SDS BLOG: Glorious Goodwood Saturday
Looking ahead to the final day of Goodwood’s five-day Festival and one of the best things about staying down here is having a lie-in. Normally at home I’m up early because of the kids or having to go and ride work, but here I can catch-up on my sleep – let’s hope my wife Vicky isn’t reading this!
I’ve been in the Zoom Room again previewing Saturday’s action with Bill and Luke …… CLICK HERE to watch now.
Anyway, onto the action on the track and I’ve four nice rides to look forward to…
FARASI LANE 1.20pm
I’m hoping to maintain my 100% record on Farasi Lane who I ride for Tom Ward in the opener. I won on him at Kempton last November off a mark of 68 and his consistency means he lines-up here off a mark of 85. He was really tough at Sandown last time and looks as if he is still improving. This is obviously a better race, but he sneaks in right at the foot of the weights and hopefully can go well. There look to be dangers everywhere with a back-to-form Quintillus and Spirit Of Bermuda looking the obvious threats.
BOUNDLESS POWER 1.55pm (Stewards’ Sprint Consolation)
First Folio had been favourite for the actual Stewards’ Cup, so will be hard to beat off topweight in the Consolation race. I ride Boundless Power for Mick Appleby who has been in really good form and ran well to be fifth at Ascot last time. He doesn’t mind the rain if it falls and looks well worth a try in a race like this. I was taken with the way Power Over Me won at Epsom last time where he was subsequently disqualified for weighing in a couple of pounds light. He continues on the upgrade and may be in the shake up again.
BOSS POWER 2.30pm (Summer Handicap)
A wide-open looking renewal of the Summer Handicap where I am looking forward to partnering Boss Power for Sir Michael Stoute and King Power. He won nicely at Kempton last time and looks well worth another try back up to this sort of trip. He just raced too freely when he tried 1m 6f a couple of starts back at Salisbury and the bigger field should help him here. I rode Nuits St Georges when he won over this course and distance back in May and he sets the bar pretty high.
3.05pm Qatar Lillie Langtry
No ride for me in the Lillie Langtry Stakes where Wonderful Tonight (pictured below) should take all the beating if the rain stays around. She was pulled out of last weekend’s King George at Ascot as the ground was too quick and should win this on her way to a crack at the Arc. I’ve been impressed with Golden Pass who could run well, but I’d be shocked if she could beat Wonderful Tonight.
CHIL CHIL 3.40pm (Stewards’ Cup) NON RUNNER
I can have a lie-in and a decent breakfast as Chil Chil (pictured below) is set to carry 9st 10lbs in the Stewards’ Cup. She has been so good this season winning at Newmarket and Newcastle before not being beaten far in the July Cup last time. She is back in handicap company here but needs the ground to dry out a bit to be seen at her best. She is very classy though and I wouldn’t rule her out of this. If the rain comes then I wouldn’t be surprised to see the other King Power contender Bielsa run well as he will enjoy returning to this sort of trip.
My final ride of the meeting is Devasboy for Mark Johnston in the maiden. I haven’t ridden as much for Mark this week as I’d have liked, but I’m grateful he has put me on one at the end. Let’s hope he has saved the best until last! If I’m honest, I don’t know too much about this colt, but one thing I do know is that he will know his job.