By Sean Goff | Sports Reporter
Glorious Goodwood comes under starter’s orders next Tuesday and superstar Frankel’s last run over a mile in Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes (4pm) will be one of the highlight of the meeting.
Henry Cecil’s colt will be the star of the show in the Group One Qipco Sussex Stakes, that he also won last year and barring a disaster should guarantee Tom Queally one winner at least in the Goodwood Top Jockey race.
The unbeaten four-year-old will step up to 1m 2f for his next engagement so the highest rated horse in training will want to sign off his mile career on a high against seven declared rivals at the five-day entry stage.
Friday’s Betfred Mile is one of the most competitive betting heats of the meeting and Trade Commissioner heads Paddy Power’s ante-post online betting at 4/1.
John Gosden’s charge has three wins under his belt this season with the last coming over a mile on good to soft ground at Sandown in early July.
Fulbright and Field of Dream were both well beaten that day but have gone on to win big handicaps since while Vainglory, Kyllachy Star and Captain Bertie have all gone close in subsequent races.
Gosden’s four-year-old will have plenty of weight to but could well be a Group horse lurking in a handicap. He holds an eye-catching entry in the Group Two Celebration Mile over course and distance at the end of August.
While subsequent International Stakes winner at Ascot Field of Dream is potentially well treated, trainer Jamie Osbourne is not certain his charge will run at what is one of the major punting racing festivals of the flat-racing season.
He’s only got a 3lb penalty and has gone up 5lb so it makes sense to run when he’s 2lb well-in. He couldn’t run off that mark in the future but he wouldn’t go if the ground got slow, he proved at Sandown he’s just not as effective on that. He’s got to get through next week first though.
Royal Hunt Cup winner Prince of Johanne is Paddy Power’s 10-1 second favourite and Tom Tates’s consistent performer was fifth over course and distance here last season over 1m 1f.
Bonnie Brae won the Bunbury Cup in unseasonably heavy ground at Newmarket last time but even though Goodwood started watering the track on Thursday they’re aiming for good ground for the five-day meeting.
The Stewards Cup on the final day is another fantastically competitive sprint.
It’s worth noting the result of the Betfred mile as a pointer to this undulating 6f dash. These sprinters clash all season and any late form-line pointers can pay dividends although lightly-raced types are often laid out for the big day.
Hawkeyethenoo heads Paddy Power’s online ante-post betting at 12/1 for Saturday week which shows just how competitive it is the draw bias and going is taken into account.
Jim Goldie’s charge was third in the Royal Hunt Cup behind David Marnane’s Dandy Boy at Royal Ascot but was no match for Mayson in the Group One July Cup on heavy ground or Field of Dream in the International Stakes.
Marnane may send Jamesie over from his Tipperary base and this one has been knocking on the door recently and was unlucky to get softer underfoot conditions on his two runs in England this season. The better the ground the better his chance.
Willie Haggas’ Cape Classic has been lightly raced to date and while a one-and-a-quarter length win over Bathwick Bear mighn’t be strictly Stewards Cup winning form, the Newmarket trainer has an enviable record in these big handicaps and Cape Classic could be open to plenty of improvement.