GODOLPHIN will be hoping Glorious Goodwood lives up to its name this afternoon as they bid to win the Group Two Lennox Stakes (3.00pm) for the third successive year.
Toormore and Dutch Connection landed the prize back in 2015 and 2016 respectively and the boys in blue have a great chance of continuing that impressive run of form with HOME OF THE BRAVE.
The Starspangledbanner chestnut has won both of his starts to date this season, landing a Listed contest at Leicester in April before winning the Group Three Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.
His front-running style will be suited by the draw and he looks sure to go close at 7/1 with 188BET, especially with Hugo Palmer’s stable amongst the winners recently.
The five-year-old finished second in this race 12 months ago but a narrow defeat this time around wouldn’t be a total disaster for those with a 188BET account.
The firm will be offering money back up to £25 if your horse is beaten by a head or less on the Sussex Downs, which brings a bit of insurance with some dangers lurking.
This looks the perfect trip for Limato as he makes his first appearance at the track.
He finished second in the July Cup at Newmarket last time out, beaten by the impressive Harry Angel.
However, the Henry Candy stable is on the cold list and the five-year-old is certainly better on faster ground so any further rain will dampen his chances.
Dutch Connection has failed to replicate his win in this race 12 months ago in five attempts and can be dismissed, but Librisa Breeze is expected to put up a bold show.
He has a poor draw to contend with but as a hold up horse that may not matter and he wasn’t beaten all that far in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot last time out.
This could be a fantastic day for James Doyle, who rides MILDENBERGER in the Vintage Stakes (2.25pm), a Group Two for two-year-olds.
Mark Johnston has been firing in the winners of late, and given the trainer’s impressive record at Glorious Goodwood in recent years, I’d expect Mildenberger to be spot on for this.
The colt is unbeaten in two career starts and has a tough attitude like many of Johnston’s horses, having won by five lengths at Newbury last month in eye-catching fashion.
Mildenberger is also proven with cut in the ground, and I can see James Doyle kicking-on from the front end.
Aidan O’Brien saddles favourite Seahenge, who looks a big danger. Not many of the yard’s juveniles strike at the first attempt, so expect some more improvement following his debut win at Naas.
Ballydoyle have had a huge amount of success with his sire Scat Daddy, not least Commonwealth Cup winner Caravaggio.
However, his offspring tend to perform best on quick ground so the recent rain may not be to his advantage.
Whilst Aidan Obrien’s runner will be hard to beat, he’s pretty skinny at and Mildenberger looks the value with 188BET.
Mildenberger 2.25pm Goodwood
Home Of The Brave e/w 3.00pm Goodwood