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SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Glorious Goodwood Tuesday

It makes such a big difference having the crowds back at racecourses and that will be really noticeable at Goodwood this week. There is always a really nice atmosphere on the Downs and this year it will be more special than ever after the last 18 months or so that everyone has had. I’ve got some nice rides to look forward to on the opening day including three for King Power racing.




It was some performance from Johnny Dramaย (pictured below on left) to win at York last time despite everything going wrong. He deserved to win a valuable prize like that and should be competitive here off just a 5lbs higher mark. I rode Maydanny to land this prize 12 months ago and he looks sure to be in the mix again if the ground dries out a little. However, the biggest danger of all looks to be Migration who I rode last time to finish fourth at Salisbury after a long absence. He will relish the recent rain and this race has been the plan for some time I reckon.

FIVETHOUSANDTOONE 3.00pm (Lennox Stakes)

It wasn’t easy to pick between Fivethousandtooneย (pictured below on right) and Happy Power in the Lennox Stakes, but I have decided to keep the faith with the former. He was a little disappointing last time but he’s a colt we have always thought the world of and he has some engine. That said, he is in against some of the best seven furlong horses in town so this looks a tough task. Last year’s winner Space Blues looks the obvious one back to his ideal trip.

3.35pm (Goodwood Cup)

This race is all about Stradivarius as he bids to win the Goodwood Cup for the fifth consecutive year. He wasn’t at his best at Royal Ascot last time but was set a big task from a long way back and the gaps didn’t open till late. I expect him to be a bit more prominent here and despite the fact that the rain has come, he should still be too good for Trueshan.


All the rain is a big plus for Sunday Sovereign who takes his chance in the really competitive looking sprint. He was a good second at York to Pendleton three starts back and can go well if in the same form off a lower mark. There is plenty of pace about with the likes of El Astronaute and Ornate, so we will go real quick. I rode King Of Stars last time at Newmarket and he was just touched off by a really well-handicapped three-year-old. That was a good run and he deserves to be favourite on the back of that.


If there is one horse Iโ€™m riding who wants even more rain then its Urban Violet who takes her chance in the one mile filliesโ€™ handicap. The ground was really bad when she won at Sandown back in May and she showed up well at Royal Ascot too in similar conditions. Iโ€™ve had some success for Mick Channon at this meeting and if the heavens open she may be tough to beat.