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SEA Shanty can get Glorious Goodwood off to a fantastic start for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes by winning the bet365.com Stakes.
Hannon jnr has a hard act to follow at the Sussex venue as his old man Richard dominated on the Downs before passing the baton on to his son this season.
Hughes has been top jockey at the meeting for the last four years and took this race 12 months ago with Viewpoint, who runs again - but there is no doubting Sea Shanty is the first string.
Owned by The Queen, the fouryear-old has improved in leaps and bounds this season, winning at Kempton and Sandown before going close in the Royal Hunt Cup.
Carrying a 5lb penalty at the Royal meeting, he finished fourth behind Field Of Dream, just four days after winning at Sandown so the effort can be upgraded.
Running off the same mark, Sea Shanty will be very hard to beat.
The feature race of the opening day is the bet365 Lennox Stakes, in which Hannon and Hughes have the favourite Toormore.
While he was champion juvenile in Europe last year, Toormore has not looked as dominant as a threeyear-old - despite claiming the Craven on his reappearance.
To that end, It may be worth chancing that last year's winner Garswood can bounce back to his best for Richard Fahey.
He has never quite fulfilled Fahey's hopes as the trainer talked of him in Group One terms, but he does well at the track.
It is hard not to see Hannon and Hughes winning the bet365 Molecomb Stakes with Beacon.
An expensive failure on his debut at Doncaster, Beacon won his next three in straightforward style, including a four-length stroll at Listed level at Sandown.
TOMORROW'S TOP TIPS BEVERLEY: 2.20 Rainford Glory, 2.50 Manshaa, 3.25 Ruby Rose, 4.00 Dodina, 4.35 Eeny Mac, 5.10 Special Fighter, 5.45 Edgware Road.
GOODWOOD: 1.55 SEA SHANTY (NAP), 2.30 Beacon, 3.05 Garswood, 3.40 Havana Cooler, 4.15 Acaster Malbis, 4.50 Extremity, 5.20 Daylight.
PERTH: 6.00 Shantou Tiger, 6.30 Midnight Game, 7.00 Ultra Light, 7.35 Bellgrove, 8.05 Ballybough Gorta, 8.35 Politeness, 9.05 Rev Up Ruby.
WORCESTER: 5.50 Cara Court, 6.20 Monetary Fund, 6.50 Lucky Landing, 7.20 Phase Shift, 7.50 Breaking The Bank, 8.20 Questioning, 8.50 Full Throttle.
YARMOUTH: 2.10 Gift Of Silence, 2.40 Runner Runner, 3.15 Secret Asset, 3.50 Mr Win, 4.25 Nabeel, 5.00 Logans Lad, 5.30 Lucky Diva.
DOUBLE: Sea Shanty and Beacon.