Head Space & Klynch on Course For Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup
Trainer Ruth Carr is readying a two-pronged attack on the £100,000 Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup with Head Space (8st 5lb) and Klynch (8st 6lb) being aimed at the highlight of the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, August 4.
Weights for the six-furlong heritage handicap are revealed today, with the 2011 winner Hoof It, who carried a record 10st, heading the handicap with a welter burden of 10st 4lb. The Mick Easterby-trained sprinter is a 16/1 shot for a repeat success with Blue Square Bet.
Victory in the Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup would be particularly fitting for Carr, whose grandfather David Chapman recorded one of the biggest wins of his career in the 1982 Stewards’ Cup with Soba.
Head Space, a 20/1 chance with Blue Square Bet, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a five-furlong handicap at Ayr on Monday (July 9) when he shied badly nearing the winning line and had to settle for a share of third place.
The four-year-old had previously posted an easy success in a six-furlong handicap at the same course on June 22, adding to a half-length victory in a Newcastle handicap over five furlongs earlier the same month.
Carr revealed: “Both Head Space and Klynch are going to Goodwood. There’s nothing wrong with Head Space this morning and I think that it was just down to a bit of greenness
“He jumped the line when he won at Ayr last month, which was understandable because he was well clear and his ears are pricked . He might have frightened himself as he spooked a bit going down to the start on Monday but I can’t understand him how he would be able to pick out the winning line in a race when his head is down in a finish.
“I am hoping that it is something that he might grow out of and the short-term aim is for him to run in a nice five-furlong handicap at Ascot on July 22 and then head to Goodwood.
“He quite versatile regarding ground although he showed a really impressive turn of foot when he won on decent ground at Ayr, so he is probably going to be better on good ground.
“He’s an improving horse and it makes you wonder how much he has left in the tank if he is looking around at the end of a five-furlong race.”
Six-year-old Klynch, who is currently a 20/1 chance with the race sponsor, is also on an upward curve having registered a hat-trick of wins on his latest three starts. The Kyllachy gelding followed up a short-head verdict in a six-furlong York handicap on June 16 with a decisive victory over the same trip at Hamilton on June 28.
He continued his ascent up the handicap ranks by comfortably taking an Epsom handicap over seven furlongs on July 5.
Carr continued: “Klynch is going to go for the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton on Friday (July 13). He needs to run while the weather is like this because he likes soft ground.
“He ran well in the consolation race for the Stewards’ Cup last year and he seems to come good at this time of year. He’s probably better this season compared to last year and he’s certainly in good form.”
Blue Square Bet currently has five horses sharing favouritism on 12/1 - Waffle (9st 3lb), who has finished runner-up in the Wokingham Handicap for the past two years, the James Fanshawe-trained duo of Mac’s Power (8st 11lb) and Hallelujah (8st 3lb), the three-year-old Top Offer (8st 5lb) and Cape Classic (8st 3lb), from the William Haggas table.
There is a maximum field of 28 for the Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup. Horses that fail to make the final field are eligible for the Get Your Bet On At Bluesq.Com Stewards' Sprint Handicap, the opening race on Saturday, August 4.
Latest odds from Blue Square Bet
12/1 Waffle, Mac's Power, Top Offer, Cape Classic, Hallelujah.
14/1 Alben Star, Hezmah, Jamesie, Scarf, Sholaan.
16/1 Hoof It, Hawkeyethenoo, Es Que Love, Mince
20/1 Mirza, Colonel Mak, Palace Moon, Borderlescott, Desert Law, Lui Rei, Seal Rock, Pearl Ice, Ancient Cross, Dungannon, Shropshire, Whaileyy, Victoire de Lyphar, Catfish, Head Space, Top Cop, Klynch.
25/1 Markab, Elusivity, Humidor, Secret Witness, Pabusar, Jonny Mudball, Confessional, Bajan Tryst, High Standing, Lady Gorgeous, Al Aasifh, Head of Steam, Lexi's Hero, Gold City, Esprit de Midas, Atlantic Sport, Fast Shot, Racy, Tax Free, Steps, Dickie's Lad, Accession, La Fortunata, Global City, Chilli Green, Novellen Lad, Johannes, Docofthebay, Lutine Bell, Tioman Legend, El Viento, Nasri, Swiss Cross.
33/1 Prime Defender, Oasis Dancer, Duchess Dora, Imperial Guest, Louis The Pious, Advanced, Breathless Kiss, Thunderball, Piazza San Pietro, Grissom, Vocational, Fitz Flyer, Valery Borzov.
40/1 Bayleyf, Fratellino, Starwatch, Shifting Star, Elusive Prince, Muaamara.
WEIGHTS REVEALED FOR BETFRED MILE AT GOODWOOD
Hat-trick seeking Trade Commissioner, who is 4/1 favourite with Betfred for the £100,0000 Betfred Mile, has been allotted 9st 5lb for the ultra-competitive heritage handicap, highlight of the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, Friday, August 3.
John Gosden’s charge followed a facile success in a Salisbury handicap on June 27 with a cosy three-quarter length victory over Vainglory (16/1 & 8st 6lb) at Sandown on July 7.
Prince Of Johanne (10/1 & 9st 6lb) could bid to complete an unprecedented treble for trainer Tom Tate, having captured the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
Last year’s winner Boom And Bust (14/1) is set to carry 8st 13lb, while other notable contenders include Royal Hunt Cup runner-up Excellent Guest (14/1 & 8st 12lb), the progressive Ibtahaj (14/1 & 8st 3lb), Invisible Man (14/1 & 9st 7lb), Madam Macie (14/1 & 8st 10lb) and Johnny Castle (14/1 & 8st 10lb).
Webbow (8st 11lb), a 20/1 chance with Betfred, boasts an excellent record at Goodwood, having finished fourth in the Betfred Mile in 2009 and come home fourth in the same race in 2010. The son of Dr Devious captured the Harwoods E B F "Hellvelyn" Classified Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year and was runner-up in the Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Heritage Handicap at the same course in August.
He joined the stables of Julie Camacho at the start of the season and the Malton handler is hoping to get the evergreen 10-year-old back to his favourite course.
Camacho revealed: “Webbow is doing fine and he will hopefully head straight to the Betfred Mile, although he needs fast ground. He came to me in February and he looks in good form at the moment - he’s cantering and working away.
“He obviously loves racing around Goodwood and his form last season was probably as good as ever. You would hope that, if he returns in similar form, then he would be competitive.
“It would be a big ask for a 10-year-old to win a race like the Betfred Mile but we have been keeping him happy and, as long as the enthusiasm is still there, then he will continue racing.”
The weights are headed by the Queen’s Carlton House (10st 5lb), who was entered in error and is not expected to line up in the Betfred Mile.
Betfred Mile - Betfred bet:
4/1 Trade Commissioner.
10/1 Prince of Johanne.
14 /1 Boom and Bust, Excellent Guest, Ibtahaj, Invisible Man, Johnny Castle, Madam Macie.
16/1 Belgian Bill, Bonnie Brae, Bronze Angel, Cape Classic, Memory Cloth, Quick Wit, Sandagiyr, Smarty Socks, Vainglory.
20/1 Arnold Lane, Asatir, Brae Hill, Captain Bertie, Con Artist, Decent Fella, Don't Call Me, Making Eyes, Mister Music, Red Duke, Swiftly Done, Webbow.
25/1 Bannock, Bridgefield, Field of Dream, Gold City, Hajras, Kahruman, Kyllachy Star, Levitate, Mabait, Ottoman Empire, Rodrigo De Torres, Terdaad, Trade Storm.
33/1 Al Muheer, Albaqaa, Chapter Seven, Classic Colori, Common Touch, Crown Counsel, Escape to Glory, Famous Poet, Fulbright, Indian Jack, Norse Blues, Shamaal Nibras, Switzerland, Take it to the Max, Xilerator.
40/1 Colour Guard, Harrison George, Jacob Cats, Karaka Jack, Prince of Burma.
50/1 Lord Ofthe Shadows, Lucky Henry, My Son Max, Rakaan, Sir Reginald, Snow Bay.
Not quoted: Carlton House, Tazahum.
Each way: 1/4 odds 1-2-3-4. Antepost rules apply.
FRANKEL HEADS 17 REMAINING ENTRIES IN QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES
The outstanding Frankel heads 17 entries remaining in the Group One £300,000 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, the highlight of Glorious Goodwood which takes places on Wednesday, August 1.
Owned by Khalid Abdulla and trained by Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel is unbeaten in 11 starts and will be aiming to repeat his performance in the 2011 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, when he routed Canford Cliffs by five lengths. His most recent start came in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 when he won by an imperious 11 lengths.
The strongest opposition to Frankel could be provided by trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has seven remaining entries including Excelebration, who has finished second to Frankel on four occasions Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Power, Maybe, who landed the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes last season and Ishvana, who landed the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Other interesting contenders include Strong Suit, who landed the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last season and Planteur, who won the Group One Prix Ganay in 2011.
There are 47 entries for the Group Two £100,000 Betfair Celebration Mile, which takes place at Goodwood on Saturday, August 25, including the Queen’s Carlton House and the 2010 champion sprinter Starspangledbanner, who is back in training with Aidan O’Brien.