Penitent heads Greene King Supreme Stakes nine

Penitent returns from a two-month break in the £60,000 Group Three Greene King Supreme Stakes (4.30pm) over seven furlongs on the final day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Sunday, August 25.

The seven-year-old was last seen coming home a creditable eighth behind Declaration Of War in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

David O’Meara’s charge developed into a high-class performer last season, annexing a pair of Group Two contests and chasing home Gordon Lord Byron in the Group One Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October.

O’Meara reported: “Ideally, we could do with a drop of rain but Penitent is in good order.

“He was second in the Foret over seven furlongs last year so the trip will be fine and he is versatile so the track shouldn’t be a problem either.

“He doesn’t have a penalty and hopefully this is a good opportunity for him.”

His eight opponents include the 2011 victor Libranno, one of two representatives for Richard Hannon, Irish raider Custom Cut and the Marcus Tregoning-trained Boom And Bust, who was third in the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30.

Hughie Morrison saddles talented six-year-old Pastoral Player, while Godolphin will be represented by French Group Three scorer Lockwood.

The line-up is completed by Listed winners Professor and Well Acquainted, and the Michael Attwater-trained Bronze Prince.

The August Bank Holiday meeting gets underway at 5.10pm this evening with a six-race card and continues tomorrow when the highlight is £100,000 Group Two Celebration Mile (3.30pm).

Afsare will be hoping to build on last week’s impressive Sovereign Stakes success, but last year’s winner Premio Loco, Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes runner-up Thistle Bird, and Group Two scorer Trade Storm are among his seven rivals.

Tomorrow’s seven-race programme also features the £40,000 Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes (2.20pm) and the £100,000 Betfair Cash Our Heritage Handicap (2.55pm), both over seven furlongs.

The going at Goodwood is currently Good.

August Bank Holiday Weekend At Goodwood

Goodwood Racecourse stages a 1950s-themed August Bank Holiday weekend, rekindling the nostalgic Summer Holidays of yesteryear. The meeting will showcase a typical 1950s holiday scene complete with its own fully functioning beach, a vintage fish and chip shop and an array of activities for both youngsters and adults.

There will be a fab choice of traditional entertainment on offer ranging from pony racing and a funfair to Lego education and live music. These are ideal family days out with so much to enjoy for all ages, not forgetting plenty of top racing action across all three days including the weekend’s highlight, the Betfair Celebration Mile, on Saturday.

Accompanied youngsters under 18 years of age are admitted free to all enclosures over the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Goodwood.

The racing starts late on the afternoon of Friday, August 23 – the perfect way to end the week. Friday evening’s meeting offers racegoers the chance enjoy six races before jiving, moving and dancing to live, hip-shaking music by the Class of 58 Rock n’ Roll band. The gates open at 3.30pm.

Racing resumes at 2.20pm on Saturday, August 24 with the Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes and that day’s magnificent seven-race programme continues until 5.50pm when the Chichester City Handicap brings the action to a close. The gates open at 11.30am.

The Sunday (August 25) is the ideal opportunity to get together with friends and family to enjoy heaps of excitement at the racecourse. The seven-race card commences at 2.10pm and ends at 5.30pm. The seven-furlong Greene King Supreme Stakes, worth £60,000, is the feature race at 4.30pm. The gates open at 11.30am.

Children’s entertainment will be plentiful throughout the weekend with a funfair; complete with a Helter Skelter, Wall of Mirrors and a Carousel on offer for youngsters to enjoy as well as a Lego education centre which teaches children a range of skills in an engaging and fun environment, face painting, storytelling, sports games and Invisible cricket. Live music will fill the racecourse with the Kaleidoscope String Quartet taking to the stage in the Richmond Enclosure and The Howard Clarke Jazz Band providing music on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the East Parade Lawn. With such a variety of entertainment available, Goodwood Racecourse is the ultimate family day this August Bank Holiday.

To book tickets, please go to www.goodwood.com

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