SETTING SAIL (1.50) should put favourite backers on the crest of a wave in the Glorious Goodwood curtain-raiser.
Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old lost little in defeat behind Pivoine at York having previously handed out a beating to Rise Hall, a cosy winner at Newmarket last weekend.
Setting Sail won his maiden here last September on soft ground and Goodwood’s clerk of the course always has the track well watered for the opening day of the festival. Beringer ran a belter when just denied at Sandown and remains closely matched with Jazeel.
The boys in blue could be back in the winners’ enclosure some 35 minutes later courtesy of PINATUBO (2.25) in the Qatar Vintage Stakes. He is unbeaten in three starts, the latest coming at Royal Ascot when thumping Lope Y Fernandez in the Chesham Stakes.
There is no visible reason for believing Aidan O’Brien’s colt can turn the tables, so Visinari and Platinum Star are the two to worry about.
HEY GAMAN (3.00) is the pick in a competitive renewal of the Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs. Frankie Dettori won on James Tate’s colt at Leicester on seasonal debut and was also on top when chasing home a rejuvenated Romanised in a Group 2 at the Curragh ten days ago. A low draw can prove a significant advantage on this turning track and stall five is a bonus.
Zaaki failed by a nose to complete his hat-trick when pipped by ill-fated Beat The Bank at Ascot and is a big danger along with sole three-year-old Space Traveller.
It might seem folly opposing mighty Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup but CROSS COUNTER (3.35) will feel more at home back over two miles.
He was anchored out the back in the Ascot Gold Cup and was forced to make up a considerable amount of ground quickly off the home bend. His run petered out as Stradivarius’s stamina and speed kicked in, but Cross Counter will be ridden more handily today over this shorter distance.
He thumped Dee Ex Bee by more than four lengths in the Gordon Stakes here 12 months ago, so will have no trouble handling the track. Stradivarius is bomb-proof but at the prices I’d rather play each-way on Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter.
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