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Published 02 August 2012

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200 and counting

Happy Birthday to the Goodwood Cup

Enjoy him while you can, because the superstar won’t be around for ever. Frankel stormed home in predictably immense fashion in the Sussex Stakes, extending his winning record to 12/12 and gaining back-to-back wins in the race. Half an hour earlier, Olympic Glory appropriately won the Vintage Stakes with a devastating turn of foot.

Today, it’s Ladies’ day and we celebrate 200 years of the Group 2 Artemis Goodwood Cup, a race which has been won in recent years by true staying champions like Persian Punch and Yeats. Will we see another performance to match them?

1.40: The Magnolia Cup

Edie Campbell returns to the scene of her 2011 triumph in the Celebrity Ladies Race for the Magnolia Cup supported by Audi, aiming to repeat her victory on board Harrodian Hotshot last year. This time she rides George Baker and will be up against the likes of Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox and Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer.

2.15: Betfred The Bonus King Handicap

We start with a tricky handicap. Godolphin send out Asatir, who has won all three of his starts. Today is a step up in class, but he should give a good account, while Hallings Comet is the most unexposed horse in the field and should go close. Hefner has been improving all the time and handles a variety of trips and conditions.

2.45 Audi Richmond Stakes

Richard Hannon is the master of this race, having won the last four runnings. He sends out Master of War, winner of a listed race last time. Meanwhile, Ahern and Cay Verde represent the same owner. The former ran a decent race last time at this level which would give him huge claims again this afternoon if he could reproduce that. The latter is stepping up in trip which may bring about some improvement.

3.15: Artemis Goodwood Cup (British Champion Series)

Today’s running will hopefully be one to remember. Colour Vision, victorious in the Ascot Gold Cup last time, steps back half a mile to tackle this race. He showed guts to win after a long slog and should be there at the finish. Saddler’s Rock was 1/2l behind Colour Vision at Ascot but now will appreciate the drop in trip and should be more at home at 2m. Simenon completed a sensational Royal Ascot double in the Ascot Stakes and the Queen Alexandra Stakes and seems to be able to run forever. He stays 2m over hurdles, so the trip should be no problem. And for each-way punters, I caught up with John Dunlop who trains Times Up and he told me: “We haven’t run him because the ground hasn’t been to his liking. He’s got the class to be involved in this, and we’re hopeful.”

3.45: Ishares Fillies’ Stakes

Estimate ran a cracker at Royal Ascot and has to be respected. He has the best form and should be able to take advantage. Hawaafez comfortably won a listed race last time and hopefully will cope just as well in this grade, and the Irish raider Midnight Soprano has been a big success story and will be in the frame if she produces her best.

4.20: EBF British Stallion Studs New Ham Maiden Fillies’ Stakes

Supernova Heights made a promising start to her career at Newmarket and could have enough improvement to win this. Botanica has impressed in her first two runs and represents Hannon and Hughes, who have a wonderful record together in juvenile races. Among the newcomers, Golden Causeway and Ghanaian represent powerful connections and should be monitored in the market. Talqaa is an interesting debutant, and I spoke with her trainer Mick Channon, who told me: “She’s the strongest of our runners and has a lot of ability, but you never know what the others have.”

4.55: Tatler Stakes (Handicap)

Stirring Ballad is at the bottom of the weights and could take advantage. She took a big step up in class last time and should be in the money if all goes to plan. Dutch Rose has been in a rich vein of form this season whereas Shamaal Nibras has to overcome a tricky draw, but he has a good chance if doing so.

5.25 Betfred Mobile Lotto Stakes (Handicap)

A fair few unexposed types in this, including the likes of Silver Lime and Maria’s Choice. 16-runner handicaps rarely get more competitive. Clon Brulee won eased down last time and beat two subsequent winners, so the form is solid and the extra furlong should suit. Cresta Star will be good enough if producing his best form, but with so many unknowns, it is tricky to pick just one.

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