The 2020 Lennox Stakes is the second most prestigious race on the first day of the 2020 Qipco Goodwood Festival and this Group 2 race over 7-furlongs has attracted an excellent field of 13 runners.
Five horses that shouldn’t be winning this top-class renewal include Graignes, Bless him, Escobar, History Writer, and Beat Le Bon, with even the latter’s decent course record spoiled when stepped-up into similar class last year.
Pierre Lapin remains a horse of huge potential, but he seemed to lose his action at Royal Ascot on ground with some cut in it. The chance of similar ground here, a switchback track, and the widest draw of all make his hard to recommend.
Glorious Journey seems to be best at 7-furlongs, but this looks a better race than the ones he’s been winning. He also ran just okay on his one previous visit to Goodwood.
Marie’s Diamond should supply the pace to the race from stall-2 and plenty of Mark Johnston-trained horses have adopted such tactics to win at this meeting. He was lucky with the draw when winning at Newmarket and then when third in a Group 1, but ran poorly last time.
D’bai has won five of his 13 races at 7-furlongs but he flopped when fifth in this race in 2018. He’s also finished twice behind stablemate Space Blues this season and there’s no obvious reason why he should reverse that form.
Space Blues also finished a neck in front of Safe Voyage when they met earlier this season, but Safe Voyage could be better drawn this time. However, as neither have any experience of Goodwood, I’m happy to take them on.
Sir Dancelot has an obvious one, as he’s bidding for a hat-trick in the race and has won eight of his 20 starts over 7-furlongs. He also looks well-drawn in stall 3 and should be able to adopt a handy early position.
Dule Of Hazard is our Lennox Stakes tip. He’s three from three at Goodwood and has shown a smart turn of foot to win on each occasion. He came back to form at Ascot last time when third behind Mohaather, with plenty of useful types behind, and he’s fancied to continue his 100% record here.
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