Grecian eyes Goodwood Prestige
View from connections ahead of the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.
Charlie Appleby and William Buick team up with Grecian Light
Charlie Appleby believes Grecian Light can gain just reward at Group Three level in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.
The Newmarket trainer felt her winning chance was compromised by not getting cover at a crucial stage in the Sweet Solera Stakes on the July course three weeks ago.
Even so, the Godolphin-owned two-year-old was putting in her best work at the finish and took the runner-up prize, a length and a half behind the winner Nations Alexander.
Grecian Light had won her only previous race in promising fashion, also at Newmarket.
"She has come out of the Newmarket race well and a repeat performance will make her hard to beat," said Appleby.
"She is a straightforward filly and I was happy enough with her stepping up from her maiden win.
"She got caught out on a wing last time as they raced in the centre of the track. James Doyle would have liked to have had her tucked in more, but she galloped on strongly to the line."
Urban Fox was a only a neck and a nose back in fourth place in the Sweet Solera after suffering a little trouble in running.
"She's in very good form, she's improved with every start," said Newmarket handler James Tate.
"We got shuffled a little bit further back when we wanted to when she was just behind Grecian Light in the Group Three at Newmarket.
"Hopefully, if we get a little more luck in running we might have a chance of reversing that form."
Belle Meade was only seventh in the Sweet Solera, but lost all chance when slowly away. Trainer Richard Fahey expects the daughter of Roderic O'Connor to do herself justice.
She had got off the mark on her only other previous start at Pontefract.
"She lost her chance at the start at Newmarket, but she does need to step up a bit," said Fahey.
"She is a well-balanced filly so she should be fine on the track. If we get her placed in the first three I would be delighted."
Rich Legacy created a good impression when making a winning debut two weeks ago.
Though she is the least experienced filly in the field, her trainer Ralph Beckett expects her to put up a decent show.
"She's stepping up in grade significantly, but she's a tough professional filly and I'm sure she'll show up well," said the Hampshire handler.
Promising is the only member of the party who has yet to win a race but she has shaped well on both her starts, including on this course. Her trainer Richard Hannon thinks she will not be out of place in this grade.
"Promising is a lovely filly who has been very unlucky not to break her maiden tag," the Marlborough trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"I will get a good idea of where we are at after Saturday. I would like to see her run a big race."
One horse missing from the line-up is the William Haggas-trained On Her Toes, who was third in the Sweet Solera, after the filly was taken ill on Thursday evening.
"She's a non-runner as she had a bit of tummy pain last night. It's nothing long term," said Chris Richardson, managing director for owners Cheveley Park Stud.
"She's fine, but she's having treatment so she's not running. It's just one of those things."