Hopes high for Ektihaam
Ektihaam is due to return to the track for the first time at Goodwood since enduring a luckless passage in the Prix du Jockey Club.
Trainer Roger Varian planned to give the Dante Stakes runner-up a break after his unsuccessful trip to Chantilly for the French Classic, when Ektihaam scoped dirty.
He has been given plenty of time to recover and has been pleasing connections in the build-up to the Listed contest over 10 furlongs.
He was declared to run in the Doonside Cup at Ayr on Saturday but was withdrawn due to the heavy ground.
"Roger was worried it was going to go so heavy at Ayr that after a good lay-off it wouldn't do the horse any favours to run him on it," said Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
"I know they have been getting rain everywhere but hopefully it won't be too bad.
"I'd say he'd handle easy ground, just as long as it's not bottomless.
"It's good to get him back on track and just see where we are."
Varian is also hopeful of a good run.
"Ektihaam was one of a number of horses who suffered from a bad passage in what was a very rough race at Chantilly," he told www.varianstable.com.
"We have given him a lot of time to get over it and he has been training very well recently.
"He has form on soft ground we are hopeful that he will run well."
Ektihaam is one of two three-year-olds in the seven-strong field, the other being Rockinante, trained by Richard Hannon.
"Rockinante takes on older horses in the Listed race," the Herridge handler told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"He probably found the ground too fast at Goodwood, so the rain has helped his chance in what looks a tough race."
The participation of Love Your Looks depends on how quickly she recovers from a minor setback.
Should she need more time, the four-year-old filly could be rerouted to the Mawatheeq Rosemary Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
"At the moment she is going to go to Goodwood, but we had a bit of a problem on Monday morning," John Cullinan, assistant to trainer Mike Murphy, told At The Races.
"We had to take a shoe off and poultice her. I think coming off the gallops she stood on a stone.
"She came into the yard lame. I took the shoe off and there was a bit of gravel under it.
"I got it out and we've poulticed it so, at the moment, she's declared for Goodwood.
"She could go to Newmarket as that would give us another 48 hours regards the foot, but it wouldn't be ideal.
"She's such a good filly she deserves a crack at black type."