Dee Ex Bee again found Stradivarius too good in the Goodwood Cup on Tuesday but he ran his heart out for me and we just couldn’t quite get back at the winner who was winning the race for the third year in a row. It’s getting closer, there was just a neck between them yesterday after they were split by a length when 1-2 in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. They are two tremendous stayers.
The feature race on the second day at Glorious Goodwood is the Qatar Sussex Stakes where I will put on those famous blue and white King Power silks to go out and ride Happy Power for Andrew Balding. This would have been the perfect race for poor old Beat The Bank who tragically couldn’t be saved after injuring himself in the Summer Mile at Ascot last time. The pair of us had a titanic battle with Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot the time before and this could easily have been his chance to land a Group One. I hope that Happy Power can put up a bold show for all at Park House Stables in the memory of his stablemate. The more rain that falls, the better his chances. Here are my thoughts on my five rides on day two…
LIL ROCKERFELLER 1.50pm
This time 12 months ago Lil Rockerfeller was galloping away to a 15-length victory in this race. He hardly saw a rival that day and made a mockery of his lenient flat mark. Sadly, the handicapper has somewhat clobbered him for that effort, and he lines up some 17lbs higher in the weights. He goes well fresh and obviously likes Goodwood which are positives. I notice that his stable are also in good form too. However, he may have his work cut out to beat Dubawi Fifty who ran really well in the Northumberland Plate last time.
COOL SPHERE 3.00pm (Molecomb Stakes)
Next up it’s the turn of the flying two-year-olds and I partner the maiden Cool Sphere who wears a visor for the first time. This is a massive step up in class for him and even though he seems to be improving with every run, he looks up against it. American raider Maven looks the obvious one, but they all may struggle to beat John Quinn’s filly Liberty Beach.
HAPPY POWER 3.35pm (Qatar Sussex Stakes)
The big race of the day, if not the entire meeting, is the Sussex Stakes where I partner Happy Power for Andrew (Balding). As I said at the beginning, the more rain that falls the better his chances as he is definitely at his most effective when the mud is flying. He looks up against it against the likes of Too Darn Hot and Circus Maximus who set the bar very high. The three-year-olds get such a healthy weight allowance here, the older horses are almost handicapped out of it. Lord Glitters is such a nice horse, but 8lbs is a lot of weight to concede.
FLIPPA THE STRIPPA 4.10pm
I rode Flippa The Strippa when she won the National Stakes at Sandown and I’m really looking forward to getting back on her here despite the fact that she has to shoulder a penalty. She ran well in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last time too and that form has been franked by the winner Raffle Prize scoring again at the July meeting. My filly has a nice draw near the stands side rail and I’m confident she can go well.
My final ride of the afternoon is another for the Balding team in Whitefountainfairy. She hasn’t been in great form this season but has been dropped a few pounds as a result. She ran well here last August when encountering all sorts of traffic problems before flying home late. If she can reproduce that performance after her nice little break I think she can get involved.
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