After a fantastic week of top-class racing at Glorious Goodwood, we can now pause for breath and take a look at 10 horses who Beth.bet subscribers should keep on side of for the remainder of the turf season.
- Snow Lantern
- Perfect Power
- Twilight Madness
- Chil Chil
- Dragon Symbol
William Haggas’ 3 y-o colt has now won four of his four career starts so far and created a deep impression when winning the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred stakes at Glorious Goodwood. He was sent off a heavily backed odds-on favourite there under Jim Crowley, and rarely gave his backers a moment’s worry as he stormed clear from the furlong pole from toiling rivals. He very much looks like the next superstar of the sport, reminding seasoned observers of ‘Nashwan’, and is one to follow when upped to Group 1 company next time out.
Richard Hannan’s filly had won the Falmouth in devastating style on her latest run at Newmarket and lost no caste in defeat at all when finishing third behind ‘Alcohol Free’ in the Qatar Sussex Stakes. Regular jockey Sean Levey was replaced by Jamie Spencer, and the filly received something of a typically negative ride before finishing strongly into a never dangerous third. She remains with plenty of potential as her stamina is drawn out and is going to be a major player in all the Group 1’s over the rest of the season. Her ability to handle soft ground and a terrific attitude will always stand her in good stead at the highest level.
Richard Fahey does particularly well with his juveniles, and this useful performer shaped a lot better than the bare result when fifth in the slowly run Unibet Richmond Stakes. He was dropped out nearly last in an impossible position by Paul Hanagan, before switching out wide and finishing strongly. Seven furlongs will suit in time, and he remains with plenty of scope to do a lot better as he gathers more racing experience at this level.
The Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood was rather overshadowed by the disappointing performance of the favourite ‘Bataash’ (subsequently retired after the race), but that should not detract from this French raider’s devastating display. She has won five of her six career starts so far, with her only defeat coming in atrocious ground at Royal Ascot. This 3 y-o filly is going to be a force to be reckoned with in all the top sprints going forward, and she has a brilliant turn of foot that will always be a potent weapon in Group 1 company.
Simon Hodgson’s 3 y-o returned from five months off at Newmarket with a really impressive front-running display. He only cost connections £400 which is incredible given his prolific since joining this astute small yard, and he could be a live force in the Ayr Gold Cup with a lot more improvement in the tank (or perhaps the Silver Cup if his new mark allows). Very much a sprinter for Beth.bet subscribers to follow up the weights this Autumn.
Andrew Balding enjoyed a fantastic week at Goodwood (champion trainer over the five days), but he withdrew this capable sprinter from the Stewards Cup because the ground became too soft. He had shaped really well in the July Cup at Newmarket when outclassed behind ‘Starman’ after a slow break, and very much remains of interest when the ground rides faster in all the top sprint handicaps over the next couple of months.
Archie Watson’s sprinter has now finished second on all three starts so far this summer. He shaped really well, tanking along under restraint (despite not having a clear run from halfway) behind ‘Suesa’, and did well to take a remote second without ever threatening the clear-cut top-class winner. He remains with plenty of scope to improve and will appreciate much faster ground, with perhaps a more positive attacking ride would utilise his high cruising speed effectively.
Alan King is better known as a jump’s trainer through the winter months, but he has a useful 2 y-o filly on his hands, and she did really well to land the Richmond Stakes despite a slow pace not playing to her strengths. The Prix Morny in France is reportedly her next target, and she will be a very interesting prospect in the field there with soft ground clearly no issue at all.
Richard Hannon’s 2 y-o colt had only finished fifth of 27 at Royal Ascot but bounced back to his very best form in the Group 3 Markel Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood. The time of the race was particularly impressive, and the way he quickened clear when asked by Ryan Moore was certainly extremely eye-catching. Like all from the yard, there will be more improvement as he gains more experience, and a profitable Autumn is very likely to be on the cards.
Ed Bethell has enjoyed a good first season as a trainer and this scopey 2 y-o finished second behind ‘Armor’ in the Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) at Goodwood. This was a career best run on the figures, despite looking ill at ease on the tricky undulating track. He has a lot of potential to perform better and will perhaps be seen to greater effect on a flatter, more galloping track, with his price likely to be bigger as a result of these lesser-known connections.