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A Sussex Stakes to savour

1 Aug 2017

After a hectic opening day at Glorious Goodwood I’m set to be slightly less busy tomorrow with just the three rides booked on the Sussex Downs.

The highlight of the day is undoubtedly the Qatar Sussex Stakes; a race I absolutely love as it’s always full of star quality.

I haven’t spoken to David Simcock yet with regards to race tactics but I’m delighted with Lightning Spear’s draw in stall one; a low draw is always a big positive for me at Goodwood.

Toscanini is drawn in stall two and is a likely pace angle; while Lancaster Bomber likes to go forward too. Lightning Spear’s best performances to date have come over a strongly run mile and fingers crossed it looks like we’ll get that given to us.

Ribchester is rightly favourite, but I honestly wouldn’t rule out Churchill at all. He’s a dual Guineas winner and Aidan O’Brien certainly wouldn’t be running him in this if they didn’t think he was back to his best.

Whatever happens, you can be sure that it’ll be a fascinating race to watch unfold and I just hope that Lightning Spear will show his undoubted class. I’m not worried about his previous run in the Eclipse as 10 furlongs at Sandown just wasn’t his bag at all; and with him back running over a mile I’m hopeful for a good run.

Once the dust has settled in the Sussex Stakes I get the leg up on Smooth Sailing for Charlie Hills. He ran very green on debut last time under James Doyle at Windsor; but I’m hopeful that racecourse experience will help him to be more professional this time around. Charlie’s two-year-olds are going well at the moment so fingers crossed that the penny drops tomorrow.

Finally, I ride Lady Perignon for owners Jim and Fitri Hayes who love to have runners at Goodwood.

She’s done well at home and has grown into a big strong filly. I’ve been very lucky when riding for these owners in the past and hopefully she’ll give us a good run.