Royal Ascot stars set for Glorious return


Royal Ascot’s star performers are being readied to run next during the five days of Glorious Goodwood, which gets underway on Tuesday, July 30, and concludes on Saturday, August 3.


The highlight of the Glorious Goodwood is the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes over a mile on Wednesday, July 31. The £300,000 contest is set to be one of the races of 2013 with Jim Bolger’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Dawn Approach likely to clash with Toronado for a third time this season.


Toronado, trained by Goodwood’s top trainer Richard Hannon, had a wind problem when fourth in the Newmarket Classic, but proved himself a colt of the highest calibre when running Dawn Approach to a short-head in the St James’s Palace Stakes last week.


Further spice to the mile showpiece could be added by Aidan O’Brien’s easy Queen Anne Stakes victor Declaration Of War and runner-up Aljamaaheer, trained by Roger Varian.


Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge is also among the 49 entries for the QIPCO Sussex Stakes but trainer CharlieHills is eyeing a tilt at the £200,000 Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes, the fillies’ feature over just short of 10 furlongs on Saturday, August 3.


The daughter of Lawman, just touched off by Sky Lantern in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on her seasonal return in May, was beaten four and a quarter lengths into third behind the same rival in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.


Hills said today: “We are looking at the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes for Just The Judge. She has come out of the Coronation Stakes in very good form and I am pleased with her.


“Obviously, the draw didn’t help at Ascot but she still ran a very good race. She got caught a bit wide and I would say that cost her second.


“We have been looking forward to stepping her up in trip and I don’t think a mile and a quarter will be a problem for her. I can even see her getting a bit further than that next year.”


Trainer John Gosden has indicated The Fugue could return to defend her Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes crown after making a pleasing seasonal return when third in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday, June 19, while Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture may drop back in trip for trainer Ralph Beckett.


About Glorious Goodwood


The five-day festival this year runs from Tuesday, July 30 until Saturday, August 3 and is certain to be the highlight of the season. It is the perfect place to enjoy everything that is British and sums up what summer should be. It is the place to be and be seen. The fashion is elegant and floaty, Goodwood heritage with a dash of panache. Ladies and Gentleman dress in the latest fashions and gather shade from their hats and Panamas.


The meeting, held at the world’s most beautiful racecourse, has always attracted the very best performers from the international world of horseracing such as Frankel, who graced the Downs for the last two years to the delight of racegoers who come from far and wide to experience the unique atmosphere.

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