The Sky’s the limit at Goodwood
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.