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Angus McNae's Sunday tips: Ladyland to prove hard to beat over minimum trip

By Angus McNae
Sat 13 Jun 2020

Lord North and West End Charmer were two winners – from four selections - for us last Sunday and I have another four fancies this week at Goodwood and Newmarket which are all available at 5-1 or bigger. Best of luck.

1.45 Goodwood : Electric Ladyland at 7-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair

This speedy filly was a three-time winner on the all-weather last season and she could prove hard to beat here over the minimum trip.

She failed to stay six and a half furlongs in a Listed race at Chantilly last time out, but she will be a different proposition here over a fast five furlongs.

Whilst most of her form is on an artificial surface, she has not had many starts on turf and certainly shaped well at Sandown on the grass last season.

She hails from the in-form yard of Archie Watson and will be ready to fire first time up as his horses usually are. A lot of rain would be a worry, but she is definitely worth supporting at 7-1.

2.20 Goodwood : Open Wide at a general 7-1

I am of the opinion that this horse was very much in need of the run at Newmarket last week. He was weak in the market and never got involved under a sympathetic ride from Ryan Moore.

That will have blown the cobwebs away and he will be much sharper here. He returns to a track that he goes well at and, most importantly, this should be a strongly run race which will suit his hold-up style of racing.

I think he has the best form in the race judged on his second to Khaadem in the Stewards’ Cup last season and back at the same track, he can pounce late in a race that Bungee Jump and Mrs Bouquet should set up perfectly. I think 7-1 is good value.

2.45 Newmarket: Phoenix Star at 5-1 with William Hill

Stuart Williams has his horses in good form and this horse won on his latest start at Kempton in March.

He got a perfect set up that day coming smoothly off a strong gallop to win nicely. His finishing speed percentage of 100 per cent shows that he was perfectly rated by Silvestre De Sousa and he is back on board on Sunday.

One slight concern is that this is a speed favouring track and the pacesetters may not come back, but this horse is well treated off 65 and is steadily progressing.

A reproduction of his Kempton effort will see him go close and he should be supported.

3.50 Newmarket: Modakhar at a general 8-1

On his handicap debut at Doncaster last season he ran poorly and looked poorly treated off a rating of 81, but he ran really well at Newcastle after that behind My target and can build on that here off the same mark.

He has had a wind operation since we last saw him, which may help him to see his races out better, and his trainer, Karl Burke, has his horses in good form.

This is not a particularly strong class 4 handicap and it is worth chancing that this horse is now on an upward curve and at 8-1, it is worth taking the chance.

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