Raid intrigues on first start since showing promise in the Guineas
Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes | Group 3 | 7f | 3yo+ | RUK
The Derby and Juddmonte International winners were both beaten in the 2,000 Guineas earlier in their careers, so the performance of Raid, who finished eighth at Newmarket, in Goodwood’s Supreme Stakes promises to be informative.
The son of Havana Gold was defeated by less than six lengths in the Classic having had a troubled run, a performance that built on the potential of his close fourth in the Greenham Stakes on only his second start.
Raid has not been seen since the Guineas because the ground has not been easy enough, but the recent wetter weather has finally given trainer David Simcock the chance to get a better idea about quite how good he might be.
Simcock, who drops Raid back to the 7f trip, said: “We were very pleased with Raid’s two runs in the spring. We’ve been waiting a long time for a bit of cut in the ground and hopefully we’ll get that. He’s training well and hopefully he’s a nice horse.”
Raid is entered in the 32Red Sprint Cup and British Champions Sprint Stakes over six furlongs this autumn, and Simcock said: “With Raid the unknown is the trip. We were wondering whether he should go back a furlong.
“But this is a race where we’re going to get our ground. He’s a young horse and very unexposed and we’ll find out a little bit about him here.”
While Raid will be having his first experience of Goodwood, Breton Rock is an old hand having won the Lennox Stakes at the Glorious meeting last year, and finishing third in a repeat bid earlier this month.
The eight-year-old was third to Sir Dancealot again on his last start, in the Hungerford Stakes, in which Dream Of Dreams, who reopposes here, was second.
Simcock said: “Like Raid, he would appreciate any rain we get. Breton Rock handles it and that’s the great thing as it tends to slow everyone else down.
"We know Breton Rock. He turns up for his races and is very consistent.”
Dancing Star, representing trainer Andrew Balding who won Goodwood's Celebration Mile with Beat The Bank On Saturday, is another who likes the course having claimed the Stewards' Cup two years ago, and finished a neck second in the Oak Tree Stakes at the Glorious meeting.
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