We go looking for Pattern race glory at Goodwood on Tuesday
It’s good to get the Monday rain out of the way as Glorious Goodwood does not lent itself to bad weather and, happily, the forecast is better for the rest of the week, with the rolling Sussex Downs laying down the Welcome mat for the Owners next Saturday.
We have two of our big guns heading for the prestige races on Tuesday’s opening stage, Painless Potter in the Vintage Stakes and Who Dares Wins the Goodwood Cup.
Alan said:”For Painless Potter, I am pleased that it looks as if we have had all the rain for now as Martin (Harley) felt that the ground at Royal Ascot, where he ran a blinder to finish fifth in the Coventry, was as soft as he would want it.
“Painless Potter is as good a two-year-old as we’ve had here and is a big, powerful colt who is still growing. This will only be his third run and my youngsters are always brought along steadily, while we think this extra furlong will suit him well.”
We had Dunkerron finish runner-up in the Vintage two years ago, so it would be nice to think we might go one better, though it looks a hot race.
With triple Ascot Gold Cup hero Stradivarius taking on Irish Derby winner Santiago in the Cup, we are pitching Who Dares Wins in with the elite in the week’s staying crown, but as Del Boy always says ” Who dares, wins, Rodney!”
Alan added:”Who Dares Wins has been such a wonderful horse for Henry Ponsonby and his syndicate members. He’s won a Grade 2 over fences, scored in Listed grade over hurdles, and, more recently, won the Northumberland Plate and the Queen Alexandra on the Flat.
“I have no pretensions of winning the Goodwood Cup, but the prize money for the places is not to be sniffed at, and as the horse came out of Royal Ascot fine and the rain has removed all the firm out of the ground, why not?”