Capacity Goodwood Is Wide Open


Vega Magic | Darren Tindale

Just two of 20 runners in Saturday’s $1-million G1 Goodwood H. (1200m) are under double-figure odds, and going slightly wide and outside of the winner in the G1 Sangster S. on May 5, no run was better than that of rough-chance Mica Lil (Aus) (Testa Rossa {Aus}), who has been in scintillating form since joining the Mark Minervini yard.

Dropping significantly in weight, the 4-year-old mare will get back, and should be running on hard at the end, the questions is, was her Sangster run a fluke, or is she simply still improving?

Last year’s winner Vega Magic (Aus) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) comes into the race fresh, just like 12 months prior, and although he rises in weight, he deserves it having recorded a further two wins highlighted by the G1 Memsie S., as well as a very good second in the $10 million The Everest.

A late scratching last week ahead of what would have been his final start before heading to stud, the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig-trained Thronum (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) was given a final life line to secure that elusive Group 1 victory when owners Sun Stud parted-ways with a reported $60,000 for a private charter plane to get the 4-year-old to South Australia from Queensland for the Goodwood, a race in which he will play a major part in if his 1200m form counts for anything.

Stuck behind a wall of horses in the Sangster and unable to get clear running, Andrew Noblet’s Super Cash (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus})’s second up form is inferior to her outstanding first-up form, but without getting a good run at them last start, she still could be fresh enough here to sprint hard when it is needed.

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