Thursday was just one of those frustrating days at Goodwood. Queen Power ran a solid race when fourth in the Nassau Stakes and she was just robbed of third late on. I thought she was going to pick up on the outside when I asked her to quicken, but she just flattened out a bit against some smart three-year-old fillies. The biggest disappointment on the day would have to be Winter Power in the nursery. She was reappearing quickly after winning on Monday and I guess the gamble on the quick turnaround didn’t work. She also became a little unbalanced and jinked mid race. That certainly didn’t help and she will be back another day. It’s difficult to win races at meetings like Glorious Goodwood, but we will give it another go on Friday. Also check out the latest Zoom Room below.
MAFIA POWER (1.10pm)
I was delighted with the way Mafia Power got the job done at Haydock last time as he has always been a horse that has worked well at home. The quick ground should prove no bother to him and hopefully he can go well despite the 11lbs rise. William Haggas’s Al Qaqaa won nicely last time and looks the obvious danger.
MYSTERY POWER (2.15pm)
Only five runners in the Group Three where I ride Mystery Power. He was a smart two-year-old who just lost his way a little but bounced back at Newmarket last time. I’m hopeful the run behind Al Suhail will trigger a return to form here and he should go okay. On paper we all have it to do if we are to beat Khaloosy who looked so good at Royal Ascot.
The big handicap of the day is the Golden Mile where I ride Zwayyan for Andrew Balding and King Power racing. He was good on his reappearance at Sandown when fourth behind Montatham and Dark Vision. That should have put him spot on for this and he could have been a little over-looked in the betting. I guess life is a little bit tougher from his double-figure draw and I will have to decide whether to try and go forward or tuck in. It’s a race you need plenty of luck in so fingers crossed. Mark Johnston has his team in great form and Vale Of Kent should go well again.
King George Stakes (3.15pm)
No ride for me in the King George which will probably be a procession for the superstar that is Battaash (pictured below). He was so good at Ascot and will take plenty of beating again I will imagine. One that could go well at a big price is the French raider Ken Colt but they all should struggle.
Another small field affair for the Glorious Stakes where I am hoping Alounak can bounce back after a below-par run at Newmarket last time. He had previously run really well at Royal Ascot to chase home Fanny Logan and the race may just have come too soon. If he can reproduce that effort in the Hardwicke Stakes, he should get involved in this. Communique looks the obvious one as the return to this trip at this track should help. He is also fine on fast ground.
JULIE JOHNSTON (4.20pm)
It’s a quick turnaround for Julie Johnston who I won on at York last Saturday. She did that pretty easily from the front and should take a fair bit of beating if not feeling any ill effects from that. She has a nice racing weight with just a 6lbs penalty and will hopefully take some catching.
My final ride of the afternoon is a nicely bred newcomer for King Power racing. I haven’t actually sat on my filly, but the Hannon’s know how to ready one for the big stage and she should know her job. She doesn’t have the experience of the Gosden filly Sarsaparilla, but the team are in good form and she should go well.
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