Inside Line: Side with Sea Of Roses at Goodwood

Andrew Balding was thrilled with Bellum Justum's victory
Andrew Balding's Sea Of Roses is fancied to win the William Hill Festival Stakes at Goodwood

Sea Of Roses can get her season up and running in the William Hill Festival Stakes at Goodwood on Friday afternoon.

The four-year-old was third at the same track to Gather Ye Rosebuds earlier this month over a mile-and-a-half and after weakening on the run in the drop in trip to 10 furlongs will be of benefit.

Invariably highly tried throughout her career, Andrew Balding’s filly was second to the top-class Arrest on her juvenile bow and has run in races like the Musidora, Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes.

She is likely to come on for the first run and can return to the winner’s enclosure for the first time since beating Infinite Cosmos at Doncaster in her two-year-old season.

Ya Hafhd can get his first win on turf in the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap.

Unraced as a juvenile the Roger Varian-trained daughter of Sea The Stars can progress from her reappearance at Doncaster.

A length second over 10 furlongs in South Yorkshire the four-year-old will enjoy the step up in trip.

Azure Blue can put a disappointing season debut in the 1895 Duke of York Clipper Stakes behind her in the EBF British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail at Haydock.

A lack of race sharpness was evident on the Knavesmire in the closing stages after nearly a year off the track and a drop in grade will suit the seven-time winner before a return to bigger things.

Eighteen Fourteen returns to Pontefract for the British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Maiden Stakes.

The two-year-old was third first time up over five furlongs on soft ground last month and should progress again trying six furlongs.

Hardy Boy suffered a couple of near misses last season and can start this season with a bang in the Get Free Bets At Planetsportbet Rewards Handicap Chase at Hereford.

Beaten a neck into second twice at Taunton over two-miles-and-seven furlongs in January, he was stepped up to three miles and one at this venue, finishing third.

Coming back in distance to two miles and five is not a negative off the same mark and cut in the ground will be to his benefit.



Sea Of Roses (3.35 Goodwood)


Ya Hafhd (3.00 Goodwood)


Azure Blue (4.20 Haydock)


Eighteen Fourteen (7.45 Pontefract)