Rock can emerge from Shadow in Downs finale

Richard Hughes steers Intrinsic, who hails from the same ownership as Desert Force, to Stewards' Cup success at Glorious Goodwood
Richard Hughes steers Intrinsic, who hails from the same ownership as Desert Force, to Stewards' Cup success at Glorious Goodwood
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Richard Hannon is hoping it is a case of second-time lucky as he returns to Goodwood with Shadow Rock tomorrow.

The Wiltshire trainer will saddle the two-year-old son of Verglas in the Irish EBF Maiden Stakes (4.45pm).

It is one of eight races at the meeting, which marks the end of another fine season at the track.

Shadow Rock had his first taste of Goodwood last month when he finished second by a short head to Sir Michael Stoute’s Dissolution.

Sent off at 14/1, Hannon’s charge kept pressing his odds-on rival right to the line to suggest a first victory was not far away.

A half-brother to Group 1 winning talent Glass Harmonium and four-time Goodwood winner Grandeur, Shadow Rock is now without a victory in four starts under rules.

But he should be a leading contender tomorrow – as he lines up against 12 rivals with Richard Hughes in the plate.

Hughes has all but sewn up the race for leading jockey at Goodwood this summer with 12 wins.

He is four clear of nearest challenger William Buick, who has just four mounts in the season finale.

Hughes, meanwhile, will partner the best of the seven horses Hannon has declared to race.

The Everleigh handler heads the charge for the Dick Hern Trophy – for the leading trainer – by one from rival Mark Johnston.

And it all adds up to a thrilling finale for the West Sussex track’s managing director Adam Waterworth.

He said: ‘We can’t believe we are at the end of another season already.

‘It has been a memorable year and tomorrow should be a fitting conclusion. With eight races it will be one of our busiest fixtures.’

The first race – the 2pm Alderbrook Stakes – sees National Hunt jockeys strut their stuff on the flat.

Pulborough-based Leighton Aspell, who won the Grand National earlier this year on Pineau De Re, is set to partner the Gary Moore-trained Shalianzi in the opener.

Next up is the Steve Smith Memorial Maiden Auction Stakes (2.30pm).

Amanda Perrett, who also hails from Pulborough, will saddle Lightning Charlie in the five-furlong showdown.

The Myboycharlie colt was third to the impressive Desert Force on his debut at Newbury last month.

And Desert Force will then launch Hannon’s assault on the Dick Hern Trophy.

Hannon, whose father Richard snr has lifted the silverware five out of the past six seasons, has already recorded nine wins this term.

And he will be hoping his Equiano colt can make it 10 off top weight in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Stakes (3.05pm). Be Bold is also in the line-up for the course favourite.

The Everleigh trainer then saddles Dominate in the Sistema Stakes at 3.40pm before 11 contenders fight for glory in the AJA Gentleman Amateur Handicap.

Shadow Rock’s tilt at a maiden win is followed by Yaakooum’s challenge for Furniture Makers Stakes success at 5.15pm.

The meeting – and Goodwood’s 2014 season – draws to a close with the Rifles Care For Casualties Appeal Stakes at 5.45pm).

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