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THERE is nowhere that’s harder to back a winner than Glorious Goodwood. Like all major festivals the races are competitive, but unlike anywhere else you tend to get more hard luck stories and, in many cases, the best animal doesn’t actually win. Horses can often roll off a true racing line as they encounter the [...]
BILL ESDAILE PREVIEWS TODAY’S RACING AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD ASCOT Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris attempts to join a roll of honour in this afternoon’s Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.10pm) that includes the likes of Yeats and Persian Punch. Ed Dunlop’s colt rewarded followers of this column with an impressive win at Ascot, but now looks [...]
DAY three of Glorious Goodwood gets underway with the Land Rover Stakes (2.05pm), an 18-runner handicap for three-year-olds. It looks a good opportunity to build up a healthy pot for the races that follow. Having won the last two renewals, Mark Johnston arrives double-handed this year and I think there’s every chance he can make [...]
ANYONE who witnessed the John Gosden-trained Shalaa scoot away with the July Stakes at Newmarket last month will understand why Unibet have installed him as their 2/1 favourite for this afternoon’s Qatar Richmond Stakes (2.35pm). The son of Invincible Spirit travelled effortlessly at the front end before quickening up in really taking fashion to land [...]
ROBIN HUTCHISON PREVIEWS TODAY’S THIRD TEST AT EDGBASTON IF ENGLAND’S cricketers were ever in need of a return to their most successful venue it was after the chastening defeat at Lord’s. Things looked grim on the first two days when Australia racked up 566 runs for the loss of eight wickets. And they then got [...]
The question for England supporters is whether Ian Bell’s loss of form is temporary or if we’re now staring disconsolately into the dregs of his career. Read more: Ian Bell – Only big runs will save me from Ashes axe For a man described by David English this week as the most technically-gifted batsman in the [...]
BILL ESDAILE PREVIEWS TODAY’S RACING AT GLORIOUS GOODWOOD THERE was a huge sense of disappointment at Monday’s declaration stage when Gleneagles’ name failed to appear among the final list of eight confirmed runners for this afternoon’s Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.10pm). Aidan O’Brien’s star three-year-old colt, winner of the English and Irish 2000 Guineas as well [...]
There was something deeply unsatisfactory about KING OF ROOKS’s defeat in the Norfolk Stakes last month and I’ve got a feeling that Richard Hannon’s colt can get back to winning ways in this afternoon’s Fairmont Molecomb Stakes (3.45pm). The son of Acclamation lined up at Royal Ascot on the back of a devastatingly impressive win [...]
Having won three of the last six renewals of the Skybet First Race Special Stakes (2.00pm) at Glorious Goodwood, in-form trainer Mark Johnston is the obvious starting point in pursuit of a winner in the opener. He’s having a fantastic season, with over 100 winners so far, and that doesn’t usually dry up over the [...]
Glorious Goodwood has been deprived of the Superlative Stakes rematch between Richard Fahey’s Birchwood and Aidan O’Brien’s Air Vice Marshal in this afternoon’s Qatar Vintage Stakes (2.35pm) as the latter was ruled out yesterday. However, a decent field of eight are still set to go to post for the Group Two where Fahey’s son [...]
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