By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
Day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival is an intriguing card with huge names trying their luck after disappointing performances last time out in The Derby, Eclipse, Royal Ascot and more.
We have picked out a banker, outsider and possible torpedo leg for you to navigate and we have also recommended a Tote Placepot perm that could win you a share of the pool.
How's the Going?
The week’s weather is meant to be improving and the track should be drying. The going has been confirmed as good but may turn good to firm Thursday morning.
The Big Trend:
We always expect the Godolphin string to perform well but WILLIAM BUICK has a record here from the last five years that is something to keep in the back of your mind when selecting your Tote Placepot. With 20 victories from his last 67 rides at the track, he also boasts a level stakes record of +£35.65.
He has five booked rides on Thursday with Flippa The Strippa (1:10pm), Bright Melody (1:45pm), Lavender’s Blue (3:15pm), Codebook (3:45pm) and Different Face (4:55pm).
Despite only two places being up for grabs in the Gordon Stakes, ENGLISH KING (2:45pm) will be seeking redemption after a disappointing Derby at Epsom a month ago. Frankie Dettori has kept the ride and after a successful first couple of days, he won’t want to let down Bjorn Nielsen again. We can upgrade the run as the rest of the field were coming back to him, but he struggled to join the leaders in the Derby. With a 20 per cent strike-rate at Goodwood, you can be sure most of Frankie’s rides will have live chances, but if the pair are surprisingly outclassed by a front runner, expect him to pick up the rest of the pieces.
Outsiders to Consider:
The second race of the day is a handicap with 13 runners. Roger Varian and Mark Johnston hold the cards with Magnetised and Zabeel Champion. However, there are a couple of outsiders that may take a liking. Paul and Oliver Cole’s CELTIC ART has some very impressive form, and a second in the Listed race at Deauville in October looks to be enough to put him in the mix. Despite not being seen since then, he will be fresh and ready for this.
STARCAT is another really interesting one. He won as a two-year-old first time out at Kempton and was immediately provisionally entered for the Guineas and the Derby. It was a tough ask to see him perform at Newmarket, but a valiant seventh was a good performance. The inexperience got the better of him at Ascot and had to deal with stall one there which was the unfavourable side of the draw. This looks like the perfect opportunity for him to show what he is capable of.
Every time Nazeef runs, we think she is taking too much of a step up in grade and quality. However, you have to be impressed with how she has progressed from a three-year-old to a four-year-old. Nevertheless, attention is once again being drawn elsewhere and it is not one of the top four in the betting that will be the selection. QUEEN POWER, despite finishing third to Nazeef last time out really has come on a huge amount as a four-year-old and she has improved with every run so far. She just needs a little bit of luck to fall her way and she will win one of these big races soon enough.
We cannot ignore last year’s winner Deirdre who finished very strongly in the Eclipse last time but was still not close enough to the front runners. With Fancy Blue expected to be up front near the closing stages with Queen Power, there could be too much to do in the final few furlongs.
Our Placepot Perm:
Leg 1: 1,7 Leg 2: 1,4 Leg 3: 4,7 Leg 4: 2 Leg 5: 3,5 Leg 6: 2,4
2 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 32 lines
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