Hello Racing fans and welcome back! I have 5 selections for you to get stuck into for Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood. Just to mention firstly, there is now a weekly recap show where I will review all of my selections from the previous week. Head over to my YouTube channel to check that out.
Below are my selections for Day 2, which I advise backing! There’s a win Lucky31, as well as an extra single on my NAP. Thank you for all of your support so far, and don’t forget to check out my socials @gingerjoeracing on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook for daily updates!
J: David Egan / T: Roger Varian
TIMELESS SOUL takes my interest now that this contest is going to be run on heavy ground. Now this is going to be her toughest task to date but is very much unexposed and could be open to much more improvement still. The heavy ground makes this race a very different race than it originally looked like it was on paper with a lot of them now having questions to answer on this ground for the first time. FREYJA i think could go really well but think she also could be slightly vulnerable to the potential my selection brings into this. Interesting that Varian sends him here after just three runs and he places his youngsters very well. She won on her penultimate start at Beverley on soft so should handle the conditions but will need to be tough to beat the more experienced types here but receives a great deal of weight from all bar one of her rivals and that is what may make all the difference. FREYJA has a big shout but carries too much weight here and TIMELESS SOUL could be open to any amount of improvement coming into this. The 4/1 looks fair to me!
J: Daniel Tudhope / T: K R Burke
ILLUSTRATING is one I think is worth chancing even after just having two runs to date. She was really impressive on her racecourse debut and only needed to be nudged along to win comfortably in a fairly decent event despite meeting trouble in running. Looked a fine prospect after that and went off as short as 8/1 for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and ran really well for a long way before tiring late on.
She would have learnt a lot from that and will be better for that run. Both of her runs to date have been on good to firm so the heavy ground is unknown to her but in her pedigree her dam won the Rockfel on real soft ground so she should handle it and could be open to significant improvement under these conditions. There are a few that should be competitive here like CANONIZED however my concern is the soft ground for her as Haggas horses have not been finishing out there races very well this year. FLOTUS i think is the main danger but I think ILLUSTRATING could hold all the aces.
J: James Doyle / T: Charlie Appleby
SISKANY is running in the opener for Godolphin and I think he will go really close here. I think he has the best form on offer and can resume winning progress this time out. He was one of many horses to get caught in the mess at Ascot last time out and had NAGANO behind him that day.
He travelled quite well throughout last time until being carried across the track. He gets the top weight spot in this and probably rightly so as he looks like he will also enjoy the conditions this time. SISKANY and NAGANO have both been progressive prior to that day but I think based on the evidence we’ve seen that SISKANY should be the one we side with and I think he is overpriced. I don’t understand why he is second favourite to NAGANO to be honest when SISKANY has the best piece of form on offer. I also think that SISKANY was ultra impressive when he won on soft at Sandown on his penultimate start and think he will handle the heavy ground better than NAGANO.
Probably not wise to discount KOLISI in this after being extremely impressive last time but he is taking a huge hike in class here and may struggle to keep up with these even with the weight allowance from the main two in the market. SISKANY ticks a lot of boxes and will relish this test.
J: Oisin Murphy / T: Andrew Balding
BOUNCE THE BLUES is one I’m really sweet on and think he will take all the beating under champ jockey Oisin Murphy. He hasn’t won in nearly a year but has run extremely well in defeat and already has two group 3 placed efforts to his name. This race, trip and conditions should suit him down to a tee. He has only ran on soft ground twice but they were his best performances to date.
The first of these was last year when he won at Naas on soft and then more recently on his penultimate start where he just got nodded by the really talented German raider Axana. That form is massive and I think he will go even better again this time. He looks less difficult than some of the others in this and I really like his chances. He will relish these heavy conditions I think. SACRED and HIGHFIELD PRINCESS look the main dangers to me but I find it hard to get away from my selection in this.
J: Jamie Spencer / T: Richard Hannon
SNOW LANTERN is my absolute favourite filly in training and I think she can have the beating of odds-on favourite POETIC FLARE here. She is impeccably bred out of the Hannon stable who also trained her mother Sky Lantern who won the 1000 guineas in 2013. Visually she is one of the most beautiful horses you will see and I was honestly as happy as anyone to see her win the Falmouth last time out after finding traffic problems on running.
She beat this year’s 1000 guineas winner Mothers Earth and I think she is the only one that could beat POETIC FLARE in this. She was absolutely magnificent when she won the Falmouth and I think there is still more to come from her. She takes a bit of winding up but was an extremely fast finisher that day and I just love her. This is her hardest task to date but I think she could well be up to it. This is the first glimpse SNOW LANTERN will get of POETIC FLARE and I can’t wait for this dual.
Jamie Spencer has been booked for the ride and I think he is a perfect match and will try holding on to SKY LANTERN until as late as possible before making her sprint finish, wont want to let POETIC FLARE get too far ahead mind but this is going to be a seriously good race! I know I am being slightly biased as she is my favourite horse taking on the boys, but I don’t think we’ve seen the best of her. I have had a real decent punt on her myself at 13/2 and is my NAP of Day Two!