Definitely Racing! Sussex Stakes Consideration…
This has been brief I admit. If we get a downpour as per the Met Office’s “Weather Warning” the goalposts will move considerably in any case so I don’t see much point in death by preview.
Ghanaati won’t want rain. She also might improve but the course is an unknown as is her fairer sex form. I still love her miler’s pedigree with a passion but the ifs and buts are tempering my usual enthusiasm for a filly against the colts. Look Here hasn’t helped either to be truthful.
Rip Van Winkle has apparently had a minor setback, some suspect ramping, frankly I don’t care. He may be putatively the “best horse in the race” but I don’t think this mile will see him at his very best anyway. Dangerous but discounted nonetheless.
I like Lord Shanakill and I like Paco Boy. It seems silly to write, the horse that wins finishes his race off best, but at Goodwood it does often seem to me to be about the finish and I can rely on Paco Boy in that respect in spades. He also has the all-important course form and when I last looked the 11/4 seemed a touch generous. Noseda’s Forgotten Voice is going to be an each-way price and is not without a chance for a place, but realistically I suppose we are looking at the three market leaders to fill the places in some order or another. I am concerned about Ghanaati, I am a big, big fan but I am worried about rain, the course and the colts so I won’t back her today.
My money is on the Boy. I’m going to be tempted by the Lord. Let’s hope the rain stays away 🙂