It is the busiest racing week of the year with Glorious Goodwood and Galway keeping us entertained with superb action on the Flat and over jumps.
With so much to look forward to, we caught up with a few of those set to be involved in the coming days to find out who they are most looking forward to seeing perform:
Andrea Atzeni – Emmaus, 3.00 Goodwood, Tuesday
They’ve had some rain at Goodwood and that’s what he wants. He’s a big, heavy horse and wants some ease underfoot. This looks the perfect race for him.
Michael Bell – Royal Reserve, 2.25 Goodwood, Saturday
He won at Leicester last week and he was beaten by Kelly’s Dino the time before, who won at Ascot on Friday. He’s likely to go for the 1m6f handicap on the Saturday and is in really good form. Hopefully the meeting is kind to us like it was last year.
Paul Cole – Baron Bolt, 4.45 Goodwood, Tuesday
We wanted to run him at York on Saturday but it rained on watered ground and that was not going to suit him. Going five furlongs at Goodwood is a bit of an experiment, but he won well last time and he’s very fast.
Brian Ellison – Baraweez, 7.40 Galway, Tuesday & 3.55 Galway, Sunday
He goes for both the BMW Mile and the Ahonoora Handicap. He loves Galway and goes there in very good form having won two good races already this year. He’s a smashing horse.
Michael Halford – Massif Central & Saltonstall, 7.40 Galway, Tuesday
Saltonstall is a horse we like a lot and it didn’t go his way in the Royal Hunt Cup last time. Massif Central would have a lot in his favour if he handles the course. They’re quality handicappers and I’m looking forward to the race.
Robert Havlin – Stradivarius, 3.35 Goodwood, Tuesday
He’s bouncing at home at the moment. He’s behind me every day in the string when I ride Cracksman and you can tell he’s in really good form. He had a sore foot after Ascot but he’s had no issues with that. He’s a very talented horse and a very good stayer.
Charlie Johnston – Hibernicus, 5.15 Goodwood, Friday
He’s won twice from two starts, although he was racing against trees when he ran at Pontefract last time. The handicapper has rated him 90 but off the back of his runs we’ve entered him for the St Leger. It’s hard to know how good he is, but if he has Classic aspirations he’ll have to run well in this handicap.
Denis O’Regan – Tully East, 7.20 Galway, Wednesday
He’s got a lovely weight and he’s going into the race with a leading chance. The last couple of years you’ve needed a Grade 1 horse to win, and I don’t think he’s that, but at the same time I don’t see a standout horse of that nature in there. I’d have liked him to have had another run, but he’s an exciting horse and I’m optimistic.
Richard Spencer – Rumble Inthejungle, 3.15 Goodwood, Wednesday
He won first time at Salisbury and then ran a good race in the Norfolk at Royal Ascot against more experienced rivals. I think the Molecomb will suit him and hopefully he can keep the good run of our two-year-olds going.
Marcus Tregoning – Imphal, 1.50 Goodwood, Wednesday
He’s running over the extended trip for the first time but it’s always looked like it’s just what he wants. He’s won at Goodwood before and as long as there isn’t too much more rain I think he’s got a leading chance.