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Fillies take centre stage on Day Three of Goodwood

1 Aug 2018

I’ve had some really special days on the track, and that was right up there with the best of them. For Lightning Spear at the Age of 7 to finally win a Group 1 was very special, having had so many near misses. Huge well done to David Simcock

and all the team for doing such a fantastic job with him.

No time to catch our breath however, as we role onto Day Three.

The Qatar Nassau Stakes looks a small, but select field. And despite its size, it’s a really open renewal. Pretty Polly winner Urban Fox is the current market leader in this, but I’m not 100% sure she’ll enjoy the track.

The horse that  catches my eye is Veracious from the in-form Sir Michael Stoute yard. I thought she was a very good filly when she beat me in a Newmarket Maiden race when I rode Winter Lightning. She probably needed the run last time, and with the weight allowance I’d be inclined to side with her.

I ride Wilamina who does have a bit to find in this company. But I do think she’s a really nice filly who could finish in the top 3- which would be fantastic for her and connections.

It would also be folly to dismiss Wild Illusion who could take a bit of pegging back from the front.

In the 2.25 I ride Lubinka, who doesn’t want fast ground and any rain between now and raceday would be very much appreciated. We’re a big fan of her and she ran well at York last time so hopefully she’ll give a good account of herself.

We got Shine So Bright from Karl Burke recently after Royal Ascot. He goes in the Group 2 Qatar Richmond Stakes. He works very nicely at home and we’re hoping he can translate that to the track. If he does he’ll have a big chance in this!

Forceti is my ride in the Nursery, who ran ok in a Group 2 but was just outclassed in the end. Track will suit if he can get relaxed. There looks to be one or two in here who are better than their marks however. The likes of Reddiac and Chonburi who you’d be disappointed if they weren’t better than a mark of 71.

Furious gets her first run out on track. She’s got a lovely pedigree by Oasis Dream. David Simcock’s runners usually improve for a run but he wouldn’t be running her here if he didn’t think she was a nice filly. I have ridden work on a few of the others in the race. Rux Power  is a lovely filly who has a good draw and I expect her to go well. Also Richard Hannon’s Black Medick is well bred. by Dark Angel.

Horse to Follow: Fox Tal

He only just won when odds on favourite at Ffos Las last time. He’s by Sea The Stars, and will come on a bundle for the run and a step up to a Mile. I’d be disappointed if he doesn’t step up a fair bit on that run, he’s a very nice prospect.