Goodwood stage their final meeting of the year on Sunday and I’m looking forward to four rides. We’re all wondering what the ground will be like though as watching the weather forecast tonight there seems to be plenty of rain on its way from the early hours. At least the jump boys will be used to the mud as the first race on the card is for jump jockeys only over two miles.
I ride this one for the first time for trainer Ivan Furtado. Sparklealot has had a good start to his career winning at Leicester and Chester on totally different ground so looks versatile. I’ll be quite happy though to see some rain as it was soft at Chester when he won over this trip and the rain might not suit some of his chief rivals quite so well – including With Envy who has only ever raced on good ground.
SLADE KING (3.45pm)
He ran a cracker over course and distance last time out to finish a close up third to Pablo Escobarr when there was give in the ground. Hopefully with a little bit of further improvement he can go very close in a race where a lot of the top stables have runners – including two for John Gosden. His debutant Marburg has an interesting pedigree but would like to think my fella sets the bar at quite a decent level and the more testing the ground the more his experience should help.
NOW CHILDREN (4.20pm)
Looking forward to getting back onboard this one for Clive (Cox). I was onboard when he won at Wolverhampton earlier this year and he has since finished a good second to Temple Church at Newbury when the ground was soft. I’ve got a 6lb pull in the weights with that one but he’s by no means the only danger as it looks a wide open contest.
DARK POWER (4.55pm)
Has been a grand horse so far and given me four wins including last time out at Haydock. All his wins have come with give in the ground so that looks hopeful but he is creeping up the weights and the grey is now on a career high mark of 91. Pettochside won this last year and if the heavens open I could see him running another big race.
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