Glorious Goodwood is a venue that Luca Cumani traditionally does well at and with his Bedford House team now in full flight he will be hoping to build on his 38 career winners at the five-day meeting this week.
The wet Spring has hindered Cumani's progress this term with 11 winners and over £305,000 in prize money but the prevalent signs over the last few weeks have been that all is well now and Shakopee looks in the sort of form to give a bold display in the opening Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap that he won 12 months ago with Mount Logan.
Mizzou has been one to keep the flag flying with a second success in the Sagaro Stakes and a brave effort when second to Order of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup and Second Step ran as well as could be expected when beaten only six and a quarter lengths in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
His fillies have been the chief suffers during the inclement weather but the likes of Very Dashing, Haggle and Beautiful Morning under his wing there looks plenty of more glory days in store.
Cumani said: "It has not been an easy year but the horse are coming right now and hopefully we can look forward to the next few months."
On the eve of one of favourite meetings, Luca kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his team.
4 b g Halling - Incarnation
Winner of one of his 8 starts. Promising reappearance at Newmarket (1m 4f) this month when third, beaten two and a half lengths, to Gold Faith off his current mark of 82.
"Al is in good form and ran a good first time out race at Newmarket two weeks ago. He is going to run again this Saturday at Newmarket over a mile and a half again."
4 b g Galileo - Barter
Winner of two of his 6 starts. Impressive five length victor from Fiftyshadesfreed off a mark of 82 on his reappearance at Sandown (1m 2f) in June but disappointing odds-on favourite when last of six to Yorkidding at Ascot (1m 4f) last Friday off his current mark of 92.
"He let the side down at Ascot after having won very well at Sandown. He jumped too well and was a bit fresh and keen and couldn't settle. We will get him to perform better next time."
FALLEN FOR A STAR
4 b g Sea The Stars - Fallen Star
Winner of two of his 8 starts. Scored by two lengths from Rotherwick off a mark of 84 at Newcastle (1m 2f) in June. Currently rated 91.
"I have been pleased with his progress this season and last time out at Yarmouth things didn't go for him in a slowly run race. We might now be looking to stepping him up to a mile and a half in a couple of weeks time."
4 b f Pivotal - Kithanga
Winner of two of her 7 starts. Better effort this season when runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter to Beautiful Romance in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York (1m 2 1/2f) in May. Currently rated 109.
"She ran very flat in Ireland last time having run well in the Middleton at York on her reappearance. She is in good form and we are thinking of the Yorkshire Oaks."
4 b g Dubawi - Victoire Celebre
Winner of two of his 14 starts. Beaten only a length and a quarter by Heisman at Yarmouth (1m 1f) in July off his current mark of 85.
"He was a bit unlucky at Yarmouth last time where he was boxed and couldn't deliver when he was supposed to. He could be running at the weekend at Doncaster."
4 b f Pivotal - Fallen In Love
Winner of two of her 5 starts. Made a successful reappearance in a listed event at Pontefract (1m 4f) in June when beating Yarrow a length and three quarters and further improvement when third, beaten a length, to Endless Time in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (1m 4f) this month. Currently rated 108.
"She is in good form and was a good winner of a listed race and ran a very good race in the Lancashire Oaks. She is going to Goodwood on Friday in the Glorious Stakes."
5 b h Galileo - Moments Of Joy
Winner of five of his 10 starts. Landed the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes for a second running when beating Clever Cookie a neck on his reappearance at Ascot (2m) in April and subsequently finished fine second, beaten three lengths, to Order of St George in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup at Ascot (2m 4f) in June. Currently rated 115.
"He is very well and ran a very good race in the Gold Cup. His next intended objective is the Doncaster Cup and after that it will be at Ascot for Champions Day."
4 b f Pivotal - Rose Trail
Winner of two of her 7 starts. Ran well in the Listed Hopping Stakes at Newcastle (1m 2f) in June when fourth, beaten just over four lengths, to Nezwaah. Currently rated 97.
"Having run well at Newcastle in the Hoppings Stakes she didn't like the firm ground at York the other day. She will have a mini-break through August given that the ground will be firm for her everywhere and we will start again in September. I think she is a listed class filly but she needs conditions to be in her favour."
5 b g Dalakhani - My Dark Rosaleen
Winner of five of his 15 starts. Finished last of seven but beaten only six and a quarter lengths to Highland Reel in the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot (1m 4f) on Saturday. Currently rated 110.
"Second Step has been highly tried this year and, although he ran a respectable race at Ascot on Saturday, we now need to try and get him back in the winning groove and he will be stepped down to listed and Group 3 races."
4 b g High Chaparral - Tent Pole
Winner of two of his 6 starts. Returned to winning form when beating Goodwood Mirage a length and three quarters off a mark of 85 at Doncaster (1m 2 1/2f) this month. Currently rated 92.
"He won well last time out and runs at Goodwood on Tuesday. Hopefully, he goes there with a good chance."
b c Lawman - Stars In Your Eyes
Winner of two of his 6 starts. Last success at Pontefract (1m 2f) in June when beating Darshini two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 87. Currently rated 94.
"He is in very good form and running well all year. He runs at Goodwood on Thursday the Matchbook Betting Exchange Stakes."
b f Galileo - Date With Destiny
Winner of one of her four starts. Beaten only a neck by We Are Ninety on her reappearance in a Listed event at Newbury (1m 2f) in May. Currently rated 102.
"She is a very nice filly and unfortunately immediate after the race at Newbury she popped a splint and she still hasn't totally recovered from that. We hope to get her back in time for York."
b c Champs Elysees - Triomphale
Winner of one of his 5 starts Beaten only half a length by Niceonecenturion on his latest start at Newbury (1m 5 1/2f) in July off a mark of 71. Currently rated 77.
"He is a nice progressive horse who won his first race in a handicap at Lingfield very well and then second time out at Newbury he just got beaten by a well handicapped horse. He might be going to Goodwood on Friday for the mile and three race for three-year-olds.
b c Pivotal - Elle Danzig
"He has been a frustrating, yet talented horse who has had little problems. He is now going well and is not far away from his first racecourse appearance. He will stay a mile and a quarter and we might start him off over a mile."
FOUR ON EIGHT
gr c Lawman - Pocket Watch
Winner of one of his six start. Finished third, beaten seven and a half lengths, to Compton Mill when warm favourite for a handicap at Newmarket in July off a mark of 80. Currently rated 79.
"He is quite a nice horse and is probably going to Bath on Friday for a mile and quarter handicap. He is a horse who will be worth following."
ch f Pivotal - Barter
Winner of one of her three starts. Off the mark in a maiden at Newmarket (1m) last September when beating Hereawi two and a half lengths. Finished third, beaten four lengths, to Fireglow in a listed event at Newmarket in September on her only other start. Currently rated 93.
"She is coming into form now and had a pretty moderate Spring in the cold weather. She run at Goodwood on Tuesday."
b f Oasis Dream - Pongee
Winner of her only start at Newmarket (7f) last October when beating Colonial Charm half a length. Currently rated 84.
"She is another filly who suffered from the cold Spring. She is now coming to herself and it won't be long be she is running. She will probably start at a mile."
b f Oasis Dream - Cascata
Winner of one of her five starts. Off the mark in a handicap at Yarmouth (1m 2f) last Thursday when beating Hope Is High off her current mark of 57.
"It was nice to see her win the other day even though it was in modest company. I think she is capable of winning again and will try a mile and a half next time."
ch c Sea The Stars - Deirdre
No wins from two starts. Better effort on debut at Sandown (1m 2f) in June when fourth, beaten seven and a half lengths, to Autocratic.
"He is a nice horse and unfortunately the ground was bottomless at Doncaster last time after a promising effort at Sandown. He didn't appreciate the ground at Doncaster and is waiting for a mile and a half maiden in the next couple of weeks."
b f Duke Of Marmalade - Taking Liberties
Winner of one of her four starts. Unplaced in listed races at Newmarket (1m 2f) in May and Newbury (1m 2f) in June. Currently rated 90.
"She is a nice filly but hasn't had things go her way so far this year. She will be running in the Chalice Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday."
br f Dansili - Dash To The Top
Winner of one of her 3 starts. Off the mark in a maiden at Nottingham (1m 2f) this month when beating To Eternity a length. Currently rated 86.
"She is another nice filly who was delayed by the wet Spring and made no mistake first time out at Nottingham and won very well. We will wait for the listed fillies race at Salisbury at the beginning of August."
gr c Myboycharlie - America Nova
Winner of one of his 5 starts. Beaten only three quarter of a length by Bobby Wheeler at Ascot (1m) this month off a mark of 86. Currently rated 89.
"He has had a good campaign and is probably going to Sandown on Wednesday. He has run well before at Sandown and would be hopeful of a good performance."
gr c Pivotal - Millennium
Finished runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Samharry at Doncaster (7f) this month.
"He ran a good race the other day at Doncaster when finishing second to quite a nice horse of John Gosden's and given that he has got quite a stout pedigree it was a good introduction. He will go for another seven furlong maiden before too long."
b f Fastnet Rock - Victoire Final
Finished third, beaten a length and three quarter, to Victoire Final at Doncaster (7f) this month.
"She ran well when third at Doncaster first time out and we will looking for a similar seven furlong fillies race before too long."
KOORA - much better than she showed in Ireland last time and can prosper in the coming months.
LAURENCE - didn't have the rub of the green at Yarmouth last time and could well make amends at Newmarket at the weekend.
MIZZOU - cracking stayer who ran the race of his life in the Ascot Gold Cup and right in the mix for the Doncaster Cup.
SECOND STEP - taking a drop in class after finishing sixth in the King George and that can get him right back on track.
SHAKOPEE - form of his victory at Doncaster boosted by the runner-up Goodwood Mirage and plenty more to offer.
VERY DASHING - impressive winner of a decent fillies maiden at Nottingham and can win plenty more races.