SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Glorious Goodwood Thursday

Goodwood is an incredible racecourse, it’s so pretty and the course is completely unique. You are turning all the time and it can be difficult for some horses to get balanced when they are trying to go forward up the straight. You need a lot of luck and want to be following the right horse. I’ve got five rides on Thursday and even though none of them are superstars, they all have a chance. It would be fantastic if one of them could get their head in front, here are my thoughts…




First up for me is Fox Premier in the 1m2f handicap. We were quite hopeful about his chances going into the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot, but I suppose he was a little bit disappointing. That was over 1m4f so we’re dropping back a couple of furlongs and he’s won both his starts over this trip. He’s a good horse and if things work out his way he should be there or thereabouts.

He only has 8st 6lbs to carry which is a nice racing weight and let’s hope we have some luck. I won the race last year on Communique and it would be nice to win it again but it’s very competitive


Nayef Road has had a good season and he must have an each-way chance in this. He’s very consistent and a lovely horse to be around, it’s just whether he’s quite up to this class. He ran well to be second in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last time and he meets Spanish Mission again this afternoon. I thought the winner was impressive that day and although it’s going to be hard to reverse the form, we’ll give it a go. You can never rule out Mark’s [Johnston] horses at Goodwood. Constantinople and Jalmoud look the other main dangers and it should be a good race to watch.

3.35pm – Nassau Stakes

No ride for me in the main race of the day but I think it’s best to side with the three-year-olds at this time of year in a race like this as they get the weight allowance. Hermosa is the obvious one having won both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, but I don’t think Maqsad will be that far behind her. I know she was well beaten in the end in the Oaks, but she travelled well for a long way and the drop back to 1m2f will suit. They have always loved her at William Haggas’ yard and I think she is a very good filly.


My next ride is Dragon Command for George Scott in the seven furlong nursery. Anything can happen in a race like this but we’ve got a nice draw in stall three and George is putting a visor on him for the first time. He won two starts back at Hamilton after being gelded and was then fourth at York a few weeks ago. He should run well but I think Governor Of Punjab is the one we all have to beat. He’s won his last two and looks progressive.


This is a 16-runner seven furlong fillies’ maiden at Goodwood, so it’s not a race anyone can be confident in. I’m on Ruby Power for Richard Hannon and King Power Racing. She is making her debut and on breeding she looks a nice type, although her draw isn’t great. We’ll know more about her after the race and it will be a good learning experience


My final ride of the day is Good Luck Fox in the five furlong handicap. He has lost his way a bit but if he can bounce back to some of his form from last season he would definitely have a chance. Richard is putting blinkers on for the first time and we have to hope that will sharpen him up a bit.

Good luck


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