Wednesday 25 September 2019

Frankel Watch: Herman Hesse Looking for Success at Goodwood

Herman Hesse hasn't quite lived up to expectation on two starts to date. Lady Bamford's son of Frankel, out of a four-time winning mare, heads to Goodwood (2:00) and one of the favourites to take the spoils. Stepping up to 1m 1f197y on soft going could be the key to success. 

Lady Bamford has owned a number of exceptional horses including Epsom Oaks victor Sariska. Not only is she the wife of JCB CEO, Sir Anthony Bamford, but she is also an organic food pioneer and author.  

John Gosden's bay colt has been fancied in the betting on both starts when racing at Yarmouth and Sandown, respectively. Racing over 7f/1m this attractive colt has competed against quality opposition but been found out by an insufficient trip. I can imagine connections have been surprised Herman Hesse hasn't won on these formative starts and have been waiting for this race and expecting to see a marked improvement over this stiffer test. 

Racing on soft going will definitely help and there should be no excuses today over this extended trip. 

If the betting is to be believed this Maiden Stakes is out of five horses, with horses priced 33/1 bar the quintet. 

The major opponent looks to be Khalifa Sat, trained by Andrew Balding, who finished a respectable 6th on debut. 

I'm sure Herman Hesse will run a sound race on this third start, but there are still a few ifs and buts. 

Good luck to connections.