An ultra-competitive handicap over 1m2f with numerous chances here at Goodwood, featuring a jam-packed line-up full of improving types. VEE SIGHT is one of the rapidly progressive individuals following a successful handicap debut at Sandown over 1m1f on reappearance. The Churchill three-year-old did plenty wrong that day, finding himself at the back of the pack early after a slow beginning and forced to challenge wide in the home straight. Once on an even keel, he powered clear to win with plenty in hand from a mark of 74. Related to a host of useful scorers, notably last season’s G1 Prix Royal-Oak winner Scope, he is bred to have further to come from an 8lb higher mark, with the step up in trip expected to prove ideal.
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ROYAL SCOTSMAN destroyed his rivals to claim an easy five length victory in a course-and-distance maiden prior to an excellent third in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. That was a leap forward after showing good pace throughout and was only beaten by a pair of top-notch juveniles – with the third scoring at Group Two level on his next start and the fourth successful in the G2 Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly subsequently – and they pulled clear of the remainder that day. The selection looks to have the standout form and is taken to see off the more inexperienced types. Al Karrar makes most appeal of the once-raced horses after an impressive Windsor maiden victory after a slow start.
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NEW LONDON ran out an impressive three length scorer of a good quality Newmarket event on reappearance when making his handicap debut from a mark of 99. The son of Dubawi raced prominently before delivering a strong run to stretch clear up the hill in the manner of a Stakes horse. Trainer Charlie Appleby alluded to him being a potential Group performer straight after the race, with the rise in trip likely to play to his strengths.
The main danger can come from front-running WEST WIND BLOWS, who I can’t let run without an each-way interest after a demonstration success in the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton. He’s three from four, with his only disappointment coming in the Epsom Derby, and has scope for further improvement. He is entered in the St Leger later in the season and has plenty of class about him. If allowed to set the pace, he could prove hard to catch.
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Nashwa sets a strong standard following her determined run to win the G1 Prix de Diane at Chantilly earlier this month. That excellent effort followed her fine third in the G1 Epsom Oaks behind Tuesday and Emily Upjohn, but that form has taken a couple of knocks subsequently and she may be one to take on at prohibitive odds. DREAMLOPER could push the short-priced favourite all the way as a Group One scorer who is forgiven a below par effort on softer ground last time out in the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes at Curragh.
Another at big odds who may run better than her odds suggest is the unexposed three-year-old ONE FOR BOBBY who delivered a career best when an excellent third in a Group Two at Curragh on just her fourth outing. She could have more to offer over this extra distance and her trainer is a perfect 1-1 with his runners at this track in the previous five seasons.
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FAR SHOT was an eye-catching second on handicap debut at Ascot on third career outing. The Kodiac colt is worth upgrading after a troubled passage against the stands’ rail that day and could have more to offer stepping up to 7f this afternoon. It would be no surprise is he managed to come with a good late run and be involved at the business end.
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KAPE MOSS showed her liking for a downhill track when a comfortable track and trip winner on penultimate outing from a mark of 73. She was good value for her win at the finishing line, with a defeat on the AW forgivable last time. A high draw bolsters confidence here. Another with an each-way chance is the often held-up performer LE BEAU GARCON, who is worth another chance after a modest run at Newmarket, coming after a luckless passage in Musselburgh handicap. He returns to this twice-winning distance and makes some appeal if able to achieve a clear run.
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Despite a ninth-placed-finish on second start, SHE’S HOT took a step forward on that occasion when midfield in the G3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. The daughter of Sioux Nation – who has made a promising start as a stallion – was outpaced before running on in the final furlong, suggesting this extra journey will be within her compass. This is a drop in class and the application of a first-time tongue-tie could help her settle better this time around. She’s got the ability to get off the mark.
One at a big price who could challenge for the places is ENOLA GREY after a brace or promising efforts, including at this venue on first run. The Jonathan Portman-trained youngster kept on well enough for third on her next start, behind impressive winner Candle Of Hope, who has subsequently gone in again by a wide-margin at Thirsk. She could outrun her double-figure price.
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