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Glorious Goodwood Day 2 Preview

Glorious Goodwood Day 2 Preview

The second afternoon of Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday is spearheaded by the presence of the unbeaten Baaeed in the Sussex Stakes, as William Haggas' star looks to keep his blemish-free run going. That's part of a seven-race Glorious Goodwood offering from 1.50pm-5.20pm on Wednesday, with the Oak Tree Stakes and Molecomb Stakes amongst the main support acts. The Racing Post previews all the action for what should be a thrilling day of racing.


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1.50pm - Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Handicap (1m4f)

The obvious starting point is Secret State for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, the Godolphin colt having won three of his four starts thus far. They all came after his debut second at Newmarket and, most recently, he bagged the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, battling gamely to repel next-time-out Group 3 winner Deauville Legend in second.

That's excellent form and this 7lb higher mark is within his reach. He's got that likeable attitude and is very much the one to beat in the opener.

One of the disappointments of that Ascot contest was MANDOBI, though William Haggas' colt endured something of a nightmare trip and perhaps his tame finish is best attributed to that. He'd previously looked quite decent in his wins at Ripon and Thirsk is given a second shot to impress on a decent stage here, granted more luck in the run.

Doncaster scorer Mugader for Richard Hannon and Hayley Turner, as well as Newmarket scorer Adjuvant for the Michael Bell team are others to consider.

Selection: Mandobi

Next Best: Secret State

 

2.25pm - Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes (Fillies' & Mares' Group 3, 7f)

Plenty to consider in the 17-runner line-up for this Group 3 contest. The often front-running Soft Whisper has been dealt a tough draw in stall 16 and Marco Ghiani's mount will need to be very alert if hoping to deploy those tactics in her hat-trick quest.

Bounce The Blues and Improvised were second and third in a Listed race at Chelmsford this month and have form claims but, again, are starting in the wide berths.

Heredia shed her perfect record in a Listed Sandown event over a mile this month - finishing third behind the busy and re-opposing Oscula - the former should have something to offer here for Richard Hannon despite that setback.

Newmarket handicap winner Miss Carol Ann could run into a place in this higher quality contest, while lightly-raced Allayaali is one to keep a close eye on for Charlie Hills and Jim Crowley despite this being her first run since October.

French fillies tend to do well in this and it's been a target for some time for SAMAHRAM. Francis-Henri Graffard's filly lacks the experience of some of these but she won the Listed Prix Volterra at Longchamp last month and looks capable of better still taking on these older rivals with Frankie Dettori on board. At double-figure odds, she can go well.

Selection: Samahram

Next Best: Heredia

 

3.00pm - Markel Molecomb Stakes (Group 3, 5f)

Bridesmaids in the Windsor Castle and Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot respectively, Rocket Rodney and Walbank are key players here, with the former having since returned to winning ways at Sandown for trainer George Scott.

That Listed win entitles Danny Muscutt's charge to be favourite, though Walbank's second behind The Ridler was a quality effort on only his third start.

Trillium is another with scope for improvement while all-the-way Super Sprint winner Eddie's Boy shouldn't be dismissed out of hand despite this being a tougher challenge.

Irish raider STUDIO CITY is interesting for Michael O'Callaghan, who brought over Steel Bull to land this prize in 2020. The Crotanstown Stud handler has his string in good form and he's been successful with his last two UK raids. This Cotai Glory colt was an impressive winner of a Navan maiden this month and the booking of Ryan Moore suggests plenty more is expected here.

Selection: Studio City

Next Best: Walbank

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3.35pm - Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1, 1m)

A race sometimes dubbed the Duel on the Downs in the past, this renewal has more of a processional feel to it as BAAEED brings the tag of being Flat racing's poster boy.

The unbeaten son of Sea The Stars was not explosive in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot - at least not if your seeking to compare him with the mighty Frankel - but he was easily the best horse in the race and ran out a commanding winner at long odds-on.

Real World finished closest to him, while today's rivals Order Of Australia (third) and Chindit (fourth) having the guts of six and eight-lengths to find respectively.

Order Of Australia didn't quite look sharp enough at Ascot, his first run since October, but has since been a commanding winner of the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes in Ireland and could close the gap this time and be second-best.

Angel Bleu won at this meeting last summer and can go well despite disappointing in the St James's Palace last month, while Modern Games and Bathrat Leon (for Japan) are solid performers but unlikely to land a blow on the market leader.

July Cup heroine Alcohol Free won this contest 12 months ago and returns on the back of that impressive Group 1 sprinting success at Newmarket 18 days ago. Andrew Balding's filly should put her heart into this too, but it's unlikely she can pull it off again.

Selection: Baaeed

Next Best: Order Of Australia

 

4.10pm - European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m2f)

NATASHA had some smart form as a juvenile last year, bar when disappointing on very soft ground in a Longchamp Group 1 on her final start. The Frankel filly was perhaps too keen in this month's Newmarket reappearance, contributing to a fading third, and there's every reason to suspect she will be sharper for that now.

With Frankie Dettori back in the plate, she can take a leading role here for Team Gosden.

Sea Speedwell is another with potential for better after finishing second in a Leicester novice this month on her seasonal return/turf bow, she switches to handicaps for the first time now.

Roger Varian's Peripatetic was third on handicap bow at Salisbury and has similar claims, while Lyrical lady will find this easier than the Listed race she was pitched into at Sandown at the start of month - albeit the handicapper looks to have been quite heavy-handed with her.

Value Theory hasn't quite hit the target this season but Mark Johnston's daughter of Gleneagles could soon find her feet and, typically for the yard, could do so now upped in trip.

Selection: Natasha

Next Best: Value Theory

 

4.45pm - British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes (5f)

The Platinum Queen won a York novice in comprehensive style three weeks ago and has leading claims for Richard Fahey and Oisin Orr on the back of that. She raced a bit freely however and was allowed to dictate in front, a privilege that may not be extended now. It will be interesting to see how she fares if some pressure is applied.

Star Of Lady M is 4-6 since April and is another with likely designs on being front-rank, while Union Court is another that has made all for a win this term and All The Time deployed those tactics when making a winning bow at Nottingham last month. She drops in class after a tame finish in the Queen Mary at Ascot since and could have plenty more to give.

So, too, should have CRUISE in the Qatar Racing silks for Richard Hannon and Cieren Fallon. She was fourth in a Class 2 Newmarket maiden (6f, good to firm) on debut this month and looks sure to be suited coming back to the minimum distance.

She wasn't far behind a solid benchmark in Ivory Madonna there and with normal first-to-second start improvement is worth chancing to have a say especially if this becomes a burn-up in front of her.

Selection: Cruise

Next Best: The Platinum Queen

 

5.20pm - World Pool Handicap (7f)

It's already been an excellent week for William Muir and, in the same colours as Group 1 scorer Pyledriver, his hat-trick seeking Stockpyle will be a popular contender for this day two finale.

The Oasis Dream colt came good at Chepstow this month and bolted in three days later on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton, both over this trip. The handicapper poses a question now from an 8lb higher mark but there could be more to come.

Richard Hannon has won this race in three of the last four years and Mums Tipple leads his charge now. He's not managed a win on grass since a blistering York Sales race win in 2019 and, for all that he's possibly well-handicapped, he can be frustrating too.

Farasi Lane only just missed out last time at Sandown and has a chance, albeit he's going to have to overcome a poor draw for Tom Marquand.

The Attorney wasn't beaten far in fifth in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last time and races from the same mark, he's respected, but maybe BOWMAN is underestimated.

It hasn't worked out in two previous Goodwood starts for him but he backed up a shock Epsom win at the Derby Meeting with a close second there since (7f/6f) and has really started to thrive in his first year with Laura Mongan.

Selection: Bowman

Next Best: The Attorney

 

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