Morpheus camp consider fresh bid for Goodwood glory

Frankel's half-brother Morpheus (pink cap) ridden by Tom Queally finishes in seventh place in The British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes
Frankel's half-brother Morpheus (pink cap) ridden by Tom Queally finishes in seventh place in The British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes
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Morpheus could be handed a second crack at Goodwood glory.

The three-year-old Oasis Dream colt, who is a half-brother to dual Sussex Stakes winner Frankel, was runner-up to the impressive Enobled in the Goodwood Business Club Maiden Stakes last month.

But Morpheus is now being considered for another visit to West Sussex.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned talent has been pencilled in for the Frankie’s 26th Anniversary Maiden Stakes on Friday night (8.35pm).

It will be the fourth attempt Morpheus has had at securing a first career win.

But his performances have improved steadily since his debut in October.

And, judging by his effort in defeat to Enobled, a maiden triumph is not far away.

Options are being kept open, though, and the colt has also been entered in the ABG Law Classic Maiden Stakes at Nottingham tomorrow (4.45pm).

Should Morpheus take to the track at Goodwood, he will face some promising rivals.

Anna’s Pearl is the most eye-catching of the 19 entries – yet he is also being considered for the same showdown in Nottingham.

The three-year-old Pivotal colt, who is trained by Ralph Beckett, was second to Loch Garman in the Group 1 Criterium International in Saint-Cloud in November.

The result earned him a handicap mark of 113 after four races without success.

He was then a distant last on his racecourse return at Newmarket in April.

But Beckett will be hoping he can put that performance firmly behind him if he runs in the second of Goodwood’s hat-trick of Friday evening meetings.

Course favourite Richard Hannon has entered Kyllachy Rise and Majesty in the maiden.

Stable jockey Richard Hughes will ride the former, who was second to the smart Cape Peron at Newbury after he was fourth on debut at Goodwood last season.

The card begins with the Gordon’s Apprentice Handicap (6.20pm).

Among the entries are Rocky Reef, trained in Findon by Philip Hide, and Sir Mike, who hails from the Pulborough yard of Amanda Perrett.

Racing continues with the Advance Resource Managers Maiden Auction Stakes at 6.50pm – with Hannon’s Fair Ranger set to be partnered by West Sussex jockey Ryan Moore.

Two more handicaps are sandwiched in the middle of the card before the action climaxes with the six-furlong TFN Handicap at 9.05pm.