Richard Fahey: Angel deight?
Last Updated: 30/07/14 5:19pm
Our star columnist Richard Fahey with a horse-by-horse guide to his team for Goodwood on Thursday and Friday.
We start Thursday with Ventura Quest in the Fairmont Handicap. He ran a very good race at Newmarket last time and is in good nick. He ought to give a good account of himself but I’d be worried if the ground was very quick.
The going wouldn’t be too much of a concern for Angel Gabriel in the Artemis Goodwood Cup. He is quite a resilient horse who will handle the track too. When I was sent him to train did I think we’d be in a race like this? Probably not. However he’s improving and has earned the right to have a crack.
He has eight or ten pounds to find with the favourite Estimate on her best form but is on the way up and I hope he can progress again. There aren’t many options for a horse like this who is rated 106 so we’ll give it a go. It’s a shame Paul Hanagan isn’t available to ride but George Chaloner won a Northumberland Plate on him and takes over.
The owners were very keen to run Shot In The Sun in the Tatler Handicap. She has to step up on what she’s done before and I’d be delighted if she hit the frame.
You’d have to be worried the ground will be quick enough for Las Verglas Star in the QIPCO Apprentice Handicap. He’s in good order and runs at this meeting every year so knows his way around the place. Any rain would be very welcome for him.
On to Friday and I’ve got to keep an eye on the weather for Heaven’s Guest in the Betfred Mile. If it came up very fast I’d think about taking him out.
He’s had three quick runs and has never tried a mile before so it will be interesting to see if he gets it. The way he stayed on at the end of the International last week certainly offers hope but sometimes horses want a really strongly run seven furlongs rather than a step up in trip. It’s a watching brief at the moment.
We’re double-handed in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery.
George Bowen is a horse we really like for all he was a little disappointing in the July Stakes. He starts off in handicaps from 85 and if he is the colt we think he is, that could be very fair. However the assessor is seldom wrong.
Vimy Ridge did well to win a nursery at Thirsk last time. He’s penalised in a better race here but Jack Garrity takes five pounds off which will help.