JORDAN PRINCESS can stakes a late claim for an Investec Oaks run with victory in the Bibendum Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.
Snow Fairy claimed the 10-furlong event back in 2010 before going on to Epsom glory and while Jordan Princess has a long way to go to match that filly’s feats, she should be capable of putting up a bold bid.
She failed to sparkle on her racecourse bow when well beaten by the reopposing Psychometry at Kempton last September but made great strides to sign off with a victory at Newcastle the following month, despite having to race on ground that was probably not quite to her liking.
Connections obviously think a bit of Jordan Princess as they pitched her into the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on her return, but she proved no match for leading Oaks contender Taghrooda on that occasion, finishing a six-length second.
She kicked for home with a couple of furlongs to run that day and kept on admirably for the minor honours, with Uchenna a couple of places behind her.
Jordan Princess might not develop into a true Classic contender in the course of time, but this Listed heat should be well within her compass.
Lion Beacon is the pick of the two Amanda Perrett-trained runners in the Weatherbys Sports Publishing Stakes after a satisfactory seasonal return.
Warrior Of Light’s Derby entry may be a little fanciful, but it would be dangerous to ignore him in the Surbiton Handicap at Sandown. David Lanigan sent Warrior Of Light back to the all-weather venue for his seasonal bow, where he was beaten just a length in what appeared a well-contested race.
He was edged out by a more experienced rival on that occasion but the first two pulled a few lengths clear of the rest, suggesting that they may have more than a touch of ability.
Something was clearly amiss with False Witness last time and he should be given a chance to redeem himself in the Jack Daniels Handicap at Ayr. He finished stone last at Ripon over four weeks ago, with Adrian Nicholls easing right down after he quickly lost his place.
False Witness is surely better than that and is worth another shot.