Goodwood return on cards for Be My Gal

Hayley Turner steered Be My Gal to glory at Goodwood earlier this month. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141259-8197)
Hayley Turner steered Be My Gal to glory at Goodwood earlier this month. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141259-8197)
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Roger Charlton is preparing to unleash Be My Gal on the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.

The Wiltshire handler saddled the lightly-raced daughter of Galileo to victory in the Listed Conqueror Stakes at the course at the beginning of the month.

Now he is eyeing a return to the Downs for the three-day May Festival.

The Height of Fashion Stakes is the £40,000 feature race on the opening day – Thursday, May 22.

The 10-furlong contest, restricted to three-year-old fillies, was first run in 2007 and has produced some high-class performers.

Charlton said: ‘It is certainly possible that Be My Gal could go for the Height Of Fashion Stakes.

‘She is in at Newbury this Friday but I don’t think she will run there.

‘I was pleased with her in the Conqueror Stakes and she has come out of the race very well.

‘I thought it was a progressive performance – she probably improved five or six lengths on her reappearance at Newbury.

‘I wouldn’t have any concerns about stepping back up in trip.

‘She settles well and I think she will get it without too much trouble.’

Charlton enjoyed a double on Goodwood’s first race day of the year and with it he took an early lead in the race for the Dick Hern Trophy, which is awarded to the Sussex course’s leading trainer of the season.

Temptress also scored for the yard on the card but it was Be My Gal who caught the eye under a superb ride from Hayley Turner.

The three-quarter-length victory over Princess Loulou was the first win of her career – building on consecutive second places.

On the second day of the May Festival, the £40,000 Listed Cocked Hat Stakes takes centre stage.

And an excellent card on Saturday, May 24, features the £50,000 May Handicap over seven furlongs and a pair of £40,000 Listed events for older horses.

This is the third year since the May Festival reverted to the traditional three days.

Under-18s go free to all enclosures as along as they are accompanied by an adult.

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