Glen Moss can follow up in Heritage Handicap at Goodwood
Glen Moss was a heavily backed favourite at Newbury last weekend when landing a monster punt from 11-2 to 5-2. A 6lb penalty does not look sufficient to prevent him from following up in the valuable Heritage Handicap at Goodwood on Saturday.
The four-year-old was popped out in front by Johnny Murtagh and his backers never had a moment’s worry as he strolled to a three-length victory. Frankie Dettori takes over this week and he looks to have an ideal draw in stall 12 to cover all angles.
Richard Fahey’s Heaven’s Guest could be a threat if able to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Stewards’ Cup here last time. The Mark Johnston-pair of Galician and Shebebi also come into calculations along with Richard Hannon’s Magic City.
A top quality card opens with the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at 2.20. Few fillies have been as impressive as Amazing Maria over course and distance here last time and she is difficult to oppose.
Dettori rode her to a six-length success but this time is paired up with Midnite Angel for Richard Hannon. Qawaasem will also have plenty of supporters after running a fair second in Listed company at Sandown.
The Group 2 Celebration Mile is the feature race on the card with Luca Cumani’s Afsare likely to be a short-priced favourite after cruising home at Salisbury. The six-year-old can be difficult at the start but, providing he consents to go into the stalls, he should have too much class for this field.
Roger Charlton’s Thistle Bird ran a career-best when second in the Nassau Stakes but may find this mile a bit on the sharp side. Trade Storm has been pitched against the best this season and should be more at home in this company.
Richard Hannon enjoyed a tremendous time at the Festival meeting here and can chalk up another success with the unraced Previous Acclaim in the 4.05. Henry Candy’s Veiled Intrigue may give her most to do.
Mount Athos will need to step up considerably on his most recent efforts to keep himself in line for another tilt at the Melbourne Cup when he lines up in the Listed March Stakes at 4.40. Trainer Luca Cumani has not lost faith in the six-year-old but this won’t be plain sailing against the likes of Harris Tweed and Camborne, first and second in a valuable handicap last time.
The combination of Roger Charlton and James Doyle suffered a setback with the defeat of Al Kazeem at York this week but they could land a quick-fire double in the final two races. Trader Jack bids to defy top weight in the handicap at 5.15 and Magog can step up on his encouraging Nottingham run in the closing 5.50.
Selections: 2.20 Amazing Maria, 2.55 Glen Moss (NAP), 3.30 Afsare (nb), 4.05 Previous Acclaim, 4.40 Harris Tweed, 5.15 Trader Jack, 5.50 Magog