Godolphin want more than just the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood

Colour Vision (ridden by Frankie Dettori in blue in centre of photo) was third in the 2012 Goodwood Cup  Picture by Malcolm Wells
Colour Vision (ridden by Frankie Dettori in blue in centre of photo) was third in the 2012 Goodwood Cup Picture by Malcolm Wells

GODOLPHIN are heading to Glorious Goodwood with a strong hand - and want to go home with more than just the Sussex Stakes to show for it.

Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, outlined some of their best hopes in the week’s biggest races.

He said: “I think when Sajjhaa won two Group 1s at Meydan we were surprised because she had achieved an enormous amount in Group 3s and Listed level.

“To reach Group 1 level needed a step up in form. She raced in a hood in Dubai and I think that has turned her around. She is now very effective in her races.

“A mile and a quarter is stretching her but she will be going for the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes. Her best trip is at a mile or nine furlongs.

“Sajjhaa was running against a small pool of horses in Dubai and, now she is back in Europe, there is a much bigger tank of fish to be running against. But she is quality and she is peaking at the right moment.”

Crisford added: “We have four possibles for the Artemis Goodwood Cup but it is stretching it a little bit to think all of them will run.

“Colour Vision will definitely go for the race. A visor for the first time at Royal Ascot seemed to definitely do the trick and he ran really, really well (in fourth).

“He is probably not quite as good as when he won at Royal Ascot last year when he had a hard race which might have left a mark on him mentally.

“He ran well against some top stayers afterwards under a Group 1 penalty during the rest of the 2012 campaign but when he was working this spring for his comeback in the Henry II Stakes he was looking lethargic and ran badly.

“So we put a pair of visors on and they woke him up. I think Goodwood will suit him and we look forward to him running to his Royal Ascot form.

“Ahzeemah ran a really good race in the Princess Of Wales’ Stakes (second) at Newmarket last week and could go for the Goodwood Cup. He has the Emirates Melbourne Cup as a long-term target but to get into that race nowadays you need to be 115+ and he is just falling short of that level at the moment.

“Lost In The Moment never normally wins. He did so the other day because he got into trouble and managed to get himself out. But he does like Goodwood, which can suit quirky horses. He is in the mix.

“Cavalryman is running as well as he can but you would have to be a bit surprised if he could figure in the Goodwood Cup finish.”

Godolphin has some promising two-year-olds heading for the Downs.

Crisford concluded: “Outstrip is a good horse and we will aim him at the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.

“Figure Of Speech ran a smashing race in the July Stakes (second) last week and I think he was the best horse in the race. If he had kept a straight line, he would have won and we will go for the Audi Richmond Stakes.

“I would say that he is our strongest chance of the week apart from Dawn Approach.”