‘Progressive’ Main Street charts route to Goodwood glory

John Gosden tries to improve upon an already fine record in the Cocked Hat Stakes

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Main Street will try to continue John Gosden’s fine run in the British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

The Newmarket trainer has lifted this Listed contest four times since 2009 and is looking to Main Street to keep up the good work.

The son of Street Cry has won the last two of his three races and steps up in grade after scoring at Chelmsford on his reappearance three weeks ago.

“He’s a nice horse. John Gosden likes him. He’s progressive and we’re looking forward to it,” said Gary Coffey, racing manager to owners Newsells Park Stud.

David Simcock took this prize two years ago with Algometer and is this time represented by Highbrow.

The Intello colt made an encouraging start to the campaign when third behind the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of Key Victory and Old Persian at this level at Newmarket three weeks ago.

“He is a nice type of horse and ran a very promising first race back at Newmarket,” said Simcock.

“He got a little bit lost going into the dip but he stayed on good. We are hoping a mile and a half will really suit him, I just hope it’s not too quick.

“It’s different to the Newmarket dip at Goodwood it’s more gradual and it’s further out and they are not necessarily quickening when they are coming down the hill.

“I’d be more concerned how quick the ground is.”

The Mark Johnston-trained Lynwood Gold, who was behind Highbrow in seventh place, renews rivalry, while Andrew Balding’s Perfect Illusion has to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Chester Vase.

Roger Charlton runs Aspetar, who made a bright start to his career with victory in a Windsor maiden on his debut.

Mick Channon’s Billy Ray and the James Fanshawe-trained Bombyx complete the seven-strong field.

‘Progressive’ Main Street charts route to Goodwood glory
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