Today’s horse racing preview comes from the 2nd day at Glorious Goodwood.
15.00 Goodwood – Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) (5f)
It was frustrating to watch Happy Like A Fool get beaten in the Queen Mary as it cost me a few bob in a double that day, his conqueror was Heartache who should have really won the Prix Robert Papin in France last weekend in a very rare misjudged ride by Gerard Mosse, the ground is a concern for the Wesley Ward runner, but a decent draw to ease the pain, big chance under Mike Smith.
For me though, I will be in Havana Grey’s corner, despite running no sort of a race in the Norfolk Stakes he bounced back with authority when landing the Listed Dragon Stakes at Sandown. I do not think the change in conditions will inconvenience him as the sire was useful on good ground. There would be no shock to see James Tate’s Invisible Army run well again, a good fourth behind Cardsharp in the July Stakes at Newmarket three weeks ago puts him bang there, he also ran a good second on debut over 6f here at Goodwood and will be on the premises once more, however the nod goes to Havana Grey to gain another big success.
HAVANA GREY : 2pt Win @ 4/1 (BOG)
15.35 Goodwood – Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (8f)
This looks probably one of the best renewals we are going to see with the strong match up between Churchill and Ribchester. Churchill suffered a shock defeat when only managing fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot, but he will have to come in good fettle to over turn the mighty Ribchester who was impressive when landing the Queen Mary.
Soft ground should not be a concern for the pair, however Ribchester looks the real deal and is once more nailed on to land another big race of the year. One that could run well at a price is Clive Cox’s Zonderland who comes here off the back of a good second in the Celebration Mile here at Goodwood last year, this is his first run of the campaign and probably will be in need of the run this afternoon.
RIBCHESTER : 4pt Win @ 11/10 (BOG)
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