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Matt Chapman’s Monday Yeeehaaa – Will crazy Glorious Goodwood storms hinder or help stars Battaash and Poetic Flare?

RAIN. That’s the big question when it comes to Glorious Goodwood this week.

How much and when? Your guess is as good as mine!

Capacity crowds are set to be welcomed at Glorious Goodwood

It’s almost become impossible to predict the weather in the UK. That makes backing horses hard.

Take Saturday. On almost every weather app leading up the the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes rain was forecast. On the day virtually none came.

Yesterday East London was like a river. West London had a shower or two. That’s crazy!

The weather has already changed the market for tomorrow’s Goodwood Cup, with Trueshan coming in for heavy support against five-timer seeking Stradivarius, who some will think is vulnerable at the age of seven.

Luckily Battaash can cope with juice, for all that it might blunt his speed in the King George, while any rain will favour Wonderful Tonight later in the week but possibly not Poetic Flare in the Sussex.

The weather will have a big part to play. Or will it?

I think it’s fair to say most of us thought Adayar might be best with give, but he coped fine in the King George for Charlie Appleby and William Buick.

It was great to see a Derby winner match Galileo by scoring at Ascot. His future is rosy and an Arc bid has to be on the cards with the going likely to be in his favour (for all that he seems to go on anything).

Will Buick celebrates after Adayar’s King George win

I coud see Adayar in the Arc and Hurricane Lane in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. But that’s just my theory. It’s a long way off!

Love was poor in the King George. Aidan O’Brien tells me she is fine, so seemingly no excuse. You can question Love’s form, but I don’t think she was at her best. Don’t give up on her.

Glorious Goodwood promises much fun this week and I think Charlie Fellowes will have a big winner. But you will have to get my daily Sun column to find out what it is on Wednesday!

Crowds will be back and I’m in the betting ring once again for ITV. Back to normal.

For how long who knows? But there’s much to look forward to. If you are going bring a brolly – and shorts. The weather could be anything!

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