Lady's luck to turn in Goodwood feature
Published 01/08/2015 | 02:30
Having been without a headline horse since Presvis, which globe-trotted his way to earnings of almost £4.5m in five seasons, Luca Cumani could now find them returning to his yard a little like London buses, and a week after Postponed won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes for him, Lady Of Dubai can strike in the Qatar Nassau Stakes.
The fillies' Group One is not just the highlight of the final day of Glorious Goodwood, since it was elevated to its top-tier status it has become one of the highlights of the meeting.
For Lady Of Dubai to triumph she must defeat two Classic winners, Legatissimo, which landed the 1,000 Guineas, and the French Oaks winner Star Of Seville as well as the recent Irish Pretty Polly winner Diamondsandrubies.
Lady Of Dubai has the major advantage of being a course-and-distance winner - she comfortably won the Height of Fashion here in May - and, having not run since she was third in the Oaks, she comes here fresher than some. At Epsom, she looked like she would take a hand in the finish but her stamina appeared to wither at the same time that she got in a bit of a muddle with the cambers.
Although owner Mohammed Obaid insisted Andrea Atzeni's booking for Postponed instead of his retained rider Adam Kirby was a one-off, he again reverts to the Sardinian, his former jockey.
But this time Kirby misses out because he cannot do the weight. The in-form Atzeni has been finding his way around Goodwood pretty well.
The Qatar Stewards Cup always takes a bit of solving. On form, Tropics, so narrowly beaten by Muhaarar in the Group One July Cup, looks the pick but he carries a big weight. Huntsmans Close ran loose at Ascot before the Wokingham forcing his withdrawal but showed no ill effects when winning at Windsor.
However, Michael Appleby's Poyle Vinnie seems to be hitting form at the right time, comfortably winning at Hamilton last time out when stepped back up to six furlongs.
Meanwhile, American Pharoah, the first US Triple Crown winner for 37 years, makes his first start since in the William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey tomorrow. Bob Baffert's colt drops back to nine furlongs and meets seven rivals. (© Daily Telegraph, London)