Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Manighar Looks Set for Goodwood Gold; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Manighar Looks Set for Goodwood Gold; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

MANIGHAR can set himself up for a trip to Australia with victory in the Artemis Goodwood Cup (3.15) tomorrow.

Luca Cumani's grey enjoyed a fairly successful trip to Melbourne last season and he showed when last seen in the Ascot Gold Cup that he is a top performer on his day.

He has not actually won since being switched to the Italian from Alain de Royer-Dupre but he has run some big races in defeat.

After his seventh place finish in the Melbourne Cup last year he stayed out there for one more run and came third in the Sandown Classic.

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On his first start back in England he went close to winning the Yorkshire Cup when beaten a length into third by Duncan and maybe just found his stamina running out in the big one at Ascot.

His chances would be improved by a shower or two but with no outstanding stayer in the line-up in the absence of Fame And Glory, Manighar would just have to run to his level to win.

The Audi King George Stakes (2.45) is made up of unpredictable but classy types such as Kingsgate Native or improving handicappers like Captain Dunne.

However, backing sprinters in form is usually beneficial and Noble Storm arrives in Sussex in great heart.

Ed McMahon probably thought Astrophysical Jet would be his representative in this but her career has stalled through one reason or another, while Noble Storm is at the top of his game.

Having won a good handicap at Newbury in April he was touched off at Ascot before landing the odds in a Listed race at Haydock.

We are constantly told there is nothing between the best handicappers and Group sprinters these days and this five-year-old can illustrate the point again.

Sir Henry Cecil's Wild Coco looks on the upgrade ahead of the I-Shares Fillies' Stakes (3.45), or the Lillie Langtry as it used to be known.

Having won one of her two starts, she was backed as if defeat was out of the question in the Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket but was made to work hard by Meeznah.

Wild Coco is better off on these terms, however, so it is hard to see last year's Oaks runner-up turning the tables. …

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