It was lovely to ride a winner on the opening day of the Goodwood meeting when Maydanny (pictured below) won the 10 furlong handicap. He had a nice draw in trap one and we were able to get to the front and make all. Mark Johnston is a genius and just knows how to ready one for the big day and this fella bounced back from a below-par run at Newmarket.
I was also pleased with Angel Power who finished runner-up in the opener. She battled on nicely when headed and continues on an upward curve.
Things are a lot quieter for me on day two of the Glorious Goodwood meeting with only the two rides. Here are my thoughts on those and the feature races. Also check out the latest Zoom Room below which I was part of.
ROCHESTER HOUSE (1.45pm)
I am looking forward to getting back aboard Rochester House for Mark Johnston in the big staying handicap. He is only a young horse who is gaining experience with every run in these types of races. We finished fifth two starts back in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting, which was a great run from a poor draw. He was out the back early on but stayed on really well for pressure and this extreme test should be right up his street. Looking at the opposition and there are plenty of dangers, but the one I fear most would have to be stablemate Summer Moon. He finished third in that race at Ascot and is another who will be suited by the return to this marathon trip.
Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.15pm)
No ride for me in the big race of the day which looks like the race of the meeting. You have last year’s runner-up and Queen Anne Stakes winner Circus Maximus in the seven runner field and he is not even in the top three according to the betting. Irish 2000 Guineas winner Siskin gets the narrow vote for me ahead of Mohaather and Kameko. It promises to be a thriller.
My only other ride of the day is Battered for King Power racing. He is having his first run of the campaign for Ralph Beckett but has gone well fresh in the past. He has also won at the track which is another positive. That win came nearly two years ago so he has begun to slide in the handicap too. That said, he didn’t show much all of last year, so needs to bounce back to play a part in a race like this. Arigato looks the one to beat for the William Jarvis team from a nice draw in 1.