Turf Talk: Mt Augustus set to climb heights after Sandown eye-catcher

Trainer Henry Candy. PIC: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Trainer Henry Candy. PIC: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Mt Augustus caught the eye in the latter stages of his Sandown debut and should now be streetwise enough to make his presence felt in the 188bet.co.uk EBF Peter Willett Maiden Stakes at Goodwood.

This £25,000 contest is restricted to juveniles who were sired by horses who won over a mile and a half or further during their own racing careers, a concept which in theory gives youngsters with less precocious pedigrees a chance to strike gold at two.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Mt Augustus, a son of Champs Elysees, looked very much in need of the experience on his first day at school last month.

Henry Candy’s charge was green in the preliminaries, on the way to post and for much of the one-mile contest, but there was genuine promise in the way he came home to finish fourth behind the impeccably-bred Dubhe, a son of Dubawi out of top-class racemare Great Heavens.

Mt Augustus should have a much better idea of what is required this time and as long as the quicker conditions do not catch him out, he looks sure to be involved at the business end of proceedings.

Mark Johnston invariably does well with his runners on the Sussex Downs and it would be no surprise to see Faithful Promise get back on the winning trail in the Docker Hughes Fillies’ Nursery Handicap.

The Acclamation filly has won twice from eight starts, landing low-key events at Musselburgh and Catterick, and has also filled the runner-up spot on a couple of occasions.

She was beaten just half a length in a valuable race at Newmarket a month ago and the form has been well advertised with the third, Queen Penn, winning since.

Faithful Promise failed to make an impact in a fiercely competitive heat at York’s Ebor Festival, but has far less on her plate this time and looks bound to go well.

Bombay looks banker material in the opening Always Trying Maiden Stakes at Hamilton.


GOODWOOD: 1.30 Fearsome, 2.05 Juliet Foxtrot, 2.40 MT AUGUSTUS (NAP), 3.15 Faithful Promise, 3.50 Aurora Gray, 4.25 Jashma, 5.00 Hard Toffee.

HAMILTON: 1.50 Bombay (next best), 2.25 Green Howard, 3.00 Greenview Paradise, 3.35 Dodgy Bob, 4.10 Avenue Of Stars, 4.45 Made Of Honour, 5.20 Champagne Rules, 5.55 Yensir.

HEXHAM: 2.15 Kalanisi Glen, 2.50 Monsieur Arkadin, 3.25 Presenting Julio, 4.00 Civil Unrest, 4.35 Quick Brew, 5.10 Ashkoun.

KEMPTON: 5.50 Watch Tan, 6.20 Creek Walk, 6.50 Habbad, 7.20 Clowance One, 7.50 Nezar, 8.20 Luang Prabang, 8.50 Rianna Star.