So here we are, Day 1 of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, popularly known as â€œGlorious Goodwoodâ€
Day 1 sees the very best two-mile stayers take to the track in the Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes. Last year’s winner STRADIVARIUS will head the market and rightly so. John Gooden’s colt comes here on the back of an impressive win the Ascot Gold Cup and also won this race last year in the hands of Andrea Atzeni. With Frankie Dettori serving a suspension he will again be partnered by Atzeni and everything looks set a big run and I think he’s going to be very difficult to beat.
Another horse I am excited to see run today is Mark Johnston’s colt DARK VISION who runs in the Qatar Vintage Stakes over 7 furlongs. He comes here unbeaten in two career starts and Mark Johnston has an outstanding record at the meeting. He will be partnered by Silvestre De Sousa who is absolutely flying following an incredible 4 timer at Pontefract on Sunday. I think he will relish the step up in trip as all of his best work has come late on in his races. Silvestre has frequently helped out at our yard and the whole team will be hoping he can continue to show his class and get off the mark on day 1 of the Festival.