Jessie Drea called up for World Games

West Sussex rider Jessie Drea (22) has been called up for the British showjumping squad as travelling reserve after Ben Maher’s ride Cella picked up an injury during training.  This means that the 12-year-old grey mare owned by Janes Forbes Clak, and her rider, are now out of the show jumping event at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Jessie Drea (22)  is now travelling reserve with Lynne Humphries’ 13-year old-chestnut mare Touchable.

Jessie Drey and Touchable Photo John Simpson

Jessie Drey and Touchable
Photo John Simpson

The GB team to contest the jumping competition which runs on Tuesday September2 – Sunday 7 September 2014 is named as (in alphabetical order):

  • Scott Brash MBE (28) from Scotland with Lady Kirkham & Lord & Lady Harris’ Hello Sanctos
  • Joe Clee (36) based in Belgium with Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro d’Ecaussines
  • Spencer Roe (21) from Lincolnshire with Sally Roe’s Wonder Why
  • Michael Whitaker (54) from Nottinghamshire entered on Viking V, owned by Michael himself

Chef d’mission Will Connell commented: “It is sad that Cella, with all her experience, is out of the competition, however I am pleased that Jessie who is a talented up and coming rider gets the opportunity to go to her first senior Championship.”

Jessie is a UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider. Having been a part of the winning Division Two team at the CSIO3* Nations Cup in Odense, Denmark, earlier in the year, the combination also helped the team to an overall fourth place in their first Division one call up for the Nations Cup at the CS105* CHIO Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Jessie Drea

Jessie Drea

Jessie and Touchable  gained invaluable International experience when representing Great Britain out at the CSI2* Test Event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (June 26-29 , finishing just outside the top ten in the 1m45 class.


Championships will close Hickstead 2014 season

The Hickstead season reaches its finale next week with the fourth annual All England Jumping Championships from Thursday September 4- Sunday September 7 inclusive.

First introduced in 2011, the All England Jumping Championships have quickly grown to become a favourite fixture in the national calendar, with dozens of classes for amateurs and young horses and heights starting at just 1m.

Hundreds of horses and riders will be in action over four days of national showjumping, from Thursday to Sunday. We are looking forward to welcoming many of this country’s top riders, including Derby winners William Funnell and Guy Williams, plus a host of Hickstead’s household names: Harriet Nuttall, Robert Whitaker, Shane Breen, Louise Saywell, David McPherson, Angelie Von Essen, James Davenport and those speedy Pavitt sisters, Louise and Nicole.

Michael Duffy on Westlands Ruby winning last year's event in pouring rain Photo courtesy of Julian Portch

Michael Duffy on Westlands Ruby winning last year’s event in pouring rain
Photo courtesy of Julian Portch

Ireland’s Michael Duffy will be returning to defend his All England Jumping Championships Grand Prix title, the class that is held on the final Sunday afternoon of the show- hoping the weather will be more favourable than the pouring rain of last year.

This year’s Derby winner Trevor Breen also won the All England Grand Prix in  the previous year, 2012 with his top horse Adventure De Kannan. “The All England Jumping Championships have been a great addition to the calendar, especially as it gives horses a chance to gain valuable experience jumping in the International Arena,” says Trevor.

Trevor Breen  earlier this year with Hickstead Derby winner Adventure De Kannan presented with the Boomerang Trophy by Hickstead and competition winner Bronte Patterson (right) and Lorraine Meadowcroft, CEO of Photo:Samantha Lamb

Trevor Breen earlier this year with Hickstead Derby winner Adventure De Kannan presented with the Boomerang Trophy by Hickstead and competition winner Bronte Patterson (right) and Lorraine Meadowcroft, CEO of Photo:Samantha Lamb

Saturday’s main event is the Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge, the class named in memory of the founder of the All England Jumping Course. Featuring many of Hickstead’s famous obstacles set at a smaller height, it is a useful opportunity to put future Derby horses to the test.

It’s not just top riders who get to ride through Hickstead’s famous archway either, as the finals of each class from 1m upwards are held in the International Arena, with at least thirty combinations in each section qualifying to compete in the main ring.

Admission to the show is entirely free of charge for spectators, so go along and enjoy some sport, and even a little bit of shopping. The ringside Pommery Bar is the social heart of the showground, open for lunch daily and in to the evenings for dinner.

Andrew Nicholson on target for hat trick at Burghley Horse Trials


Coming just a week after the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) one would be forgiven for thinking the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which start on September 4 with the final day on Sunday, would be a damp squib – far from it.

A host of top-ranked riders from 11 nations will compete at the  Stamford, Lincolnshire, venue, many of them with every chance of taking home the £62,000 first prize. But perhaps none will be as keen as New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson, who is on for a hat-trick at this prestigious 4* event, or Australian Sam Griffiths, winner of Badminton earlier this year, who could complete the second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam (consecutive wins of Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky).

Andrew Nicholson and Avenbury, Burghley winners in 2012 and 2013 Photo Kingswood Associates

Andrew Nicholson and Avenbury, Burghley winners in 2012 and 2013
Photo Kingswood Associates

Andrew, who won on Avebury in 2012, was runner-up on the same horse last year. However, the subsequent disqualification of winner Jock Paget with Clifton Promise promoted Andrew to first place. Should he ride Avebury to victory again, the pair will create an unprecedented ‘three-in-a-row’. Andrew also has Nereo entered while Sam, who won the first ‘leg’ of the Grand Slam on board Paulank Brockagh, will be looking to win on the 15 year-old Happy Times.

Kristina Cook and De Novo News, although entered, will very likely be on duty at WEG so local interest focuses once again on Clare Lewis and Sidnificant, another 15 year-old. The combination suffered an uncharacteristic blip at Badminton so will be looking to reaffirm their 4* form with a double clear in the jumping phases having finished in the top twenty here last year.

Burghley Course Designer Mark Phillios and event director Liz Inman. Photo Kingswood Associates.

Event Director Liz Inman said: “I am being realistic and optimistic about this year’s competition, it’s a truly international field and Mark Phillips, the course designer, has produced a magnificent 4* track”.
Mark Phillips has once again brought fresh ideas and ingenuity to the course, making best use of its undulating terrain and enhancing it where appropriate. Early on, both the arena fences and Discovery Valley are variations on themes from previous years; the former bringing back the hurdles which can be jumped in a tight or looping serpentine with the latter, as introduced last year, jumped twice (Fences 5abc and 9abc), incorporating a touch of element re-siting. The Planet, which caused a fair amount of grief in 2013 has been replaced by a narrow brush (5c) requiring extreme accuracy.

The riders, however, will find the Planet two fences later (7a) at the revamped Leaf Pit. This fence featured at the London Olympics, as did the next part of the combination, the Crescent Moon (7b); a swift descent down the steep bank will bring riders to the Sun (8), a jump-through fence.After negotiating Discovery Valley again, riders then face a re-sited Herbert’s Hollow, an oxer with a dip in front which will induce much head-scratching as to the best manner of approach.

The revamped Trout Hatchery fence Photo Kigswood Associates

The revamped Trout Hatchery fence
Photo Kigswood Associates

Down the hill to the new airy V-Rails with ditch under; here riders will have three options, go left, right or straight ahead, and then it’s up to the Trout Hatchery which has been completely redesigned with one element in the water (13) and a three-part combination, into and out the Upper Hatchery with the final element under a tree.

Fence 30ab, Lion Bridge with Burgley House beyond Photo Kingswood Associates

Fence 30ab, Lion Bridge with Burgley House beyond
Photo Kingswood Associates

At the Maltings, Fence 16 is the existing huge white oxer standing at maximum width and height, followed by the Malting’s Bounce, a double of brushes going uphill with a bounce between, described by Mark as requiring “a massive big effort”. Next is the Rolex Combination, another variation on a theme, demanding accurate riding.

At the top of the long hill comes the Cottesmore Leap (22) and here Mark has brought in an easier, but much-longer routed, alternative before riders run down Winners’ Avenue and head for home – but with a further 12 jumping efforts and two more water splashes before crossing the finish line.

Of course, Burghley is not just about Saturday’s cross-country; as well as two full days of dressage beforehand plus the show jumping on Sunday – once horses have passed the veterinary inspection that morning – there’s the shopping with seemingly miles and miles of quality trade stands, Pony Club Team Jumping, Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals and displays in the main arena each day except Saturday.

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Dressage team silver for Britain in World Games

It was a superb day for Great Britain in the dressage arena, as Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin, Michael Eilberg, Carl Hester and Gareth Hughes produced the goods out at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy to win the silver medal and thus achieve qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

After Gareth Hughes and Carl Hester’s performances, which left GBR in the bronze medal position overnight, the pressure was on for Michael Eilberg and Charlotte Dujardin to deliver on the spectacular D’Ornano stage


Gareth Hughes Photo: British Dressage

Gareth Hughes
Photo: British Dressage

Entering the arena for his world championship debut, Michael produced a vital test for the team, marred only by a couple of expensive mistakes aboard a slightly unsettled Half Moon Delphi (owned by Jon and Julie Deverill) to post 71.886 per cent, which sees him through to the Grand Prix Special.

Commenting after his test, Michael said; “I’m a bit disappointed really today with the test that I had. Obviously quite a few mistakes crept in; we’ve had some really good recent form, so the test today was a little bit below par. I’m a bit gutted because I wanted to get a good score for the team but that’s the way it goes. She warmed up really well – that can be a negative because she felt too good! Even round the outside of the arena she felt really good but on the first diagonal she was a bit looky at the camera and it made her hide just a bit. The piaffe came off well today I thought and I collected a few marks there as the test went on.”

The second half of today’s competition saw Olympic and European champion Charlotte Dujardin take to the floor. With Roly Luard and Carl Hester’s Valegro the familiar duo wowed the judges to take the top spot. Their test, which included some impressive piaffe and pirouettes, posted a stunning 85.271 per cent to stand nearly four percent ahead of their nearest rivals, Germany’s Isabell Werth and Bella Rose.

Charlotte Dujardin Photo British Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin
Photo British Dressage

Commenting after her world class performance Charlotte said; “I had such fun. I went out there to do my very best and wanted to try to get us [the team] into a medal position. He did his best and I’m so lucky, as he has just felt fantastic all week. He did try to stop on the centre line but apart from that I was really, really happy. To go out there and get the welcome I got was fantastic. It’s such a great feeling to have that many people behind you.”

Will Connell, Chef de Mission for GBR out at the WEG summed up the performance; “As a team they only have two occasions to qualify for the Rio Olympics. This is absolutely what we wanted and means that they have a two year run in to the Olympics, during which time they can bring on young horses and don’t have to worry about qualification. What Charlotte did today was truly outstanding, and along with her team mates, they have made the paving stones for the road to Rio.”

Carl commented on the result; “As a team we’re really delighted; no one feels left out, we’re so lucky to have Charlotte who can take the pressure off to get the scores and win medals.”

Germany finished in the gold medal position, with The Netherlands taking the bronze. Both Charlotte and Carl join Michael to compete in the Grand Prix Special.

Equestrian Team GBR is supported by the UK Sport Lottery funded World Class Programme; the British teams are very grateful to the support they receive from official Team GBR suppliers Dodson and Horrell, Land Rover, Mears Country Jackets, NAF, NuuMed, Point Two Equine, Tagg Equestrian and Toggi.


Top class competitive dressage is back at Belmoredean

Top class competitive dressage has returned to Belmoredean in Maplehurst, West Sussex this year thanks to resident trainer Robbie Carpenter and his team. The highlight will be a Championship Show on September 13, which has so far attracted 70 competitors in three classes. Trophies, sashes and rosettes will be awarded in mounted prizegivings on the day.

Belmoredean, owned by Louise Hartnett, is a superb venue which has been the scene of outstanding dressage demonstrations and competitions in the past. This year’s highly sucessful summer series of dressage has resulted in positive feedback about the friendly and well-organised shows.

Dressage in Belmoredean's top class arena

In Belmoredean’s top class arena Photo: Joanna Whittaker

Robbie said: “When I was eight years old, I sold my Scaletrix racing car track to buy my first pony, and riding has been my passion every since. I was a GB talent spotting finalist in the mid 90’s and competed nationally and internationally as a GB Young Rider.

“After completing my law degree, I continued to ride and train dressage in the UK, Mexico,and South Africa before returning to England to settled down in the beautiful Sussex countryside at Belmoredean, West Grinstead. I was classically trained from an early age and have continued training with various elite trainers including Emile Faurie and Conrad Schaumacher.

“For me there is nothing more satisfying than training a novice horse through to Grand Prix. of course it is nice to win at a competition too- winning the Hickstead Maters was a great day!

“At present I ride a few selected horses in my stable ranging from Novice to Grand Prix and spend the majority of the day training clients. Educating a rider to train a horse in dressage is very rewarding when results start to happen.Having been a British National trainer, an under 21’s trainer and British Dressage Young Riders Dressage Scheme trainer, it has been fantastic to help some riders to reach their potential.”

Enjoying excellent dreessage facilities at Belmoredean Photo by Joanne Whittaker

Enjoying excellent dreessage facilities at Belmoredean Photo by Joanne Whittaker

One of the organisers who has been working with Robbie is Luise Bashford, who previously trained with Robbie and joined him to help expand the Belmoredean goal. This is to provide progressive training by giving grassroots riders something to aim for in dressage with help to measure their progress. The ultimate aim was to run shows again that had the facilities and professional atmosphere of top level affiliated shows, but with the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of small local ones.

“Although I’ve never done anything like it before I didn’t hesitate in agreeing to get involved in working on this,” said Luise. She added: “Belmoredean is a fantastic venue and we have dragged dressage into the modern world. One of the first shows had a 100 per cent on line entry,” she added.

Top class dressage facilities at Belmoredean  Photo Joanna Whittaker

Working with the mirror at Belmoredean
Photo Joanna Whittaker

.The championship has some outstanding prizes, including a lesson with Olympic rider Emile Faurie, a spa treatment for two at Ockendean Manor and many more.Because of popular demand to continue with dressage events during the winter, there are plans to upgrade the surface of the outdoor arena in order to make this possible.

Local businesses are given support wherever possible with Joanne Whittaker as official photographer, Gregg Isaacson giving taster Alexander Technique lessons in the viewing gallery, while rosettes for the championship are being produced locally by Scrummy Rosettes and a display of equestrian artwork by local artist Judith Charman is planned.

Successful horse show aids equine grass sickness work

ARUNDEL Riding Club was significantly affected by the equine grass sickness outbreak earlier this summer and recently held a horse show at Wicks Farm in Ford Lane, near Arundel to raise money for the Animal Health Trust’s work on equine grass sickness research and vaccine programme.

Val Hall presenting show champion award to Lizzie Deacon and Leafycroft Price Tag: Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Val Hall presenting show champion award to Lizzie Deacon and Leafycroft Price Tag: Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Some club members have been personally affected by grass sickness, which causes such devastation. Club committee member Carolyn Basham lost a beloved five-year-old pony named Teddy to the disease in March, and one of the show judges, Jan Allen, had six horses die of the disease some years ago and, with the help of sponsors, the show went ahead and raised £500 for the trust’s research into the dreadful disease.

The club has thanked all sponsors for their contributions, both financial and with prizes for the raffle- these included :The Arundel Equine Hospital, Leafycroft Stud , EMS Animal Feeds, LRG Photography, SPR Animal Feeds,Christina Dodd Bowen Therapist,Teresa Jones, Jewels Stables, Topline Property Services, Festival of Horsemanship, Gaston Farm 30-31 August 2014 and Kamala Rosettes. The show programme included ridden classes and in hand classes for competitors.

Successful competitor Tommy Green with his pony Charm Photo Luke Gee , LRG Photography

Judges on the day were Jan Allen ( in hand) and Patricia Hoal (ridden) . There was  a particularly good turnout with large entries for the In Hand ring. Following early rain, the weather cleared to a fine morning, though a heavy shower at lunchtime lowered entries for the afternoon’s show jumping and gymkhana.

Overall Supreme Champion and In hand Champion was Lizzie Deacon with Leafycroft Price Tag, while the Reserve Supreme Champion and Ridden Champion was Annabelle Harvey-Mason with Garshall Gethin.

Annabelle Harvey-Mason with Grashall Gethin, Reserve Champions Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Annabelle Harvey-Mason with Grashall Gethin, Reserve Supreme and Ridden Champions Photo Luke Gee, LRG Photography

Equine grass sickness is a predominantly fatal disease affecting grazing horses, ponies and donkeys and Britain has the highest incidence worldwide. The current theory is that EGS is a toxico-infection involving Clostridium botulinum type C and other diseases involving this are successfully prevented by vaccination, implying that it should be possible to prevent EGS by vaccination.

The Animal Health Trust is trialling vaccinations involving 1100 horses for a two-year period from premises previously affected with a high incidence disease. Proof of reduced disease incidence in vaccinated horses would provide a major breakthough in the prevention of EGS.

Fundraising  achieved by this and another local show this summer is vital to help this research continue. For more information see:


Treble for jockey Jim Crowley at Goodwood’s three-day meeting

Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley, is enjoying good successes as a freelance, after relinquishing his job as stable jockey to Hampshire-based Ralph Beckett.He had three winners at the August Bank Holiday Goodwood meeting- with an appropriate third winnner on the final day yesterday ( Sunday).

Jockey Jim Crowley

Jockey Jim Crowley

This came on the David Simcock-trained The Corsican, an 8/1 shot,  which won the Harwoods Group Stakes, beating the favourite Madeed by a length and a half. Crowley is married to Lucinda, the youngest of three daughters of former trainer Guy Harwood.

On the opening day of the meeting he had a double initiated by Arethusa, a 3-1 shot trained by Ed Dunlop, which won the Doom Bar Nursery Stakes by half a length and followed up swiftly with a 10-1 win on board Saucy Minx, trainer by his sister-in-law Amanda Perrett at Coombelands Racing Stables, Pulborough.

He missed the second day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting because of commitments at York, where he rode Ed Vaughan’s three-year-old Adventure Seeker to finishe second, beaten only by three-quarters of a length in the Melrose Sgtakes Handicap, and then was third in the Julia Graves Rose Listed Stakes, beaten only by a neck and a nose on board 14-1 shot Al Fareei , trained by James Tate.

Irish trainer Sabrina Harty, who won the feature race

Irish trainer Sabrina Harty, who won the feature race

The feature race of the final day at Goodwood, the Group 3 Doom Bar Supreme Stakes went to Irish trainer Sabrina Harty , who saddled up Ansgar to win under jockey James Doyle. It was the trainer’s first time at Goodwood and Goodwood’s management hopes that her success will encourage other Irish trainers to send runners to the Sussex track.

It was the start of a double for James Doyle, who also won the Doom Bar Fillies Stakes on Luca Cumani’s Jordan Princess.

James Doyle at Glorious Goodwood with Kingman   Photo: Jeannie Knight

James Doyle at Glorious Goodwood with Kingman Photo: Jeannie Knight

Goodwood’s next fixture will be on Tuesday September 2, when more top class racing can be expected. The first race will be at 2.20pm and the last at 5.40pm and tickets can be obtained in advance from or by ringing  01243 755055.01 243 755055 /01243 755055 /

Claimer Louis Steward wins £265,000 Betfred Ebor at York

FIVE pound claimer Louis Steward (18) fulfilled the promise he has shown this season by winning the £265,000 Betfred Ebor Handicap at York yesterday. He rode 20-1 shot Mutual Regard to an assured victory in the race for Irish trainer Johnny Murtagh. He came with a well-judged late run to hit the front approaching the post and won by one and a quarter lengths.

Murtagh, who had never heard of the young rider, had been left without an apprentice jockey just before the meeting, when his own received a ban. Mutaual Regard’s owner Andrew Tinkler told him Louis was the apprentice to book.
He explained:”Andrew Tinkler is a man that’s hot on his stats and he said that Louis was the man to ride.I was close with Royal Diamond but this is a good horse. I was nearly going to run him in the Lonsdale Cup, but we went for this instead and it has worked a treat.”
Appprentice jockey Louis Steward Photo: Jeannie Knight

Appprentice jockey Louis Steward
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Based with Newmarket trainer Michael Bell, the young rider had made an impressive start this year when winning the Hands and Heels Apprentice Championship in March  This was his 32nd win of 2014, and he has also approaching 50 places to his credit.

His home is in Great Yarmouth, but he had been riding from an early age, competing in show jumping and gymkhanas. His mother owned racehorse Jupiter Island, trained by Clive Britain.

But his grandfather, Eric Steward, who has a strong knowledge of racing, has been his biggest influence.Louis started going racing with him when he was 14 and went to the British Racing School in Newmarket when he was 15.

Now the roles have been reversed and his grandfather often goes to the races with Louis, driving him  to many of the courses. The young apprentice’s previous wins have been for a variety of trainers, including Lady Cecil, Paul Cole, Lee Carter, Eve Johnson Houghton and John Gallagher as well as Michael Bell.

Maddison Charity Dressage show raises £1,500 for grass sickness research

THE Maddison Charity Dressage Event held last week at Monnington Equestrian centre was an overwhelming success, raising £1,500 for the Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund.

The event was held in memory of a very special pony which died tragically from grass sickness this summer. Maddison was home-bred by Val Hall at Barnham,  who has an outstanding reputation for breeding and producing New Forest ponies. Maddison had proved he had the potential to go to the top in dressage before he contracted the disease, which is almost always fatal.

The classes were oversubscribed and there was a waiting list for places for this show, which started promptly at midday and finished at 8.15pm, acting  both as a tribute to Maddison and also a fundraiser to help try and find a cure for the terrible disease.

Elysia Foot riding Merlin at the show Photo Luke Gee LRGPhotography

Elysia Foot riding Merlin at the show Photo Luke Gee LRGPhotography

Val Hall said: “We were fortunate to have Charlotte Lassetter and Yvonne Huber judging, and points were accrued over two tests to  decided the overall champion and reserve champion.  The weather was kind with only two riders getting a little damp during their riding tests.The barbecue, ice cream and cakes were very popular and there was a steady stream of hungry riders and grooms and helpers.”

A dressage to music display was particularly poignant when performed in the evening by Jan Hesketh and Glory Bea, known affectionately as Minnie. Minnie is a grass sickness survivor who came back from the brink of death from the disease. One of the very few survivors of this deadly disease, Minnie now shows a great zest for life. Following Minnie’s performance there was an alternative demonstration of Dressage to Music by Charlotte and John Lassetters pantomime horse.

Minnie, also known as Glory Bea, who is a rare survivor of equine grass sickness


“Our thanks go to all our sponsors whose generosity enabled us to raise such a magnificent amount for the Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund,” said Val.
The overall champion, winning the Maddison Trophy, was Clare Pointing riding Archie, a pure bred Irish draught owned by Debbie Daniels  Reserve was Lyn Chapman riding her lovely coloured horse Remix.

All riders and horses were beautifully turned out and even the newcomers to dressage were undaunted.This is to become an annual event and orhganisers look forward to seeing everybody again in 2015 and raising more money to help find  a cure for this devastating equine disease.

Goodwood’s three-day August Bank Holiday meeting starts today

Goodwood stages its three-day August Bank Holiday Weekend meeting today Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 22, 23 and 24 with some cracking action on the track in prospect.

The opening race at 5.10pm today is the Doom Bar Apprentice Stakes over six furlongs. Local trainers are well represented, with Lavant trainer Steve Woodman putting up Kieran Shoemark on board course winner Chevise. This mare has previously finished in front of Peter Hedger’s charge Lucky Di at the track and enjoyed a good win earlier in the season at Goodwood. Horsham trainer Gary Moore has Hector Crouch on board Freddy With A Y.

Trainer Steve Woodman and Chevise

Trainer Steve Woodman and Chevise

The feature race of the day is the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Fillies’ Stakes Handicap over a mile at 6.45pm when previous track winner Saucy Minx is entered by Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett with her brother-in-law Jim Crowley in the saddle.

Top stables of Richard Hannon and Sir Michael Stoute are represented by Musicora and Psychometry. Roger Charlton’s Hiking is worth another look, having been carried wide in her last race, also at Goodwood, where she was left with no chance over a slightly longer trip.

In the two mile Chichester Stakes, Sir Mark Prescott’s grey Moscato is one to consider- having scored his first win last time out when he tackled this distance for the first time.

On Saturday the feature race of the meeting is the £100,000 Group Two Doom Bar Celebration Mile (3.30pm) with  16 confirmations going forward  including the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Darwin, who finished third behind the mighty Kingman at Glorious Goodwood in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, and Cougar Mountain, who was last seen when fifth in the six-furlong Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Cougar Mountain and Joseph O'Brien Photo: Peter Simpson

Cougar Mountain and Joseph O’Brien
Photo: Peter Simpson

The big handicap on Saturday is the seven-furlong £100,000 August Bank Holiday Handicap (2.55pm), which has attracted 41 entries including Belgian Bill, Heavy Metal (Mark Johnston), who won the seven-furlong International Handicap at Ascot prior to finishing second in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood and Louis The Pious (David O’Meara), who won the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot.