Hat-tricks are order of the night at Goodwood

Saucy Minx, right, and jockey Pat Dobbs are set to team up again at Goodwood on Friday
Saucy Minx, right, and jockey Pat Dobbs are set to team up again at Goodwood on Friday
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Amosite will be chasing a hat-trick when she lines up for the Trevor Nelson Fillies’ Handicap at Goodwood on Friday night (8.25pm).

The West Sussex course hosts its third and final evening fixture, with internationally-renowned DJ Trevor Nelson taking to the decks after the action on the track.

But before the party starts, six races will give Goodwood punters plenty to ponder.

Amosite has been a revelation on turf this season.

The seven-year-old mare put a couple of disappointing efforts on the all-weather behind her when winning at Warwick last month and Newbury on June 8 – the latter a career-best display according to Racing Post Ratings.

Now trainer John Jenkins is keen to give the daughter of Central Park her first start on the Downs in the seven-furlong contest, which is worth £8,000.

The Hertfordshire handler is well aware of the intricacies of the undulating Goodwood track.

But he reckons his mare, who has improved 6lb for her double success, can cope.

Jenkins said: ‘I don’t see any reason why Amosite won’t run at Goodwood on Friday.

‘She has been in very good form since her win at Newbury and there have been no problems.

‘I don’t think there has been any particular reason for her improvement but she is a really tough filly and maybe the step up in distance to seven furlongs has helped her.

‘It is a tricky old track at Goodwood but I think she will be okay.

‘I’m hoping there is more to come from her.’

Patching trainer William Knight is expected to saddle Keep The Secret – an impressive winner of a maiden on the all-weather at Lingfield in December – in the race.

And Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett will be represented by Saucy Minx.

The six-race card gets under way at 6.15pm, with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation Apprentice Handicap, and closes with the Goodwood Farm Shop Handicap at 8.55pm.

While there is a chance of showers this week, clerk of the course Seamus Buckley is confident of producing excellent racing ground again.

‘We had four millimetres of rain after racing on Friday evening and into Saturday morning,’ he reported.

‘The going is good and we are selectively watering to maintain the current conditions.

‘There is a chance of some showers this week and I would anticipate conditions will be very similar to Friday, when the ground rode beautifully.’