Perennial aimed at Goodwood glory

Perennial, green cap, trails home sixth in the Feilden Stakes - despite going off favourite
Perennial, green cap, trails home sixth in the Feilden Stakes - despite going off favourite
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Charlie Hills is hoping Perennial can bounce back to form at Goodwood.

The Lambourn trainer is set to run the three-year-old in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes on Friday (3.45pm).

The £35,000 11-furlong contest is the feature race on day two of the festival, which kicks off tomorrow.

Perennial completed his juvenile season with third place in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.

The well-regarded Motivator colt returned to action at the same course last month – but could finish only sixth in the Listed Feilden Stakes, which was won by Stipulate.

Hills is hopeful his charge, owned by Khalid Abdulla, can put that run behind him on Friday.

The Berkshire handler said: ‘We have been happy with him since Newmarket, when he didn’t run his race.

‘He was too keen in the Feilden Stakes and the ground was a little bit loose on top, so it wasn’t his true running.

‘We gave him a bit of time after that and he worked nicely last week.

‘The form of last year’s Autumn Stakes looks pretty solid and the step up to a mile and three furlongs will suit him well.’

And Hills has refused to rule Perennial out of the Derby picture, provided he can turn in a good display on the Downs.

‘He has been left in the Derby at the moment,’ said Hills.

‘He would obviously have to win impressively to be considered for Epsom but we want to keep our options open.’

Another Derby possible – Cavaleiro – is among the entries for the Cocked Hat Stakes. Third in the Group 3 Betfred Derby Trial at Lingfield earlier this month, Marcus Tregoning’s inmate may go straight to the Classic, though.

Goodwood hosts a six-race card tomorrow – day one of the festival.

The Listed Height of Fashion Stakes (3.45pm) is the feature.

The festival ends on Saturday, with the seven-race card including a pair of Listed battles – the Festival Stakes (2.45pm) and the Tapster Stakes (4.25pm).

The going at Goodwood is currently good, good to soft in places and the weather is set fair.