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)