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Glorious Goodwood Day 2: Matt Chapman with his best bets as he reckons Snow Lantern can do the business in Sussex Stakes

WEDNESDAY is the day at Goodwood you feel for jockey Sean Levey. I’m literally in mourning.

The Swaziland wonder kid must sit at home and watch his beloved Snow Lantern in the feature cracker Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes.

Levey will miss the ride on Snow Lantern after he picked up a ban following her win in the Falmouth Stakes

Levey misses the ride after being banned when scoring on Richard Hannon’s star filly in the Falmouth at Newmarket. 

One person’s loss is another’s gain in this game, but Levey and Snow Lantern have formed a great couple this term. I’m gutted for him. Jamie Spencer takes over. 

Two Thousand Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes victor Poetic Flare can clearly win the Sussex, but SNOW LANTERN is a sound each way bet against the favourite.

The Coronation Cup runner-up came good last time in the Falmouth at Newmarket and going conditions hold no fears for her.

She is improving all the time now she settles and Spencer’s riding style might well suit her. Strong eachway claims.

ITV coverage Wednesday gets under way with a handicap over a mile and a half.

GLEN AGAIN is interesting here for Mark Johnston with Ryan Moore booked.

The draw could be a little better, but my hope is lightly raced and at the right end of the handicap to still improve.

He seems to go on any ground and stays well so have a few quid on eachway. 

There’s a huge field for the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes over 7f.

VADREAM is the one I like here eachway for Spencer and Charlie Fellowes. The three-year-old is lightly raced and mixed racing from 6f to 1m of late and I suspect this trip will be ideal.

Spencer has a good draw to work from and provided he doesn’t get boxed in can come home fastest of all.

She went well in soft in the Jersey should it be testing. 

The Group 3 Molecomb is for youngsters over 5f. Conditions won’t be an issue for FEARBY who could provide Ed Bethell with a huge Glorious Goodwood success.

The colt has won at Wetherby and Sandown and has a rating already which puts him bang in the mix despite obviously being open to improvement after just three starts. PJ McDonald takes the ride. 

The ITV show ends with a conditions stakes for two-year-olds over 5f. ANADORA was far from disgraced behind the useful Sandrine in the Albany at Royal Ascot and this should be very winnable for Kevin Ryan and Kevin Stott.

If it comes up testing it’s a bonus that she’s already proven she can go over 6f so she should run right to the line.

Towards the end of the card, the 1m2f handicap might give a chance at lengthy odds for WAIT FOR THE LORD who is down in trip a little and must have eachway claims for legend David Elsworth and Dougie Costello. 

The closing handicap over 7f see BE PREPARED run well for John Bridger. He’s no handicap good thing but hopefully will go well at the track for Kieran O’Neill.

Good luck!


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