Dettori looks set for a Magical day at Goodwood
Published 01/08/2015 | 02:30
Based just outside of Cashel, David Wachman has had a couple of nice wins at Galway over the last few days but his biggest win of the week can come in the Group One Fillies' Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood (3.10) this afternoon.
For the last six years, this race has been won by either John Gosden or Sir Henry Cecil and Gosden is well represented with three runners - namely Bright Approach, Jazzi Top and Star Of Seville. But at 15/8 or thereabouts, Wachman's Legatissimo gets the nod to turn the tables on Aidan O'Brien's Diamondsandrubies, which beat the selection in the Pretty Polly last time.
Denied by a short-head, Legatissimo probably would have won had the pace been a little stronger and it will be interesting to see what tactics are employed by both sides today.
Luca Cumani's Lady Of Dubai is also worth a mention around 6/1. Third in the Oaks at Epsom which was her latest start, she finished one spot ahead of Diamondsandrubies but just a short-head behind Legatissimo.
Back home at Galway, Wood Breizh is tipped to win the big race of the day - the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle (3.15), priced in the region of 6/1. A winner of a Flat handicap off 69 at Tipperary earlier this month, Willie Mullins' charge certainly wasn't disgraced when fourth in a competitive handicap on the opening day of the Galway Festival off a 10lb higher mark.
He was last seen over sticks when third behind a couple of Gordon Elliott's horses in a handicap hurdle at Roscommon in June.
It wasn't a bad performance but I suspect he was a little rusty after seven months off and we should see an improvement today now that he's race-fit.
If you ask me, he's got room for manoeuvre off a hurdle mark of 123 and I'll be very surprised if he doesn't go close this afternoon.
Shortly afterwards at Goodwood, Frankie Dettori can land the Qatar Stewards' Cup Handicap (3.45) on board Magical Memory around 6/1 for trainer Charlie Hills. The three-year-old gelding comes here with a 6lb penalty for winning a very competitive handicap at Newmarket's July meeting but even so, he looks well-in off his old mark of 96.
The manner in which he forged clear to lead over a furlong out was most impressive and assuming he runs well today, it would be no surprise to see Hills try his luck with the gelding in pattern company later on.
Of the rest, the Ayr Silver Cup winner Huntsmans Close has claims. Roger Charlton has won this race a couple of times and has a Group One entry for Huntsmans Close later on this season.
Horses which are making a quick return to racing at the Galway Festival are always of interest, and Bribe The Bouncer looks a cracking each-way bet around 10/1 in the Ladbrokes Red Day Handicap (5.00).
Denis Hogan's gelding carries a 5lb penalty for winning a big-field handicap on Wednesday but runs today off his old mark of 63. Considering the handicapper is due to raise him 9lbs when the weights are reviewed, he's surely well-in.
Once again, Connor King gets the ride and his 3lb claim reduces the weight even further.
He's got plenty in his favour and should place at the very least.
2.40 Galway: Zafayan
3.10 Goodwood: Legatissimo
3.15 Galway: Wood Breizh
3.45 Goodwood: Magical Memory
5.00 Galway: Bribe The Bouncer (e/w)
5.35 Galway: One Cool Poet