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LATHOM (5.30) has been steadily improving with each run this season and his moment in the sun could be in the devilishly difficult 5f handicap that closes day three of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday. Read More

Jason Heavey |

No comments | Tags: Awtaad, Dessertoflife, Galileo Gold, Global Applause, Marcus Tregoning, Molecomb Stakes, Qatar Sussex Stakes, rex Imperator, Steel of Madrid, The Cashel Man, The Gurkha. He rarely wins and his form figures look uninspiring but he has slipped to his lowest mark in more than a year (102) and was only three lengths behind Educate in the John Smith’s Cup. Few horses are as unlucky as David O’Meara’s sprinter: he often finds trouble in running, in fact going back to his juvenile days he was checked a couple of times in last year’s Molecomb Stakes. Read More


I WAS lucky enough to spend the morning at Mark Johnston’s huge operation in Middleham last week.

NO flowery intro today: let’s get straight into it, beginning with CARNAGEO (8.15) who won decisively at Ripon last month and he was not disgraced in a better race at Haydock under a penalty when the ground may have been a bit quick and ┬áthe trip on the short side. Set across three yards, Kingsley House, Warwick House and Park Farm, there are more than 200 horses in his care and more than 120 staff employed. The mare is well drawn and has a similar profile to last year’s winner Magical Memory. A price of around 10/1 looks fair. Thankfully, after a wet Ascot and Epsom, we finally have a summer festival on good fast ground. I see absolutely no reason why he should not confirm the form today. He even had the one, two, three in nursery on Thursday but when he is mob handed in the same race, the difficulty is deciding which one to go with. Here are a few fancies…. 2.00: A typically tricky handicap kicks things off with 18 runners. His running on fifth to the improving Alpha Delphini at York was a solid run last time out and he will appreciate the quicker ground. Read More


DAY two of Glorious Goodwood sees an excellent renewal of the Qatar Sussex Stakes with the winners of the English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas locking horns again. The clip-clop of horses walking around the village can be heard from early in the morning and there are some lovely walks starting from the market square. There shouldn’t be much between them but Her Majesty’s colt is preferred. However Mark Johnston has an even better record at Glorious Goodwood and FIRE FIGHTING looks decent value at around 10/1. He was about two lengths ahead of┬áNaval Warfare who he reopposes today. He returns to Ripon tonight and although he is 9lb higher than his last run at the Garden Racecourse he should go very close with conditions in his favour. The course is being watered to maintain ground that is good to firm (good in places) and after a soggy Ascot it will be great to see a summer racing festival run on proper fast ground. It was eye-opening just how big and super slick his training base is. Read More

TRIATHLON is interesting in the last race at Haydock today (5.00). Read More


FOUR winners yesterday for this column and Rusumaat was chinned on the line but it could not be much tougher today with the Stewards’ Cup and the Stewards’ Sprint on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. Read More


GLORIOUS Goodwood starts on Tuesday with some top class racing. Summer has finally arrived with a vengeance and, thankfully, the weather looks set fair for this coming week. GALILEO GOLD, Awtaad and The Gurkha met at Royal Ascot when Frankie Dettori produced a masterclass to steer Hugo Palmer’s stable star to victory. Read More

IT will be a surprise if MATHS PRIZE (2.00) fails to give The Queen a winner in the first at Ffos Las. If you have never been to Middleham itself then you are missing a treat. The improver is Shakopee who won well under Jamie Spencer last time out and Luca Cumani has a track record of readying one for the big Goodwood handicaps. I met Lumiere, his star filly (left), and I did a piece for the Sunday Express which might interest you. The son of Royal Applause was scribbled into many notebooks after an eye-catching debut at Sandown when he stayed on in taking style to be second to Larchmont Lad. She has shown glimmers of promise in her three runs and was not given a hard time at Nottingham on her seasonal bow when staying on nicely into fifth. There are also four pubs within staggering distance of each other. Fire Fighting, Yalta and Bear Valley have already won and he has more chances on the last two days. If Adam Kirby can engineer a decent position from a wide draw he should run a huge race. RIDGE RANGER (3.45) has a likeable profile in the Stewards’ Cup as she is improving rapidly. Read More


MARK Johnston is enjoying a typically fruitful week at Glorious Goodwood. The ground is likely to have some dig and as long as she handles it she should go very close under the excellent Danny Tudhope in what is an ordinary class five handicap. Marvellous! Read More


THE countdown to Glorious Goodwood is underway, or rather the Qatar Goodwood Festival

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