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SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Glorious Goodwood Thursday

Just the two booked rides for me on the third day of the Goodwood Festival and once again I’ll be hoping to pick up the odd spare if they become available. My busiest day of the week will definitely be Friday where I am pencilled in for five. Anyway, I’ve taken a little cottage about two miles away from the course which means I’m not faced with a huge commute each day, so that’s a relief…




I’ve not actually ridden Court Of Session, my mount in the opener. He was in great form in the spring winning a couple on the all-weather and bounced back last time at Nottingham with a better run after two below par showings. Hopefully this step up in trip may suit, but this is a big ask against the likes of Migdam. I won on Vee Sight last time at Sandown and he did it nicely. He’s gone up 8lbs for that success but remains a well-handicapped horse.

2.25pm (Richmond Stakes)

No ride for me in the Richmond where Coventry Stakes third Royal Scotsman looks the one to beat. Chateau is a nice horse for the Andrew Balding team while I know that Crispy Cat is better than he showed last time.

3.35pm (Nassau Stakes)

The feature race of the day looks at the mercy of Nashwa (pictured below) on the back of her French Oaks victory last time. The three-year-olds get a nice chunk of weight here and have a decent record in the race. I’d be surprised if she wasn’t good enough to beat this lot.

SURELY NOT – 4.10pm

My other ride on the card is Surely Not at the foot of the weights in the nursery for Dominic Ffrench Davis. He’s another I’ve not sat on before and comes here with a win on the all-weather on his CV. On paper that doesn’t look good enough to beat the likes of True Statesman, but we do get over a stone and will give it a good go.

Good Luck