Goodwood – Stewards Cup Day

Two winners on the blog yesterday with the super smart J WONDER winning at 7-1 and PETHERS MOON AT 11-10. The final day brings us the Group One Nassau Stakes and the Stewards Cup. This will be my last blog for a while as I'm off on my holidays tomorrow, a week stay over in Dorchester in the caravan, then onwards over la manche to France and Brittany for a few weeks. The first time we've taken the van abroad, exciting times ahead! Yet the French can wait, on to the important matter of horses and winning some holiday coin off the old foe. Here are my selections :
 
MUTHMIR 1550 GOODWOOD (nap) – William Haggas was on fire last week, everything he saddled seem to go in. None were more impresssive than this fella who trounced the field in the Skybet Dash at York. I really fancied GOLDREAM that day and this one was the only one to beat it. He's officially 2 lbs well in under his penalty and that must be a tip in itself after last week. Should run a huge race.
 
CONFESSIONAL 1405 GOODWOOD (nb) – is just starting to hit some form again after a dry period. Interestingly he has a very good record at the track and was second in this three years ago and came fourth in a Group 2 here also. His last run behind KIMBERELLA is pretty decent form and his mark remains unchanged, he is currently 2 lbs below his last winning mark and is overdue. Today could be his day in a race that will suit his style.
 
TWEETY PIE 1810 DONCASTER (treble) – this horse is a blog favourite after winning at 66-1 to one for me last year and he has been running well of late. His second last week at York let me down for a big payout but this step back up in trip and his current form are big pluses, the trainer is starting to find a bit of form too.
 
JAMBOREE GIRL 1740 DONCASTER – the ground is key to this horse and he ran really well when second at Haydock behind HANNAH'S TURN. He has been dropped a pound in the ratings since a poor run behind WAR SPIRIT at Haydock, however the ground was soft that day. With quicker ground today he should hopefully run a better race and I'm hopeful he will win!
 
My Dad's selections are :
TATLISU 1405 GOODWOOD
ENLACE 1455 NEWMARKET
OASIS FANTASY 1440 GOODWOOD
MUTHMIR 1550 GOODWOOD
 
STANDINGS
FATHER 9 – 14 SON
 
FATHER = +£42.67
SON = +£210.27
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Goodwood Day 4

Another damp squib yesterday with no winners. Goodwood is as competitive as ever and while I'm not having much luck I'm really enjoying the spectacle, bar one thing : Gok Wan! Why do Channel 4 and the BBC for that matter feel the need to waste time on fashion! Who gives a shit! Everyone is there for the day out, to watch these fine beasts and to hopefully have a winner or two, not decide whether its a Fendi or Armani outfit. Please do one! Why cant we have more pieces from the superb Alastair on the history of Goodwood and its races for pity's sake. Anyway on to the horses, lets hope these fair better today.
 
KINGSGATE NATIVE 1540 GOODWOOD (nap) – what a servant is guy has been! He won is race back in 2009 off a mark 4lbs higher than today. He was a narrow second last time to EXTORTIONIST in the Coral Charge at Sandown. The winner got 5lbs off him that day, today its only 3lbs and that little difference is all it takes at times. He will love the ground and has course form, and is a big price in my opinion – get on!
 
J WONDER 1650 GOODWOOD (nb) – what a cracking race this is! My girl ran a beauty for the blog when she rompted in in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. I've always thought she was a good one and has bags of speed, she beat the likes of JOYEUSE comfortably that day. Two stints in Group 1 company over a mile in the French 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Cup were steps too far. This return to 7f and Group 3 company will get the best out of her.
 
SHIFTING POWER 1430 GOODWOOD (treble) – was undefeated and highly touted going into the 2000 Guineas and finished a creditable 4th to NIGHT OF THUNDER. He was then the closest to KINGMAN when he trounced the field in the Irish 2000 Guineas, a third in the Prix Jean Prat has followed, again run on softer ground. The return to quicker ground will help as will the drop in class to Group 3. Massive chance.
 
PETHERS MOON 1355 GOODWOOD – has been running consistently well all year. Second to both GOSPEL CHOIR and GATEWOOD and he is only 2 lbs higher for those runs today. Arguably his best performance based on yesterday, was his second to CAVALRYMAN in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Newmarket. A repeat of that run should finally see him get a deserved head in front.
 
CAPO ROSSO 1505 GOODWOOD – won 3 on the bounce earlier in the season beating the likes of GWORN and BOLD PREDICTION with game front running performances. The last two runs have been disappointing and the handicapper may have his mark. However, I think this fast, undulating track will eek out more improvement in him and I hope to see him kick on from the turn as they may not get to him.
 
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Glorious Goodwood Day Three

A blank was drawn yesterday other than a place for George Rooke. Kingman was impressive again and what a turn of foot he showed, accelerating faster than the mighty Frankel. The future of breeding for Juddmonte and Khalid Abdullah looks very bright with Frankel and now Kingman in the ranks. I'm pretty sure he won't run next year. Lets look forward to seeing him possibly a couple more times and then we wait for his progeny. On to today, good luck if you're having a flutter and I'll hopefully fair better than yesterday.
 
BROWN PANTHER 1510 GOODWOOD (nap) – I love this fella and the drop back to 2m will certainly help his cause. The ground is possibly a little firm and that may cause him a few concerns but I still think the form of his recent runs is the strongest on offer. ESTIMATE is a damn good horse but I think this shorter trip with suit my selection better. I hope the Panther wins too as it willbe nice to remember his mother who passed away this week. Hopeful of another big run from this lovely horse. I hope he runs as there are doubts until the trainer walks the track.
 
PUPIL 1405 GOODWOOD (nb) – the run last time behind the smart SEA DEFENCE was a much better performance and I'm hoping that that run was a reflection of his true ability and what is to come. He's stayed on the same mark for that run which is still 4lbs lower than his highest rating. This is a tougher race but I think there is much.more to come from this fella and the booking of James Doyle is a positive too. I always try and base my selections on form and previous runs and this guy comes her on the back of a cracker.
 
TALENT 1545 GOODWOOD (treble) – this girl was well named, but as of yet this year she hasn't really lived up to her exploits as a 3 year old. While the ground may not be the best for her I'm hoping this specialist track, with similar undulations to Epsom will help bring some balance to her. She motored at Epsom and she maybe needs an adverse camber to straighten her out. Hughesie is back on board too – I hope she runs to her capabilities today.
 
MAGNUS MAXIMUS 1650 GOODWOOD – won a decent race in April beating the likes of TOOFI and NAADIRR and was raised a massive 16lbs form – an indication of what the handicapper thought. He was next seen in the hugely competitive Brittania Stakes at Royal Ascot and never landed a blow. He's only been dropped a pound for that – again showing the handicapper thoughts of him. Despite being overlooked by Hughes today he's still one of the best rated in the field and has to have a cracking chance at a big price.
 
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Glorious Goodwood Day 2

Not a bad first day on the blog with ES QUE LOVE obliging at 7-1. I was really pleased for the horse as he has ran so consistently in top races this year and now has a Group 2 to his name. On twitter I also put up Cheworee each way in the last and he came second at 25-1. On to Day 2 and hopefully a little bit more profit. I'm out all day though with my dad and the kids at the seaside, so results only!
 
LIEUTENANT MILLER 1350 (nap) – ran well last time at Ascot off the back of a decent season last year. He was second in this last year and third in the Ceasarewitch. He should run a big race and the ground should suit and the booking of Ryan Moore is a real plus. Should run a big race.
 
OBSERVATIONAL 1430 (nb) - battled well here earlier in the season on rained softened ground and its that positive attitude that makes me opt for him in this. The step up in class is a question mark but he looks a smart proposition. The ground is being watered so it shouldn't be too quick for him.
 
DR NO 1540 (treble) - wasn't too far off the pace in the Coventry behind the The Wow Signal and had Kodi Bear just infront of him. The form of that race is working out and I reckon he will take this over the other Hannon runner.
 
GEORGE ROOKE 1720 – has been runnnig consistently well and is only a pound higher than a previous winning mark. The trainer has sent it a fair way and the booking of Moore again is a real eye catcher.
 
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Glorious Goodwood Day One

The start of the Glorious Goodwood festival. It always makes me feel summer has really arrived when it comes around. Mark Johnston uses it as a diary favourite. His string always seem to do well here, and I always seem to back his horse that lose! Lets hope its a good week, loads of Group races but some cracking handicaps too.
 
NICEOFYOUTOTELLME 1355 GOODWOOD (nap) - (unplaced) this guy has some smart form in the book. His success at Newmarket in May is pretty strong. He won the9 furlong contest that day and had FARRAAJ back in fourth over fourth lengths behind. He has been raised 7lbs for it yet after FARRAAJ's exploits that horse is 19lbs higher in the ratings. Surely more to come. Charles Camoin I hoped would win at Ascot on Friday but the weather put pay to that. STORMACHION has 2 wins at this and looks progressive. I'm not sure SEA SHANTY will stay.
 
LESHA 1650 GOODWOOD (nb) – (unplaced) has improved a boat load this year and couldnt quite go with them the last time. Previous to that ran well and won a shade cosily at Haydock in a decent race against VOYAGEOFDISCOVERY. Taking on older horse here but has to have a chance of running well again.
 
ES QUE LOVE 1505 GOODWOOD (treble) – (WON – 7-1) he has been running very well in some smart races. I have always thougt he was better over further and this step up to 7 furlongs will help him I reckon. He was unlucky last time against MUSIC MASTER and has had good runs behind MAAREK and HAMZA earlier in the season. TOORMORE is the obvious danger but I reckon he'll struggle.
 
BIG THUNDER 1540 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) the Northumberland Plate was too far and too competitive for his seasonal return. This drop back to 14 f on good ground will suit better and he was very progressive last year. The Prescott yard is going much better too. Hopeful of a big run but fearful of REPEATER returning to form with Ryan Moore back on board.
 
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King George Day

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Well what a complete wash out yesterday’s blog was! All four I chose in the morning as they preferred quicker ground, by the off Ascot had been hit with a storm of biblical proportions and the going had changed to good to soft! Bloody annoying! I faired better at York in the evening with a few nice winners, notably CELESTIAL PATH for Sir Mark Prescott who looks a decent type. The weather at York looks pretty sound and I don’t think Ascot will get any more rain but I can only see that just getting to good by the off. Should be a cracking day of racing ahead, so sit back and enjoy and hopefully there are are a few winners here. I will try and ensure I get a blog up for every day at Goodwood next week if I can.

TAGHROODA 1550 ASCOT (nap) – (WON 7-2 – = £10.93) 3 year olds have a poor record in his race and fillies have a non existent one! So why my selection do you ask? The answer, this girl is special! She has been so impressive every race and yes its a massive task to overcome some top colts but she can do it! She is in receipt of 15lbs from TELESCOPE which will help and the fact that Hanagan has jumped off a Coral-Eclipse winner faster than you can say Hamdan Al-Maktoum further solidifies my claim. It’s going to be a cracking race and records are there to be broken!

GOLDREAM 1530 YORK (nb) – (2nd – 12-1 = £7.50) this boy gave me a great win on the blog on 1000 Guineas day and I’ve been waiting for him to get his ground again. He wasn’t really fancied on Guineas day and produced a cracker and with ground excuses the last twice his 6lb raise is fair. He has two seconds to his name here a the Knavesmire and the step back up to 6 furlongs will help too. I’m very hopeful of another big run.

TOOFI 1555 NEWMARKET (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) he is dropping down from Listed and Group company to contest this Class 2 handicap and sometimes it’s worth following the big boys when they drop down. He has good form at the top level behind Coulsty and then also ran well in defeat to Magnus Maximus earlier in the season. He could be too good for these and he is currently a very good price. Time will tell.

PASTORAL PLAYER 1515 ASCOT - (unplaced = -£5.00) this is my heart ruling my head! This horse has dropped to a very nice mark. It is on the back of a very barren run however! The Royal meeting showed it proved sensible to stick with high numbers in these races, but with the ground being a bit softer the near side can prevail. He is drawn trap one and has the likes of Field of Dream, Don’t Bother Me and Ayaar around him. The pace should be quick and it may set it up for him to burst through late. He has won here over 7f on good ground and is alb lower than that now, I’m hopeful more than anything but he does have a bit of class.

My Dad’s selection are :

BRONZE ANGEL 15515 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

DESERT SOCIETY 1625 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

WINDHOEK 1455 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)

SEE THE SUN 1530 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)

Standings

Father 9 – 14 Son

Father +£42.67

Son + £210.27

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The Coral Eclipse

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Last week was another decent week for the blog with good place money for the nap CHANCERY and third best ROYAL RASCAL. MIDNITE ANGEL won me an absolute packet and some times its important to follow these horses who drop down a grade or two as they usually romp in as she did last week. I’ve got a rather tidy profit of £194.98 to a £2.50 each way stake – hoping to break through the £200 marker today.

There are some cracking races today and personally I think the races at Haydock are more interesting than at Sandown, but its a good day, so lets sit back and enjoy.

PALLASATOR 1530 HAYDOCK (NAP)(2nd – 7-1 = £4.37) this horse will be fine with the ground and looked a strong staying type the season before last. The Prescott yard has just got going and he has thrown a couple of winners in this week so the horses seem to be fine after their setback. Sir Mark knows how to prepare one for these big handicaps and this fella could be another good type. I actually think the drop back in trip will suit him, if they ride him handy and look to kick for home from the turn not many will get past. He has guaranteed stamina and may get a soft lead and go on from there. Or that’s what I hope!

TALENT 1455 HAYDOCK (NB) – (3rd – 7-1 = £4.37) she won the Oaks last year in convincing style and was unlucky in the Leger. It looked like she needed the run in the Coronation Cup and she never really got going, this is a much easier contest and with that run in her, she should improve. She will relish the ground and I’m expecting a dominant run. SULTANINA is my danger, she ran very well when stepped up in class last time to Group 3 and battled well to win over course and distance. Great race this.

KINGSGATE NATIVE 1405 SANDOWN (TREBLE) – (2nd – 5-1 = £3.12) I’m a massive fan of this horse and he has run well on both his starts this season, showing the old sparkle is still there. He usually pops up with a win or two each year and after a few defeats in this I think today is his day. The firmer the better for him so I hope any more rain stays away, this old boy has class and at this level he could have too much for his rivals. STEPPER POINT has really returned to form this year and ran a cracker in the Kings Stand and should be thereabouts. STEPS was flying a few runs back and just missed out at Epsom; I think his day has past. EXTORTIONIST has ran two great races recently and could be a big danger to my boy.

TRUE STORY 1550 SANDOWN - (unplaced = -£5.00) Kieren Fallon thinks a lot of this horse, and he’s a good judge for me base don what he has sat on! You cannot doubt the horses ability and with question marks over his last two runs I’m willing to give him another go here. The Epsom undulations didn’t really suit last time and if Fallon can start winding him up in this home straight he may get there at the line. This race will come to soon for The Fugue for me and fillies don’t have a great record in this, nor to 3 year olds for that matter!!! If the rain came I’d be willing to put a few shekels on TULIUS who has been running well this year. To be honest I’m loping forward to just watching this, it’s the best renewal of this race we have had for a good few years.

My cliff horse of the season BURANO goes again in the 1440 at Sandown and I have to give him a go.

There will be no blog next week as I’m in Edinburgh on a stag do! Should be fun but messy!

My dad’s selections are :

STEPS 1405 SANDOWN (unplaced – £5.00)

COMPLICATE 1420 HAYDOCK (unplaced -£5.00)

VELOX 1440 SANDOWN (WON – 11-2 = £17.18)

SALUTATION 1530 HAYDOCK (NR)

Standings

Father 9 – 13 Son

Profit

Father +£62.67

Son +£201.84

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