Trainer Charlie Appleby believes stable star Jalmoud has a big chance of upsetting favourite Constantinople when he runs in the Qatar Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.
The three-year-old was last in action in France in July, where he finished third in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prox De Paris Stakes. Jalmoud started the campaign with back-to-back wins at Newmarket and Longchamp before finishing last in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June.
He soon responded by placing in his last two outings and Appleby is confident the chestnut colt can follow in Cross Counter’s footsteps. Cross Counter won the Qatar Gordon Stakes 12 months ago and Appleby believes Jalmoud has a serious chance at odds of 6.50.
He said: “We dropped him back to a mile and a quarter on his penultimate start and it was a good performance to finish second to Headman. Last time he finished a good third back up to a mile and a half – and if he brings that level of form to Goodwood, he will be a major player.
“He is a horse that deserves to be in this calibre of race. He was too keen at Ascot and that trip (a mile and three-quarters) possibly stretched him. We put a hood on him on his last start and that helped, so that will stay on again.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Constantinople remains 3.25 favourite for the big race on Thursday, while Spanish Mission is also a contender at odds of 5.50. Dal Horrisgle and Leo De Fury are also well fancied and they can be backed at odds of 8.00 and 8.50 respectively.