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Goodwood preview: Prestige Stakes (14.00)

| 29.08.2015

Belvoir Bay looked an above average performer when scoring last time out and can take the step up into pattern company in her stride to land the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood (14.00).

The Richard Hannon trained filly has won two of her four starts, and after finishing a cracking sixth of 22 in the valuable Super Sprint at Newbury could not have been more impressive last time out when scoring over 6f at this venue.

After being held-up well off the pace, Belvoir Bay made smooth headway when switched right two from home to track the leaders on the bit approaching the final furlong.

When Richard Hughes decided to push the button, the daughter of Equiano showed a terrific turn of foot to put the race quickly to bed and score easily by 1 1/2 lengths.

It was most taking performance which oozed class, and one which suggested Belvoir Bay was well worth a crack at this level.

The step up to 7f should also hold no fears, and with Pat Dobbs in the saddle Belvoir Bay looks the one to beat.

Fireglow brings the strongest form into the contest and looks the obvious danger.

The Mark Johnston trained filly has won two of her four starts, but her best efforts have come in defeat.

Fireglow ran a cracker in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot when staying on to finish a never nearer fourth of 18 to Illuminate, and went down fighting last last time out when beaten just 1/2 a length by the highly regarded Blue Bayou in the Group 2 Sweet Solera Stakes over 7f at Newmarket.

The daughter of Teofilo showed a willing attitude in the latter before getting chinned close home, and her proven ability over the trip is a big plus.

Johnston also does particularly well with his runners at the venue, and Fireglow could prove a tough nut to crack if allowed an easy lead.

Coral’s top tip: Belvoir Bay could not have been more impressive last time out and looks a decent bet to follow-up for team Hannon

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.