Tuesday September 19

The Americans always claim that “second sucks”, but the Barbury Lions, though gutted that they were chinned on the line with Kozier at Goodwood last month, walked off the Sussex stands with smiles on their faces, knowing that they had a good fun horse with little mileage on the clock.

Goodwood was only Kozier’s sixth race, and the step up to two miles seemed to suit him, so he heads down the M4 to Chepstow today with obvious prospects of going one better off just a 3lb higher mark in their finale.

Kozier will be accompanied to Chepstow by Parmenter, who ought to have benefited from his debut at Salisbury recently.

This filly, who runs in the opening novice, is by Dick Turpin and Parmenter was the maiden name of Dick Turpin’s mother Mary. In the immortal words of Michael Caine, “not many people know that”.

We still look to have plenty of runners on the Flat between now and November 11, when the season ends, with Who Dares Wins scheduled to have his prep for the Cesarewitch in the trial race at Newmarket on Saturday.

Who Dares Wins runs for one of Henry Ponsonby’s successful syndicates, and I bumped into Henry in Marks & Spencers in Newbury yesterday. He tells me that his horse “is in great nick and will relish going back up in trip”. We better get on for the Cesarewitch now.