Lichfield-based trainer Ed McMahon could well saddle two of his stable stars in the same race at Glorious Goodwood later this month with both Astrophysical Jet and Noble Storm appearing to be intended runners for the Group 2 King George Stakes on July 28, writes Elliot Slater.
The four-year-old filly Astrophysical Jet placed in Group 3 company as a juvenile before enjoying a tremendous time of things last term when running well in top handicap company then finished strongly into third behind the classy Borderlescott in last season’s King George Stakes. The daughter of Dubawi then recorded her first pattern race success in beating Tax Free in the Group 3 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh and followed up at Newbury in the Group 3 Dubai Airport World Trophy on her final outing of the term. Those thinking about placing Glorious Goodwood bets should give serious thought to backing her.
Expected by many to be amongst the leading speedsters this term, Astrophysical Jet hasn’t yet made the grade and finished just 13th when sent off favourite for the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, then 10th, behind Prohibit, in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before again disappointing in the Coral Charge at Sandown recently.
McMahon believes his filly is showing signs of coming back to form and having run well in the race 12 months ago, is expecting a better performance at Goodwood and anyone looking at the racing tips should bear this in mind. He also intends to run Noble Storm, a winner in Listed company last time out at Haydock and a five-year-old who appears to be getting better with age and experience. Now too high on official ratings to run in handicaps, group company is the only way for Noble Storm who could yet prove a more potent sprinter in the long term than his more lauded stable companion.