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Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave has whip hand on Fiftyshadesofgrey at Goodwood

By Frank Brownlow

Published 22/05/2015

It’s me: Frankie Dettori greets connections in the parade ring ahead of ride on Captainthunderbolt in opener at Goodwood
It’s me: Frankie Dettori greets connections in the parade ring ahead of ride on Captainthunderbolt in opener at Goodwood

Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave tuned up for a crack at today's Cocked Hat Stakes with victory on Fiftyshadesofgrey at Goodwood.

Cosgrave will ride Storm The Stars for William Haggas in the £40,000 Goodwood feature and edged victory by half a length from the William Buick-ridden Mr Win in the Stakes.

The Banbridge jockey has also been booked to ride Muir Lodge and Humidor.

Cosgrave's main threat in today's big race is likely to come from Best Of Times, whose Derby ambitions can be boosted with victory.

Mr Singh and Frankie Dettori - who had no success at Goodwood yesterday - also represent a danger.

The Listed heat has produced one subsequent Derby hero in 1979 victor Troy and quality performers like Pentire, Dubai Millennium and Rewilding feature on the role of honour.

Best Of Times would seemingly be up against it with Prince Gagarin officially rated superior by 2lb while that pair must give 3lb all round due to their respective Listed successes.

However, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Best Of Times looks far from exposed so far, winning two of his three juvenile outings last term before reappearing with victory in the Newmarket Stakes at Headquarters earlier in the month.

He emerged a half-length winner from that event but looked good value for the margin as he wandered around a bit when hitting the front and will surely have plenty of improvement still to come.

This son of Dubawi hails from the family of Dahlia so with the likes of St Leger winner Nedawi on the dam's side, stamina worries should be allayed.

Great Fun put up a decent performance to win on his belated racecourse bow at Wetherby last month and he can follow up with victory in the Reheat Stakes.

A half-brother to three winners, he upheld family honour when scoring by half a length and the handicapper has hardly gone mad with an initial rating of 76 - a perch which looks highly workable.

Nelspruit has been the subject of some positive gallops reports and merits an interest in the Spitfire Maiden Auction Stakes.

He was beaten a neck on his racecourse bow and can spark an across-the-card double for Richard Hannon with Belgrade primed for the Simonstone Fiat 500X Chase Handicap at Bath.

Martyn Meade has enjoyed a cracking start to the season with Irish Rookie flying the flag admirably at Classic level.

While Scalzo falls some way short of his illustrious stablemate's achievements, he is smart enough for the PHS Waterlogic Handicap at Haydock.

Entered in the Royal Hunt Cup and the Wokingham, Meade clearly thinks he can ply his trade in better company after winning a Doncaster maiden by four and a half lengths last time.

The Paco Boy colt starts his handicap career off a mark of 77 and a win here could see him creep up another vital few pounds with next month's Royal meeting in mind.

Poetic Verse is the pick in the Constant Security Handicap at Pontefract, while Fillydelphia can go well in Musselburgh's Daikin Applied UK Handicap.

Hunt Ball ended a lengthy losing streak when switched back to hurdles at Fakenham this month and he can follow up for Nicky Henderson at Worcester.

The 10-year-old had gone two years without a win before making short work of some lesser rivals with an eight-length win at the Norfolk venue.

Hunt Ball should line up for the Ladbrokes Novices Hurdle with all guns blazing.

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