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Five horses to take out of the Qatar Goodwood Festival

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Sun 12 Aug 2018

Harry Allwood kept a close eye on the action at Glorious Goodwood and selects five horses to look out for over the coming weeks.

Afaak – fourth in the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap on Tuesday

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Afaak was denied a clear run more than once in this 1m2f contest and did well to finish fourth under the circumstances.

It was his first start over ten furlongs and has shaped as though that trip would suit in the past. He has class, as evidenced by his second over a mile in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, despite his pedigree suggesting he would not be - he is by sprinter Oasis Dream out of 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati.

The four-year-old landed a Class Two handicap at York in May, so I would not be surprised if he was aimed at the Ebor festival this month with the Sky Bet Handicap on August 25 a possibility.

He remains unexposed over trips further than a mile and should remain competitive in high-class handicaps for the remainder of the season.

Forseti – Seventh in the Telegraph Nursery Handicap on Thursday

The Andrew Balding-trained Forseti was hampered at the start of this 7f contest and did not enjoy a clear passage when asked for his challenge under Oisin Murphy.

He had previously run in a Group Two at Newmarket and, although he disappointed, it suggests connections believe the son of Charm Spirit, the 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner, has plenty of ability.

This was only his fourth start, so there should be lots more to come, and the two-year-old looks capable of recording a second career success off a rating of 80.

Ballistic – Third in the Unibet Nursery handicap on Friday

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Ballistic, who was sent off a 33-1 chance, stayed on promisingly to finish a never-nearer third in the Nursery Handicap on Friday on his first start over six furlongs.

The son of Kodiac shaped as though he appreciated the extra furlong having shaped as though he would over five furlongs on his first three starts.

This was a career best and he is more than capable of getting off the mark sooner rather than later with a rating of 72.

Robert Cowell’s colt did hold an entry in a 6f Nursery Handicap at Nottingham on Tuesday but does not run.

Dancing Star – second in the L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes on Friday

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Andrew Balding’s Dancing Star raced over 7f for the first time last Friday where she finished a luckless second.

The five-year-old was blocked in on the rail under Oisin Murphy and ran on strongly once in the clear behind the progressive Pretty Baby.

Dancing Star has predominantly been campaigned over six furlongs, but I would be surprised if connections dropped the 2016 Stewards’ Cup winner back in trip next time out.

The mare has been given a 6lb hike in the handicap but is only a pound above her last winning mark and is one to keep on the right side of.

Glenamoy Lad – tenth in the Unibet Stewards’ Cup Handicap on Saturday

Glenamoy Lad finished better than his finishing position of tenth suggests in the Stewards’ Cup on his first start since November.

Michael Wigham’s four-year-old was denied a clear run until the field entered the final furlong and would have certainly finished closer had a gap appeared sooner.

He was progressive towards the end of last season winning two six-furlong handicaps and looks capable of further progression this season.

He does not hold any entries but is likely to be aimed at valuable handicaps this season, with the Portland Handicap at Doncaster on September 15 a likely target.

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