Hannon hoping Guava will bear fruit

Eddie Ahern

Eddie Ahern

The sun ought to shine for Fontwell's Thursday afternoon racing

Irish raiders among the Fontwell fields

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Richard Hannon is set to unleash the unraced Guava on the Downs tonight.

And the Wiltshire trainer is hoping his flying filly will follow in the footsteps of stable-mate Chandlery.

Chandlery – a half-brother of four-time Group 1 winner Starspangledbanner – recorded a debut success at Goodwood earlier this month.

The 11/1-shot defeated Coupe De Ville, another richly-talented two-year-old from Hannon’s Everleigh powerbase.

Guava goes in the Tanqueray Maiden Auction Fillies’ Stakes (6.20pm) – the opening contest on Goodwood’s six-race evening card.

And the two-year-old daughter of Kyllachy has every chance of making a winning start, despite lining up against six more experienced maidens.

Guava is a half-sister of Sole Power, who shocked pundits and punters alike when winning the Nunthorpe Stakes at 100/1 last season.

Kyllachy has also sired dual Group 1 winner Dim Sum, prompting plenty of optimism from owners Middleham Park Racing.

Ridden by Eddie Ahern – as Hannon’s stable jockey Richard Hughes hot-foots it south from Royal Ascot – her biggest challenge is likely to come from Clive Cox’s My Solitaire, who, like Guava, also holds an entry in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

Hughes is expected to arrive in time for his ride on Standout in the second race – the Wave FM Stakes (6.50pm).

Sussex handlers John Dunlop, William Knight and Amanda Perrett will all be hoping to make the frame in what promises to be a competitive 14-runner affair.

The third race is the Goodwood Hotel Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (7.25pm), where Godolphin’s Cape Cross filly Minaret is the only debutante in seven challengers.

Dunlop’s 94-rated Downhiller tops the weights in the Capital FM Stakes (7.55pm), while Curtains runs off a top mark of 85 in the Hardware Associates Fillies’ Stakes (8.30pm).

The six-furlong Goodwood Farm Shop Stakes (9pm) completes Goodwood’s final card before the Glorious festival at the end of next month.

Hannon’s Aristeia runs off bottom weight.

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