Despite winning Goodwood’s Cocked Hat Stakes Listed race for three-year-old colts and geldings, Storm The Stars, trained by William Haggas is unlikely to run in the Derby, the trainer’s wife Maureen told reporters following the race yesterday.
Previously runner up in the Chester Vase, connections said that despite improving with each run, he needs time mentally rather than physically, and is more likely to be ready for the St Leger. He did nothing wrong in the race, where he was partnered by Pat Cosgrave, and managed to hold off a challenge from 11-8 favourite Best Of Times.
It was another excellent day of racing at this popular Sussex track and local trainer Amanda Perrett had a fine victory with five-year-old Czech It Out, owned by George Materna and ridden by Pat Dobbs.
The 16-1 shot won comfortably and continued a great start to the season for Amanda, who is based at Coombelands Stables, Pulborough. This was her third winner in less than a fortnight and there should be more to come.
It was also a good day for jockey Richard Hughes, who rode a double, starting with 4-11 favourite Nelspruit in the Spitfire Maiden Auction Stakes, followed by 6-1 shot Royal Spirit for trainer Roger Charlton in the fillies handicap.
Martin Lane was another jockey in double form, with wins in the fillies stakes handicap with 5-6 shot Endless Time for trainer Charlie Appleby and completed with Major Pusey at 8-1 for John Gallagher in the final handicap stakes.
Today should see another excellent day opening at 1.45pm with the Festival Stakes which has some top class entries in the seven-runner field.
It is followed by another Listed race, this time over 12 furlongs with 11 runner headed by distance winner Mister Universe trained by Mark Johnston, while Mick Channon will be hoping to follow up on his first day winner, this time with Popeswood with Paddy Pilley claiming a useful 7lb again.
The Lidsey Silver Anniversary Stakes Handicap is another feature race over one mile six furlongs with approaching £20,000 prize money. Roger Charlton has an interesting runner in Quest For More ridden by Jimmy Fortune, which could see him among the prizes for a second day.