Horse Racing: Glorious Goodwood Day 4 Preview

After two winners yesterday, Stefan Fellows is back to cast his eye over the runners and riders on Friday for the penultimate day at the Goodwood Festival.

Stefan Fellows

There are eight races on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, with five of those races being broadcast live on ITV Racing.

The penultimate day of action from Glorious Goodwood is headlined by the Group 2 Goodwood King George – a sprint contest over the minimum distance with Battaash looking for a fourth win in the feature contest of the day.

One Master drops to Group 3 level in the Oak Tree at 1.45pm while, in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, the exciting Khaloosy looks to further enhance his reputation.

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7f Oak Tree Stakes
(Group 3)

One Master is likely to be a pretty short price here after his good run in the Falmouth stakes last time out. Not beaten far that day he is clear top rated and this solid group 1 performer looks to be the one to beat dropping down to this level.

Under The Stars finished a few lengths behind One Master at Newmarket but is expected to be better suited by this drop back to 7f. Prior to this she backed up her solid effort in the 1000 Guineas with a victory in a listed event at Haydock, she does have a bit to find with the favourite but at the likely odds makes each-way appeal.

With just the 4 starts to date Valeria Messalina should have more to come, she was a good winner at cork last time, Frankie Dettori is an interesting jockey booking for the excellent Jessica Harrington. Althiqa is another unexposed type for the Charlie Appleby team but was held by Under The Stars at Haydock.

Selection: Under The Stars (Each Way)

1m Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes
(Group 3)

It’s hard to oppose the Roger Varian trained Khaloosy here with the Dubawi colt being such an impressive winner of the Britannia stakes at Royal Ascot. Yes, that was a handicap but he is well clear on the ratings based on that performance and it very often takes a group horse in waiting to be winning that event.

Repartee needs to bounce back from a poor run last time but was strong at the finish the time before when winning a listed event over 6f. He steps up to a mile today which looks an interest move and could be the one to give the favourite most to think about.

Selection: Khaloosy

1m Golden Mile Heritage Handicap
(Class 2)

Another race in which Mark Johnston has an ok record in and he runs 3 on this occasion. Cardsharp has it to prove over this mile trip and Blown By Wind may have work to do from stall 14 so preference is for Vale Of Kent of the trio.

He needs to bounce back from a below-par run just a few days ago but his form figures at Goodwood read 2-4-1-2-3 including a second-place finish in this race last season. Joe Fanning comes back in for the ride who has ridden the horse to victory on 5 of his 7 wins.

Plenty others are worthy of consideration, Montatham despite only just holding on for victory last time should have more to come still but again stall 15 is the concern. Prompting is another progressive type seeking a hattrick but will find this a much tougher race than his last win at York.

Selection: Vale Of Kent (NB)

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5f King George Stakes
(Group 2)

This looks a straight forward opportunity for champion sprinter Battash. He looked as good as ever when successful at the Royal meeting this year on his return and is even more well suited to the speed test of Goodwood.

Well clear on ratings on all known form the others are fighting out for placed money. It`s hard to split the Glass Slippers and Liberty Beach on what form we have seen recently so a chance is taken on Al Raya to continue her progression and follow the favourite home.

Selection: Battaash

1m 4f Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes
(Group 3)

Communique had the measure of both Desert Encounter and Alounak when they meet at Newmarket recently but it’s the David Simcock trained runner this time who can be fancied to come out on top.

The winner of this race last season returned more to like the form he was showing when successful last season and back around a track he clearly enjoys should be hard to beat.

On official ratings the rest have a bit too find but it would be no surprise to see a much-improved showing from Spirit Of Appin. She found the ground against her on reappearance and is another to have won here in the past.

Selection:  Desert Encounter (NAP)

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