Jockey Hayler Turner, has been through the card for the second day of Glorious Goodwood and gives her tips and thought for the races here, saying:
“Today is the big day, with the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, one of the big races of the week. It’s been billed as the Duel on the Downs, between Toronado and Dawn Approach who battled it out in the St James’s Place at Royal Ascot with the latter just winning. However, I also like DECLARATION OF WAR who won at Royal Ascot and was then second in the Coral-Eclipse. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a cracking race and I am looking forward to watching it on TV.
The first race is the longest race on the card, over two miles and five furlongs and so the horses start in front of the grandstand. Nicky Henderson, the Champion Jumps trainer saddles LIEUTENANT MILLER, ridden by Tom Queally. He is a very consistent horse who runs in many of these long distance handicaps – the last race he ran in at Royal Ascot he was third.
In the second race, the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes I think ELKAAYED is in with a good chance. Roger Varian’s three-year-old was fifth at Ascot but I think he can improve on that and is drawn in stall 1.
Richard Hannon has a great record in the two-year-old races at Glorious Goodwood and runs TOORMORE in the Verve Cliquot Vintage Stakes, a race he won last year with Olympic Glory. The colt has only run once but with Hannon’s track record in these kind of races, he has to be fancied.
Another difficult maiden follows with the Vintage Stakes, where I would have to pick VALONIA – she ran a good race in a strong maiden at the July Meeting, finishing second and I think that she can improve from that.
RIBBONS is a really improving horse that I imagine I would be riding if I were able to. I’ve ridden her in all three of her starts, including a good win at Goodwood in May and I’d love for her to remain unbeaten.
Another tricky handicap in the last, the Harwoods Racing Club Handicap over seven furlongs. My pick would be NENGE MBOKO.