Our columnist has two runners on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and Toro Strike has long been aimed at the meeting.
2.45 Wednesday – Internationaldream
He finished third in the National Stakes at Sandown last time which was a good run but needs to go forward again to win a Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes.
He’s rated 91 so there aren’t many opportunities for him and we thought it was worth having a go given the horse is thriving. I’d be happier if it was six furlongs here as he might be better over a stiffer five but he’s pretty versatile and should handle the track.
4.20 Wednesday – Toro Strike
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 now 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.