Our racing team are blogging all week with Goodwood the focus; recap the action from day two where Mohaather starred in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.
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1635: Fahey's day has just got better still with a winner at Thirsk, a reminder - if any were needed - that there's still plenty of action to come today, not least at Galway, but that's it from Goodwood.
There's the small matter of eight races tomorrow including the Richmond, Gordon and Nassau Stakes so there will be plenty to savour and I'll hope you join us then to follow the action through the day but for now it's goodbye from me.
1628: Victory there may have gone a small way to putting a smile on the young man's face but it will certainly have done so for another of our columnists, Richard Fahey.
The Malton handler saddled two runners at Goodwood today, Toro Strike and Internationaldream who finished third in the Molecomb at 50/1 - a fine day's work.
1623: Big runs from representatives of a couple of Goodwood regulars but they're no match for Toro Strike (3/1 fav) who wins well under Oisin Murphy.
Magical Wish (20/1) for Richard Hannon takes second from Mark Johnston's Deep Intrigue (25/1) with Zhui Feng fourth (8/1) and Mottrib (17/2) fifth.
There will be a few hard luck stories from those in behind with Arigato and Boardman never getting a run at a glance.
Murphy had to be patient aboard the winner and had to muscle his way out a little but the three-year-old quickened impressively when seeing daylight.
1619: A bit boring but I like the favourite here and I'll chuck him in a forecast with Zhui Feng, Buridan and Battered.
Best of luck whoever you're with.
It's a large field but they are starting to load.
1615: They're down at the start and there's not an awful lot of movement in the market.
I ought to have mentioned last year's winner Dirty Rascal, now with a different yard, and Verboten who carries the Godolphin blue. The latter has got to put a poor run behind him but was sent off at only 13/2 for the Britannia and 8/1 for the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy last season. He's clearly thought capable of better.
1609: Older horses have chalked up more winners than the three-year-olds (I have no context to qualify that I'm afraid) and the shortest-priced runner from their contingent is Arigato who seems to have attracted steady support throughout the day.
William Jarvis is enjoying a decent time at present and this five-year-old won two in a row before taking fourth in the Bunbury Cup, this is arguably less competitive despite the numbers. It would be a welcome higher profile winner for Josephine Gordon.
I'd be looking for a big run from Zhui Feng and it wouldn't surprise me to see Battered go well (for all that I've ruled him out) nor any of Mark Johnston's runners. One of them, Mountain Brave, has a poor draw but don't be surprised if Joe Fanning manages to get out and claim a handy pitch - he's done it before.
1603: Miss Jingles was a winner for David Ord in the team's best bets feature and they will be hoping for a quick fire double from Value Bet's Spirit Warning.
Matt has been knocking on the door today with the first two selections finishing third and second.....a 'first' here would finish that sequence off nicely.
He's a price too and so is Buridan who, along with Magical Wish, bids to provide trainer Richard Hannon with a hat-trick in this race. I think I backed him for the Stewards' Cup last year in some form or another (that went well!) and tried to make a case for him here but all of his best form is over six rather than this furlong longer trip. That said, he goes well for Sean Levey and is back down to a winning mark.
1559: There's one more to go at Goodwood and it's a decent heat. Three are already out of the Theo Fennell Handicap and let's hope there are no more surprises as that leaves 17 to go to post and there are plenty of firms paying five places rather than the industry standard, four.
It's been a pretty lively market too and heading it is Toro Strike who could provide Murphy with a welcome tonic. It won't make amends for the Sussex but it will surely help a little.
1554: ITV Racing have just spoken to Oisin Murphy who is still smarting after the Sussex Stakes: "He jumped smartly and I wanted to take a lead. In the straight I couldn't find any room and I feel the best horse didn't win on the day.
"These things happen, it was jockey error. I was full of horse for most of the race. I'd imagine his ideal run is a mile."
I'm not sure this is the best time for Murphy to reflect on that race but the closing comments (in reply to a question about the trip) suggest that he may get the chance to set the record straight.
Either way, it was a decent effort from him to come out and face the cameras given the depth of his disappointment.
1549: The market didn't get that one as Miss Jingles (7/2) beats Country Carnival with the pair clear of Spright who had every chance.
The favourite may have paid the price for going head-to-head with Pelekai from the off as the two principals came from further back.
The winner started on the rails but ended up switching towards the middle of the track and was followed through by the runner-up.
1543: The Qatar Sussex Stakes really lived up to expectations - it was a thrilling contest.
It's not the end of the action though and we've got the British Stallion Studs Alice Keppel EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes coming up in a moment or two which will be just as important to the connections of the runners......................possibly.
Spright has been backed off the boards. 11/10 from 11/8.
It won't be long.
1541: And breathe.
1540: A potentially interesting line from Tregoning who tells Lydia Hislop: "We've got some nice two year-olds this year for the first time in seven years."
Don't say you haven't been told!
1538: A nice turn of phrase from Crowley on Racing TV: "I was quite well marked throughout and the horse really got me out of it. I didn't think the pace was particularly very strong. I had to let the race unfold and then pull him around, when he saw daylight he absolutely flew.
"I thought it was a very special performance. He was exceptional.
"You can see why at the start of the year we were concentrating on the sprinting route with him. I never had any doubt that he could win a Group One over six furlongs. I remember Guy Harwood saying to me that all his good horses could win a July Cup and this one's the same."
1532: Marcus Tregoning is clearly delighted and pays rich tribute to all of his team, including the owner's racing manager: "Angus Gold found this horse as a yearling and I thought he was quite small. He's a good judge and we liked his pedigree.
"It's tactical and we thought it would be, that's racing. He struggled to get out but Jim [Crowley] kept his calm. If he'd got out earlier he'd have won very easily, he won easily anyway!"
1527: Thrilling stuff on the Sussex Downs and plenty to digest as Mohaather lives up to the rich promise of his victory in the Summer Mile at Ascot.
There will be plenty to digest in the aftermath of this contest and Ben Linfoot will be doing just that, keep an eye out for his big race analysis which will be on site later this afternoon.
Oisin Murphy apparently believes he should have won and is reportedly giving himself a hard time. It's hard to know what he might have done having opted to track Circus Maximus though as he was always surrounded by runners.
1526: Jim Crowley on ITV Racing: "I wanted to ride him a little bit more forward but because of that I got caught in a pocket and he's hard to do it the hard way.
"Everything went wrong for him. If I'd ridden him last it might have gone better and he'd have won more comfortably."
1521: Mohaather (3/1) wins the Qatar Sussex Stakes!
The winner showed a brilliant turn of foot in a messy race.
He had nowhere to go and Siskin got first run on him and looked to be travelling like the winner but couldn't get past the tough and gritty Circus Maximus.
Kameko was another who got trapped on the inside and never got a clear run as he was tracking Circus Maximus who kept on galloping.
Chris Dixon describes Colin Keane's ride on Siskin as 'brilliant' as he gave his mount every chance.
1519: They're off for the Qatar Sussex Stakes.
Siskin a little slow as Kameko leads. He's joined by Circus Maximus and Vatican City in a well bunched field as Circus Maximus goes on from his stablemate.
Siskin is in a share of last on the rail and is going to need some luck.
Kameko and Mohaather track the pace and Jim Crowley is short of room and has to be switched.
1516: A little past post time already but the field are trotting down to the start still.
Mohaather briefly joined Siskin at 9/4 but has gone back out to 3/1 and there's a bit of a move for Cirus Maximus (11/2) and Wichita (6/1).
It's a lively market which reflects the uncertainty of this brilliant Group One.
About the only runner I haven't mentioned is San Donato who was second to Mohaather last time.
They're going forwards.
1513: Circus Maximus won the Queen Anne Stakes - his third Group One win - but is relatively unconsidered at around 7/1 which seems fairly insulting but this does look a stronger race than the 2019 renewal in which he was beaten half a length by Too Darn Hot.
Kameko didn't appear to stay at Epsom in the Derby and drops half a mile in distance. Some argue that the Guineas panned out perfectly for him with a strong pace and anything less than that on this sharper track could expose him.
Circus Maximus and Wichita could both be prominent here and the former will surely want this to be reasonable test.
1510: The moment we've all been waiting for is almost upon us and we could see joint-favourites here with Mohaather challenging Siskin.
It's 5/1 bar the pair with Kameko up next which is an each-way price, of sorts, with seven runners and two places on offer.
Lydia Hislop reports that Siskin is very, very relaxed in the paddock but that Vatican City, who has done a lot in a short space of time, a little on his toes.
They're leaving the parade ring and a fascinating race is in prospect.
1506: Marcus Tregoning via the same medium: "There are some good horses in this race. We've seen some weaker races than this one in the Sussex Stakes.
"It could be tactical. The good thing is, if he gets a run, he's got lots of pace and he can pick up a couple of times if he has to. I think he enjoys a scrap. He's in good form and we can't have him much better. Jim's [Crowley] very bullish.
"Let's hope we get a proper race."
1503: It's a big day for Ger Lyons who told Racing TV: "He's the pro. He's here to do a job and I'm sure he'll do it."
When asked about Siskin's antics at Newmarket last year and whether he was worried, the trainer replied: "Only when you keep bringing it up! I always believe if it can happen once, it can happen twice but we've taken all precautions."
And on tactics: "I'd like to think that they'll go a gallop and the gaps will appear."
1456: Colin Keane was certainly impressed, saying: "When you're on a horse like this he makes it easy for you. He's a progressive horse.
"We're looking forward to it [the Sussex Stakes] now."
1451: The first Group race of the day goes to Steel Bull (2/1f).
He broke well before being taken back and he was always travelling strongly but trapped behind runners. He was moved towards the centre of the track and got racing room approaching the furlong and quickened impressively to wear down the prominent racing Ben Macdui (16/1).
"The winner is in a different league to the rest of them here," says Chris Dixon.
It's tight for third. Internationaldream (50/1) has finished third, edging out Chief Little Hawk and the slowly away Significantly who may not have been ideally drawn.
1445: Nick Luck commenting on the field as they go down and he believes that Steel Bull has "a degree of strength to him unlike one or two in the field."
The favourite is now into 2/1 as the money continues to come for the son of Clodovil.
1443: Karl Burke seems quite sweet on the three race maiden Significantly while there has been money for Night On Earth and, at bigger odds, Ben Macdui.
Sardinia Sunset travelled very strongly at York before being made to work quite hard but the race should have brought her on again.
Aidan O'Brien runs one here and it's not often his runners are ignored by the market but that is the case here with Chief Little Hawk who is out to 9/1 from 17/2.
They are on the way down to the start for this five furlong Group Three where I'll be hoping for a big run from Ben Macdui.
1439: There are some speedy juveniles coming up shortly in the Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes and the market is headed by an Irish raider in Steel Bull who made this impressive debut just a week ago.
1435: This is a Goodwood blog but there's the small matter of the Galway Festival taking place this week too and there's some significant breaking news emerging from Ireland.
1430: Winning rider Andrea Atzeni was wearing the colours also carried by the ill-fated Defoe and told ITV Racing:
"It was sad news this morning. I'm sure the boss is watching this and he'll be proud of this fellow. he's a horse going the right way and it was a very good performance.
"Probably this track wouldn't be ideal for him but he's got away with it. He's a big raw horse."
1425: Glenties was hugely disappointing as Mambo Nights (9/1) completes a hat-trick in seeing off A Star Above (13/2) and Sound Of Cannons (22/1).
The winner proved quite brave there as he was strongly challenged throughout the final furlong by the runner-up. Sound Of Cannons took a while to get organised and had to be pulled around the whole field but saw out his race really well which wasn't really the case for Carlos Felix who was produced with every chance but rather flattened out.
1422: We are underway and Glenties is at the head of affairs from Encipher and stablemate King's Caper.
Win O'Clock is running rather free towards the rear of the field as is Sarvan who has only Sound Of Cannons and Carlos Felix behind.
1415: Roger Charlton is enjoying a decent run of form and I was taken with Win O'Clock's victory at Leicester last time from a decent yardstick in Bronze River who has run well enough again since. He has tended to be held-up in his races so may need a little luck of running.
That's unlikely to be the case with Glenties, one of two runners in the race for Mark Johnston, who returned to the paddock to have his tack readjusted but is now back down on his way to the start.
It looks like we'll be going off a couple of minutes behind time.
1411: ITV Racing are covering some market movers with Matt Chapman proclaiming that Win O'Clock is the best backed horse of the day. Steel Bull, Night On Earth (1445) and Spright (1545) are others for money.
1408: Just a few minutes now until a cracking three-year-old handicap, chock full of progressive performers. It's still 4/1 the field and this may not be the easiest of contests for punters to find some respite after winners at 22/1 and 25/1.
1407: The winner of the last, Just Hubert, is clearly not the easiest to train with William Muir telling Racing TV: "He's not like most horses. He likes his own routine and he probably doesn't do as much as a stayer should in his own routine! If I had a swimming pool and I could swim him every night, it would make life easier. I think he gets fitter with racing.
"When his mind is right, I think he could run in whatever staying race there is."
1404: There's another cracking Group One contest tomorrow as well with the Qatar Nassau Stakes and Donnacha O'Brien is hopeful that Fancy Blue will also handle this unique venue.
"You can't be sure until you go there, but she's quite easy to ride in a race and adaptable. I'd say she's got a very good chance of handling it all and she's been in great form since France."
1402: Colin Keane, rider of Siskin, has just spoken to Rishi Persad on ITV Racing: "We're having a great year and all the horses are running well.
"It's a very competitive race he's going to have to improve to beat the older horses. We think he has improved. we're looking forward to it.
"He's an uncomplicated horse, he's very well balanced at home. We're all going to find out [if he will handle the track] together."
1355: The front is not a bad place to be it seems with one all the way winner and Rochester House almost making it two although the winner and other placed horses did come from a long way back.
Oleg looked a little bit tapped for toe and stayed on at the one pace into about seventh so no joy for his supporters but plenty for William Muir, trainer of the winner, and jockey Tom Marquand.
1353: Smart Champion has been called as the third by judge Guy Lewis.
1352: Very tight for the minors with Smart Champion, The Grand Visir and Author's Dream all involved.
1351: Rochester House very nearly made all but it's another big priced winner as Just Hubert (25/1) gets up close home.
1347: This is a flag start and the field were all over the place initially but formed a decent group and they're OFF.
Mark Johnston's pair, Rochester House and Summer Moon, are among the front runners.
1345: I'm a little surprised to see last year's close second Seinesational out at 14/1 with the third, True Destiny, at around 7/2.
William Knight, who used to train down the road at Angmering before moving to Newmarket, is bound to have his charge well primed to go one better.
News just coming through that Mukha Magic has been withdrawn on veterinary advice.
1341: Mukha Magic was checked over by the vet in the paddock after giving a water butt a good belt but he's been given the all clear and is on the way to post with the rest of the field.
1338: Defeat for Roger Varian's favourite in the opener is put firmly into perspective by the very sad news that Defoe was fatally injured on the gallops on Wednesday morning.
1337: The first Value Bet selection of the day comes up at 1345 in the staying handicap and there is some support for Smart Champion with only True Destiny and Oleg are ahead of him in the betting.
1332: Nick Luck and Chris Dixon are discussing the Qatar Sussex Stakes and the latter isn't keen on stall one for Siskin and is also concerned that this may not be a stiff enough test for Kameko.
Dixon believes that Siskin and Mohaather possess the best ability to quicken and that the latter may be able to get first run on the Irish raider given their respective draws.
One horse who tends to grind it our more is Circus Maximus and surely Ryan Moore will be attempting to run the finish out of his rivals.
1328: Beckett seemed reasonably hopeful about a bold showing from Cliffs Of Doneen in the next who wasn't on my radar at all having seemingly struggled to get home in the Ascot Stakes last time.
1326: A little reaction from the winning jockey and trainer courtesy of interviews on Racing TV.
"She just got the run of the race. She was coming back down in class, she's very effective over this distance. She's a filly that doesn't do an awful lot at home but she does a lot more on the racecourse," said Harry Bentley.
"It's just good ground. It's tightened up a little bit from yesterday. It's beautiful racing ground."
Ralph Beckett added: "She was showing the square root of nothing at home but if she hadn't made that appearance on the racecourse (at Newmarket last season) she'd have gone through the ring for five or ten thousand.
"I always felt she wanted more juice in the ground and we've got away with it on this ground probably but it may be that as she's got older she's got more robust.
"Whether she would stay a mile and a half ridden that way is a question and whether she needs to be ridden that way is a question as her work has got better.
"Even now she's quite raw and I wouldn't say she's the finished article."
1319: The winner was making her handicap debut after runs in a Group Three and a Listed race where she finished behind Franconia who also won next time.
Solid form in hindsight but Ralph Beckett's filly was fairly friendless in the market and appears to have taken a decent step forwards on her fifth start.
The winning time was 2:08:06 which was +5:06 above standard.
1313: Chamade (22/1) makes all as the field fail to close her down. Waliyak (13/8f) stayed on into second with Dean Street Doll (14/1) third.
1312: Waliyak challenges in the centre of the track as Chamade still leads approaching the furlong.
1312: They're off and racing with Chamade and Nkosikazi cutting out the early running having opened up by a couple of lengths to Lake Lucerne and Ghaziyah.
1309: Ryan Moore and the locally based David Menuisier have teamed up to good effect recently and they combine with the ex-Irish Dean Street Doll who was little more than a couple of lengths behind Be More last time but is available at 14s.
The runners are going forwards.
1307: The favourite, who was keen at Royal Ascot, has two furlongs further to travel which should suit on paper but still has to be taken on trust.
Support continues to come for course winner Be More (3/1) who has no stamina concerns.
1305: The waiting is almost over with the jockeys in the saddle and the runners on the way to post.
Waliyak remains the strong 5/4 favourite from Be More at 10/3.
1252: It's Kameko for the ratings experts but there'll be one or two members of the Sporting Life team who will be cheering on Mohaather with memories of Major Hern and Marcus Tregoning's glory days. Above is a little reminder of what the four-year-old achieved in the Summer Mile.
1240: It's always 'fun' to have a crack at the placepot and this is my shot at glory (ahem): 8; 1 & 10; 3 & 7; 2; 1 & 4; 6.
There are some pretty strong favourites today and, obviously, if they all live up to expectations then the dividend will be relatively small so I'll look to take on Steel Bull and the front two in the Sussex. Brave or foolish?
I think we all know how this usually ends but......
1232: If you've read that, you'll know he teams up with fellow columnist Richard Fahey on Toro Strike in the finale and the trainer does seem quite hopeful.
"He has been kept fresh for the Theo Fennell Handicap since running at Royal Ascot and I was pleased with him there. He finished fifth in the Britannia which is always a warm race and he is in great order right now.
"He was touched off in a nursery at this meeting last year so we know he handles the course and while stall nine is a little wider than I’d ideally like, he’s a pretty straightforward type of horse. I think he’ll go well."
1229: It was a nearly day for Sporting Life columnist Oisin Murphy yesterday but his week will hinge on how Kameko gets on in a few hours time.
In case you've missed it, click on the image below for his thoughts on the big race and his other rides on the card.
1215: In contrast, the Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes is all about speed.
We've briefly touched on Irish raider Steel Bull already but there's been some support at fancy prices for Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Britain apparently.
Time will tell what heights the equine namesake can scale but he impressed at Hamilton, a track where Kevin Ryan has introduced some smart juveniles in the past, and is clearly well regarded.
The 20/1 may have disappeared but I reckon 14s is still acceptable.
1207: There's a couple of contrasting contests to enjoy with the two mile four and a half furlong handicap (1345) and the five furlong Group Three Molecomb Stakes (1445).
Last year's second and third (Seinesational, True Destiny) line up in the former contest which has been won by the likes of Nicky Henderson and Nigel Twiston-Davies in recent years. Paul Nicholls has a well backed runner as he attempts to add his name to that list with Oleg who will be ridden by daughter Megan.
Ian Williams has also won it a couple of times and, of his two, I thought top-weight The Grand Visir might be worth an each-way tickle but last year's race is clearly a decent starting point given the relatively unusual test.
1201: That race, the third on the card, features some progressive three-year-olds and there are seven last time out winners in the 11-strong field! Three of them are proving pretty popular but it's still 4/1 bar the field.
I think I've lost the plot as I thought the seemingly regressive Sound Of Cannons could outrun his price. He's all the way out to 50/1 on the back of three relatively disappointing runs in pattern races this season having raced with the choke out but he's down in the weights as a consequence and I haven't given up hope of an improved showing. There's a 'throwaway' place bet to be had at those odds.
1154: I wouldn't be leaving old Zhui Feng out of any exotic bets though as he's also down to a decent mark and runs this course well. He's trained locally by Amanda Perrett and his joint-owner, John Connolly, is on record about how much he enjoys having winners at Goodwood. They are also represented by Cozone who runs in the 1415.
1151: I was quite keen on Toro Strike last night and I suppose that hasn't changed although the absence of two leading protagonists has seen his price collapse to 4/1 from around 8/1.
Only one three-year-old (last year) has won this seven furlong handicap recently but two more have been beaten less than a length into second so I'm not too worried about that.
The well treated Battered looked like an older horse I could latch on to but I found it a little off-putting that his C&D win came in headgear which is absent today. Value Bet has a headline selection for that race which would see some famous colours carried to victory if on the money.
1145: We're under 90 minutes away from the opening British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap which looked reasonably competitive for a seven runner race but the market has been all about Waliyak.
Runner-up in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot on her handicap and seasonal debut, she's only 3lbs higher and receives weight all round on this step up to 10 furlongs.
She could kickstart a reasonable day for the market principals with Steel Bull also proving popular in the Molecomb after a very impressive debut just a week ago. You could throw Siskin in there too and Spright is also very solid at the top of the betting in the British Stallion Studs Alice Keppel EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes at 1545.
1137: I've got the luxury of having Racing TV on in the background and they've just run a virtual Legends Sussex Stakes. I've no idea who has put this together but it was a good start to the day for Tom Queally!
Frankel made quite hard work of winning by a neck from Brigadier Gerard with Kris back in third.
1130: The team have put together a little video on today's cards, including the market movers from Sky Bet's Michael Shinners.
1125: It really is a fascinating race and Siskin is a pretty warm favourite. He did well to win at the Curragh last time and is probably a little better than the initial visual impression that day but I can't bring myself to back him at around the 5/2 mark given the quality of the opposition.
There's plenty of opposition to him on these pages (link at the top of the page for all of our tips) and the latest dissenting voice comes from Fran Berry who travels from Galway to Goodwood in search of winners today. Click on the image below for his thoughts.
1112: World Horse Racing are doing their bit and have produced some natty little video features; here's the video for Kameko.
1110: There's often talk of 'narrative' in the Flat season and that was something that the Qipco British Champions Series was supposed to provide. For me, the race programme for the milers does that so effectively in a usual season with the Guineas, moving on to Royal Ascot and then to Goodwood with the Sussex.
We haven't quite got that this season but we do have a mouthwatering clash with the winner of the British and Irish 2000 Guineas plus a couple of top older horses in the proven Circus Maximus and the rising star Mohaather who impressed in the Summer Mile at Ascot.
1059: Apparently our 'Irish Mole' aka Fran Berry is reporting some confidence behind Circus Maximus in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.
You'll be able to read more from Fran shortly, watch this space......
1042: Good morning and welcome to day two of Glorious Goodwood.
There has been a slight change to the going which is now described as Good (from Good, Good to Soft in places yesterday).
Conditions are forecast to be dry, sunny and increasingly warm for the remainder of the week.
Ed Arkell, Clerk of the Course, said: "The going is now Good following a dry day yesterday which was warm, sunny and breezy. We are forecast much the same today, with the temperatures possibly a bit warmer. We are looking forward to a good afternoon of racing."
There are three non-runners currently and there are all in the 1620: 9 The Cruising Lord (Self Certificate, Colic); 17 Mister Snowdon (Going); 18 Society Lion (Going).
There have been some rail movements and they are as follows for those who are interested:
The straight, top and bottom bends are dolled out by four yards.
This adds the following distance to today's races:
13:10 +6 yards (approx)
13:45 +12 yards (approx)
14:15 +6 yards (approx)
15:15 +6 yards (approx)
16:20 +6 yards (approx)
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