Supreme Stakes preview: Fox Champion fancied for Goodwood gloryPublished on: August 24, 2019Author: David Metcalf
The feature race at Goodwood on Sunday is the Group 3 Supreme Stakes for three-year-olds and upwards run over 7f (16:10).
Now eased in grade and back over his ideal trip, Fox Champion looks decent value at 8/1 with Coral to land the spoils.
This Richard Hannon trained three-year-old colt started off the season in terrific form, winning at Doncaster and Newmarket before landing the hat-trick in the Group 2 German 2000 Guineas at Cologne.
Fox Champion made all under Oisin Murphy and stayed on gamely when pressed throughout the final furlong to beat Arctic Sound by a neck in the 1m contest.
The King Power Racing owned son of Kodiac was then far from disgraced when a 4 3/4 lengths seventh off 11 to Circus Maximus in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes over 1m at Royal Ascot, where he held the lead until getting headed approaching the final furlong.
Fox Champion backed that up with a solid five-length third of 12 to classy Too Darn Hot in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.
He also ran well last time out at the same venue when a 4 1/4 lengths ninth of 15 to Advertise in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over an inadequate 6f.
The form of those race read well in relation to this Group 3 affair and Fox Champion looks sure to appreciate the return to 7f.
He has won twice and been placed on two occasions from four starts over it and another plus is that he is versatile as regards underfoot conditions.
So, taking everything into account, Fox Champion has more going for him than his odds would suggest and thus gets our vote in a wide-open looking renewal of the Supreme Stakes.
Suedois can go well in Supreme Stakes
Suedois has finished in the frame in all three starts over course and distance, so looks sure to go well in the hands of jockey Danny Tudhope.
This David O’Meara trained eight-year-old has not won since landing a Grade 1 at Keeneland back in October 2017.
However, that does not tell the whole story as Suedois is a tough and consistent sort who has posted some cracking efforts in defeat.
They include when beaten just a nose by Sir Dancealot in last year’s Group 2 Lennox Stakes at this venue.
Suedois also comes into the race on the back of a string of decent runs which suggest he retains enough ability to win a race of this nature despite his advancing years.
After finishing a fine 1 1/2 lengths third to Beat The Bank in a Group 2 at Ascot two starts back, the son of Le Harve got no luck in running whatsoever when a two length third to Sir Dancealot in the Lennox Stakes.
Suedois was held-up in the early stages before making a move two from home. He then got badly hampered at the furlong marker, but ran on strongly to be nearest at the finish.
It was a big effort, given how the race panned out, and one which commands him plenty of respect in this.
At odds of 9/2 with BetVictor, Suedois looks a solid each-way betting proposition.
Angel’s Hideaway capable of bouncing back
Angel’s Hideaway failed to live up to expectations last time out when only ninth in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes here, but had previously posted some excellent efforts – so it would be no surprise to see her bounce back now fitted with cheekpieces for the first time.
This John Gsden trained filly was a useful juvenile who ran well when third in a Group 3 on seasonal reappearance, before belying odds of 33/1 when a cracking 1 1/2 lengths fourth of 18 to Hermosa in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
She was then far from disgraced when fourth to Space Blues in a Listed affair at Epsom, and the winner is a progressive sort who has since finished runner-up to subsequent Sussex Stakes winner Too Darn Hot in a Group 1 in France.
Angel’s Hideaway also ran well at Royal Ascot when a keeping on 1 3/4 lengths third of 18 to Space Traveller in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes over 7f.
Duke Of Hazzard, who came fifth, has come out and won three times since. The seventh home, Happy Power, meanwhile, ran a blinder when a 1 3/4 lengths fourth to Too Darn Hot in the aforementioned Group 1 Sussex Stakes here.
The form of those races read well in relation to this. Angel’s Hideaway comes out 2lb and upwards clear of her 10 rivals on adjusted ratings.
So, at 11/1 with Boylesports, she is another with each-way claims and thus completes this Supreme Stakes preview.