Fox Hunt's love of the chase suggests he is ready to go distance

 

To reach for the stars is not always as remote an ambition as Frankel made it seem yesterday. Today's two big races, lacking truly dominant operators in their very different disciplines, could both demonstrate the proximity between the top handicappers and the ostensible elite.

That can hardly be a surprise, given the sport's warped prizemoney structure. For instance, several of those lining up for the Artemis Goodwood Cup – a Group Two prize – could contest twice as big a purse by returning to handicap company in the Betfred Ebor at York next month.

One is Fox Hunt (3.15), who has won both previous starts under the galvanic Silvestre De Sousa. The first was a valuable handicap at Epsom on Derby day; the second, a similar affair at Royal Ascot. He has since run a blinder under 10st at York, beaten only by a horse that enjoyed an easy lead, and the way he persevered in his pursuit suggests he could improve again over the extra distance today. It was also characteristic of horses trained by Mark Johnston, who has a corresponding record in this race.

Opinion Poll is favourite after getting closest to Fame And Glory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. The winner that day is in a different class from this lot, but Opinion Poll may not be so effective over this shorter trip or, above all, on the drying ground.

At the other end of the spectrum is a downhill dash over the bare five furlongs of the Audi King George Stakes. Swiss Diva only beat one home on her reappearance, but only faded late after showing all the speed that powered her transformation last year. She is respected, but preference is for another upgraded handicapper in Noble Storm (2.45). He made a successful transition to listed company at Haydock last time, and his energetic style is ideally suited to this track – as he showed when an impressive winner on his only previous visit.

The other Group race on the card, the i-Shares Lillie Langtry Stakes, is strictly a tier below the others but is arguably the most interesting, with the three youngest in the field receiving valuable weight and all progressing fast. It would be silly to pretend to know the limits of their improvement, not least as each is entitled to relish the extra distance, but as things stand Field Of Dreams (3.45) has probably achieved most.

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Dimension (4.55 Goodwood) Warrants another chance after bumping into a handicap 'blot' last time, and prevented by traffic on previous start from showing this trip is probably his best.

Next best

Fulgur (2.15 Goodwood) Hammered 10lbs for beating another progressive type at Newmarket last time but his canny trainer clearly reckons he can defy his revised mark before stepping up in grade.

One to watch

Forte Dei Marmi (Luca Cumani) Hinted at a revival at Goodwood on Tuesday, little luck in the straight as he attempted to close from off a quickening gallop.

Where the money's going

Green Destiny is 11-4 from 7-2 with Paddy Power for the Totesport Mile.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?