Penitent returns from a two-month break in the £60,000 Group Three Greene King Supreme Stakes (4.30pm) over seven furlongs on the final day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Sunday, August 25.The seven-year-old was last seen coming home a creditable eighth behind Declaration Of War in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
David O’Meara’s charge developed into a high-class performer last season, annexing a pair of Group Two contests and chasing home Gordon Lord Byron in the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October.
O’Meara reported: “Ideally, we could do with a drop of rain but Penitent is in good order. He was second in the Foret over seven furlongs last year so the trip will be fine and he is versatile so the track shouldn’t be a problem either. He doesn’t have a penalty and hopefully this is a good opportunity for him.”
His eight opponents include the 2011 victor Libranno,one of two representatives for Richard Hannon, Irish raider Custom Cut and the Marcus Tregoning-trained, who was third in the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30.
Hughie Morrison saddles talented six-year-old Pastoral Player, while Godolphin will be represented by French Group Three scorer Lockwood. The line-up is completed by Listed winners Professor and Well Acquainted, and the Michael Attwater-trained Bronze Prince.
Today, Saturday’s seven-race programme also features the £40,000 Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes (2.20pm) and the £100,000 Betfair Cash Our Heritage Handicap (2.55pm), both over seven furlongs.