The field is gradually being trimmed down for this contest after an initial 75 entries, with the top-weighted Boom and Bust one of the horses almost certain to run, although whether the 16/1 chance can oblige conceding weight to his rivals is another matter.
There are three Group 3 races taking place on Friday in the form of the Glorious Stakes, the Thoroughbred Stakes and Oak Tree Stakes, while the Betfred King George Stakes will be the final race of the day televised on Channel 4.
Betfred Mile 3:05
Stirring Ballad is a notable entry for this £130,000 race, with the four-year-old’s connections hoping for better luck after the horse was badly hampered in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot and end up finishing off the pace.
However, Andrew Balding’s charge claimed victory at this meeting twelve months ago when obliging in the Tatler Handicap and is among the favourites at 8/1 to triumph this time around.
Wentworth is available at similar odds, with Richard Hannon expecting a big run from a horse that was last seen at Sandown a few weeks ago when the favourite was beaten into third place.
Dance and Dance runs for Ed Vaughan and the handler feels confident that the horse can do himself justice after a hard luck story at Newmarket last time out. He said: “I have been praying for a chance of luck with him, but the gods have not been kind to me.
“He was hampered in the Bunbury Cup and was the best finisher on his side. He would have nearly got up with another 50 or 100 yards, so the return to a mile at Goodwood should suit him”.
Field of Dream was the Bunbury Cup winner and the Jamie Osborne horse is a 12/1 chance to claim another big win at Glorious Goodwood for what should be a thrilling contest.
Betfred King George Stakes 3:40
Twenty-one horses are entered for the final Channel 4-televised race of the day, with Tickled Pink running for Lady Cecil and there was everything to like about the horse’s most recent run at Sandown where the four-year-old won under the guidance of Tom Queally.
The horse finishing second that day was Kingsgate Native and the eight-year-old is burdened by lots of extra weight in this Goodwood showdown, with trainer Robert Cowell also having Spirit Quartz and Jwala in this race.
The latter won at York recently after second placed finishes at Haydock and Ayr, while Moviesta has been in the frame on the past four occasions and should run well for Bryan Smart.