It may now be called the Qatar Goodwood Festival but it's still a Glorious meeting to one and all, and hoping to get the week off to a great start is Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore who has six booked rides on the first day...
"It could well be that two miles is his optimum trip these days, so hopefully he can find the improvement needed on his recent starts to be competitive here and, to that end, a first-time hood could help. I think he has a strong each-way chance."
Ryan Moore on US Army Ranger
13:50 - Garcia
He has been beaten off this mark on his last three starts but there looks to have been a lot of promise in his fifth in the John Smith's Cup on his return. That was his first attempt at this kind of trip - he had never raced beyond a mile before - and he saw it out really well. He doesn't have many miles on the clock, and I think you have to give him a fair chance after that promising York run.
14:25 - Seahenge
I didn't ride him when he won on his debut at Naas, so I can't give you any first-hand thoughts and feedback, but he appeared to do it well, and he got the better of two experienced horses with decent maiden form, too, so the win is praiseworthy. You would hope and expect that would have done him the world of good, and the extra furlong should be another plus too.
We have won this race a couple of times in recent years, and he looks a good prospect. I do like Expert Eye though, and I thought Mark Johnston's Mildenberger was impressive at Newbury as well.
15:00 - Spirit Of Valor
He has really found his feet in recent starts with the step down to 7f triggering a lot of improvement. He stepped forward massively when a close second in the Jersey - the winner is a good horse and they pulled clear of the third - and I got on him for the first time at the Curragh last month. He did it well from the front there, and I think there is more to come from him.
There will need to be though, as he carries a 3lb penalty for that Group 2 win and this looks an exceptionally competitive Lennox with the likes of Librisa Breeze, Limato and Home Of the Brave setting a pretty high standard, to name just three of many. Limato is probably the one we all have to beat.
15:35 - US Army Ranger
He has obviously not gone on as we would have liked since his Derby second but he has run some pretty good races in defeat since, just being touched off in the Ormonde Stakes and showing he stays extreme distances when third in the Queen Alexandra last time.
It could well be that two miles is his optimum trip these days, so hopefully he can find the improvement needed on his recent starts to be competitive here and, to that end, a first-time hood could help. I think he has a strong each-way chance.
16:10 - Princely
I don't know anything about him but there is plenty of pace in his pedigree, so hopefully he can go a bit. Other than that I can't say that much really. His stablemate Oliver Reed didn't show a great deal on his debut but he obviously stepped forward a good deal for me when encountering easier ground last time, just being worried out of it close home. That was a decent run - we pulled clear of the third - and that gives him a fair form claim in this maiden, along with the likes of Tribal Quest.
17:15 - Amabilis
I rode her on her debut and liked her, and then she was unfortunate enough to come up against Rhododendron on her next start here. She didn't really go on from there, although she shaped pretty well when fifth on her final start.
She reappeared to win very easily on her first attempt at this trip at Chelmsford, but she has gone up 9lb for that victory in a weak-ish race and this is clearly far more competitive. But she looks a filly with more to give, and I'm hopeful of a good run.