Prolific Atzeni ready to Hop to more Goodwood success
Andrea Atzeni can savour more glory at Goodwood by winning the Betfred Mile aboard GM Hopkins. Suitably inspired by a wonderful four-timer on Tuesday, the Classic-winning jockey will rightly fancy his chances of further big-race honours with John Gosden's inmate.
It feels like GM Hopkins has been around for an eternity, yet he is only six years of age and should never be discounted in these sort of rough-and-tumble handicaps.
The 2015 Royal Hunt Cup winner had looked in a tailspin since he secured a Listed victory at Ascot last April.
But GM Hopkins suddenly returned to form in the Coral Challenge at Sandown last month and is seemingly coming back to hand nicely for this big assignment.
The gelded son of Dubawi only went down by a neck to the progressive El Hayem, to whom he was giving a lot of weight, at the Esher circuit - with the third horse home, Muntazah, never nearer.
GM Hopkins has gone up 3lb for the Betfred Mile, but he is still better treated than when he won at Royal Ascot and was once rated as highly as 114 just over a year ago.
He will also appreciate the more forgiving terrain at Goodwood, while it barely goes without saying that the white-hot Atzeni must also sweeten the deal.
Feature race on the penultimate day of the Goodwood Festival is the Qatar King George Stakes, which looks a belter.
Few horses in the line-up can be ruled out with any degree of optimism, but it could be worth keeping faith in Marsha.
Marsha was beaten just three-quarters of a length in this Group Two last year but she can be backed to make up that ground in what is again likely to be a very tight encounter.
BANGOR: 1.30 Jazz Thyme, 2.00 Cape Of Glory, 2.35 Man With Van, 3.10 Swaledale Lad, 3.45 Mister Universum, 4.20 Mizen Master, 4.50 Howaboutnever.
BATH: 5.30 He's Our Star, 6.05 Seamster, 6.35 Stoneyford Lane, 7.10 Seafarer, 7.40 Tyrell, 8.10 Stellar Surprise.
GALWAY: 5.10 Camlann, 5.45 Shifted Strategy, 6.15 Lake Takapuna, 6.50 Le Vagabond, 7.25 Muniza, 7.55 Noble Intention, 8.25 Vigil.
GOODWOOD: 1.50 Frontiersman, 2.25 Beat The Bank, 3.00 GM HOPKINS (NAP), 3.35 Marsha, 4.10 Rufus King, 4.40 Sainted, 5.15 Walton Street.
MUSSELBURGH: 5.40 Canny Style, 6.10 Phoenix Lightning, 6.45 Curzon Line, 7.20 Fumbo Jumbo, 7.50 Camacho Chief, 8.20 Twiggy, 8.50 Kodimoor.
NEWMARKET: 5.20 Peace Dreamer, 5.55 Rowlestonerendezvu, 6.25 Warsaan, 7.00 Brorocco, 7.30 Mr Bossy Boots, 8.00 Good Business, 8.30 Love Oasis.
THIRSK: 1.40 Jean Paget, 2.10 Time Trail, 2.45 Palmer, 3.20 Mitchum Swagger, 3.55 Vindicator, 4.30 Take A Turn, 5.00 Canford Bay, 5.35 Burtonwood.
DOUBLE: GM Hopkins and Marsha.