Haggas and Morrison bid for early-season Goodwood honours

William Haggas will be hoping for success at Goodwood's season opener
William Haggas will be hoping for success at Goodwood's season opener

Goodwood Racecourse welcomes in the new season on Saturday, with a pair of Listed races for fillies and mares the highlights of a classy seven-race card.

The mile-long £40,000 Listed Betfred Mobile Casino British Stallion Studs EBF Conqueror Stakes (4.05pm) includes the William Haggas-trained Sentaril, who has been placed in Group company last year.

Saturday’s card also features the £40,000 Listed Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.20pm) over a mile and a half and the seven entries include a contender from the in-form stable of Hughie Morrison.

Coquet bravely captured the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood’s May Festival last year before going on to finish sixth in the Investec Oaks.Jehannedarc, second in the Group Three Blackrock Fillies’ Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for Alain de Royer-Dupre last season, is set to make her debut for Ed Dunlop, while Listed winner Souviens Toi will line up for Marco Botti.

Last year’s Betfred Mile second Mabait is among 13 entries for the seven-furlong £30,000 Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap (2.55pm), along with Glorious Goodwood winner The Confessor, who was a close third in the Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Heritage Handicap at the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Goodwood.

Sprinters get their chance to shine in the £15,000 Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap (3.30pm) over the minimum distance of five furlongs and the field of nine includes Captain Carey, successful in a valuable handicap at the Curragh in Ireland in 2011, and the well-bred Duke Of Firenze.

Racing starts at 1.50pm with the £6,000 Betfred TV EBF Maiden Stakes, which has attracted five juveniles including one from the powerful stable of Richard Hannon - Expert.

The action is completed by the £5,000 Betfred ‘Still Treble Odds On Lucky’s’ Median Auction Maiden Stakes (4.40pm, eight entries) and the £5,000 Collect Totepool Bets At Betfred Shops Handicap (5.15pm, 13 entries).

Get more on Goodwood’s season opener on this website on Friday.