Glorious Goodwood is always a fantastic meeting, but it’s a long week – not as long as Galway though! A winner makes all the difference and I was really happy to win the Gordon Stakes on Nayef Road on Thursday. All roads now lead to the St Leger. Dee Ex Bee ran well in it last year and there’s no reason why this horse won’t as well. That’s some way off and we’ve got the final day of Goodwood to look forward to where I have five rides. Here are my thoughts on their chances…
TOMMY G 1.50pm
I’m looking forward to getting back on this horse for Jim Goldie in the Stewards’ Cup Consolation race. We won it 12 months ago and he’s back here off a 3lb lower mark, so we have to be hopeful, especially as he’s been first and second on his only two visits to the track. He is quite a tough ride, he can be a bit lazy and takes a lot of driving, but he does try in the end. You never know about the draw at Goodwood. We’re in stall 20 and there are some fast horses in there like Duke Of Firenze who isn’t too far away from me. As is always the case, it’s about where the pace is and when he won last year he was up there in the van. He should get a strong pace to run at which suits him, so let’s hope he can continue his fine record at Goodwood.
I won a Listed race on her in Italy in June and although she was a bit disappointing at Haydock last time, she should run well. We’re stepping up in trip, but she stays well over a mile and a half and I’ll just have to ride her with some patience. I think she’s quite well-handicapped and looks a pretty big price. As you’d expect, it’s a strong race with plenty having chances. King’s Advice has had a brilliant season, Corgi always runs well in these big handicaps and I think Outbox is a good horse as well.
STONE OF DESTINY 3.40pm
This looks a tough ask for Stone Of Destiny. He hasn’t really gone on since finishing fourth in the Commonwealth Cup last year, but he didn’t run too badly over five at Ascot last month. This is always a very hard race and we were the last one out of the hat in the draw on Thursday so we didn’t have any choice. Stall 27 clearly wasn’t where most trainers wanted to be and I suppose it would have been preferable to be more up the middle than on the wing. This race is a lottery really, but I do think Flavius Titus is a very good horse and he’s got a nice weight. The same connections won the Wokingham with Cape Byron and he should put up a big show. There is always lots of pace in the race, so I just hope that falls apart in the final furlong and Stone Of Destiny can run on and pick up the pieces.
GOLD SOUK 4.15pm
I think Gold Souk has got a great chance in the seven furlong maiden. Mark has had a fantastic week like he normally does down here and this horse ran well to be third in a novice at Newmarket at the end of June. The main danger is Andrew’s Berkshire Rocco who I rode on debut at Ascot a few weeks ago. He’s a nice horse.
HERO HERO 4.50pm
My final ride of the meeting is Hero Hero for Andrew and King Power. He didn’t run too badly in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last time and the drop back to seven furlongs should suit. He’s got some class so I’d be hopeful of him running well, albeit he doesn’t have the greatest draw in stall 12.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed Goodwood and that you manage to back a winner or two today. Best of luck!
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