and we will be previewing these in detail. Trade Commissioner is the early favourite at 4-1 with Bet365 for the Mile.
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