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.
The blog chucked up another winner on Thursday with Mr Fallon riding NAVAJO CHIEF (15-2) to perfection. My other runners were nowhere and really disappointed me! Oh well, on to another day.
MIDNITE ANGEL 1515 YORK (nap) – this horse has a very strong form line with J Wonder. They both caught my eye when romping clear of the field at Newmarket last year. We all saw what J Wonder did the other week and this horse I feel is just as good and for me is a crazy price.
AHZEEMAH 1445 YORK (nb) – another horse with smart form, but over slightly further. This is always feel is a good thing as you can be more assertive with them. He's only a pound higher than when defeating SIMENON here and he ran BROWN PANTHER close last year too. TAC DE BOISTRON has been so impressive but this may be one too many!
CHANCERY 1415 YORK (treble) – this horse has been a little disappointing but for me he's primed to run a big race tomorrow!he has won here twice and his latest run was much better and he's been kept on the same mark for this!
DON'T TELL ANNIE 1345 YORK – this is a cracking race and there are loads with chances. This horse won well last time and a few who were in behind have come out again and ran creditably. I think she's the value in the race!
Here we go again! The second big National within a week and to go with it a cracking card at Newbury featuring the Greenham. The blog produced a few inners last week with my nb COURT MINSTREL going in at 16-1 and WHISPER at 4-1. Not to let the ship down my dad came good with LAC FONTANA 9-2 and BALDER SUCCES 7-2. Hope you followed. I have opened a bit of a profit gap up with my dad as you can see below due to COURT MINSTREL.
On to today and the selections are below :
JACOB CATS 1530 NEWBURY (NAP) – (unplaced -£5.00) he looked a decent handicapper a few years ago when under the care of Richard Hannon Snr. Judged on that form he has dropped to a very appealing handicap mark and is albs lower than his last handicap success. Has moved yards and from a high draw with Hanagan on board I think he has a cracking chance at a big price.
TIDAL BAY 1550 AYR (NB) – (unplaced -£5.00) I know, I know – he’s not my nap, but that shows how much I fancy my nap today! I was gutted last week when he was effectively brought down. He is chucked in again off this mark making most of the others run out of the handicap. He has to give albs to his nearest rival is rating 19lbs higher too. He’s the class horse, he will stay and the trainer said he was bouncing this week. The ground should be sort enough and even if it fires a little he has success on good to soft! Come on my boy! I’m also throwing a few pence at YES TOM too. He ran out an impressive winner on his debut for the yard and his record at Ayr reads 2,2,2,1,4,1,2,3,3. Mr Carberry comes over to ride and he has to have a cracking chance too.
J WONDER 1420 NEWBURY (TREBLE) – (WON 4-1 = £12.50) this filly really caught my eye last year when drawing away from the field at Newmarket with MIDNITE ANGEL. They demolished that lot and then she ran behind LUCKY KRISTALE in the Lowther and never got into it in conditions that were probably too fast. She is a sister to CHACHAMAIDEE who developed late and this second season could see some real improvement and I’m chancing her to turn over AL THAKHIRA.
KINGMAN 1455 NEWBURY – (WON 15-8 = £5.86) this is a cracking Greenham and should be a proper Guineas trial with a lot of the top contenders opposing each other. My selection looked every bit a class horse last year and for me I think there will be even more to come from him in the classic year, starting today. I’m fascinated to see how ASTAIRE runs over 7f as he was very good last year. LAT HAWILL won easily last time and takes a big step up and I may have had a bit on him but for Frank being in the saddle. Knowing him he will leave the horse with too much to do. Sit back and enjoy!
COURT MINSTREL 1440 AYR (2nd – 8-1) did us a favour last week and despite a alb penalty he has to have a chance but MY TENT OR YOURS is similar to the Tidal Bay scenario – he is the class horse, however giving that weight over shorter will effect him more in my opinion and it may set it up for the MINSTREL to come late again!
My Dad’s selections are:
ASTAIRE 1455 NEWBURY (unplaced -£5.00)
MONTBAZON 1440 AYR (unplaced -£5.00)
VALCO DE TOUZAINE 1515 AYR (unplaced -£5.00)
GREEN FLAG 1550 AYR (unplaced -£5.00)
FATHER 6-8 SON