Looking at the main contenders in this weekend’s racing from Goodwood
Stand by for another Saturday of sentiment as Islington attempts to repeat the feat of Golan by winning the big race at Goodwood, the Vodafone Nassau Stakes.
Only last Saturday Golan stirred the emotions with his victory in Ascot’s King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, just four days after the death of his owner-breeder.
Islingtonwill run in the colours of her owner-breeder, the late Lord Weinstock, who had a special place in his heart for her. He always insisted that this filly reminded him of his brilliant dual class winner Sun Princess.
Unfortunately, Islington dropped out all too tamely in the straight in the Oaks at Epsom and finished well behind Quarter Moon, the likely favourite who was runner-up to Kazzia. Islington may be best forgiven for that disappointment and can turn the tables on Quarter Moon.
Roger Charlton, who won the Vodafone Stewards Cup with Harmonic Way three years ago, should be back on target with Border Subject, the topweight in this, the season’s most competitive cavalry charge.
Border Subject ran the race of his life to beat all but Capricho in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. He had won twice before that and has evidently made a great recovery from a wind problem that at one stage had threatened his career.
Charlton’s Harmonic Way won from a low draw and the Beckhampton trainer has expressed himself satisfied with Border Subject’s number two stall position, which means the five-year-old will have the stands rail to run down.
Sir Michael Stoute (pictured), trainerof both Golan and Islington, has another likely winner in L’Oiseau d’Argent in the Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes, while the opening Vodafone Nursery is best left to Fellow Ship, trained by Barry Hills whose string is in fine form.
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