Ribchester primed to roast rivals at Glorious Goodwood
It is impossible to look beyond Ribchester in the Qatar Sussex Stakes on the second afternoon of Glorious Goodwood.
Richard Fahey's pride and joy has done nothing but progress since winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot 12 months ago, running a big race to be a strong-finishing third to The Gurkha in this Group One affair before striking gold in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
He was just beaten by Minding in the QEII on his final outing of 2016, returning in the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March and showing his class on his latest two starts in winning the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the Queen Anne back at the Royal meeting.
Ground conditions are not an issue for the Iffraaj colt and he has reportedly done nothing but please Fahey since Ascot.
Happy Like A Fool will be fancied to recoup Ascot losses in the Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes.
The American raider was all the rage for the Queen Mary Stakes but came unstuck at the hands of Heartache, who has been beaten since but had an excuse and looked the real deal on the day.
Wesley Ward is always to be respected on his British forays and his filly has apparently thrived in Newmarket of late.
Mark Johnston is rightly followed in Goodwood handicaps and can bag a winner with Sofia's Rock in the Better Odds With Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap.
The three-year-old disappointed at Ascot but bounced back with a plucky effort from the front when third in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket.
Johnston should also go close with Titi Makfi in the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap.
Her winning spree came to an end at Newmarket, but it should be noted not everything went her way on that occasion and she might just have a bit more to give yet.
Sun Lover is given another chance in the Cantor Fitzgerald Handicap.
The Roger Varian-trained gelding has one win from six starts and has been a beaten favourite three times, including the last two occasions. There is little doubt he is proving costly, but equally it can be taken he shows something at home and it is going to click at some point, if punters can keep the faith.
Mushahadaat might have bumped into one when second on her debut and ought to prove hard to beat in the Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes with that experience under her belt.
Sandymount Duke can shake up his rivals in the Galway Plate to provide Rolling Stone owner Ronnie Wood with a famous victory.
Jessica Harrington's brilliant form has continued apace throughout the summer - not just on the Flat but also with her small team of National Hunt horses. Sandymount Duke won a decent event at Punchestown before defying a massive hike in the weights in a trial for this race at Down Royal. To advertise his well-being he even bolted up on the Flat 20 days ago to put him cherry-ripe for this.
GALWAY: 3.15 Castello Sforza, 3.50 La Bella Vida, 4.25 Hareth, 5.00 Poker Party, 5.35 Sandymount Duke, 6.15 Stormy Belle, 6.50 Sansibar Jewel, 7.20 Inis Meain.
GOODWOOD: 1.50 Star Rider, 2.25 Sofia's Rock, 3.00 Happy Like A Fool, 3.35 RIBCHESTER (NAP), 4.10 Mushahadaat, 4.45 Titi Makfi, 5.50 Sun Lover.
LEICESTER: 5.55 Ghayadh, 6.30 Akamanto, 7.05 Italian Heiress, 7.40 Chickpea, 8.10 Gaval, 8.40 Mark Of Excellence.
PERTH: 2.15 What Happens Now, 2.50 Argentix, 3.25 Dear Sire, 4.00 Indian Temple, 4.35 Thorpe, 5.10 Solway Prince, 5.40 Handy Hollow.
REDCAR: 2.00 Albert Street, 2.35 Supreme Power, 3.10 Chant, 3.45 Satish, 4.20 Heir Of Excitement, 4.55 Be Bold, 5.30 Searanger, 6.05 Tellovoi.
SANDOWN: 5.45 Sandy Shores, 6.20 Milton Road, 6.55 Westerland, 7.25 Maths Prize, 7.55 Gilded Reflection, 8.25 Precision.
DOUBLE: Ribchester and Mushahadaat