Glorious Goodwood Review

The week didn’t start particularly well for us with Phoenix Of Spain’s disappointing run in the Sussex Stakes, however it got better as it went on. Nothing obvious has come to light regarding Phoenix Of Spain, and we will give him a thorough check up. If nothing shows up we will aim at the Irish Champion Stakes.

Vividly did very well to win the seven furlong fillies maiden from her wide draw. Kieran Shoemark got everything right and gave her a great ride. However to be fair to the filly she gave him everything and was very tough and gutsy. The Prestige Stakes back at Goodwood will be the aim.

Battaash had on paper what looked like his easiest race for a while, and he won it comfortably. We wanted the race to be as easy as possible on him, if that can happen in a Group 2(!), and asked Jim to ride the race like a bit of work and not hit him. He still ran a fast time, however he seems to have come out of the race fresher than the last couple of years and hopefully that will help when he runs at York.

We’ve always held Khaadem in high regard, and bar the blip at Royal Ascot he’s been a model of consistency. He was pretty highly strung as a two year old, but has really settled down this year and didn’t seem at all bothered by the hustle and bustle of a big field. Magical Memory went on from the Stewards Cup to run a very close third in the Haydock Sprint Cup and that’s where this horse will go.

We’ve loved Persuasion since he came into the yard and he has always shown us above average ability. To go with that he also has the most amazing temperament. He won his maiden cosily and will go to the Acomb at York. The owners Dutch Connection did the double a few years ago.