Now that’s what I call racing
Gary McKenzie on yesterday’s impressive action from day two Glorious Goodwood
It was billed as the race of the season and it did not disappoint.
The Sussex Stakes has produced some great finishes in the past but this year’s version was just brilliant.
Mohaather finally got his Group One and he could not have been more impressive. He was short of room and had to drop back. Then he had to go widest of all before flying past his rivals in the final furlong.
The first four are top class horses. Circus Maximus always shows up and he looks to have run to form again. He battled on to repel the charge of Siskin but Mohaather was just too pacy late on.
Siskin ran another good race. He was a bit edgy again at the stalls and missed the break but he travelled well throughout. He just didn’t have the tools to beat the older two in front. I still think he is a very good horse and may have improved from the Guineas. I am already hoping he gets to race on at four.
Kameko was caught for room not once but twice. I am not certain he would have won with a clear run but he was definitely unlucky. It would be great to see him against the front two again.
Siskin’s jockey, Colin Keane, did ride a winner yesterday when he steered Steel Bull to victory in the Molecomb. That came just a week after the horse made a winning debut at Naas and he got bumped about early on yesterday. But once he got clear he was very strong. He will surely come on for that and six furlongs would not be beyond him but he could try a sterner test.
He could join fellow juveniles Frenetic, and the first two in the Norfolk Stakes, The Lir Jet and Golden Pal in the Nunthorpe at York next month. All four would be getting 24lb from probable favourite Battaash (in fact Frenetic, being a filly, would get nearly two stone) and two year olds have won this race before. I am getting excited so need to calm down.
My only winner was again a two year old (am I becoming a specialist?). Miss Jingles did it nicely. She was pushed wide by the run of Country Carnival but she got back and by the finish she was on top. I think she was better than the neck winning margin.
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