Jamie Spencer gives his thoughts on day one at Glorious Goodwood
My thoughts on the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes last Saturday:
Taghrooda was impressive in the Oaks but this was a completely different category of performance. Firstly because of the quality of the opposition she was up against and secondly because of the style of how she did it. She just cruised through the race and Paul didn’t even have to give her a smack. She had gone by them by the time he gave her a couple of smacks to keep her up to her work. She was so far superior to the rest of them. It was surprising. I don’t think anyone expected her to win that easily. I went racing with Paul on Sunday and he’s so down to earth. He was delighted. Like everyone else he couldn’t believe how easily she won a race like the King George. It was even a surprise to him.
My views on my chances at Glorious Goodwood on Day One
Wigmore Hall (1.55pm) ran a good race on his first run of the season at Chester but he’s looked a light of his former days in his next two. I think it’s a watching brief with him. Sir Michael Stoute’s runner Stomachion will be hard to beat.
The ground is the key to my horse Fast Act in the Molecomb (2.30pm). He ran very well in the Super Sprint at Newbury. He’s a very quick horse but I was drawn out of it in the Super Sprint. I was way over on the far rail and I’m pretty convinced that that wasn’t the place to be. I think he’s better than the result showed but at the end of the day he was getting 7lbs from Tiggy Wiggy. He’s got to pick up on that form and if he gets placed he’ll have run a good race. Beacon is the one to beat. He was very impressive at Sandown but the distance he won was magnified by the fact that the leaders got racing very early and set it up for him. When the leaders stop at Sandown they definitely do stop good and proper so I don’t think he’s as good as he looked there but he’s entitled to be a short priced favourite.
In the Lennox Stakes (3.05pm) I ride a nice horse called Glory Awaits. When he won at Chester he showed that he doesn’t have to make the running so he can be ridden with a little bit more restraint. If they go fast that will give him a chance to finish off the race well. He did well to get up and win at Chester but this is a tough race. It’s all about whether Toormore comes back. Garswood has been disappointing and he just looks a lethargic horse. He’s got a visor on so maybe that will sharpen him up a little bit. And Gregorian ran a great race in the July Cup but the ground could be lively enough for him.
Goodwood is a tricky track but if the ball starts rolling your way and you get some luck early things just happen for you. It’s a track where you just have to be patient and wait your turn. Sometimes you just won’t get your run and you need plenty of luck around there.
I ride Moodrick in the Maiden (4.15pm) for Olly Stevens. Olly likes him a lot but I haven’t ridden him. He’s had him since the breeze-ups in April and they’re very happy with him. Winstanley sets a fair enough benchmark off a mark of 85 but hopefully we can put up a good show.
Lesha is my mount in the 4.50pm. He’s got a chance. He’s a horse that’s had plenty of racing this year already and keeps stepping up. He’s done well and kept improving, and he won’t mind the hustle and bustle of the race as he’s had so much experience. He should have a good chance.
In the last (5.20pm) I’m on Chooseday. He’s coming down the ratings. The ground was very soft the last time he ran and I don’t think that suited him. If he gets in the first four then he’ll have run well.