Glorious Goodwood: Sky Lantern To Shine In Nassau

Sky Lantern to shine in the Nassau Stakes on the final day of Glorious Goodwood

The 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern can put her defeat to Elusive Kate in the Falmouth Stakes and go on to shine in the Nassau Stakes this afternoon. So impressive at Royal Ascot when winning the Coronation Stakes she stamped her class on her fellow three-year-old fillies. In what is an excellent renewal of the Group One race today she will have nothing to fear from the older horses entered and will again be challenged as she was in the Guineas by the useful Just The Judge. Just The Judge is attractive each way odds at around 7/1 and looks value for  what seems to be a guaranteed top three finish. The two dangers to the Guineas first and second take the form of the unexposed Integral and the Nell Gwyn winner Hot Snap. Of the two Hot Snap if back to her best after disappointing in the Guineas would be the greater threat. With Hughes and Hannon in the form that they have been this week at Glorious Goodwood punters would be mad to desert Sky Lantern.

The Stewards Cup (3.50) is as competitive as ever. Ryan Moore takes the ride on the consistent Shropshire who finished second in the Wokingham last time out. The grey put in a good run in the Stewards Cup in 2012 and is likely to make a better show this time. Hoof It and Hawkeyethenoo are both former winners of the Glorious Goodwood cavalry charge and have strong claims in this renewal. Ninjago the three-year-old is a very eye catching entry for Hannon and Hughes and should not be overlooked.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Sky Lantern (Glorious Goodwood 3.15)

Sky Lantern showed her pure class in winning at Royal Ascot and was not shamed in her controversial defeat to Elusive Kate last time out. In fact that form has now been franked with Elusive Kate running out an easy winner in Deauville since. Hannon and Hughes are flying at Goodwood and so will this Dead Cert be in the Group One race this afternoon.

Crockford’s Whisper – Shropshire e/w (Glorious Goodwood 3.50)

The booking of Ryan Moore is a strong clue to the chances of this experienced sprinter in the Stewards Cup. Shropshire has consistently run well this season coming close last time out to landing the valuable Wokingham at Royal Ascot. Having also had a good run last year in the Stewards Cup, the whisper is strong about this one.

Stewards Cup 2012
Shropshire will make a bold show in Stewards Cup





Archer’s Selection  – Sovereign Debt (Newmarket 4.05)

Archer would have noticed that the highly tried Sovereign Debt is down in class and would have been desperate to have the ride on him. His class will see off his rivals.

Crockford’s gambles on the final day of Glorious Goodwood 2013 and around the courses:

Glorious Goodwood – Tax Free e/w and Nassau Storm e/w (2.05), Havana Cooler (2.40), Sky Lantern and Just the Judge e/w (Nassau Stakes 3.15), Shropshire e/w , Hawkeyethenoo e/w and Hoof It e/w (3.50), War Spirit (4.25), Our Queenie e/w (5.00), Extrasolar and Normal Equilibrium e/w (5.35)

Newmarket – Heavenly e/w (1.45), Midnite Angel e/w (2.55), Urban Dance (3.30), Sovereign Debt (4.05) and Trojan Rocket e/w (5.15)

Doncaster – Green Monkey (2.25), Cosmic Curious (3.35), Memory Cloth e/w (4.10), Wadi Al Hattawi (4.45) and Restiadargent (5.20)

Thirsk – Kuanyao e/w (2.30), The Cheka (3.40), Copperwood e/w (4.15) and Court Pastoral (4.50)

Newton Abbott – Plain Sailing (2.10), Lauberhorn e/w (2.45), Toubab e/w (3.55), Darley Sun (4.30) and Now Then Charlie e/w (5.40)


(Featured Photograph – Sky Lantern at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – Stewards Cup 2012  by Stuart Rice)

Glorious Goodwood: Glorious Day For Richard Hughes?

Richard Hughes looks set to have another glorious day at Goodwood with his rides on Montiridge and Wentworth

In what has been a glorious week so far for the champion jockey with a host of winners and victory in the Duel on the Downs, day four of the Festival looks set to be another memorable day for the Hughes and Hannon partnership. Montiridge who runs in the Throughbred Stakes (2.30) is one of Hughes’s strongest fancies of the week. The colt was just touched off at Royal Ascot before he went on to win convincingly at Newmarket. The threat to another victory for Hughes may come from stablemate Baltic Knight or the 2000 Guineas second Glory Awaits. Given the confidence of the jockey Montiridge should have too much for both of his rivals.

Wentworth was once mentioned in the same breath as the Classics. Even though he has not shown that potential on the course he  has revealed enough talent to suggest that the valuable Betfred Mile is within his grasp. One of Hughes’s rides of the season last year was on him at York when he timed his winning run to perfection. Today the ground has come more in his favour and he is set to give a good account of himself. The biggest threat is likely to come from the other three-year-old Cape Peron.

The consistent Speed the Plough has the opportunity to make it a treble for Hughes on the day at (4.15). Although the race is a competitive nursery backers are certain to seize on the magic combination of Hannon and Hughes.

Robert Cowell comes triple-handed to the King George with his most promising candidate for victory being the former winner Kingsgate Native. His chance of success will depend on Lady Cecil’s Tickled Pink and what form she can reproduce.There has been also an interesting whisper for David Simcock’s Glass Office in the race.

The presence of last year’s Arc fourth – Masterstroke makes the Glorious Stakes (1.55) an interesting renewal. Now with Charlie Appleby the ex-French horse will try to transfer his previous form to his new yard. John Gosden’s Aiken can not be underestimated and may foil his chance of winning for the new connections. Winning Express and Nargys will fight out the finish of the Oak Tree Stakes and William Knight’s Goodwood Mirage will provide the stable with a Glorious Goodwood winner in the last.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Montiridge (Glorious Goodwood – 2.30)

Hughes considers this horse to have Group One potential. Just collared at Royal Ascot he made up for that second with a win at Newmarket in the July Meeting. The jockey has marked this one up for punters and will be a Dead Cert for his backers. Perhaps the banker of the meeting.

Crockford’s Whisper – Kingsgate Native  e/w (Glorious Goodwood – 3.40)

Surprisingly there are double figure odds available for this classy sprinter. The 2009 winner appears to be back to somewhere near his best form with good runs this season including a win in the Temple Stakes at Haydock. Robert Cowell will certainly have him ready for this.

Crockford’s Glorious Goodwood Gambles on Day Four of the meeting:

Aiken (1.55), Montiridge (2.30), Wentworth e/w (3.05), Kingsgate Native e/w (3.40), Speed the Plough e/w (4.15), Winning Express and Nargys e/w (4.50) and Goodwood Mirage (5.25)


(Featured Photgraph – Hughes and Toronado start their winning run in the Sussex Stakes by Stuart Rice)




Glorious Goodwood: Brown Panther To Pounce On Cup

Michael Owen’s Brown Panther looks set to pounce on the Goodwood Cup at Glorious Goodwood this afternoon

The 2011 St Leger second Brown Panther was an impressive on his seasonal reappearance at Pontefract last month and will relish both the additional trip and conditions that this afternoon’s Goodwood Cup will present. In what is a strong renewal of the historic race the Tom Dascombe trained horse will have to contend with some seasoned stayers. The greatest threat to him will come from the 2012 Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision who looked to be coming back into form when he ran fourth at the Royal meeting. Altano the German raider has been highly touted by his connections and can not be discounted given the recent success of the Wohler’s yard. Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos could not make the frame at Royal Ascot but may fair better today on his way to another Melbourne Cup bid in the autumn. Crockford believes that the step in trip will bring the best out of Brown Panther and his ability to pounce on his rivals at this new distance will be proven.

Wild Coco looks set to repeat her success in the Lily Langtry Stakes (3.45). As a winner first time out last year the break will not hinder her chances against what looks a weak field. Godolphin will start the afternoon well with both Tha’ir (2.15) and Figure of Speech (2.45) holding outstanding chances in their respective races. Tha’ir was once spoken of as having classic potential now down at handicap level he has the class to show a clean pair of heels to his rivals. Figure of Speech still has the 2014 Classics on his radar and should make up for his unlucky run at Newmarket last time. The only person in his way is the man of the moment Richard Hughes who rides Thunderstrike in the Richmond Stakes. Thunderstrike is not Hughes’s best chance of a winner this afternoon that is more likely to be with the newcomer Remember at (4.20). But if he rides like he did yesterday at the course anything is possible.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Wild Coco (Glorious Goodwood 3.45)

An impressive winner last year of this contest. Punters have nothing to fear from the long break she has had and that this is her seasonal debut. Lady Cecil will be welcoming a winner back to the enclosure at Glorious Goodwood this afternoon.

Will Hughes strike again on Thunderstrike?

Crockford’s Whisper – Brown Panther e/w (Glorious Goodwood – Goodwood Cup 3.15)

Up in trip and in the great form this Tom Dascombe trained star has a real chance today to show that he can be a champion in the stayers category. At potentially each way value prices this whisper is certainly worth the risk.

Crockford’s Gambles on Day Three of Glorious Goodwood:

Tha’ir  and Aussie Reigns e/w (2.15), Figure of Speech and Thunder Strike e/w (2.45), Brown Panther e/w (Goodwood Cup 3.15), Wild Coco (3.45), Remember (4.20), Homage (4.50) and Mean It (5.25)


(Featured Photograph – Wild Coco winning the 2012 Lily Langtry at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – Richard Hughes and Thunderstrike after their win at Epsom) 



Glorious Goodwood: The Duel On The Downs

The Duel on the Downs between Dawn Approach and Toronado will take place in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood this afternoon

Arguably the highlight of the Summer so far the much touted Duel on the Downs will take place at Glorious Goodwood at (3.05). Toronado has been beaten twice by Dawn Approach; once in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and then again at Royal Ascot. Their clash at the Royal meeting in the St James’s Palace Stakes was a much closer match that suggested that when they meet again on the Downs later we can expect an epic battle. The connections of Toronado are confident of their chances of reversing the placings with Jim Bolger’s Dawn Approach having been unlucky in running at Ascot. However, punters must remember that the race was come-back mission for Bolger’s colt after his disaster in the Derby and the significance of that performance can not be underestimated . Even though the battle this afternoon has been promoted as a duel it is far from that with the overlooked older horse Declaration Of War posing a real threat to the classy three-year-olds. He may not finish in the first two but he is certain to give the pair something to think about. All things considered surely Dawn Approach will be victorious again in the contest given that he will have his favourite pacemaker available to help him settle.

The Vintage Stakes as a renewal lives up to its name at (3.40). Parbold is highly regarded and has been impressive in both starts so far only being beaten by the mighty War Command in the Coventry Stakes. The main danger to him will come from Godolphin’s Outstrip won ran on strongly to win at Newmarket and from Richard Hannon’s highly regarded Toormore.

In what looks a weak Gordon Stakes (2.30) the form line that ties Cap O’Rushes to the Irish Derby winner Trading Leather would appear to be the key to the race. The marathon contest that starts the card at (1.55) will probably be fought out by those who would be normally considered National Hunt trainers, with Nicky Henderson’s Lieutenant Miller being the likely winner. The change in the ground and distance will also suit First Avenue.

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes after winning the first race of Glorious Goodwood yesterday look well placed to add to their tally with the juvenile Autumn Sunrise (4.15) and handicapper Magic City in the last (5.25).

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Dawn Approach (Glorious Goodwood – Sussex Stakes 3.05)

Unbeaten as a two-year-old and an emphatic winner of the 2000 Guineas, if he had not ran as he did in the Derby he would certainly be a short priced odds on favourite for this. His narrow victory at Ascot showed how game he can be. If he settles today and handles the course he is simply a cut above the rest and is unbeatable.

Crockford’s Whisper – Johannes e/w (Glorious Goodwood 5.25)

Twice a course winner at a shorter trip Johannes is a very interesting runner in the final race on the card today. One would normally of expected to see him in one of the two sprints on Saturday where he has had notable success in previous seasons. The fact he races here is a massive whisper in itself. Priced at around 20/1 he is excellent each way value for at least a place.

Crockford’s Glorious Goodwood Gambles on Day Two of the Festival:

Lieutenant Miller e/w and First Avenue e/w (1.55), Cap O’Rushes (2.30), Dawn Approach (Sussex Stakes 3.05), Parbold (3.40), Autumn Sunrise (4.15), Ribbons (4.50), Magic City, Johannes e/w and Brave Echo e/w (5.25)


(Featured Photograph – Dawn Approach before the Derby by Stuart Rice)

Glorious Goodwood: Richard Hughes Producer Of Winners

Richard Hughes has been the leading  jockey at the last three Glorious Goodwood’s, can he be the producer of winners again this year?

Richard Hughes is favourite with the bookies to be the leading rider at Glorious Goodwood again this year and you can see why when you look across his book of rides for the meeting. On day one of the Festival on the Downs he will partner two of his most loved horses – Producer and Duke Of Clarence. Both hold outstanding chances and have claimed victories at the course in the past.

Producer will be a leading fancy for today’s feature race the Group Two Lennox Stakes (3.05) over seven furlongs. Last August Hughes gave Producer a brilliant ride to win the Supreme Stakes at the course. With the horse now appearing to be in the form of his life, after a notable win at Newmarket, it would be hard to oppose him. Richard Hannon the trainer of Hughes’ ride in the race will also be represented by the progressive Professor and useful Libranno. Libranno looks a big price given his clear liking for the track and distance. Roger Varian’s Aljamaaheer will be favourite for the race after his Group Two victory at Ascot, but punters would be unwise to forget that Producer had the beating of him when they last met. The real threat to Hughes may come from the three-year-old Garswood who has obvious talent on his day.

Duke Of Clarence was one of the Magnificent Seven at Windsor for Hughes and appears to have strong claims in the Handicap at (3.40). Having run consistently well this season, the grey will put up another bold show again today. If his rival Harris Tweed can regain his form of old he will certainly be hard to beat, but signs suggest that he may have lost some of his former pomp.

The Molecomb Stakes (2.30) looks muddling for punters, but it may be worth heeding the words of the trainer Ed Walker when he told to the media over the last few days that Reroute will come on from her last run. In the later juvenile race at (4.15) the maiden Sacha Park has some great form  already in the book and is fancied by Hughes who takes the ride. Crockford suspects that the newcomer Upholland will run well at a big price too.

With William Knight’s stable in the form that it is, it is worth backing the course winner Aussie Reigns in the handicap at (4.50). Hamoody another track victor deserves at least each way support in the last race on the card.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Producer (Lennox Stakes 3.05)

This horse had the beating of the favourite when they last met and is clearly in great form. Richard Hughes is very sweet on his chances and believes that he will be hard to beat. With that recommendation and the course form this Richard Hannon horse has to be a Dead Cert in the Lennox Stakes.

Crockford’s Whisper – Aussie Reigns e/w (4.50)

Winner of a nursery at the meeting last year and clearly in good form this season, this William Knight horse has a strong whisper about him. The yard is flying at the moment and has had success at Glorious Goodwood in the past. At 20/1 the three-year-old is outstanding each way value for a place.

Duke Of Clarence

Crockford’s Glorious Goodwood Gambles:

Blue Surf e/w (1.55)

Reroute (2.30)

Producer (Lennox Stakes 3.05)

Duke Of Clarence e/w and Harris Tweed e/w (3.40)

Sacha Park and Upholland e/w (4.15)

Aussie Reigns e/w (4.50)

Hamoody e/w (5.25)




(Featured Photograph – Producer and Richard Hughes at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – Duke Of Clarence after finishing second at Epsom by Stuart Rice)