Glorious Goodwood Molecamb Stakes & Sussex Stakes Preview. (Day 2)
3.00 Molecamb Stakes 5f (Group 3)
Wesley Ward sends another potential sprinting superstar here to head affairs in Happy Like A Fool on the back of her second to Heartache in the Group 2 fillies contest at Royal Ascot. Goodwood is faster track which should obviously play to her strengths when it comes to sheer speed however the forecast for rain may well be a negative, shes trading at a general 2/1.
Havana Grey returned back to form at Sandown in a Listed contest following a below par run at Royal Ascot, a repeat of that Sandown run would give him a huge chance here, however all of his racing has been on fast ground.
There’s a couple I quite like as each way alternatives to the market leader here, the first of those is Invincible Army for James Tate and Martin Harley, he’s a general 11/2 for this and has been progressing nicely. He was fourth in a Group 2 at Newmarket last time when showing a lot of speed in the earlier stages before fading late on, so the drop back down in trip just might be a key factor.
The other that i’ll be siding with at a much bigger price however is Denaar for Richard Hannon and Frankie Dettori. He’s back down in trip today following a couple of disappointing efforts in Group company following a win at Newbury, however this one has always been thought a lot of. He interestingly has soft ground form which a lot of these don’t if the rain does come, having won on soft conditions in quite taking style at Newbury earlier on this year. He’s trading at a general 16/1 and the yard have won this race three out of the last eight renewals.
Selections: Happy Like A Fool 2/1 – Denaar 16/1 E/W
3.35 Qatar Sussex Stakes 1m (Group 1)
Feature contest of Day Two and its the Sussex Stakes headed by the formidable force that is Richard Fahey’s Ribchester trading at general even money. He’s won several Group 1 contests since he was here last year and all on various different grounds. He was very impressive in his win at Royal Ascot on rattling quick ground which he may not of been fully suited too so a bit of cut in the ground might just play into his hands even more here.
If returning to his Guineas form Churchill is more than a worthy opponent, he looked to be borderline superstar material before his blip at Royal Ascot when fourth behind Barney Roy. He will need to return to that form though and potentially progress a bit beyond it to get the better of Ribchester however. That saying he can’t just do that though and he’s trading at a general 7/4.
Zelzal is the French raider in the field here for J C Rouget, he’s not got that much to find on his three year old form and was given a lot to do on his last start, a good gallop will help his cause here and Frankie Dettori now on board, He’s a general 9/1 shot and will likely be a popular each way bet.
There is an each way alternative I quite fancy here though at a monster price and that’s Here Comes When for Andrew Balding. I tipped him up when he won a Listed contest at York earlier on in the year and he followed that up with a third placed effort in another Listed Contest at Windsor. He has got form at Goodwood too when a few lengths behind Solow here in 2015, he’s gone on all sorts of surfaces in his time and despite having plenty to find on the market leaders in terms of ratings he’s in good form this season and might just run a huge race on a track when upsets happen.
Selection – Here Comes When (80/1) (E/W)