There were two standout performances on the clock at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The best performance came from Cross Counter in the Gordon Stakes. He broke the track record producing a Timeform speed figure of 124. He will have a tremendous chance in the Melbourne Cup.
The other performance of note came from Battaash in the King George Stakes where he fired a Timeform speed figure of 121. He ran a better figure when winning last year but nonetheless this performance makes a clash with Blue Point in the Nunthorpe one to relish.
I have four selections for you today.
This filly produced a seasonal best to win at Ripon last time out off an official mark of 66. She has gone up four pounds but still looks capable of winning again.
She travelled strongly at Ripon and ultimately won with authority. Her main danger would seem to be Boudica Bay who will probably lead giving Stewardess a target to aim at.
I have been impressed with Conor Murtagh this year and his 5lb claim is an added bonus. She should be backed with confidence.
This filly bounced back to form last time at Thirsk where she finished a good second to Nuns Walk. She raced away from the main group that day and as such did well to get as close to the winner as she did.
She has been sliding down the weights and she looks sure to run well off a mark of 63. This is a very competitive handicap, but at 7-1 she is worth a small interest.
Nigel Tinkler has his horses in very good form and he can grab another winner with Allux Boy.
He shaped very well when third at Beverley last time given that he chased a strong pace from which he was entitled to drop away, but he plugged on well in the style of a horse who is in good form.
This was something of a hidden effort and a similar performance here off the same mark will see him go very close.
I liked the way this horse won at Nottingham last time out and he should be hard to beat under a 6lb penalty. He was wearing a first-time hood at Nottingham which is retained today and a repeat effort should see him back in the winners’ enclosure.
It is a bonus that he has course form which came two starts ago where he finished a good second. He is trained by Ian Williams who remains in good form and he looks sure to run well.