I’m going to show a startling lack of imagination on the first couple of races but Kings Fete really has got a great chance in the Glorious Stakes (2.00). He first made an impression on me at this track as a three-year-old, where he indicated that he could make up into a real top-notcher. He was obviously fairly unlucky at Ascot but even the piece of form as it stands entitles him to a large amount of respect here and he’s run well at this track before. The surface should be no problem to him and he's going to be hard to beat.
Thikriayaat could complete a quick-fire double for Sir Michael Stoute in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stake 35 minutes later. Again, even as his Royal Ascot form stands, he’s got a strong chance here, but I actually think he would have finished quite a bit closer that day if not for racing in a different part of the track, and by the time he had extracated himself from that group, Ribchester had flown. He’s been given plenty of time to get over that and I can see him running a bold race. Emotionless is a lovely looking animal and clearly he was very impressive in winning the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last season but I’m not sure a horse of his substance is going to be suited by a turning track like Goodwood, I think he might be better on a more conventional circuit.
Whilst Franklin D has clearly got a very good chance in the Mile (3.10), he’s a little too short in truth and I would rather have a crack at a couple at juicier odds. The first is Red Avenger who won this a couple of years ago and appears to have been freshened up specifically for this. The other, Celestial Path, is poorly drawn but I still think he will get in the frame. The faster the better for him and, as his trainer pointed out live on Channel 4 yesterday, this horse broke the track record with 9st 13lb on his back in defeat at York.
In the sprint I like Goldream who has been sensibly protected from the soft ground that has prevailed through the spring and early summer months. He was a dual Group One winner over 5f last year and his victory in the Prix de l’Abbaye came three weeks before the penalty date for this race kicked in, so he escapes a penalty this afternoon. He is situated around plenty of the pace so should get a decent lead from Take Cover who is drawn two stalls away.