Glorious Goodwood 2019 Day Two Preview

By Samantha

Unibet Goodwood Handicap

This is a race over a trip more commonly seen with obstacles involved in. Last year, this race was made his own by Lil Rockerfeller. This vibrant chestnut, who has won three chases since his all-the-way heroics of last year, stays, goes on any ground and it’ll be tough to beat him but there’s a horse who I think can – DUBAWI FIFTY. Off since suffering an injury after a brilliant second at Royal Ascot last year in the Ascot Stakes over this trip, he showed that he didn’t lack any enthusiasm for the job to only be beaten a head in the Northumberland Plate. He was keen and will most definitely improve for that. Danny Tudhope gets on board for the first time and I have faith that they can win for Karen McLintock and their team. The Grand Visir won the Ascot Stakes this year in good to soft ground but dropped back to two miles for the Marsh Cup and ended up seventh so will need to step up. Others with chances are Mancini, Age Of Wisdom and Bailarico at bigger prices with Timoshenko an interesting runner after almost a year’s absence and stepping up in trip.

Unibet Handicap

Mind The Crack completed a double over this at the start of the season and couldn’t quite handle a step up in grade and trip the next twice. His stable mates are Sir Ron Priestley and Persian Moon. The former is three from four this season and has also been running over further. His only defeat this season was in a competitive Royal Ascot Handicap so is one of the likely favourites. Persian Moon was a neck behind EMINENCE in that race when they were third and fourth. Subsequently, Persian Moon has been seventh of seven and second in a Listed race beaten three lengths but Eminence was only beaten a head last time in a ‘rated race’ at Fairyhouse so is preferred. Le Don De Vie has been bought by new connections after winning at the Derby meeting and should go well. Tribal Craft, Dubai Tradition and Durston have won their last two and there is something of the ‘Frankie Factor’ on Kosciuszko, who was fifth over this trip last time.

Molecomb Stakes

There’s interest from abroad in this group three with an American runner (Mavern) and a French runner (Fan Club Rules). Mavern is preferred as she’s won both her two races, including a group three at Chantilly, beating Fan Club Rules. LIBERTY BEACH was almost unbeaten but finished fourth in the Queen Mary. She won a listed prize last time and I think is a filly who is still on the upgrade. Hand On My Heart made all to win her first race but was quite novicey. Her trainer is excellent with sprinters and they unleashed a similar type in the Vintage Stakes on the opening day who ran a blinder. Dr Simpson and Raahy won last time. The latter beat Cool Sphere who’s genuinely the most gorgeous horse you’ll ever see.

Qatar Sussex Stakes

There’s a fifty/fifty split of older horses and three year olds within the eight runners. The older horses have been dominant so far this season, for example when Enable and Crystal Ocean beat this year’s Derby winner in the King George last Saturday. The four are – Accidental Agent, Lord Glitters, Zabeel Prince and I Can Fly. Accidental Agent and Lord Glitters are the past two winners of the Queen Anne. Accidental Agent refused to race at Royal Ascot this year and has since came fourth in the Summer Mile. The consistent Lord Glitters finished late and fast to land the former contest and goes on any ground. Zabeel Prince won a group one in France in May but hasn’t fired since, admittedly they were behind Crystal Ocean and Enable. I Can Fly has been third the last twice and is a good filly but these older brigade don’t look up to the standard of the four three year olds. Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot have faced off three times in total. Too Darn Hot came out on top by one and three quarter lengths in the Champagne Stakes at two; Phoenix Of Spain won the Irish 2000 by three lengths and then they were both behind Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace Stakes. (Too Darn Hot third and Phoenix Of Spain sixth). Too Darn Hot had no excuses that day but has subsequently won a grade one at Deauville. Phoenix Of Spain was reported to be very under the weather when he got home after that so hopefully he’s got over whatever issue he had and will be better for this. The intriguing runner is CIRCUS MAXIMUS. He won the Dee Stakes and then ran sixth in the Derby. It was a surprise that he was dropped to a mile and supplemented into the St James’s Palace and he did it really well. He’s been supplemented for this too so that should be a good sign. Happy Power makes up the field and won a listed race, beating older horses, on his penultimate start but he doesn’t look up to this judging on his recent effort.

Alice Keppel Fillies Conditions Stakes

MIGHTY SPIRIT is a mighty little filly as her name suggests. Sixth in the Queen Mary and third in the Super Sprint, this is easier than those and I hope she can finally get her head in front.

British EBF Premier Fillies Handicap

OCALA won at Chester on the last day and beat one of today’s rivals in the process. Hopefully will go well.

New and Lingwood Handicap

This looks and open race. CHAPELLI’s yard is flying and she wasn’t disgraced last time. The trip could be a problem but has each way claims.

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