Bank on Baattash for Goodwood glory
Battaash looks impossible to oppose in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood today.
Even with a 3lb penalty, Battaash is still well clear on the official ratings - and he would have to run a long way below his best for him to be beaten.
What is another problem for his rivals is that Battaash appears better at Goodwood than anywhere else and has looked nigh on unbeatable in winning this race for the past two seasons.
With habitual front-runners El Astronaute and Copper Knight in the field, he should also get a nice lead if Jim Crowley wants to sit in behind.
It seems a significant drop in class for Jubiloso in the Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes. Sir Michael Stoute was wary of stepping the inexperienced filly markedly up in class for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, but she ran with great credit, finishing third there, on just her third outing, to the French raider Watch Me and the dual Guineas winner Hermosa.
The fact Stoute allowed himself to be carried along in the wave of enthusiasm for his filly suggests he thinks she has a great deal of ability - and this drop down to Group Three company, plus a step back in trip, is surely a springboard back to the top level.
BANGOR: 1.40 Perfectly Honest, 2.10 Aldrin, 2.45 Diablo De Rouhet, 3.20 See The Sea, 3.55 Malangen, 4.30 Outcrop, 5.00 Sinakar.
BATH: 5.05 Sadlers Beach, 5.40 Simply Susan, 6.10 Sweet Forgetme Not, 6.45 Charlie D, 7.20 Albanita, 7.50 Foxy Forever, 8.20 Union Rose.
GALWAY: 5.10 Lever Du Soleil, 5.45 Santiago, 6.15 Mac N Cheese, 6.50 War Diary, 7.25 Irradiate, 7.55 Cafe Con Leche, 8.25 Sneaky Getaway.
GOODWOOD: 1.50 JUBILOSO (NAP), 2.25 King Ottokar, 3.00 Escobar, 3.35 Battaash, 4.10 Owney Madden, 4.40 Baghdad, 5.15 Country.
MUSSELBURGH: 5.30 Above, 6.00 Tukhoom, 6.35 War Whisper, 7.10 Queens Blade, 7.40 Battle Of Waterloo, 8.10 Boudica Bay, 8.40 Sarvi.
NEWMARKET: 5.20 Di Matteo, 5.50 Chicago Doll, 6.25 Lazuli, 7.00 Frontispiece, 7.30 Club Tropicana, 8.00 Loving Glance, 8.30 Tawny Port.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.30 Jill Rose, 2.00 Beautrix, 2.35 Fern Owl, 3.10 Mitigator, 3.45 Sir Magnum, 4.20 Baltic Song, 4.50 Feel Good Factor.
DOUBLE: Jubiloso and Battaash.