The Sky’s the limit at Good­wood

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

SKY HUNTER can build on a pleas­ing re­turn to ac­tion by lift­ing the Crim­bourne Stud Foun­da­tion Stakes at Good­wood.

The six-year-old had been off the track since fin­ish­ing sec­ond to last in the Mel­bourne Cup last Novem­ber, when lit­tle went right, be­ing out­paced at Flem­ing­ton be­fore fail­ing to see out the trip. Hav­ing pre­vi­ously won a Group Two heat in Dubai last March as well as fin­ish­ing sec­ond in a New­bury Group Three, that was a dis­ap­point­ing ef­fort for Saeed bin Suroor’s charge.

How­ever, the Godol­phin team gave him plenty of time to re­cover from that ordeal, even­tu­ally tak­ing the wraps off Sky Hunter in the Septem­ber Stakes at Kemp­ton at the be­gin­ning of the month.

Sky Hunter was the high­est-rated con­tender in the field but he per­haps just needed the run as he found lit­tle for pres­sure in the fin­ish and even­tu­ally had to be happy with third be­hind Arab Spring, who is hardly a mug.

Bin Suroor felt progress from that run was in­evitable and given he is once again clear on the rat­ings here yet favoured by the weights, it will be a sur­prise if Sky Hunter can­not score a first win in 18 months.

Fadil­lah catches the eye as she re­turns from a lay off in the Net­work At Good­wood Stakes. This daugh­ter of Mon­sun is re­lated to some fine types, not least Group One win­ner Seis­mos, and was en­tered for the Oaks ear­lier in the sea­son.

Trained by Wil­liam Hag­gas, Fadil­lah is two from two so far, sup­ple­ment­ing a Hay­dock maiden win in April with a vic­to­ri­ous de­but in hand­i­cap com­pany at Not­ting­ham in May.

Con­nec­tions were talk­ing of Royal As­cot op­tions fol­low­ing that lat­ter suc­cess, but Fadil­lah has ac­tu­ally been off the track since that win so clearly things have not quite gone to plan. How­ever, a 3lb rise for her win in May does not ap­pear overly harsh at present and given the high hopes once har­boured for her, Fadil­lah can prove more than ca­pa­ble of mak­ing her mark.

Fly­metothes­tars re­turns to the fray for the first time since Fe­bru­ary in the 32Red Hand­i­cap at Kemp­ton and he is worth fol­low­ing.

This son of Sea The Stars looked use­ful when over­com­ing his ev­i­dent green­ness to make a win­ning de­but at South­well, see­ing off Her­mitage Bay by a neck over a mile.

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