G1-winning sprinter Profitable, who lines up in the G2 King George Stakes over five furlongs, heads a strong Godolphin contingent for day four of Glorious Goodwood on Friday, August 4.
The Clive Cox-trained five-year-old has finished second on both his starts this year and went down by three lengths to Lady Aurelia in the five-furlong G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20, a race he won in 2016.
He had previously chased home Signs Of Blessing in the G3 Prix de Saint-Georges, run on very soft ground over the same distance, at Deauville, France on May 13.
Profitable, with James Doyle in the saddle, faces 11 rivals including impressive G3 winner Battaash plus Marsha, Priceless and Take Cover, who all finished behind the Godolphin runner in the King’s Stand Stakes.
Clive Cox commented: “I have been delighted with Profitable since his excellent second to Lady Aurelia at Royal Ascot. I am very happy with the weather forecast and couldn’t be more pleased with the horse.
“Profitable has never run at Goodwood before but I don’t think that it is a big deal as he has come down the dip at Newmarket.
“I would hope that the rain would be more in our favour than against. He heads to Goodwood in good form and I have been very pleased with him.”
Frontiersman (Charlie Appleby/William Buick), an easy winner of a Newmarket handicap in May, has also filled the runner-up spot on his two latest outings and the four-year-old is out to capitalise on a drop in grade in the G3 Glorious Stakes over a mile and a half.
The four-year-old Dubawi colt stayed on well in the 12-furlong G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on June 2 and found stable companion Hawkbill three quarters of a length too strong in the G2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes over the same trip at Newmarket on July 13.
Charlie Appleby reported: “Although Frontiersman was beaten at Newmarket, we were still pleased with his performance. Hawkbill turned up on his A game and he is a tough horse to beat.
“I think that Frontiersman is getting better with racing and we have been pleased with how he has come out of his last run.
“He was third on his debut at Goodwood, so he has some experience of the course, and I am hoping that the ground is not too testing.
“I am expecting him to run a better race again and he looks the one to beat.”
Three Godolphin contenders for the day’s big handicap, the Betfred Mile, include the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of Blair House (William Buick) and G K Chesterton (James Doyle), both four-year-olds, who were second and 19th respectively in the Royal Hunt Cup, also over a mile, at Royal Ascot on June 21.
Birchwood (Richard Fahey/Jamie Spencer), another four-year-old, also goes in the Betfred Mile following several efforts over shorter distances, most recently when finishing down the field in the six-furlong Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot on June 24.
The son of Dark Angel has only made two appearances over a mile, both at G1 level, including a close third in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland, USA.
Charlie Appleby said: “We were very pleased with Blair House at Royal Ascot and he will love any ease in the ground. Conditions will be there to suit and I think he is going to be very competitive.
“G K Chesterton is also proven on softer ground. He had a couple of quick runs before Royal Ascot, so we have given him a little freshener and I couldn’t be happier with his condition.”
Richard Fahey commented: “We are still on something of a fact-finding mission with Birchwood.
“We have been very happy with work at home but he is not showing a lot on the track.
“He is stepping back up to a mile and we will have to see what happens.”
It’s just days after the 10th anniversary of Iraq’s victory at the Asian Cup and CNN World Sport reflects on how the team overcame impossible odds and briefly brought a war-torn country together.
In a series of videos looking back on the tournament, CNN speak to some of the team’s key protagonists and journalists who recall their experiences of Iraq’s unlikely triumph and claimed the continent’s most prestigious competition for the first time.
The Asian Cup tournament took place in the midst of ongoing bloodshed at home and the team consisting of Sunnis, Shias and Kurds was both a symbol of how the country could unite, but also a reminder of the political turbulence still facing the country.
Following the Iraqi’s semi-final win over South Korea, a suicide bombing in Baghdad claimed the lives of 30 people, wounding 75 more. It was rumoured that some of the players didn’t want to continue, but star player Sadir told CNN how the events in Baghdad in fact drove the squad on.
After captain Younes Mahmoud scored the winning goal against Saudi Arabia, people took to the streets of Baghdad to celebrate the victory in a moment that seemed impossible even just a few days previously.
Godolphin hope Home of the Brave was caught in the shadow of the post as he filled the runner-up spot for a second consecutive year in the seven-furlong G2 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood Tuesday.
The five-year-old, trained by Hugo Palmer and ridden by James Doyle, was quickly into his stride and soon led the 13 runners on the inside rail.
He found more when pressed by Spirit Of Valor in the straight and rallied strongly to regain the advantage after Limato briefly hit the front inside the final furlong.
Home Of The Brave continued to stay on resolutely but was collared near the line by Breton Rock, who came wide from last to first for a half-length success in 1m 26.62s on ground described as good, good to soft in places in the straight.
“It was a great race from Home Of The Brave” said Palmer. “James was incredulous coming in, Home Of The Brave had fought back against Limato and beaten him off, and then still lost the race.”
“Credit to the winner, he has had to come past them all. We know Breton Rock is at his best when he can get his toe in the ground and that tells you the truth about the ground today. It is nice good ground but they are getting their toe in.
“There is no excuse for my horse. He won his race. The plan was always three runs in England and then we would look overseas. He has done nothing there today to suggest that it should change.
“I think he would be very competitive in a Breeders Cup Mile or something similar. He likes time between his races. The obvious thing is to give him a nice break and take him to California. “I couldn’t fault Home Of The Brave” agreed Doyle.
“He won his race with Limato, but Breton Rock has come down the middle of the track and done us all” The winning run capped a remarkable day for Italian rider Andrea Atzeni, grabbing the headlines with an incredible four-timer aboard Expert Eye, Breton Rock, Stradivarius and Shenanigans.
Stradivarius was the undoubted highlight, as John Gosden’s young upstart denied the Michael Belltrained Big Orange an unprecedented hat-trick of victories in the Goodwood Cup.
In a battle of the generations, as well as two Royal Ascot winners, the Queen’s Vase scorer beat the Gold Cup hero in a memorable running of the two-mile feature, which was newly-promoted to Group One status this year.
Stradivarius got the better of the front-running Big Orange by a length and three-quarters to become the first three-year-old winner since Lucky Moon in 1990.
“It’s a great day” said Atzeni. “I thought I had a chance coming here, but knew Big Orange was the one to beat.”