Wahaab set for Goodwood comeback

Wahaab claims a debut win at Goodwood. Picture: Clive Bennett
Wahaab claims a debut win at Goodwood. Picture: Clive Bennett
Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

Balding celebrates Glory at Fontwell

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Wahaab returns to Goodwood this afternoon for a tilt at Peter Willett Conditions Stakes glory.

Richard Hannon’s two-year-old colt launched his career in stunning fashion with a debut success at the Downs course in May.

He finished seventh of 15 in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes in June before his Wiltshire trainer gave him a break.

Now the son of Tamayuz is ready to bounce back.

And he will do so against five rivals in today’s feature contest (3.30pm).

The seven-race meeting begins at 2.20pm.

Meanwhile, Goodwood Mirage is being primed for a final run for his current owners.

The three-year-old son of Jeremy has claimed two victories from his five career starts.

He was last seen finishing second to Retirement Plan in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Stakes at Goodwood.

The Irish-bred colt’s performances have seen him rise to an impressive official mark of 94.

And the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group (GROG) have had a significant bid for his services.

The syndicate’s plan has always been to sell their promising charge at the end of the season.

Trainer William Knight is not surprised to see the talent is attracting interest.

The Patching handler has tipped him to make a global impact, while he also reckons a switch to the National Hunt sphere is a possibility.

But he will have one more run for GROG – probably in a £150,000 handicap at Ascot on Saturday.

And Knight is not ruling out the chances of him remaining at his stable.

He said: ‘There are various offers but the plan is to run at Ascot.

‘He is an attractive prospect, not only for Australia or Hong Kong but for the jumps boys, too.

‘If he is not sold privately he will go to the horses-in-training sale.

‘He is a lovely looking horse and I would love to keep hold of him next year.’