TurfTalk: Top trio poised for rematch at Goodwood

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Galileo Gold, The Gurkha and Awtaad face another rematch in tomorrow’s Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The trio, who are trained by Hugo Palmer, Aidan O’Brien and Kevin Prendergast respectively, fought out the finish to the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot with British 2000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold emerging a length-and-a-quarter victor over the French Guineas winner The Gurkha.

Irish Guineas winner Awtaad was a further half-length back in third, with Galileo Gold gaining revenge for his Curragh defeat in the process.

Those three runners, along with Richard Fahey’s Jersey Stakes winner Ribchester, fly the flag for the Classic generation against the older horses.

Ribchester is owned by Godolphin, who also send out the Richard Hannon-trained Toormore and John Gosden’s Richard Pankhurst in the Group One event.

Queen Anne Stakes third Lightning Spear tries his luck again for David Simcock while Gabrial is a second runner for Fahey.

David O’Meara’s So Beloved and the Clive Cox-trained Kodi Bear complete the 10-strong field.

l Antiquarium has been ruled out of Thursday’s Qatar Goodwood Cup after suffering a minor setback.

Winner of the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last time, the four-year-old had been set to switch up to Group Two company at the Sussex track.

However, an injury issue means the Goodwood race is now off the agenda with trainer Charlie Appleby hoping to reroute to next month’s Ebor Meeting at York.

Appleby said: “He has had a minor setback and we have had to treat him with anti-inflammatories, so unfortunately, he will miss the Goodwood Cup.

“We will look to getting him back as soon as possible, and he is still in the Ebor, which could be a possibility.”

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

GOODWOOD: 2.00 Oceane, 2.35 ULYSSES (NAP), 3.10 The Gurkha (next best), 3.45 Nayyar, 4.20 Perfect Angel, 4.55 Shaan (treble), 5.25 Afjaan.

REDCAR: 1.50 Double Touch, 2.20 Wrapped, 2.55 Our Boy Jack, 3.30 Jan De Heem, 4.05 Planetaria, 4.40 Spirit Of Zebedee, 5.15 Run Rio Run, 5.50 Lucky Violet.

PERTH: 2.10 John Monash, 2.45 Cool Macavity, 3.20 Play The Ace, 3.55 Nicolas Chauvin, 4.30 Bentons Lad, 5.05 Wyfield Rose, 5.40 As The Crow Flies.

SANDOWN: 5.55 Ost Wind, 6.25 Van Huysen, 7.00 Max Zorin, 7.35 Sky Ship, 8.10 Kath’s Legacy, 8.40 Blakeney Point.

LEICESTER: 6.15 Muthmira, 6.50 Zabdi, 7.20 Brief Visit, 7.50 Midaawi, 8.20 Soaring Spirits, 8.50 Patanjali.

Bow Belles jockey, Rachel Richardson. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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