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.
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)