Ribchester v Churchill the Goodwood Day Two Highlight
The Sussex Stakes over 1 mile is the highlight of the day two card at Glorious Goodwood and this year features a mouth-watering clash between two three and four year old horses. Representing the older horses, Ribchester looks to follow up from his two Group One victories in the Lockinge and the Queen Anne. However, he faces dual Guineas winner Churchill, who represents the three year olds and is looking to bounce back from disappointment at Royal Ascot.
One of the great things about Glorious Goodwood is the clashes we have between the three year olds and the older horses at the top level and this race is a great example of that. Both horses have been in great form this season already and now it is time to see if the three year olds can stand up to their older rivals in races. With a 7lb weight allowance, Churchill has a good chance, but I am going to side with Ribchester, who will love the ground and is an out and out class animal.
The chief supporting race today is the Group Three Molecomb Stakes for two year olds over five furlongs. The favourite and strong fancy of mine is American raider from the Wesley Ward stable Happy Like A Fool. She was second at Royal Ascot and has remained in the UK to target further races, with this one being the first. We all know how well Wesley Ward does with his horses in the UK, especially two year olds so she has to be respected in what looks to be a good opportunity for her to pick up a win in the UK.
Her main rival looks to be Havana Grey, a horse who went to Royal Ascot with a chance, but flopped in his race, before recovering to win a listed race nicely at Sandown last time out. He has been very busy, but looks to have a solid chance in this and deserves another crack at group level.
The final horse on the card today to mention is Lamya, who runs in the maiden race and is looking to pick up her first victory, before moving onto bigger and better things. She cost a lot of money at the Breeze Up Sales, costing just over £200,000 and she showed a lot of promise on debut before tiring. I expect her to be a lot fitter today, she has Ryan Moore on board to help her and she looks to have a good chance for Richard Hannon, who traditionally does very well with his horses at Goodwood.
We are in for another great day of action at Goodwood, with many horses running worth keeping an eye on. The clash between Ribchester and Churchill is certainly the race of the day today, and we should be in for a cracker as the three year old Churchill takes on his elders for the first time.