Glorious Goodwood came to a close on Saturday with Aiden O’Brien continuing his dominance of the big races across Britain. Minding once again costed to a win against her female counterparts and although not as dominant as previous wins, she was never worried. Afterwards there was the first hint that Minding could be now aimed at the bigger races against her male rivals, with a mention of the Arc as a serious possibility. On the Morning Line there was a fantastic debate between Mark Johnston and Graeme Cunningham on the coverage and growth of the sport, and although both hold quite opposite of the spectrum views it made for great viewing.
3 45 DANCING STAR (A Balding) 9/2, C2 H’Cap, 6F, Good to Firm
Yet another well-backed favourite went in at Goodwood to add to the bookmakers dismay of previous days. This 3YO filly snuck in the race at a very low weight and travelled up beautifully before winning with a bit to spare, from the bang in form Orion’s Bow. She definitely has something about her and looked a class apart compared to many of the others. She doesn’t have a destructive turn of foot or an imposing running style, she just seems to get the job done nicely each trip and reminds us of Magical Memory in many aspects. She has progressed steadily all summer and connections know they are onto something that can compete at Group level. A rest is needed now, but the Champions Day sprint is the target and she would receive bags of weight on some runners. This would definitely be a jump in class and she would have to improve plenty or produce an extra gear to go close.