PILASTER is the headline act in a subject full of sophistication for the Lillie Langtry Stakes on Thursday.
The daughter of Nathaniel received a good novice stakes by six lengths final time and falls into the ‘might be something’ class for homeowners Cheveley Park Stud.
Nevertheless, she might want to show that she will be able to take the step as much as Group degree in her stride as this would be the hardest problem of her profession up to now.
Amongst these taking her on would be the proficient God Given. Luca Cumani’s filly discovered one too sturdy at this degree final time however will seemingly be suited by the step up in journey to a mile and three quarters.
Additionally hoping to profit from the additional distance is Israel De Urbina, who received a Listed contest at Pontefract over a mile and a half final trip.
Her solely begin over the Lillie Langtry yardage was when she completed fourth to Treasured Ramotswe, who has already confirmed herself at Group three degree, and shall be bidding to take one other step up the ladder.
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Star Rock still has plenty of potential for trainer Hughie Morrison after producing a decent return in a Listed race in France, while Flattering is worthy of note simply for being Aidan O’Brien’s sole representative in the race.
Dance The Dream, Jet Streaming, Maid To Remember, White Chocolate, Lady Of Shalott, Lubinka and Maid Up complete the field.
Later on the card is the £200,000 Richmond Stakes, a Group 2 open to two-year-old colts and geldings.
The contest may have only attracted nine runners, but the some of the best youngsters are on show.
Perhaps the most exciting of the bunch is Konchek.
Clive Cox’s progressive sprinter was beaten by a top class prospect in the July Stakes last time and probably doesn’t face anything of that calibre here.
Mark Johnston, whose record at Goodwood is second to none, fields last-time-out Group 3 winner Marie’s Diamond.
The son of Footstepsinthesand is one of the most exposed in the race but has boasts arguably the best form for owners Middleham Park.
Also lining up is Royal Ascot runner-up Sabre.
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Richard Fahey’s lightly raced challenger ran a cracker in the Windsor Castle behind a really smart prospect, and although this is a step up in grade he’s yet to finish outside the first two.
Others worthy of mention are Neverland Rock, who ran a belter in the Superlative Stakes last time, and Sporting Chance, who would have a big shout if breaking on terms.
Land Force, Cool Reflection, Charming Kid and Shine So Bright complete the field.