Good morning all,
The dry spell of summer weather has ended in spectacular fashion. There were going changes at both Goodwood and Galway on Tuesday morning after heavy showers hit both tracks.
Goodwood changed its going description to heavy, soft in places. With a further 16mm of rain falling on the track on Tuesday morning. In addition to the 33mm that fell over the weekend.
Across the Irish Sea at Galway. It was a similar picture. The going description on the flat track was changed to soft and the jumps course to good to yielding after 15mm of rain fell overnight.
The going change at Goodwood is significant. It led to a fair number of non-runners on Tuesday, and we’ll likely see more on Wednesday.
The softening ground meant no Stradivarius and no Spanish Mission in the Goodwood Cup. That left Trueshan as the clear favourite for the Group 1 staying contest.
Despite being keen through the race. He proved too classy a stayer for his remaining rivals. The further he went the stronger he was. It was a significant first Group 1 success for trainer Alan King and a second for jockey Hollie Doyle.
The highlight of day two of Qatar Goodwood Festival is the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes (3:35). English 2,000 Guineas & St James Palace Stakes Winner Poetic Flare heads the ante post betting. However, the change to more testing conditions may not suit the 3-year-old who looked so impressive on fast ground at Royal Ascot.
After two day’s flat action at Galway there’s a change of code today. The National Hunt horses are centre stage with the feature race of an eight-race card being the Tote Galway Plate (6:15).
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