Tony Martin picked off another big win by claiming the Galway Hurdle with Tudor City yesterday while at Glorious Goodwood it was a day for a Japan as Deirdre won the Nassau Stakes. Friday sees four Group races in Sussex as well as the valuable Golden Mile.
1.50 Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes
Michael Stoute’s Jubiloso is firm favourite for this fillies and mares Group 3 but plenty will fancy their chances including John Gosden’s Angel’s Hideaway, French raider Devant and the much-loved 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook.
2.25 Bonhams Throughbred Stakes
The fancied Turgenev is a non-runner but this is still a competitive and Paul Cole could get a win on the board with Duke Of Hazzard but the likes of Momkin and Turjomaan won’t make it easy.
3.00 Unibet Golden Mile Handicap
Mojito has the advantage of Frankie Dettori on board but also carries significantly more weight than the likes of Beat Le Bon, Dark Vision and Game Player which may be significant.
3.35 King George Qatar Stakes
Battaash is the class act in this Group 2 and it would be a major surprise of Charlie Hills and Jim Crowley do not pick up the £176,935 first prize and a hat-trick of wins in this race. If one is to come from the pack then it could be Rumble Inthejungle.
4.40 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Glorious Stakes
This could be a cracking encounter despite the five-runner field, with Mirage Dancer, Baghdad and Desert Encounter all having strong claims.
5.10 Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle
Plenty of the Mullins clan have had success this week and Tom and David can team up to win this with Bercasa, though Gavin Cromwell’s Lever Du Soleil and maybe even top weight Avenir D’Une Vie under Rachael Blackmore.
6.15 Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase
Some real veterans take to the track here but Cromwell could have the answer with five-year-old Top Of The Charts, though it would be no surprise if one of Gordon Elliott’s 11-year-olds, Swingbridge and Ned Stark, got in the frame.
6.50 Guinness Handicap
€70,800 goes to the winner of this 1m4f race that sees some horses, like Legal Spin and Mr Adjudicator, out for their second race of the week at Ballybrit. Joseph O’Brien’s King’s Vow has had a bit more of a rest than that and could be the one here.