Despite the lack of one meeting really dominating the day with a top quality card throughout, this allowed for some top racing to be spread around a number of tracks and for C4’s coverage to reflect this. Beverley hosted it’s biggest race of the summer – where Muthmir once again disappointed and Alpha Dephini continued to progress. Newmarket concluded it’s racing on the July course for the summer and Goodwood held the race of the day with the G2 celebration mile taking centre stage. At Windsor, ladies day attracted a huge crowd, as well as a Jim Crowley treble that takes him to the top of the jockeys title race with seven weeks to go.
3 55 PLATITUDE (M Stoute) 13/8, C1 Listed, 1M6F, Good to Firm
As expected Platitude was given a much more patient ride, and it certainly brought the best out of the 3YO gelding. Andrea Atzeni kept him tucked away, until producing him an scything through his rivals with ease, stretching away in a few strides. He has had somewhat of a frustrating career thus far, but connections will be pleased by this run at Goodwood. He obviously needs quick ground and looks to be more assured over longer trips where he can gallop late into the race. What to do next is up in the air, but Michael Stoute certainly has another middle distance horse that looks set for some bigger targets and keeping all of these apart may prove tricky.
4 50 LIGHTNING SPEAR (D Simcock) 4/1, Group 2, 1M, Good to Firm
Despite some late support, this was a turn up for the books and a result for the bookies as the heavily backed Thikriyat ran no race, with reports emerging that he ran with some sort of heart problem. Although finding some trouble in running late on, Oisin Murphy romped home upon Lightning Spear. It may not have been the strongest G2 ever run, but the gallop was certainly strong with Arod pulling the field a long and there can be no doubt Lightning Spear wasn’t the best horse on the day. Connections hold the 5YO in high regard and David Simcock is targeting the QEII at Ascot next, stating that he’s yet to be convinced by the supposed strong 3YO milers. It all adds to what should be a fascinating renewal of the showpiece mile event come October.
2 25 RODAINI (S Crisford) 10/11, C3 2Yo Nursery, 7F, Good to Firm
Only three went to post, but it was a competitive heat nonetheless; with Clef and Second Nature strong juveniles in their own right. Rodaini has been a slow burner since winning a strong maiden at Leicester in May, and each run just seems to do enough to get his head in front. He boasts three wins from three now and there is something about this 2YO that says he could be a very serious player come mid-September in the Mill Reef. Clef has some top form to his name for Richard Fahey and ran very respectably in second, only further demonstrating Rodaini’s battling qualities. The horse is steadily on the up and perhaps is now ready for his first venture into top quality races.
6 00 CHAIN OF DAISIES (H Candy) 15/2, Group 3, 1M2F, Good to Firm
Chain of Daisies featured in this section last time out when winning at Salisbury in a course record and backed that up with a hugely impressive display at Windsor. She beat Ulysses into second and there was no fluke about it as the pair pulled over 6L clear of the remaining runners. Fergus Sweeney got it spot on from the front and led the progressive filly to first place. You have to feel the first two home are ready for another step up in class and in Ulysses’s case another couple of furlongs once again could prove fruitful.