Goodwood, Saturday 29th August 2020
Lullaby Moon controlled this race from start to finish. Running for her third trainer in as many runs this stocky daughter of Belardo grabbed the stand side rails and made all to win as she liked. There could be another race to be won with her given her liking for soft ground.
The twice raced Crazy Luck was no match for the winner, but this fine looking juvenile stepped forward to run well.
The close coupled Olivia Mary looked fine and given that she was slow to warm to her task I thought she ran a respectable race.
Only five runners assembled for this event where we saw Isabella Giles dominate this race to win by 7 lengths. This sizeable filly who looked in tip top shape pulled right away from her opponents to win as she liked. Her trainer has nominated the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket nest month.
Prado, this unfurnished juvenile by Iffraaj looked fine beforehand and she was a little lost coming around the final bend, but to her credit she knuckled down to eventually grab the runner up spot. She will be much better next year once she has had a winter on her back.
The exposed Seattle Rock looked fine/well and even though she was brushed aside she has gained some black type.
Thank You Next was having her fifth run of the season and this daughter of No Nay Never looked the part and ran with respect.
The favourite Pomelo came here on the back of an impressive victory. Quickly in to stride she led the field at a good pace, but as soon as her jockey brought her over to the stand side she was a spent force. I would give her another chance especially if she can get decent underfoot conditions.
A competitive field lined up for this Class 2 which saw Cold Stare bounce back to winning ways. This 5yo looked fine beforehand and was racing in the centre of the pack. He made good headway approaching the 2 furlong marker and once he hit the front he was not for passing. It will be interesting to see if he can back up this performance when he next appears.
Magical Wish was trying to win his third race of the season and when he came with his challenge he was unfortunate to bump in to a more determined character.
Cardsharp looked grand and this consistent type filled the bronze position.
Subjectivist followed his brother, last year’s winner Sir Ron Priestley by taking this Group 3. Having seen Mark Johnston’s runner 10 days ago at York I felt he looked a little light and may have had enough, but the time he has had off he had put back all the condition. He looked bright and well and was full of himself going down to the start. Joe fanning bounced him out and he ran his three opponents in to the ground.
Cabaletta was left behind by 15 lengths and was treading water come the line.
Celtic Art looked a touch warm and showed a big round action to post, but he was simply left for dead from some way out.
Celtic Dream joins Tilerman, Afsare and Lightening Spear as the only 6yo’s to take this Group 3. Looking at this son of Cape Cross I thought he looked in terrific shape and on his beloved soft ground he duly dispatched his rivals with the minimum of fuss. He now heads off to Ascot for the Champion Mile come next month.
The handicapper Sir Busker did not look out of place and he ran a respectable race to finish in the runner up spot.
Regal Reality looked in tip top form and tried to run the finish out of his opponents from the front, but he was brushed aside with 2 furlongs to go.
Goodwood, Sunday 30th August
A host of lightly raced juveniles assembled for this Class 5 event which saw Classic Lord run out an impressive winner. Looking at him beforehand he is still not the finished article, however he clearly loved the underfoot conditions and ran out a comfortable winner.
Grand Scheme was the pick of the field and he travelled well in mid field. He had to be pushed along to make his effort, but it took him time to respond.
His stable companion Keep Right On looked in good nick and I thought he ran well considering he was conceding weight to the front two.
Sammy Sunshine is not the biggest, but I thought she showed a fair amount of ability in fifth.
Atalanta’s Boy bounced back to his best after fluffing the start in the Stewards Cup here at the beginning of the month. This five times winner is clearly at his best in slightly smaller fields and you could call him the winner from a fair way out. His trainer is going to be looking for a similar race when he next appears.
The leggy Woven looked very fit and was a little slow to get going. He was being asked for his effort with 2 furlongs to go, but once switched to the rails he finished with purpose.
Typhoon Ten looked fine beforehand and I thought he ran well considering how far back off the pace he came from to finish in third.
Native Tribe was the paddock pick and with the first time blinkers this good looking gelding made all the running and was not for catching with a furlong to go. It will be interesting to see if the head gear has the same effect next time because this 3yo clearly has loads of ability.
The well-made It’s Good To Laugh looked grand and lost nothing in defeat.
Overwrite who has had a busy campaign of late is holding his condition well.
The lightly raced Fiji looked well, but you could see he was still as green as apples as he walked around the parade ring. The way he ran his race suggests he is still learning about the game.
The good looking Al Madhar has been disappointing since winning at Newbury. I thought the drop in trip should see him come back to his best, but overall this was still a step in the wrong direction.
Toro Strike was bursting with health and he ran a cracking race considering he was dipping his toe in Group Company for the first time. He is very lightly raced and I am sure if he can find further improvement he can mix it at this level.
Happy Power who loves this ground came out on top against his younger rival. He had to battle, but to his credit he responded to the pressure to win by a narrow margin.
Escobar had conditions in his favour, looked the part and ran up to his best.
D’Bai looked fine/well, but was a little headstrong to start with and he paid the penalty in the closing stages.
Star performance of the meeting
Subjectivist, this colt by Teofilo now heads off to the St Leger where only two horses have completed the double. I think he will fall short in the final classic, but I am sure all his opponents will know they have been in a race.
Horse to track
Bague D’or finished unplaced behind Classic Lord, but I thought Chris Wall’s representative was the nicest juvenile on show. I am sure he will take a major step forward from this debut effort.