Glorious Goodwood Beckons

July 22nd, 2016 | Marten's Current Racing Diary

There was a good word circulating for Godolphin’s Kazimiera before the first race at Ascot today and the daughter of Dubawi won very much in the manner that many expected.

She is the first foal of dam Kailami, a daughter of Monsun who progressed well through her career and won a Listed race over a mile and a quarter at three. This filly has a pedigree which is all about stamina, so it was no surprise that she only began to look in control well inside the final furlong.

The form of the race is hard to assess and the time was average, but afterwards Charlie Appleby’s assistant James Ferguson said the filly had always pleased them at home. I expect her to take high honours over middle-distances next season, with the Oaks a potential target if she does well in the top autumn races.

It’s Glorious Goodwood next week – a meeting I approach with a combination of fear and longing. The Sussex Downs offer visitors the chance of seeing British racing at its best, although as a course for serious betting it falls a long way short of the line. On the round course a low inside draw is fine if your horse gets a handy break, but it can be fatal if you are slowly away. By contrast a wide draw can be a blessing provided you don’t forfeit too much ground on the way round.

As punters we need to believe that there is a very good chance that a race on which we bet will be won by the best horse. Unfortunately at some tracks – Chester is one that springs to mind – that is not always the case at Goodwood.

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Have a great weekend and bye for now.