Racing returns to Goodwood this weekend with an intriguing meeting pitching a number of Grade One hopes into early season action.
The opening Saturday fixture includes an excellent seven-race programme featuring two Listed contests for fillies and mares plus the £50,000 Goodwood May Food Festival Handicap.
Coronet, who has raced consistently in Group One races on her past four starts, is the standout among 14 entries for the £50,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.05pm) over 12 furlongs.
Trained by John Gosden, the five-year-old Dubawi mare finished second in three G1 contests and third in the other during 2018, including an agonising nose defeat by Waldgeist in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in July.
Cheveley Park Stud’s Pilaster is set to push Coronet close, as Roger Varian’s horse returns to the scene of her biggest win yet, the Lille Langtry Stakes at the festival in August.
Elsewhere, last year’s 1000 Guineas winner, Billesdon Brook, is set to begin her four-year-old campaign in the other Listed race, the £50,000 Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes (3.45pm, 17 entries) over a mile.
Her trainer, Richard Hannon’s other entry, Anna Nerium, also has winning course form, having swooped late to win the G3 Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes in August.
The £50,000 Goodwood May Food Festival Handicap (2.40pm) over seven furlongs has attracted 21 entries.
All-weather star Goring will feature heavily in the betting after landing the £50,000 apprentices’ handicap under Georgia Dobie at Lingfield. The weights are set to be headed by the Yorkshire trained Three Saints Bay,
The first of the seven races, the Double Trigger Handicap, is named after the only three-time winner of the Goodwood Cup and staged at 1.35pm.
Tickets can be purchased from £12 in advance and accompanied under 18s go free in all enclosures.