Our star columnist has two runners on the opening day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, including Space Traveller in the Qatar Lennox Stakes.
Space Traveller 3.00 Goodwood
He’s in great order and has been since Royal Ascot.
It was a very good performance to win the Jersey Stakes and while it was a little bit of a surprise on the day, he’s a horse capable of doing that to you and he’s always had lots of ability.
He needs to step again taking on the older horses here but there could be more to come and we’ve had this in mind ever since Ascot.
I think he will handle the track – but I’ll know for sure after the race - and hope he runs well.
Dance Diva 5.15 Goodwood
She'd been semi-retired and sent to the paddocks but had a small issue, nothing that can’t be fixed, and will be heading back to be a broodmare at the end of the season.
It does mean we can race on with her and the Unibet Fillies’ Handicap represents a drop in grade for her.
She's well drawn in two and could go alright but I’m just a fraction worried she might need it after the time off. We’ll see.