Glorious Goodwood Day One

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So I thought it was time to end my blog sabatical and go again with the awesome summer spectacle – Goodwood. Although based on the ground we may get quite a few withdrawals and races not being as competitive, we will have to wait and see. A certain Mr Johnston has hit form right before his favourite week so he should be worth a follow. I will try and get a blog up for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, although I'm off on my jollies on Thursday. I'm sure we're in for a cracking few days anyway. As I'm sure you are aware I am part of a fantastic syndicate that own a few horses now, Teamchoochoo. We're currently seeking to expand the syndicate and have some very nice horses at really competitive prices. Please check out our website for more information, or contact me via Twitter. The website is www.teamchoochoo.co.uk
 
So on to my selections :
 
VOICE OF A LEADER 1400 GOODWOOD
I've watched this fella twice this year and was expecting better of him but he has just not quite got competitive. He was in with a shout at York but was then eased and interestingly the handicapper has left him on a mark of OR97, suggesting he thinks he's still got a bit of class. He was quite eye catching in the race before this staying on well behind MAHSOOB and I think this quicker track will help him in the final furlong or two. I'm also interesting in how BURANO runs off a feather weight, and Amanda Perrett is one to watch at this meeting. A cracking race with FIRE FIGHTING bidding to go out from the front no doubt but giving his nearest rival 8lbs could be just too much. FORGOTTEN HERO won well at HQ a few runs ago and caught the eye staying on again in the same race at York. Spencer who loves a hold up horse could come late on him.
 
STRONG CHALLENGE 1435 GOODWOOD
This is a cracking race and you could opt for a few of these. It's a shame AIR VICE MARSHAL is out as it would be a fascinating renewal between him and BIRCHWOOD. The latter ran well last time but has a blot on softer ground and that may be what catches him out this time. My selection won well on the course and the extra furlong should help bring out more improvement. The second in his last race has since gone out and won three times, the last being a Group 2 in France. It's interesting therefore that the same ownership send GALILEO GOLD here too, having won an ordinary race last time. Both him and IBN MALIK could be real improvers.
 
TOORMORE 1510 GOODWOOD (nap)
I found it interesting that Godolphin bought this one and despite a disappointing show behind SOLOW he still retains some ability despite him not getting his nose infront for over two years, and that was beating THE GREY GATSBY. The ground should be ok for him and in this lesser company he must have a cracking chance, it looks like the race may cut up a bit too with the withdrawal of LIMATO AND GLORY AWAITS. ASCRIPTION ran well last time behind CABLE BAY and AEOLUS was impressive too but they've both been hiked in the ratings and will need to improve again to win this whereas my boy shouldn't.
 
NOTARISED 1545 GOODWOOD
This fella was a great winner for me the other week in the Old Newton Cup staying on gamely to beat his stablemate WATERSMEEET and despite his 7lnbs rise in the weights he should have more to come. The extra two furlongs on this track should help him to motor on a bit to, rather than struggle up a finish. BATTERSEA was favourite that day and didnt show and I cant see any reason to reverse the form but I do think top weight ASTRONEREUS is the main danger. His defeat of DASHING STAR at York was impressive and he could go in again.
 
PERFECT MUSE 1620 GOODWOOD
I really fancied this fella in the Epsom Dash but he never go in it depsite going off favourite. He is 3lbs lower today off a mark of OR86, only a pound higher than when a good second at Pontefract on soft ground. Which leads me to think the cut in the ground will really help his chances tomorrow and with Hanagan on board I like him even more..
 
GOODWOOD ZODIAC 1655 GOODWOOD
A whole host of chances here and I'm opting for this one due to him handling Epsom rather well last time. That should help his chances here.
 
IFWECAN 1730 GOODWOOD
Another Johnston horse for me. He has carried a big weight like this before over the distance and run well and will appreciate a bit of cut or if the ground dries a little. He's a game horse and will kick on from a way out and he may be hard to peg back, he's got quite an appealing mark too.
 
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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.