Glorious Goodwood Day 4 preview: Jubiloso looks rock solid in Oak Tree Stakes

Published on: July 31, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
Glorious Goodwood day 4 preview includes previous meeting winner Mirage Dancer

Jubiloso looks a worthy 7/4 favourite at Betfred to cash-in on a drop in class and get back to winning ways in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes over 1m for fillies and mares which gets proceedings underway on Glorious Goodwood day 4 this Friday (13:50).

This Sir Michael Stoute trained three-year-old created a huge impression when making a winning debut at Chelmsford when quickening up smartly under a hands and heels ride to impressively beat Dominus by 2 3/4 lengths.

The beautifully bred daughter of Shamardal, whose dam Joyeuse is a half-sister to wonder horse Frankel, then bolted up by seven lengths at Newbury without barely having to break sweat.

Jubiloso was then pitched into the deep end and ran a blinder last time out when third of nine to Watch Me in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

After racing in midfield, she stayed on well to be beaten just 2 1/2 lengths without ever being able to challenge the winner.

Jubiloso finished just a length behind the runner-up Hermosa, who had previously landed the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, so it was a terrific effort for one so inexperienced.

That run has earned her a rating of 110, the highest in the 19-runner line-up, and the form sets a clear standard in this lower grade affair.

A repeat is going to make Jubiloso very hard to beat and she remains unexposed and open to any amount of improvement.

With Ryan Moore in the saddle, she looks impossible to oppose and is fully expected take this en route to better things.

Tapisserie a lively outsider

Take out Jubiloso and the Oak Tree Stakes has a wide-open look to it. So. at 16/1 with Ladbrokes, the progressive Tapisserie appeals each-way

This three-year-old daughter of Le Havre, who hails from the in-form yard of William Haggas, has shown improved form in each of her four outings since making her debut at Doncaster back in April.

She comes into the race on the back of a brace of successes and was impressive in the last of those when landing an 11-runner Listed contest at Carlisle.

After being very slowly away, Tapisserie came with a storming run down the outside in the straight to get up close home and win going away by 1 1/4 lengths from Cava.

It was a huge performance, given how the race panned pout and one which suggested there was better to come.

This demands more, but Tapisserie looks well worth a crack at this level and could well outrun her odds.

Momkin looks tasty in Thoroughbred Stakes

Momkin has shaped better than the bare result in his last two outings, so looks decent value at 9/1 with Unibet to land a wide-open renewal of the 1m Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes (14:25).

This Roger Charlton trained colt won one of his three starts as a juvenile and ran a blinder on seasonal reappearance when runner-up in the Group 3 Craven Stakes over a mile at Newmarket.

Momkin found himself short of room at the vital stage inside the final furlong but, when finally getting some space, ran on strongly to go down by just a neck to Skardu.

The winner has gone on to finish a fine third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, fourth in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh, and a close up 1 1/2 lengths fourth to Circus Maximus in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes.

That gives the form a strong look and Momkin himself was also far from disgraced when 10th to Magna Grecia in the 2000 Guineas.

He made headway and held every chance entering the final furlong, but weakened close home to be beaten 8 1/4 lengths.

Momkin has since run very well to finish 3 3/4 lengths sixth of 18 to Space Blues in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He was unlucky not to hit the frame at least after getting hampered two form home when travelling well, before again being short of room at the furlong marker.

Momkin also didn’t get the clearest of runs last time out when a 2 1/2 lengths runner-up to Duke Of Hazzard in the Listed 1m contest at Newmarket, yet can be backed at double the odds of that rival.

That makes him look overpriced in this Thoroughbred Stakes renewal on Glorious Goodwood day 4.

Glorious opportunity for Mirage Dancer

A disappointing field of just five to go post for the 1m 4f Group 3 Glorious Stakes (16:40) and last year’s winner Mirage Dancer looks a cut above his rivals.

This Sir Michael Stoute trained five-year-old is a consistent sort who has won four of his 14 starts. Mirage Dancer is also unbeaten in three runs over course and distance.

He was very impressive in this 12 months ago when beating Red Verdon by 3 1/2 lengths, and looked as good as ever on seasonal here when landing a Listed contest by 1 1/4 lengths from Danehill Kodiac

The son of Frankel then ran very well when stepped back up into Group 2 company and finishing a 1 1/2 lengths third to Defoe, who had previously won a Group 1 at Epsom, in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mirage Dancer backed that up with a solid 1 3/4 lengths second to Communique in a Group 2 at Newmarket three weeks ago.

The form of those races set a clear standard and this represents a return to much calmer waters.

As he’s also the highest rated off 116, that figure which gives Mirage Dancer 2lb and upwards in hand on his four opponents.

So, with the stable in fine form and Ryan Moore in the saddle, this looks a gilt edged opportunity for Mirage Dancer to bag another success at his favourite stomping ground.

He is taken for victory once again on Glorious Goodwood day 4 where other big races include the King George Qatar Stakes and the Golden Mile Handicap.