Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Count on Iffraaj to Come Good with Glory Run

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Count on Iffraaj to Come Good with Glory Run

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Five days of truly 'Glorious' action get under way on the rolling Sussex Downs at Goodwood tomorrow, where the Betfair Cup is a worthy highlight on the opening afternoon.

The seven-furlong race has attracted a quality line-up but preference is for the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Iffraaj.

The five-year-old is going to win a very nice prize sooner rather than later and was a shade unlucky not to do just that in the July Cup last time out.

Travelling strongly from the off for Frankie Dettori, he was just caught flat-footed at a crucial point but was flying at the finish and would have overhauled Les Arcs in another stride or two.

That was over six furlongs so the return to seven should suit and he is a major player as long as the ground continues to ride on the fast side.

The BGC Stakes, more familiar to the racing fraternity as the Gordon Stakes, can go the way of the Jeremy Noseda-trained Sixties Icon.

The Galileo Colt has made rapid strides since winning a Windsor maiden, finishing a highly respectable seventh in the Vodafone Derby on only his third racecourse outing before taking close order behind Papal Bull and Red Rocks at Royal Ascot.

He had a fair bit to do turning for home and in hindsight did well to finish as close as he did in the King Edward VII Stakes.

Sixties Icon is open to more improvement still, especially on what should be a surface with a touch more juice in it, and sets a high standard.

Noseda looks set for an opening-day double as Bahama Mama holds all the aces in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes.

The daughter of Invincible Spirit has only been beaten once in four starts, with that reverse coming in what has turned out to be a red-hot renewal of the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting.

She finished sixth ( beaten around four lengths ( behind stablemate Sander Camillo, who is undoubtedly the best two-year-old filly seen so far this term.

Bahama Mama travelled strongly for a long way in that race but faded close home as she patently failed to get the sixth furlong.

That opinion was borne out as she dropped back to the minimum distance and sluiced up next time out in a Listed race at Sandown. …

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