Garswood primed for Lennox repeat
We had a good meeting at Glorious Goodwood last year with Garswood and Majestic Moon bringing prizes back to Malton and I’m hoping we can have a similarly successful time of things over the next five days.
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I’ve got some nice horses going down to Sussex this week, especially in the maidens and nurseries (more on those in Wednesday’s column), and it all starts on Tuesday with Garswood, a horse that will bid to repeat the feat of winning the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes.
It looks a tougher race than when he won it last year. He was a three-year-old then and this time Toormore represents that age group, but I feel my fellow is just coming back to form following his length-second to Gregorian last time.
That horse, who reopposes here, went on to run well in the July Cup, so it was probably a better run than we thought at the time and I’ve replaced the blinkers with a visor as I felt he just didn’t see John Gosden’s horse at Newmarket.
We’ll see. He’ll have to be at his best to win, but I feel he’s in good form and we know he acts at the track. Any rain wouldn’t matter to him.
Before Garswood, Hi There bids to get back on the winning trail in the bet365.com Handicap and he really could do with some rain.
He won a couple of times for me last backend but has struggled this season. It’s been tough for him, but the handicapper has dropped him 3lb for this.
At least he’s in great form at home, but he is drawn fairly wide and I suppose the best I’m hoping for is a place.
Winstanley goes in the bet365 EBF Maiden Stakes and it would be great to see him shed his maiden tag - he deserves too.
He's run into a useful sort in Mark Johnston's Pallister the last twice and hopefully there is nothing of that calibre against him on Tuesday, although I wouldn't rule that out.
The one thing he has in his favour is experience against plenty of lightly-raced and unraced rivals.
My last runner at Goodwood on Tuesday is Lexi’s Hero in the Casino at bet365 Handicap.
He’s in tip-top shape and remains well enough handicapped to win - he ran a blinder at Chester last time from a terrible draw.
He has chances, but it’s a 26-runner sprint handicap at Goodwood and anything can happen.
Moving onto Wednesday, I have a couple running in the final two handicaps.
Firstly Alquimia goes in the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Handicap and I like her chances.
She ran a terrific race off a big weight at Thirsk last time when running on really nicely and the step up to 1m1f should be ideal here.
A tough and genuine sort, she has a good draw, a low weight and goes in any ground – lots to recommend really and I’m hopeful of a big run.
I wish I could say the same about Gatepost in the Turf Club Handicap but the truth is I just don’t know.
He just can’t win at the moment, he keeps running well but I’m running out of excuses for him.
It would be a good day for him to put it altogether and put his head in front and this is his trip so we’ll see what happens.