Princess aims for a royal performance at Goodwood’s May Festival

Hayley Turner on Be My Gal, who is coming back to Goodwood after opening-day success Picture by Malcolm Wells
Hayley Turner on Be My Gal, who is coming back to Goodwood after opening-day success Picture by Malcolm Wells

Trainer Luca Cumani will be represented in both the listed three-year-old contests at the Goodwood May Festival this week.

The Newmarket handler plans to saddle Jordan Princess in the £40,000 Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes (4.25pm, 13 entries) over just short of ten furlongs on Thursday, May 22, and Postponed in the following day’s £40,000 Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes (4pm, 11 entries) over 11 furlongs.

Jordan Princess captured a mile maiden at Newcastle decisively on her final start last season and reappeared with a second to Investec Oaks favourite Taghrooda in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on May 4, beaten six lengths.

Cumani commented: “The plan is to run Jordan Princess in the Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes.

“It was a good run behind Taghrooda considering it was her first start of the year and hopefully she will have improved for that.”

Jordan Princess, by Cape Cross out of a Barathea mare, holds entries in the Oaks at Epsom Downs and the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Andrea Atzeni, in the saddle for all three of her outings, will ride Jordan Princess again.

The Bibendum Height Of Fashion Stakes was first run in 2007 and has produced some high-class performers, most notably six-time Group One scorer Snow Fairy who triumphed in 2010 before going on to win the Oaks.

Entries for this year’s renewal also include Be My Gal (Roger Charlton), who is set to step up in trip after annexing the Listed £5 Million Scoop6 Today British Stallion Studs EBF Conqueror Stakes over a mile at Goodwood on May 3 ridden by Hayley Turner.

Godolphin could be represented by Group Three UAE Oaks runner-up Feedyah (Charlie Appleby), while Listed Cheshire Oaks second Secret Pursuit (Marcus Tregoning) is also engaged.

Postponed, a Yarmouth winner last year, will be chasing his first victory of 2014 in the Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes, which has been a pointer to future stars with recent winners Rewilding (2010) and Masked Marvel (2011) both going to score at Group One level.

The son of Dubawi was third to Toormore in the mile Group Three Craven Stakes at Newmarket on April 17 before finishing fourth to Barley Mow (Richard Hannon) in the Listed Newmarket Stakes over 10 furlongs at the same course on May 3.

Cumani said: “Postponed has taken his race at Newmarket very well and will go for the Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes.

“Both of his runs have been quite good this year without collecting, but we still think there is more to come from him and going up in trip again should help.”

Postponed, who holds an Investec Derby entry and is also due to be ridden by Andrea Atzeni, will face up to ten rivals, including Tattersalls Millions Trophy runner-up Observational (Roger Charlton) and the John Gosden-trained pair of Cloudscape and Marzocco.

The three-day May Festival at Goodwood ends on Saturday (May 24) when a seven-race card is headlined by a pair of £40,000 Listed contests for older horses, the 32Red Casino Stakes (1.50pm, 17 entries) over just short of 10 furlongs and the 12-furlong 32Red Stakes (2.20pm, 13 entries).

Entries for the 32Red Casino Stakes include Godolphin’s dual Group Three scorer French Navy (Charlie Appleby), Winter Derby third Aussie Reigns, trained locally by William Knight, and last year’s 2000 Guineas runner-up Glory Awaits (Kevin Ryan).

Gatewood (John Gosden) and Pether’s Moon (Richard Hannon), who fought out the finish for the Listed Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot on May 10, head 13 entries for the 32Red Stakes.

The richest race of Goodwod’s May Festival is the £50,000 32Red.com Handicap (2.55pm) over seven furlongs. Micks Yer Man (Bill Turner) tops the 24 entries following a gutsy success in a six-furlong Listed contest at Ascot on April 30, while Yorkshire-based Richard Fahey could saddle Group Two Mill Reef Stakes winner Supplicant.

This is the third year since the May Festival reverted to the traditional three days. The first race on Thursday, May 22 is at 2.10pm, while on Friday, May 23 the action gets underway at 2.20pm and Saturday, May 24 sees the first race off at 1.50pm.

Accompanied children under 18 years of age are admitted free to all enclosures - to book tickets go to www.goodwood.co.uk or call 01243 216610.

Going: Good

GoingStick reading: 8.2 on Monday at 2pm

Stalls

Straight course - stands’ side

Round course - inside, except 1m 3f and 1m 4f races which will be outside.

Rail Movements

Rails: The first two furlongs of the mile course dolled out by five yards.

Top bend: On Thursday and Friday, it will be dolled out by three yards.

Lower bend: Dolled out by five yards from the six-furlong marker to the two-furlong marker in the straight.

This will increase all race distances on the round course by about 15 yards.

Weather Forecast

Dry over the last few days. There is rain forecast in the area overnight, tomorrow and on Wednesday.

Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, commented this afternoon: “The ground has been drying over the past few days but remains good and we are forecast around five millimetres of rain over the next 48 hours.

“That level of rain would be welcome and mean we should start the May Festival with good going.”