Thoughts on Rosaceous at Goodwood tomorrow

Rosaceous heads to Goodwood tomorrow afternoon (23rd of May) for the 3.25. Steve Drowne takes the ride in the mile and half handicap for fillies. Rosaceous was disappointing on her seasonal reappearance, being slowly away and tiring before she could really land a blow. She goes into the race tomorrow fitter although there is still a bit more to come on that front. Tomorrows mile and half trip is probably the upper end of her stamina range – she hasn’t been disgraced when trying it in the past in better company but there is a slight question. Cheek pieces replace the blinkers as she seems to be better around horses than she was at one point and its a small field. So she should be able to find plenty of room to race in. Despite what the form book says Rosaceous’s win came on good to soft ground as it rained on the day at Newbury so the surface at Goodwood tomorrow should be to her liking.

The race is competitive and Rosaceous has run against some of the fillies in the past. She had Phaemnomena well held when she broke her maiden, however that rival has progressed since and looks to set the standard, although her form is at its best on a sounder surface. Kalispell was disappointing on her seasonal reappearance but won a Newbury handicap impressively on soft ground at the end of last season and that could be the key to her. Running Deer was fourth in the same race at Newbury and has continued her form into this season.