A day for the punters is a statement often overused in this sport, but on Friday it was somewhat of an understatement. At Goodwood, five out of the seven favourites won, including the gamble of the year thus far coming off with Franklin D reigning supreme in the Betfred Mile. Take Cover was one winner that went off at a bigger price, and with HA’s backing triumphed in the King George Stakes at the ripe age of nine. Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore combined for a double, but it was a third winner for Stoute that provides us with our sole run of the day.
2 35 THIKRIYAAT (M Stoute) 9/4, Group 3 3YO, 1M, Good to Firm
Thikriyaat has steadily progressed this summer and just seems to do enough each time, which we always see as a sign of a good horse. He was only 2L behind Ribchester at Ascot and the Sussex Stakes and St James now appear to be very, very strong pieces of form. Sir Michael was slightly concerned pre-race around the ground, but his 3YO gelding came good despite finding very little room in the final couple of furlongs. He was given a patient and clever ride from Paul Hanagan that deserves plaudits, finding a passage through when it really mattered. A step up in trip will be no issue whatsoever and bigger races must be on the agenda in 2016.