Goodwood Festival & Galway Preview – Thursday

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The Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes is the highlight for the fillies and mares on day 3 at Goodwood. Wild Coco made the race her own by winning it in 2012 and 2013 under Tom Queally. This year’s race has a host of good fillies in the field, chief of which is Luca Cumani’s, God Given.

This dual Group 3 winning daughter of Nathaniel has had a light yet fruitful campaign this year. Ryan Moore takes over the steering duties from Jamie Spencer which may bring about more improvement.

Roger Varian runs the thrice raced Pilaster following two impressive victories on the all-weather at Chelmsford and Newcastle by two and six lengths respectively. She looks very progressive and could just be anything.

Frankie Dettori has his first ride of the week on Precious Ramotswe for John Gosden who has less than two lengths to find with God Given on their running in the Lancashire Oaks. This distance should suit, and a big run can be expected.

Selection: God Given

 

Tipperary LAND FORCE and Donnacha O’Brien win the Listed Coolmore Pride Of Dubai Tiperary Stakes.

The Group 2 Richmond Stakes which has been won by Richard Hannon Snr and junior on six occasions in the past ten years, with the likes of Dick Turpin (2009), Harbour Watch (2011) and most recently Mehmas (2016).

The sole Hannon representative for this year’s contest is Neverland Rock who was third in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on his last start and with Frankie Dettori in the saddle, he may make it seventh win in eleven years.

Land Force heads the market following a listed victory at Tipperary when last seen, prior to this he was an eye-catching third in the Norfolk. This form received a timely boost with Rumble Inthejungle impressively winning the Molecomb yesterday.

Another horse with Norfolk form in the book is Clive Cox’s Konchek who finished fifth in the Ascot contest. He doesn’t have much to find with his rivals and following another credible effort in the Group 2 July Stakes, Adam Kirby’s mount holds strong claims.

Others to note include Windsor Castle runner-up Sabre, the form of which was slightly let down yesterday and the newly acquired Shine So Bright.

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