Gary Moore is best known as a jumps trainer, but he runs an interesting pair of horses in the 1.50pm at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday. Kloud Gate is the form choice and obvious first string after his 33/1 2nd at Newbury last time, bolstered by the fact that son Ryan Moore is booked to ride in the 2m4f flat handicap. However, the second string might not run too badly either…
ALTAAYIL has been off the track since last October, where he ran a very good race in 2nd to Dominating at Ascot. A big horse with a powerful stride, he is just a bit slow at the business end, so I’m interested to see how he gets on over this trip under Hector Crouch. For a 7yo, he has few miles on the clock and despite clearly having some hold ups, he’s capable of running well fresh and will be a big price here to kick off the Day 2 card at Glorious Goodwood.
In the 2.25pm handicap, a 1m4f – Class 4 contest, Hughie Morrison’s CORGI looks the part coming into this race, following a somewhat unlucky but very solid ran at Ascot last time out. He’s gone up a chunky 6lb for getting beaten, but he ran a fine race and appears to be improving for his shrewd trainer. Jim Crowley rides — no bad thing and he knows the horse well.
Archie Watson is a trainer in excellent form just now and his Soldier’s Call is a worthy favourite in the Group 3 Molecombe Stakes at 3.00pm on Wednesday, after scoring in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. If there is a joker in the pack, it might well be Stuart Williams’ STREET PARADE, who absolutely bolted up in a Chepstow novice last time out for owner Tom Morley, a man who knows the time of day when it comes to buying horses and it’s nice to see him acquiring some younger equine talent now. Not many horses win 5f races by 8 lengths, but this Swiss Spirit colt looks a bright spark and is one to note for sure.
The Qatar Sussex Stakes at 3.35pm is the feature race of the day and a cracking mile contest waits in store. John Gosden’s Without Parole is the favourite after his remarkable 3yo season so far, but he is short enough at the prices, along with his fellow Classic season representatives Expert Eye and Gustav Klimt. Of the trio of 3yos, I’d actually venture an E/w play on the latter named at around 7-8/1 as he is at the time of writing. He doesn’t have much to find with Without Parole on their Ascot running and Aidan O’Brien has a good record in the race, winning with Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and The Gurkha in recent years.
The other horse I have a soppy spot for is Andrew Balding’s BEAT THE BANK. Now, if the rain had continued to fall on Tuesday and indeed if any more arrives, one’s confidence in this horse would have to grow with every passing trickle. He won the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot last time out, denying Queen Anne runner-up Lord Glitters in the process, so he arrives in excellent form.
11 of the past 17 runnings of the Sussex Stakes have gone to a 3yo. Frankel won it as a 3yo and came back to win it as a 4yo too. So since the year 2000, only 5 individuals won the race outside of the 3yo generation. In 2018, there does seem to be a trio of classy youngsters here and they’re hard to deny as market leaders considering the 7lb allowance they receive from the older brigade.
It might just be their year again, the 3yos, while Beat The Bank is probably the older horse to keep them honest.
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