I’m straight into action at Goodwood today, taking the leg-up from the boss on Angel’s Hideaway in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at 1.50pm.
It’s a race I’m very much looking forward to riding in as my filly has been consistent this year, finishing fourth in the 1,000 Guineas before a great run last time when third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
My biggest concern is that she enjoys the space of straight tracks and doesn’t like being crowded, so there is a question mark about how much being drawn in stall one will have an effect.
It’s probably not ideal, although it’s encouraging she’s been getting much better around horses with each run, so if she can overcome any of those issues she should be on the premises.
Whether or not that’ll be enough to see off Jubiloso remains to be seen.
I imagine we’ll have to go a bit to get the better of her. She was extremely impressive at Newbury before not being beaten far in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, form which sets a clear standard.
I head straight off to Newmarket for four decent rides on their evening card after my one mount at Goodwood, though sticking with the theme of their day four card, Battaash is the one you’d want to be on as a jockey in the Group 2 five furlong Qatar Stakes at 3.35pm.
I think he’s always a better horses at Goodwood than he is at Ascot, and is looking for a hat-trick in this race after easy wins the last two years.
You’d imagine his opponents will be playing for places in behind him.
Lastly, the Group 3 mile and a half Queen’s Plate at 4.40pm is a tricky race on paper, one which’ll probably end up being a scrap between the two Frankel horses, Mirage Dancer and Baghdad.
The five year old Mirage Dancer appears to be a typical older horse improver for the Sir Michael Stoute team, and has the best and most solid recent Group race form.
That should see him home in front.
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