Dave Nevison's tips for Wednesday: This pair of Lions can roar at Goodwood

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 28 Jul 2020

Another cracking day in store at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Wednesday and a couple of the handicaps make appeal with the last race favourite looking like a possible good thing to me despite a wide draw.

1.45 Goodwood: Coeur De Lion

He’s only 3lb higher than when winning the Ascot Stakes last month and that certainly would not have stopped him winning that afternoon. And if anything, Goodwood could suit him even better with its longer home straight.

He certainly gets on well with Thore Hammer Hansen, who rode him brilliantly at Ascot and provided there is a pace here he should be able to come with a good run from the back.

With the likes of Summer Moon and Rochester House from the Mark Johnston stable involved it seems likely this will be truly run and that will be ideal for Coeur De Lion.

4.20 Goodwood: Society Lion

Sir Michael Stoute-trained and Ryan Moore ridden, it is difficult seeing this one not being strong in the market but there are few in this field who look like they have anything like the upside of this lightly raced three-year-old.

Last time out at Doncaster, he ran really well against a progressive type, who possibly should have followed up already, and that form could easily be the best in this race with a distinct possibility of more to come.

The sixth to finish in that event won well at Ayr on Tuesday. The tongue-tie has been a feature of his two good runs this season and I am not too worried about the wide draw.

5.00 Thirsk: Glory Fighter

Was beaten over 6f last time out but is much much better over 5f and has an opportunity at a price here.

His stable had a very good afternoon at Ayr on Tuesday, with horses at prices, and recent efforts apart from last time suggest he will not be far away.

It is likely he will never be seen in Group Three company again - as he was for his previous yard - but he is certainly capable of winning off 75 over this trip.

He has been beaten narrowly twice off Wednesday’s mark but has had possible excuses each time and it is no surprise the handicapper has not dropped him.

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