Racing TV's betting expert tipped up Dakota Gold at 5-1 on day one of the Ebor Festival and has another three fancies on the Knavesmire on Thursday.
The prize money on offer dictates that sales races are always going to attract massive fields, but there is frequently a wide range of ability on show and these contests can sometimes be narrowed down to just a few significant runners.
The field herefollows a similar pattern and, in my view, not many will finish ahead of Show Me Show Me who was very quick to prove himself another terrific bargain buy when winning the Brocklesby for Richard Fahey at Doncaster in March.
Show Me Show Me demonstrated he handles a big field on debut and subsequently when he finished second in the Super Sprint at Newbury.
He stepped up to Group Three company in the Molecombe last time out and stayed on really well to get placed, indicating there - as he had at Newbury - that this extra furlong could suit him even better.
I think he could be one of the bets of the meeting, especially if bookies are offering handicap place terms on a race far less competitive than most.
Making a mistake in a big-field handicap at Goodwood freuently proves costly for a jockey. I don't know, but this might just be the case even more so with Liam Keniry, who misses the ride in this richly-endowed handicap having made the wrong move at a crucial point last time.
It is obviously down to connections who rides their horse and Paul Hanagan - who has ridden tons of winners at York - is now on Ed Walker’s progressive four-year-old.
Blackheath still ended up running very well at Goodwood last time and should have been placed but he gets another chance off the same mark here and should certainly get the race run to suit him.
In a race of this nature, every other runner is a danger, but Blackheath comes from a stable in very good form, is on a very winnable mark, has a decent draw and a jockey who knows the track better than most.
He has two duck eggs from his last three starts - both came on idiosyncratic tracks which may not have suited him - and they could ensure he goes off at a fair price.
I was at York when Mubtasimah bolted up in a small field novice event in June and, having won her next two starts, she is likely to be tough to beat here.
However, all her runs have been in small fields and that is really the main factor for me choosing the other Group-race pretender, Salayel, here.
Salayel has only had one run for Roger Varian and performed really well and showed a really good attitude when staying on in a similar event at Newmarket.
That performance prompted a 6lb rise which is considerable for any horse getting beat, but she also has a Group Three entry next week, so her trainer clearly concurred with the handicapper’s view and to justify a trip to Tipperary, she will have to win this handicap.
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