PREVIEW: Glorious Goodwood
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust the 10 non runners so far on the Glorious Goodwood card on Friday. Hope you took the hint on the market move for Shingle at Ffos Las last night. The debutant scorched home by eight lengths !
The defection of Hillstar gives a more open look to the opening Coutts Glorious Stakes and all eyes here will be on Encke who returns to the track after an absence of 685 days.
He was the horse who denied Camelot his Triple Crown and was subsequently one of the horses caught up in the Mahmood Al Zarooni doping scandal and banned from racing for six months.
He is now in the care of Charlie Appleby but his quotes are hardly positive. He describes Encke as ‘not being 100%’ but ‘fit enough to do himself justice’ and ideally would want some give in the ground.
Encke has proven quite easy to back in the market this morning, not surprising really, and the safer proposition must be the Richard Hannon trained Pether’s Moon to gain reward for his consistency.
He has 8lb to find with Encke on official ratings but has an obvious fitness advantage. He’s been plying his trade at Group 2 level in his last two starts. He was third to Telescope in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and then finished a close-up third to yesterday’s winner Cavalryman at Newmarket.
Hannon got off the mark at the meeting in style yesterday with a double and he should also land the second race on the card with Shifting Power who finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas – the form of which has proven one of the most solid in living memory. He went on to chase Kingman home in the Irish equivalent and was second in a Group 1 at Chantilly.
Rapprochement bolted home by 11 lengths on his Newmarket debut and, excuse the cliché, but really could be ‘anything’ but Shifting Power has the form in the book.