As we pass through the bulk of the week, we have seen Fancy Blue win emphatically for Donnacha O’Brien in the Nassua whilst a whole host of shocks greeted the winners’ enclosure on Thursday at Goodwood.
Now day four approaches us and we have plenty to look forward to. The King George Qatar Group 2 over 5f is the main event where Battaash should do what he needs to do to win four in a row.
The big one kicks off at 3:15 and Battaash has leading claims, with closest rival Liberty Beach only making 3rd at Ascot and 2nd to A’Ali at Sandown. Nothing else should really make a claim and Charlie Hills’ now six-year-old should comfortably win once more.
Half an hour later is a Group 3, the Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes, where the old boy Communique leads the betting for Mark Johnston. With a couple of decent solid efforts, including second at both York and Newmarket latest, Joe Fanning’s mount should be right up for this.
Desert Encounter is a danger given it won here last year and has run well in recent weeks, including a nice performance at Newmarket just behind Communique, so is right up for this challenge.
At 2:15 comes the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes, a Group 3 over 1 mile. Hot favourite Khaloosy should take all the beating in a short field here for Roger Varian and Jim Crowley after an emphatic win at Royal Ascot in the Britannia.
In the Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes, a Group 3 for fillies and mares, One Master leads the betting for William Haggas. With Tom Marquand on board, she is the one to beat yet Under The Stars for James Tate and PJ McDonald clearly has pace when she wants to and can give a bold showing whilst Althiqa, a listed winner over in Deauville, could have more to offer over 7f with William Buick back on board.