The 37th running of the 12-furlong Group-3 Glorious Stakes at Glorious Goodwood may only have 7 runners, but it looks an interesting race on paper.
In the last 10 years, 3 of the trainers who are represented today have lifted the trophy with Luca Cumani winning it in 2007, 2011 and 2012 (taking his total wins to 7), whilst Mark Johnston won it in 2006 (also won it in 2000 and 2002), and Richard Hannon Junior and jockey Richard Hughes teamed-up to win it last year.
In the last decade five 4-year-olds have won, whilst three 6-year-olds, one 5-year-old and one 8-year-old have also been successful.
Here’s the analysis of all today’s runners, and our big-race free-tip.
Luca Cumani’s 4-year-old took a couple of decent handicaps last year before his run ended when third off a mark of 99. However, he gave 14lb (beaten a length) to the winner Vent de Force who is now rated 111. Won at odds-on on his reappearance, but is just the type that Cumani keeps improving.
The lightly-raced 5-y-o has ran just twice in this country, finishing runner-up to Telescope and to Gospel Choir. He was conceding 3lb to the 115 rated Gospel Choir (Beaten a neck), but his rating is only 108. Runs for the Festival sponsors Qatar.
Rank outsider who finished a long way behind Dubday when they met.
Consistent performer for Michael Stoute, and the 5-year-old has his sights lowered after a couple of disappointing runs. May be good enough, but hasn’t looked as good as in previous seasons.
The Corsican 15/8
Dual course winner over 9-furlongs, and finished only 3-lengths behind Free Eagle at Royal Ascot. That’s probably the best form on offer here, but I’m not convinced he wants to go the extra 2-furlongs he has to here.
Mark Johnston has few equals when it comes to improving handicappers, yet this one’s form hasn’t exactly been rubber-stamped in the last few weeks, and has a bit to find.
Last year’s St Leger 4th was beaten a nose by Snow Sky on his only course run. Been highly tried so far this season and could enjoy this lower standard with the Hannon stable in great form.
Only Firestorm looks out of his depth, and it’s a case of proven form versus potential with the rest of them. The Corsican has the best form on offer but, as that was over a shorter trip and his stamina isn’t guaranteed, Connecticut may be able to outstay his rivals for a Luca Cumani who loves winning this race.
Connecticut @ 7/2 (Various)[poll id=”14″]