It was a busy but enjoyable week at Goodwood where two horses stole the show for me.
Lady Bowthorpe’s first Group One1 success in the Qatar Nassau Stakes was tremendous to witness, with her ability to quicken up best on her first try over 10 furlongs proving decisive. There’ll be tougher top level assignments than this to come but her previous Falmouth Stakes fourth, when unfortunate to not go closer and perhaps not to win, has been well advertised with Mother Earth and Alcohol Free also subsequent Group One winners.
Baaeed is yet to have a crack at top level competition but it seems almost everyone is of the view that he’ll be well up to making his mark in Group One company later in the year and I hope, as well as believe, that can be the case as he’s such an exciting prospect.
Another horse I’m excited about for more personal reasons is Rhoscolyn who ran an excellent race in defeat when second in the Golden Mile. A return to Listed or perhaps a shot at minor Pattern company is on his agenda now, while top-end handicaps will also be considered as viable options for a horse who has some strong form in the book.
Onto a few horses that are worth sticking in your Racing TV trackers, starting with a few from Goodwood.
Trainer: David Menusier
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Migration looked an unlucky loser when heavily backed for his reappearance at Salisbury and the manner in the which he made amends at Goodwod last week suggests this was just the start of his compensation package.
A slightly slow start saw him settled in rear early and he did well to quicken up best off what wasn’t a strong early tempo to pick up the whole field and win going away. This effort suggests he has Group-race potential further down the line but for now his excellent trainer can land another big handicap with him off a revised mark of 103, with the Cambridgeshire next month looking a suitable target.
Trainer: Richard Fahey
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A steady early pace resulted in a bunched finish to the Group Two Unibet Richmond Stakes and the way in which Asymetric picked up to take the prize was impressive.
I also liked the run of fifth-placed Perfect Power who emerges as the equal of the winner at the weights having carried a 3lb penalty and met some trouble in running. He was perhaps also more inconvenienced by the run of the race and he looks to me like a horse who’ll keep on progressing, especially when getting a stronger early pace than he got here, something you can reasonably expect in most races over this sort of trip.
Trainer: Richard Hannon
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Given she seemed to have excuses for her two outings following a winning debut at Nottingham in June I thought Sows looked a big price off a mark of 77 for her handicap debut at Goodwood last week. Though she couldn’t back up that view with a win, she ran a very encouraging race in fourth in a race dominated by higher drawn horses that raced closer towards what appeared a favoured stands rail.
Always caught towards the centre of the track form her low draw in stall 3, Sows pulled nicely clear of the rest of the field and confirmed in my mind that she’s on a nice mark. A 2lb drop since makes her look especially interesting in the short term.
Trainer: Ismail Mohammed
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Corazonada hasn’t stood much racing to date but appears to be steadily going the right way and could keep finding a bit more progress after producing a career-best to win at Yarmouth last week.
Seemingly best on a quick surface, she benefitted from a return to fast ground and a step up to the longest trip tackled as she found plenty for pressure to score by 2 1/2 lengths. A 5lb rise for that seems fair enough and though she’ll have to move up slightly in grade she can be found more winning opportunities.
Trainer: William Knight
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Dual Identity has yet to win but his form away from soft ground is solid at the level he competes and he was better than the bare result when third at Leicester on Wednesday - making up ground from last position in the straight but not finding those ahead slowing down quickly enough.
A well-run race at a more galloping track would suit better and there’s races in him off his current mark.
Trainer: David Evans
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The opening maiden at Thirsk on Sunday looked a decent enough race and though beaten, having been well backed on his debut, Profit And Loss showed enough to suggest he won’t be long in getting his head in front.
One of only two debutants in the field, he was very green in the early stages but kept on well to take fourth, only beaten by a trio that it wasn’t difficult to be positive about going into the race and with this experience behind him, Profit And Loss could make significant progress next time, especially if stepped up to 6f.
Anyone who’d taken note of the suggestion that the Scottish Stewards Cup at Hamilton was a strong race that could work out may well have been rewarded with winners of both the Stewards Cup and the consolation race at Goodwood.
If like me you managed to avoid backing those two winners there’s no shortage of races that appeal as likely to work out well from the past week.
As ever, the big meetings with top prize money will produce some strong form lines and following the form of those very competitive handicaps will be a solid if fairly obvious policy.
At a slightly lower level, I suspect the race won by Give It Some Teddy at Thirsk on Sunday is one that could throw up a few future winners. The winner was well handicapped on old form and only recently came back to form with a good run at York, while the runner-up Lion Tower arrived at the top of his game. The third home Global Spirit is also steadily coming into form and might not be far away from finding a winning opportunity, while the fourth Itkaann and fifth Star Shield are also well enough handicapped to win.Add an unlimited number of horses into your Racing TV Tracker and never miss a winner again! Click here for more details.
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