Prestige plan for Valen

Impressive maiden scorer Valen will step up in trip and class for the £40,000 Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes (2.20pm) over seven furlongs on the second day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Saturday, August 24.

The daughter of Acclamation was an encouraging fifth in a competitive six-furlong maiden at Glorious Goodwood on July 31, and showed the benefit of that experience with an effortless three-length success over the same trip at Ffos Las on August 14.

Trainer Michael Bell revealed: “Valen came out of Ffos Las fine and is an intended runner in the Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes.

“She’s had an easy week and we will just keep her ticking over between now and the weekend.

“She ran a very nice race from a bad draw at Goodwood under hands and heels and then won impressively at Ffos Las with a horse who was second in a Newmarket maiden back in third.

“Saturday’s race looks like a suitable opportunity and the step up to seven furlongs will be to her advantage. She is on an upward curve and hopefully she will give a very good account of herself.

“She has a plenty of scope and I think she is still a bit on the weak side, so she will furnish up nicely over the winter.”

Valen could clash with Ed Dunlop’s impressive course and distance scorer Amazing Maria, Ascot maiden winner Lilyfire, from the stable of Roger Charlton, and Listed runner-up Qawaasem, trained by Charlie Hills.

The seven-race card also features the £100,000 Betfair Celebration Mile (3.30pm, 14 confirmations), in which Afsare will bid to follow up his facile success in last week’s Sovereign Stakes, while the exciting Cape Peron could attempt to atone for a narrow defeat at Glorious Goodwood in the £100,000 Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap (2.55pm, 32 confirmations).


The going at Goodwood is currently Good.

Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley said: “The GoingStick reading today was 7.8 which is indicative of good ground.

“Conditions have been drying, but there is still plenty of moisture in the ground at present. We will selectively water as necessary to maintain the current conditions.

“The forecast is predominantly dry and warm for the rest of the week with the outside chance of a shower.

“We should hopefully be starting the meeting on good ground.”

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.
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