We’ve teamed up with BetVictor and Charlie McCann to preview the day’s racing.
Day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival starts off with King Fete (2.00) upped in grade after being, arguably, an unlucky loser last time out in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding was denied a run when staying on strongly in the closing stages, eventually finishing third behind the smart pair of Kinema and the re-opposing Elite Army. The latter disappointed in a tactical renewal of the Princess of Wales’s Stakes earlier in the month at Newmarket.
But Kings Fete looks to have been aimed especially at this Group 3 contest and is chanced to bounce back to winning ways under regular partner Ryan Moore.
They Seek Him Here looks a fascinating prospect for the Hugo Palmer yard, and indeed fans of Only Fools and Horses, on his seasonal debut in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes but preference lies instead with Forge (2.35) for the same combination of Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute.
The well-bred son of Dubawi has improved with every start and put a career best when third behind Ribchester last time out in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. He remains open to further improvement and should be suited by the step up in trip.
Moore partners Franklin D in the Betfred Mile with Michael Bell’s colt 7lb well-in after bolting-up last time out at Newmarket. He is respected from the plumb draw in stall one but is skinny enough as the 3/1 favourite with BetVictor and a chance is taken instead on Belgian Bill (3.10) rewarding each-way support at around the 20/1 mark.
George Baker’s evergreen eight-year-old tends to put his best foot forward in the season’s most competitive handicaps and was second 12 months ago from an identical mark.
The feature King George V Stakes sees some of the quickest horses in training lock horns on the downs where Muthmir (3.45) has conditions to suit to land back-to-back renewals under Paul Hanagan.
The selection relishes a lightning fast ground, and indeed pace to run at, and with first-time head-gear must go close for the in-form yard of trainer William Haggas.
They go again at Galway where weary heads are surely starting to kick-in on Day 5 and the Dermot Weld express train roaring on to yet further success with Lost in Silence (5.45) fancied to shed the maiden tag under Pat Smullen.
The selection made a promising debut last month at Limerick and looks to have been well placed to justify favouritism.
There’s a marvellous 2m 6f Handicap Chase where Robbie Tyner’s Sir Abbot must go close after an excellent pair of runner-up efforts in similar grade at Roscommon. He remains unexposed over the larger obstacles and is respected under Paddy Enright however preference lies instead with Waaheb (6.15) hopefully completing a double for the Weld yard under Mark Walsh.
The selection set a fair standard over timber and was previously touted as a possible for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle after a promising juvenile campaign. The nine-year-old had a recent spin over hurdles to set him up for a tilt at this and looks well-handicapped from a revised mark of 128.
Repeater was a classy horse for former connections and should go close on debut for the Amanda Mooney yard but Alveena (6.50) looks another well-placed by the Master of Rosewell House and should go close under Pat Smulen in the feature mile and a half handicap.
The well--bred filly chased home Repeater in a similar contest at the Curragh earlier in the campaign and was far from disgraced behind Sword Fighter last time out when failing to stay a mile and three quarters. She looks a group class filly and should be able to defy a revised mark of 99.
Hughie Morrison’s Baltic Brave (7.35) is officially 2lb well-in at the weights after an excellent second last week at Newmarket and should be able to go one better over C&D this evening from an unrevised mark.
The five-year-old bumped into a promising three-year-old of Roger Charlton’s getting lumps of weights and looks to have been well placed to go close once more.
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