Who To Follow On Day Five Of Glorious Goodwood 2023

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Goodwood - August 04 2023
Goodwood 14:00
Frankie Dettori

Free Wind

J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
Age: 5
Weight: 9-11
OR: 115
Days: 42

One of the feature races of the afternoon is the Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes over 1m6f and our best bet of the day is the John & Thady Gosden trained Free Wind.

The mare looked a bit of a superstar last term when winning at Goodwood in June in a Maiden over 1m2f when bolting up by nine lengths.

She then made it back to back successes at Doncaster under a penalty in a Fillies' Novice Stakes and then when upped to 1m4f in the Listed Aphrodite Stakes she was a good second to Golden Pass for Hugo Palmer.

Sent to Deauville in August on good ground she got back to winning ways in the Group Three Prix Minerve and up in trip again at Doncaster in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes she reversed the form with Golden Pass to bolt up by seven lengths.

On her seasonal return last season she landed a hat-trick of wins in the 1m4f Group Two Lancashire Oaks when suffering some serious trouble in running and she flew home to take the event from the talented Sea La Rosa and Eshaada.

Suffering a setback in that race she was not seen again last season and returned this term at York when narrowly winning the Group Two Middleton Fillies’ Stakes at York by half a length over a trip too short for her and the second has since come out and won the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Primed for a big run at Royal Ascot she bounced a little when not picking up in her usual style to finish three lengths back in fifth in the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes behind Pyledriver.

This is a much easier task for her especially going back up to 1m6f and even she is in the same form as her latest run she takes this event, but we expect her to perform to a higher level.

Trainer To Follow - John & Thady Gosden

John & Thady Gosden haven't had it all their own way this week at Glorious Goodwood but got on the board on the fourth day with Epictetus in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes and on day five have two big chances.

The first runner of the day comes in the Coral Summer Handicap over 1m6f and Sweet William was a superb winner last time when upped to 2m and if handling the 7lb rise should go close again.

Their best chance of the day comes in the Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes with Free Wind who has some superb form to her name and on the best of that is far better than this field.

With five winners from the teams last 28 runners they are currently running at a strike rate of 18% for the last two weeks.

Jockey To Follow - Frankie Dettori

One of the worlds most decorated riders Frankie Dettori is having his last two rides on Saturday at Glorious Goodwood and he will be looking to go out with a bang.

The first chance he has on the afternoon is the Michael Bell trained Adjuvant who was a good fifth last time out in the Northumberland Plate and dropping back to his optimum trip makes him a live chance.

Dettori's best chance of a winner comes in the Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes on Free Wind and if this mare runs to the best of the form she will not see another rival.

His final runner at Glorious Goodwood comes in the Stewards' Cup for Richard Hannon on Mums Tipple and dropped massively down the handicap won't be far away.