Monday July 25
There is no better racecourse in the world – Santa Anita included – than Goodwood on a glorious afternoon, and with the weather set fair for this week, we’ll have a couple of runners down there on the picturesque Sussex Downs.
Glorious Goodwood is always “a must week” for owner Henry Ponsonby, who hopes that First Mohican climbs out of bed the right side and gets a slice of the £100,000 on offer for the Summer Handicap on the opening day.
Dropped to a mark of 98, First Mohican is able to run off a rating below 100 for the first time since he won at Wolverhampton last December, and, assessing his chance, Ponsonby said:”If he is in the mood he definitely has an each-way chance. He seems in great form at home, having enjoyed the perfect confidence-booster when bolting up in the charity race at Newbury 10 days ago. Charlotte Burke, Alan’s secretary, rode him there, and now we have booked Hollie Doyle, who is well worth her 7lb claim.
“So we know First Mohican runs well for a girl, he has also run well at Goodwood before and was certainly not disgraced in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, so fingers crossed he might finish in the money.”
Ponsonby also had news of his smart hurdler Who Dares Wins, who, unlike First Mohican, was never going to make the cut for this competitive race but is on schedule for a possible return later this week.
He added:”Who Dares Wins gave us a lot of fun last winter, winning twice, and he has had a nice break since running in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He could reappear at either Newmarket or Chester at the week-end, and we have already provisionally booked Tom Marquand, who won three times on him last summer when he was with Richard Hannon.”
Looking ahead to Wednesday, Alan has confirmed the entry for Oceane in the 2m 5f Matchbook-sponsored marathon that most professionals will always refer to as the Goodwood Stakes and which kick-starts day two of the popular ‘Glorious’ meeting.
Alan said:”Obviously, this is a big jump in distance for Oceane, but he was never stronger than at the line when winning at Ascot last time and is only 2lb higher. The key to him is the ground – he loves it fast, and he looks like getting those conditions.”