Michael Jarvis is expecting a “big run” from Hot Prospect in what promises to be a fascinating renewal of the Listed Mouton Cadet Classic Foundation Stakes (3.45pm) at Goodwood on Wednesday, 22 September.
Five classy contenders are engaged in the £35,000 event staged over just short of 10 furlongs and Jarvis is hoping his charge can build on a good second behind Distant Memories in the Group Three Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on 28 August.
Hot Prospect, who landed a soft-ground Haydock handicap earlier that month, finished ninth behind Workforce in the Group One Investec Derby over 12 furlongs at Epsom in June.
Jarvis revealed: “Hot Prospect has been progressive all year. He has shown a preference for cut in the ground, so I’m just hoping it doesn’t dry up too much at Goodwood on Wednesday.
“It was a good run at Windsor last time. He hit a bit of a flat patch about three furlongs out and as a result the horse gave himself a little bit to do – he just didn’t quite get there.
“He has taken on a couple of decent older horses and he has form with Bullet Train, so I’m looking for a big run. Holberg ran second to Laaheb of ours in the September Stakes and we know that Laaheb is a pretty good horse, so I give Holberg every respect.”
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Holberg easily landed the Listed WHEB Group Stakes over a mile and a half at Goodwood in June and last season’s Group Three Queen’s Vase winner is one of Godolphin’s entries for the Group One Emirates Melbourne Cup in Australia on 2 November.
Bullet Train held Hot Prospect in third when winning the Group Three Derby Trial at Lingfield in May but was subsequently last of 12 in the Derby itself. Henry Cecil’s colt drops down in trip having finished fifth to Whispering Gallery in a 12-furlong Listed contest at Windsor on 28 August.
The other runners are the Mick Channon-trained Heliodor and Pink Symphony from the Paul Cole stable.
Goodwood hosts a fantastic seven-race card on Wednesday, kicking off with the Electrolux Professional E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (2pm) over seven furlongs, the nine-furlong R H Hall E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (2.35pm), and the 3663 First For Food Service Handicap (3.10pm) over six furlongs, all preceding the feature Listed event.
The card continues with the Piper Champagne Handicap (4.20pm) over a mile and three furlongs, the Discovery Foods Handicap (4.55pm) over a mile and half and the concluding Merbury 20th Anniversary Apprentice Handicap (5.30pm) over five furlongs.