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Recap the action from day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival where Fancy Blue picked up another Group One for Donnacha O'Brien and Ryan Moore.


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1711: A little reaction from Nigel Tinkler who revealed that Acklam Express has only been recently bought by his current owners and that he thought his juvenile might have been allotted a rating of 80/81 rather than the 77 he lined up from today.

"I thought it probably wasn't quite as good a race as it looked on paper as we won quite well. I was a little bit concerned (about the ground) and I walked the course before the first race.

"The last Glorious winner I trained was Call Me I'm Blue ridden by a certain Lester Piggott which must have been about 20 years ago!"

1703: That is it for another day at Glorious Goodwood. Three days down and two to go and I'll hope you'll join us tomorrow for a card that features eight races, including four Group contests.

1657: Winter Power did jink mid-race and didn't manage to bag the rail and it's another one turned over as Acklam Express (10/3) hoses up for Oisin Murphy.

The last on the card is proving a happy hunting ground for Murphy who cited his good record when riding for Nigel Tinkler in his Sporting Life column, the gelding has been well supported throughout the day and his supporters are in clover.

Different Face ran well to finish second from the always prominent Rebel At Dawn but there was only one horse in it at the finish and it wasn't Winter Power.

1655: Breaking news that Ed Arkell will water tonight but will only water the round course.

It has been hot today and is forecast to be hotter still tomorrow.

1651: Back at Goodwood and Winter Power is back to odds-on in places so it doesn't look as though everyone's done their money today!

Chris Dixon was at Redcar and believes she won 'in the manner of a filly that had loads in hand' and would be suited by this track. She's well drawn in 7 and 'very quick'. He believes she could be difficult to peg back.

"They might not see which way she goes," is a telling line but this is a quick turnaround for the juvenile.

Oisin Murphy is out of the saddle and leading Acklam Express around but there doesn't appear to be anything untoward from what I've seen or heard so far. Golden Bear, having his first start since being gelded, goes forward. Not long for the last.

1649: It seems an age ago now that Enable won the three-runner King George and Aidan O'Brien believes that he has found an excuse for Japan's disappointing run.

1645: Have you got your notebook ready? Here's the closing stages of the maiden.

1642: On the basis of the results so far today, it's well worth taking on Winter Power but the big question is with whom.

William Bligh proved that it doesn't always pay to take promising runs behind pattern performers at face value but Different Face shaped nicely behind Yazaman before winning his second start while Salsoul chased home Ben Macdui at Hamilton and then ran to a similar level at Ripon.

This sharp five could suit her down to the ground at this stage of her career and I'll have a dart at Mark Johnston's filly.

1638: Maureen Haggas was very pleased with Spirit of Bermuda and is hopeful there's more to come: "She came from the breeze-ups so they are always a little bit more streetwise, she's been really nice, straightforward and she's worked nicely. She behaved immaculately today and ran a really nice race. She was green and Tom wanted to get her home nicely. Hopefully there's a fair bit of improvement there. She's a lovely, classy, big filly.

"Looking at her I think she'd get further and I'd think she'd be much more with it next time."

Mrs Haggas has put the track and the ground as possible reasons for Al Aasy's disappointing run in the Gordon Stakes.

1636: It's not exactly gone according to plan for the 'good things' so far but there is still one more to come with Winter Power a warm order for the Tatler Nursery Handicap over five furlongs.

Tim Easterby's filly showed promise on her first two starts before dotting up at Redcar for which she carries a 6lb penalty but there's no doubt that the handicapper would have her a good bit higher in the weights still.

Opposition in the market has come from Acklam Express and Golden Bear.

1633: One more to come today but there's plenty to look forwards to tomorrow.

1628: Miss Chess stumbled close home and would have finished closer but for that, she was well held at the time though and disappointing. Nazoona caught the eye for Nick Luck but stablemate Zooma had Andrea Atzeni looking down in concern very early on.

There'll be some reaction to follow but the coverage has switched from Goodwood to Musselburgh at present where conditions couldn't be more contrasting, it looks very wet at Edinburgh.

1624: Three in a line on the far side and Teodolina (fourth) on her own on the stands' side.

The favourite failed to handle the track and, I think, Ryan Moore looked after her to some extent. She was running around and hanging and Moore appeared to give her every chance to get balanced before asking her to pick up; that she did and she finished very strongly inside the furlong but all too late.

Victory goes the way of newcomer Spirit Of Bermuda (8/1) whose sale price increased from 62,000euros as a yearling to 210,000gns last month.

Iconic Queen held on for second ahead of Great Vibes in third.

1622: The field have loaded quietly and quickly enough with Teodolina the last to load; they're off.

1618: Spirit of Bermuda is the shortest of the newcomers which might suggest that she's shown some promise in the mornings but there's no immediate encouragement for the well bred Zooma or Iconic Queen who has had a run and shaped with promise. There are three places on offer with all nine runners lining up and that could prove to be rewarding even if the front two dominate.

1614: The trainer is reasonably confident it seems and, other than Miss Chess, there's little opposition to her in the market as the fillies head down to the start.

Some decent fillies have won this race over the years with Rhododendron and Amazing Maria both on the recent roll of honour. This bunch may not scale those heights but the form usually works out reasonably well in time and it will almost certainly be worth sitting down with your notebook and the replay.

1610: The winning team from the nursery have been speaking to Racing TV and Sean Levey felt that stamina had a big part to play. He had been keen to go forward but didn't want to take on William Bligh for the lead.

Here's what Richard Hannon had to say: "He's improved with every run. His first run I thought he looked pretty limited but like most of ours this year he's improved with every run. I loved his last run at Chepstow. He's a very, very nice horse going forwards."

He's also hoping for a big run from Teodolina in the upcoming maiden.

"She's a lovely filly. Ryan really liked her. Slight worry with the track but this is a nice race for her. When she hit the rising ground at Newmarket she really picked up and every chance she'll run a massive race".

1600: A winner for Richard Hannon and he has strong claims of recording a quickfire double with Teodolina but things haven't exactly gone to plan for the market leaders today.

This filly shaped encouragingly at Newmarket on debut and, like many from the yard, can be expected to improve from that initial experience.

Ed Vaughan has announced his intention to retire from training but he's already teamed up with Hollie Doyle for pattern race success this season and they combine with Miss Chess who finished a close third on debut at Yarmouth. The two have formed a decent partnership with Doyle riding six winners for the Newmarket handler from just 12 rides, including this filly on debut.

Her value, Miss Chess' that is, will certainly increase if she can get her head in front as she's a half-sister to Fancy Blue who is now a dual Group One winner.

1557: Was the ground the undoing for William Bligh or was he just no more than fairly handicapped? Time, as ever, will tell.

The winner was going away quite nicely at the line having made quite hard work of getting there in a race where not many got involved.

1554: William Bligh has been sunk!

Everything appeared to be going according to plan for the favourite who got out well and grabbed the lead but he came under pressure with two furlongs to run as Monza City loomed up alongside.

William Bligh stuck bravely to his task but failed to get back on terms with Mark Johnston's runner who appeared to have done enough until being run down late on by Mark Of The Man.

The Richard Hannon-trained winner was returned at 12/1.

Calcutta Cup endured a rough race, somewhat appropriately possibly; I'm sure the trophy of that name suffered a few dents when taken out for celebrations one year.

1550: They're behind the stalls and there's not a great deal of movement in the market with William Bligh solid at 11/8, it's 6/1 bar.

1543: The field are on their way to the start and the money continues to come for William Bligh who encounters the fastest ground to date. Running Back is 11/2 but it's 9/1 bar and that early money for Quarantini has dried up.

The favourite is potentially very well treated but it's rarely that easy and it's no great surprise to see some support for Running Back. As with so many races at Goodwood, Mark Johnston has a decent record in this but his pair are out with the rags. They've only had two runs apiece though and it would be no great surprise to see either, or both, of them take a big step forwards.

1541: Nick Luck tried valiantly to persuade Ryan Moore to compare Fancy Blue with Love and to give a hint with regards the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe but his enquiries were met with the straightest of bats.

An interesting nursery coming up. This race was won a few years ago by Billesdon Brook, do you remember this remarkable performance?

1533: There are three juvenile contests to end the day with but while we pause for thought, you may care to peruse a preview of tomorrow's big handicap in which the draw has so often played a big part. Click on the image to read.

1529: It's job done for Ryan Moore who says: "Donnacha said he was very happy with her. She's still a little bit babyish and possibly running downhill on quick ground wasn't ideal for her. She'll get a mile and a half but obviously that's (the Arc) a long way away yet. The best filly won."

The winning trainer pays tribute to his team and won't be drawn on targets just yet: "It's great for all the team. They're the ones that work hard. We'll give her a little break, maybe something on Irish Champions weekend."

1525: Another Group One win for Donnacha O'Brien and another for Ryan Moore as two Irish trained three-year-olds dominate the finish. A game performance from the winner who saw off Magic Wand and then had to repel another challenge from One Voice.

1523: Magic Wand leads from Fancy Blue with Deirdre and One Voice prominent, Nazzef in close attendance.

Little change in the order and there's not a great deal of pace as they turn downhill.

Magic Wand winds it up under Frankie Dettori, Deidre down the outside, Fancy Blue lays down a challenge. Queen Power widest still but its Fancy Blue as One Voice comes from the back but Fancy Blue (11/4) responds.

1521: Still four to go forwards.

One Voice is giving a little trouble and has been walked away from the stalls and back which works the oracle.

They're off.

1516: We're a little past post time but they've not yet started loading at Goodwood.

I think Queen Power was enjoying taking in the scenery but a number of the field are still wending their way towards the stalls.

Magic Wand is the new favourite ahead of Fancy Blue.

1511: Unlike the Gordon Stakes, there remains a question as to who will make the running and that could lead to another tactical contest where being in the right place at the right time could make a big difference. It was ever thus.

1508: Another really competitive top-class contest and I'll be cheering on last year's winner Deirdre who I don't think got the credit she deserved last season but it is the Coolmore pair, Fancy Blue and Magic Wand, who are at the head of the market, along with Nazeef.

A couple of slight question marks for the market leaders with Fancy Blue having to conclusively prove herself on quick ground while Nazeef steps up a quarter of a mile in distance.

There are no such concerns for the Japanese raider who shaped perfectly well in the Eclipse on her seasonal reappearance.

1504: Paul Smith, representing Mogul's connections, was speaking to Nick Luck: "We always felt he would improve from the Derby. We were delighted with that. I think he might, I think there's more to come, he's learning all the time. He fought hard at the end and it's very encouraging, there's something to look forward to now.

"We could look at something like the Grand Prix de Paris. He gets that trip well but he's built like a sprinter. He's very versatile but he does take time to come to hand.

"That's (Grand Prix de Paris) still the plan for Serpentine but we'll see how the horses are in the next week or so. I think Serpentine was a good winner. I think you'll see a good horse the next time he runs."

Looking ahead to the Nassau: "Two great horses and I'm delighted for Donnacha. I think they're both going to be very competitive. Magic Wand does like a quick surface, there's no doubt about that. She'll give 100% as she always does. Fancy Blue's very exciting. I think she's trained well since the French Oaks."

1456: Mogul didn't go unbacked and was one of two selections at Goodwood for Fran Berry. His second pick, One Voice, comes up next in the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes.

1451: Plenty to digest. I thought Joe Fanning had nicked it for a moment but he didn't quite have enough up his sleeve. English King was ridden from a long way out and Nick Luck doesn't believe he handled the track, he was finishing off his race quite well and found himself a little short of room towards the finish. Could the Leger be the race for him?

Ryan Moore wasn't giving too much away in the immediate aftermath, telling Matt Chapman: "He's a horse that Aidan's always said his third run would be his best run. I wouldn't be sure about that (the St Leger) at the moment."

I heard 10/1 mentioned about the winner for the Classic.

1445: English King is the last to load and they're off.

Subjectivist leads from Khalifa Sat from Highland Chief and Mogul with English King and Al Aasy in last.

This looks a decent gallop and they're well strung out, racing in single file.

Subjectivist opens up to about 5 lengths as they turn to the final half mile, little change in the order.

The leader has come back though as Khalifa Sat and Highland Chief challenge, Frankie hard at work.

Subjectivist kicks again but is mowed down late on by Mogul (9/2) and Highland Chief. English King a never nearer fourth.

1444: One or two of the field having their tack checked over but they're gathering behind the stalls and they will shortly be going forwards.

1441: Runners are walking calmly down to the 12 furlong start under the baking sun at Goodwood and it's hard to rule many out of this (especially given we've had a 50/1 winner already), even 33/1 chance Highland Chief, another who failed to land a blow in the Derby.

1437: On to the Gordon Stakes where Frankie Dettori will be hoping to set the record straight having taken over from Tom Marquand aboard English King.

Subjectivist for Mark Johnston should ensure that there's a reasonable gallop which will hopefully reduce the chance of there being too many hardluck stories. Epsom runner-up Khalifa Sat is also likely to sit prominently but is relatively unconsidered in the market at 7/1.

Al Aasy is rated the main danger to English King but has to give weight away all round having picked up a penalty at Newmarket.

Before the Derby, I'm being reminded, that Aidan O'Brien said he'd have preferred to have had a two race prep for Epsom and Chris Dixon believes the Galileo colt looks tighter and fitter. There is support for him and he's now into 9/2.

1434: More from Kirby: "He finds things very easy. I think he's a very smart performer. Coming into the race I really liked him, I didn't go out there with all guns blazing with the intention of grabbing the rail.

"He's not just a horse for this year. He's got plenty of scope and size about him. He's fast."

Clive Cox also saddled Coventry Stakes winner Nando Parrado and told Tom Stanley that the pair have worked together.

"They do and they have but there's no prize money at home. It's just fabulous that we've got two top class horses. He's got a wonderful mind on him, clearly talented."

1427: Ed Walker on English King ahead of the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes: "We feel he's a real top of the ground horse so this is the perfect spot for him.

"It was obviously a frustrating race (the Derby) as most of the horses didn't come into contention. It was a very strange race to watch. I think you can take nothing away from the winner and we obviously, in hindsight, didn't have a great trip.

"No concerns today. Lovely ground. No excuses as yet!"

He was very impressive at Lingfield and I'd be happy enough to give him another chance but he's one I'm happy to watch run at the prices as there looks to be plenty of depth to this race.

1420: Adam Kirby tells Matt Chapman: "He's all speed. He's come forward again from his last run. Really pleased with him. he's very, very quick. I really like him, I'm quite excited about him actually."

Supremacy also bears comparison with last year's winner Golden Horde with the jockey adding: "They've both got the same cruising speed and same temperament."

1416: Supremacy (11/2) produces a really impressive performance in the Qatar Richmond Stakes.

Clive Cox won the race last year with Golden Horde and has another smart colt on his hands on this evidence. He jumped well, got across to the rail and travelled well within himself in company with Qaader before taking the outright lead. He quickened really well when asked to go and win his race and ran out a wide margin winner.

Yazaman was under pressure a long way from home but responded to it to edge out Lauded for second.

1413: Not long until they go forwards but there's time later in the day to reflect on the Sussex.

1409: They're heading out on to the track for the Qatar Richmond Stakes with Yazaman (6/4) heading Qaader (7/2) in the betting.

The favourite has chased home Tactical the last twice and there are thoughts that the winner could be a Group One performer but Chris Dixon is concerned that he won't be seen to his best on this track and ground as he could get too far behind.

In contrast, Dixon believes that Qaader could be well suited by this test.

Supremacy faces a marked step up in grade from maiden company but won in a good time at Windsor - the form is working out - and has attracted support through the day (as has Yazaman) unlike Admiral Nelson who has been relatively friendless.

1403: David Egan reveals that Junkanoo enjoyed the fresh strip of ground that has been opened up against the rail with the rail movements ahead of today's racing.

Something to bear in mind perhaps but working out which runner will be able to get over there and grab that strip could be harder.

Victory in the second race didn't come as a complete surprise to trainer Gary Moore: "I expected a reasonably good run but I'd have been happier if he'd raced here on Tuesday as the ground had a nice bit of juice in it, we've got away with it.

"Absolute peach of a ride, it didn't go to plan but Plan B worked better than Plan A! He worked a way through."

Moore is also hoping for a decent showing from relative Choice in the last.

"I don't think she's a 100/1 chance, she ran a nice race here first time and I thought she'd win next time but we obviously bumped into a very good horse. She was well beaten but she did come home with sore shins."

1401: Roger Teal has high hopes that relative outsider Gussy Mac can overturn the market leaders.

"A pretty cool dude. Obviously very warm today and he's breaking out a little bit but that's because of the conditions. He was still very green but he knuckled down towards the end and done it nicely.

"We're stepping up to six, Sandown was a stiff five and the way he finished suggests he wants six furlongs. He showed us a lot at home from day one, he works with the older horses, he shows a lot of speed and travels very well in his work. He can be a bit keen and over enthusiastic but when he learns to settle, he could stay seven in the future."

1355: That must have been a fine start to the day for the bookmakers. Can the punters fight back in the Group races?

1350: Well, well, well. Gary Moore saddles 50/1 winner Junkanoo who was well out the back in the early stages.

That didn't go to script.

Zabeel Champion (7/2) stayed on into second and will surely appreciate another two furlongs and Al Salt (13/2) third.

Starcat, who pecked just after the start, and Celtic Art ran on well in the closing stages but a number of the leading fancies failed to fulfil expectations.

Winning jockey David Egan tells Matt Chapman: "He ran a very good race last time out, just didn't see out the mile and a half."

1347: Iffraaz leads for Mark Johnston from Note Bleu, two of the outsiders. Magnetised races in fourth as Luigi Vampa looked awkward on the bend.

Spread out across the track, Al Salt and Luigi Vampa and Bright Melody. Zabeel Champion wide.

Junkanoo storming through from the rear springs a surprise.

1345: We're at post time but there are a good few still to load.

Lucander has been withdrawn.

1340: Al Salt is reported as being a little bit free on the way to post and he's also got a little bit warm but it is a warm day.

Magnetised has tightened up a little at the head of the market as the runners begin to sort themselves out behind the stalls, it won't be too long until we start loading.

1337: That pair are towards the top of a market which has also seen support for Zabeel Champion, Al Salt and Magical Morning who makes his handicap debut after disappointing in Listed company last time. The first named has taken another route, progressing through the handicap ranks and he won in a good time at Newmarket last time.

There are quite a few at 'any price' here with double figure prices outside the top five and they include Celtic Art, a colt who had been pencilled in to return in the French Derby only to miss that engagement.

1334: The first of the jockeys are in the saddle for the next where there has been a significant move for Starcat.

Oisin Murphy's mount is into 6/1 third favourite from around 14s.

A debut winner at Kempton in December, he reappeared in the 2000 Guineas no less before struggling at Royal Ascot. A longer trip and quicker ground today, it's clearly expected to suit. Nick Luck says he's looking 'tremendous, a really flashy horse, a good looking horse'.

Chris Dixon rates Magnetised 'the standout pick' which is music to my ears but there are any number in this field that could be ahead of their marks.

1326: Winning jockey William Cox explained to Racing TV why connections had opted for cheekpieces: "She is slightly blind in her right eye. That's why we stuck them on. It keeps her straighter. She's been progressive and has improved with every run."

Trainer Christoper Mason was understandably very pleased: "I was hoping she'd run a good race. She only just hung on at Windsor, she was hanging one way, hanging the other way. It was just a case of trying to do everything we could just to keep her as straight as we can, little tweaks here and there. She's got so much natural early speed."

1318: The ground is drying out all the time with the time of the first race 57:18 which is +0.28 above standard.

1316: That's a nice little taster to whet the appetite over lunch but the servings get meatier from now on in. A cracking 10 furlong handicap up next and you can click on the image below if you want to take up Sky Bet's offer.

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1312: Are the multiples still running? Are you still in the pot?

Glamorous Anna (9/1) makes all up against the stands' side rail to see off Newyorkstateofmind (18/1) and Show Me Show Me (13/2).

First time cheekpieces did more for her than Caspian Queen who didn't travel brilliantly but was short of room in the closing stages when appearing to have more to give; she wouldn't have got to the winner though.

1306: One or two technical problems have led to a slightly delayed 'today's briefing' but here it is.......enjoy.

1305: Bal Mal has won his last four and John Quinn has been speaking to Tom Stanley: "He's in very good form. He won nicely at Chepstow, he never wins far, and we've been pleased with him since. He's tough. He's very versatile."

Only nine runners but they bet 4/1 the field which speaks volumes. Good luck.

1259: Not too long until racing gets underway with the runners in the paddock ahead of the opener at 1310 - if you haven't done so already, you can check out the team's best bets here.

1256: Good news that two of the leading protagonists from yesterday have come out of the Sussex Stakes in good shape with

Angus Gold reporting: "Marcus tells me he has come out of the race all guns blazing, which is great.

"That turn of foot he has is pretty exceptional. For him to switch wide, get himself balanced and then pick up Group One horses like he did was very impressive, I thought.

"I'm delighted for Marcus and his team as they've done a great job with him."

1252: Sandwiched between those two races is another juvenile contest, a maiden.

So often the way to go in maidens at Glorious Goodwood is to back horses who have already had a run (cue a debut winner) and over half of this field have a run under their belts.

This has been a pretty decent race for favourite backers over the years and the market has sided firmly with Teodolina who represents Richard Hannon and Ryan Moore.

She shaped well at Newmarket and it would be no surprise to see her land the odds for a yard that loves to get winners at this track. She's undoubtedly the one to beat.

1249: There's been a significant move for another of Oisin Murphy's mounts in the last with Acklam Express down to 11/4 from around 7s. His debut form was given a boost yesterday with a big run from Country Carnival while Ben Macdui did plenty to advertise the claims of outsider Salsoul.

The twice-raced Golden Bear is another one to have attracted support and there's a surprising amount of opposition to the market leader.

1244: I'm intrigued to have seen some support for Rommel as I quite like backing Mick Channon's juveniles in the nurseries at this meeting but I couldn't find enough encouragement to hang my hat on his peg today and now he's into a general 10/1 from 20s.

That ship has sailed.

1238: There are 12 runners and 8 runners at the time of writing so both races shape up quite nicely for the each-way players who are keen to take on the jollies with a safety net (of sorts).

They are 13/2 bar in the first race (which seems a little surprising, expect them to shorten up to closer to 5s!) where there has been support for Richard Fahey's Quarantini. The trainer's horses are certainly running well, as we saw yesterday, and he seems quite keen on her chances.

She'd have been a popular selection with the social racegoers I imagine and it's not long to wait until we will see some fans back on track.

1236: The two nurseries are intriguing races, not least because they both feature horses that could be very obviously well ahead of their marks.

Up first is William Bligh in the 1545 from a mark of 87. He got to within a length of Master Of The Seas on his second start and that one is now rated 112 after winning a Group race at Newmarket. The questions, as ever, concern whether William Bligh was flattered in a small field and whether there can be any correlation given different rates of progression.

In the finale Winter Power runs under a 6lb penalty but scored so easily at Redcar that some judges have estimated his new mark (which we don't yet know) could be as much as 14lbs higher again.

They can be backed at around 13/8 and 5/4 (from odds-on). Are you with or against? Do you double the 'good things' up?

1232: There are three races to 'wind down' with after the feature, including two nurseries - what could be more fun!

1228: The Sussex Stakes was tactical and the same could be true of the Nassau with Oisin Murphy pointing to a potential lack of pace. He's suggested that he could go forwards from Deirdre who, 12 months ago, came from last to first.

Fancy Blue had been ridden more patiently prior to racing prominently in France so her supporters know, at least, that she is versatile while fellow Irish raider, One Voice (who has her supporters among our tipsters), is another who doesn't appear to be a one-trick pony; she's better than her last run where she enjoyed no luck in running - connections will be hoping fortune deals a better hand.

Another fascinating contest in store, then, but I think Deirdre has been underestimated by the market and she'll do for me.

1222: They've concluded the draw for the Stewards' Cup and ante-post favourite Nahaarr is in 19 while Royal Ascot winner Hey Jonesy is in 15.

If you can enlarge your screen or have access to a magnifying glass, here's the full draw.

1214: The Qatar Nassau Stakes is the feature today and Magic Wand is reported to be one of the best backed horses on the card.

Frankie Dettori rides for Aidan O'Brien with Ryan Moore aboard Prix de Diane winner Fancy Blue but some pundits reckoned Donnacha O'Brien's runner was a shade fortunate to win at Chantilly and are happy enough to take her on.

I thought Lavender Blue could outrun her 33/1 odds but still can't see that being could enough to finish in the places (only seven runners) and I like the chances of last year's winner Deirdre at around 11/2.

Falmouth Stakes winner Nazeef tackles 10 furlongs for the first time. Jim Crowley has no doubt that she'll stay and neither do ratings experts Timeform.

1208: This feels a little like calling bingo.

Chairmanoftheboard is next one and they've plumped for 14, Stone Of Destiny's team go for 10.

Will the middle be the place to be?

Meraas for Mark Johnston and the trainer has chosen 4. Clive Cox is also present and has gone high in 26 for Louie de Palma.

That's probably enough of that for now - full details will be up on site shortly.......

It all looks very relaxed at Goodwood with various connections and their representatives scattered around the paddock on chairs. It has the look of a well-heeled, physically distanced garden party. Without the cucumber sandwiches.

1207: The Stewards' Cup draw is taking place live on Racing TV in a moment or two's time. The sponsors, Unibet, have seen good money for Hey Jonesy.

First one out is Venturous and connections have elected for stall 6.

The last three winners have come out of 3, 25 and 15 apparently.

1158: He's in no doubt about English King's qualities and he is holding his place in the market but this renewal of a race that often features a prospective Leger runner or two seems well up to scratch.

Mogul is closely matched with English King on their Epsom form so it could be argued that 11/2 compares favourably with the 5/4 jolly. O'Brien's colt appeared to need the run at Royal Ascot and, although it was disappointing he didn't do more in the Derby, it wouldn't be any great surprise to see him take another step forwards here.

Al Aasy impressed in a Group Three and is expected to relish this quicker ground while Subjectivist is a typically tough Johnston runner and, no surprise, the trainer has a good recent record in this race.

Not forgetting Khalifa Sat who finished second in the Derby of course, but he's 13/2 and everyone seems to have dismissed that run. Do you still want to take 5/4?

1154: The action heats up with the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes where the Derby form gets tested with Epsom fourth English King a short-priced favourite.

He was so impressive at Lingfield but nothing really panned out on the Downs from the dreaded one box. Frankie Dettori was in the plate that day, as he is today, but Tom Marquand rode at Lingfield and couldn't stop smiling after their victory.

1145: The first Group race of the day is at 1415 in the form of the Qatar Richmond Stakes and I thought it might be worth having a small interest in Admiral Nelson which seems to be contrary to everyone else as he's gone out to 7/1.

The Coventry Stakes, for which he was favourite, has taken a few knocks already and he was disappointing there but the race did come just eight days after his debut. Aidan O'Brien's juveniles haven't set the world alight in England so far but his runner ran quite well in the Molecomb yesterday when similarly unfancied.

There are only seven runners which wouldn't be attractive to every each-way player but the Windsor Castle second, Yazaman, looks plenty short enough for me at 13/8.

Clive Cox sent out the Coventry winner so it will be interesting to see if there's any support for his Windsor maiden winner Supremacy while Roger Teal is hopeful for a big run from Gussy Mac, telling his blog 'we believe he has a strong chance'.

1129: The first Value Bet selection of the day goes at 1345, a cracking three-year-old handicap over 10 furlongs.

It looks every inch as competitive as you'd expect but there is a reasonably short-priced favourite in Magnetised and I quite like Roger Varian's runner. Of course there are negatives but he pulled a long way clear of the field when narrowly going down to a potentially decent sort at Thirsk.

The seven length third was narrowly beaten in a York handicap at the weekend from a mark of 79 so I didn't think that 87 should be beyond Magnetised here.

Mark Johnston has won three of the last seven runnings and he's booked Ryan Moore to ride the hat-trick seeking Zabeel Champion and he's hard to fault after winning a strong Newmarket handicap that, I think, has often been a decent pointer to this prize.

Hughie Morrison saddled the beaten favourite Kipps on that occasion and he runs Starcat here, a horse that Oisin Murphy seemed quite keen on in his column.

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1122: On with the racing and that first race is the very competitive Mirabeau En Provence Handicap, a five furlong handicap with plenty of head scratching collateral form, including the aforementioned filly who beat Caspian Queen, Spanish Angel and Glamorous Queen over C&D last month.

The form of that race received a boost when Pop Dancer won next time out while the winner herself has gone in again since.

Caspian Queen tries cheekpieces and has Ryan Moore up in the saddle in a bid to turn the form around. Throw in the progressive Bal Mal and Flippa The Strippa who ran well at this meeting last year and it all looks rather too tough for me!

1119: Electric Ladyland is the top-weight in the opener at 1310 and carries the same name, of course, as an album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Side four featured All Along The Watchtower. Enjoy (or not) a brief musical interlude over a coffee as it's around that time of day.

Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along The Watchtower

1111: George Baker has been talking to Lydia Hislop on Racing TV and suggests that it's time that racing's authorities examine the rules around team tactics.

To be clear, he wasn't suggesting that anyone did anything wrong in the Sussex Stakes, just that it might be time for the lines to be redrawn.

1110: If you've found the blog on these pages, you'll have seen Fran Berry's column for today's action from Galway and Goodwood and you can find all of today's tips from our, er, tip-top team via the link at the top of the page.

1042: Conditions are getting faster on the track with the going currently described as Good, Good to Firm in places (from Good all over yesterday). For fans of the Going Stick, this morning's reading was 7.3 (6.9 Wednesday, 6.8 Tuesday).

Just the two non-runners to report so far today and they are Group One Power who won't go at 1345 and Lothian who misses the 1655.

News of the rail movements:

The top and bottom bends are dolled out by four yards.

This adds the following distance to today's races:

13:45 +6 yards (approx)

14:45 +6 yards (approx)

15:15 +6 yards (approx)

15:45 +6 yards (approx)

16:20 +6 yards (approx)

This is what clerk of the course Ed Arkell had to say after close of play yesterday: "The ground was lovely good ground today; it had just dried a little bit overnight. Everybody seemed very happy, and we will leave the going description the same this evening.

"The weather forecast is for much of the same tomorrow, possibly a little bit warmer. We will be taking down the false rail on the straight from the winning post up to approximately the three-furlong marker.

"It was an amazing renewal of the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes, and it was wonderful to see Marcus Tregoning back at Group One level again. It was a great race, and the good, exciting and interesting thing about it was that it actually lived up to its hype, because so often those races when they get over-hyped like that don't live up to it, but it really was a great race."

1036: It promises to be a fabulous day and the weather is certainly doing its bit. It looks, dare I say, glorious as George Baker is out on the course running and fundraising for The 9 Lives Challenge.

1025: I don't know that last year's race was as strong as in 2006 but it does bear some relevance to this year's heat with Deirdre bidding to retain her crown in what would be a famous victory for Japan.

Oisin Murphy takes the ride again and you can read his thoughts here while below he recounts their 2019 success. Will it be more of the same?

1017: There have been some great renewals of the Nassau Stakes over the years and the 2006 contest has to feature among them.

1015: It seems a long time ago now but last year the Magnolia Cup did something that horse racing so often fails to do and that is to make the mainstream news. That was entirely due to Khadija Mellah's victory and she looks back on last year's success...

0949: Good morning and welcome to day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. We'll have news from the track in a little while but the dust is still settling on that sensational renewal of the Sussex Stakes.

Ben Linfoot had a little time to work on his analysis of the mile Group One contest but Tom Marquand attempted to call it in-running, no easy task.


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