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  • 14:05 Handicap 6f

  • (Consolation Race For The 32Red Cup) £40,000 added 3yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £24,900 2nd £7,456 3rd £3,728 4th £1,864
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 10.48s
  • Off time: 14:05:17

Regal aims for Goodwood rule

Last Updated: 01/08/14 5:57pm

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Regal Parade: Dropping down the handicap

Regal Parade: Dropping down the handicap

There would surely not be a more popular winner of the Handicap than the 10-year-old Regal Parade.

The veteran sprinter has won a Haydock Sprint Cup and a Prix Maurice de Gheest in his time at the top table and while understandably not the force of old, he has been given a chance by the handicapper as he lines up off his lowest mark since 2008.

He went close at Epsom's Derby meeting behind Ashpan Sam, a fancy for the 32Red Cup, and his handler Milton Bradley feels that as long as the ground is not too quick he is capable of running another huge race in what is a consolation event for those who missed the cut for the main event.

Bradley has a second string to his bow in Pandar, who could also do with the ground easing.

"Both horses are ever so well and if they get some rain I think they could both run a really big race," said Bradley.

"Regal Parade ran a big race at Epsom last time and but for getting carried wide, I think he would probably have won.

"Pandar is in good shape and has won at the track before, but he definitely prefers softer ground and if they don't get any rain he'd have no chance.

"Regal Parade will accept good ground better than the other horse, but he wouldn't want it any quicker.

"If they keep watering and the rain comes, they're both capable of winning, so we'll see how we go."

Certain horses appear to reserve their best for Goodwood and one of those is Peter Hedger's Slip Sliding Away, part-owned by Channel 4 commentator Simon Holt.

The seven-year-old has four course wins to his name but was unplaced on Tuesday behind Inxile.

"He came out of the race on Tuesday bucking and kicking and he's eaten up well, so we're happy to let him go again," said Hedger.

"They just don't come back to you over five furlongs at Goodwood on quick ground and that was what happened the other day. He's a horse who likes to go over the top of horses in the last furlong and they didn't come back.

"Six furlongs will suit him better, we know he obviously likes Goodwood and any rain they get will help him.

"I'm hoping he'll run a decent race."

Former jump jockey Seamus Durack runs Shaolin who appears to be better suited to the all-weather.

"He's a progressive and consistent horse, so hopefully he'll run well, although he'll obviously need a career-best to win," said Durack.

"He hasn't won on the grass yet, but he's run some very good races. He just needs a fast surface.

"He's only run on the grass twice this year and ran well over seven furlongs at Newmarket earlier in the year. He was just a bit keen that day, which is why we dropped him back to six furlongs.

"A strong pace will help him an awful lot."

Derek Shaw is another trainer with a couple of chances in Baby Strange and Run With Pride.

"Both horses are in good order and it's obviously a tough race," said Shaw.

"Baby Strange turns up here year after year and I'm sure he'll run his race.

"He ran well at Epsom last time and is still well able to put a race together when things fall right. He just wants a good, strong pace to run at.

"The other horse (Run With Pride) is a little bit inexperienced, but I don't think the track will bother him and hopefully he'll run well."

Tom Dascombe's Stepping Out, a three-year-old who has won three of her six races to date, is favourite for the race.

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