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Charlie landed another winner from his 1 selection, that’s 2 from 2 for the man from Glasgow. while the rest of us twiddle our thumbs….
The going at Goodwood is ….. Good to Soft, good in places
Charlie – 4.10 Queens Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
Selection – Outbox – 6 year old Gelding Out of Frankel and Emirates Queen, has raced 18 times winning 6 times and placing in the first 3 on 7 separate occasions. The wins came at Ffos Las, Leicester and Newbury on first 3 starts, although didn’t win again until 8th March this year at Wolverhampton when beating Lucky’s Dream by 1 and 3/4 lengths over 1m 4f and 51y. Won again on next start at Doncaster on the 28th March when beating Raymond Tusk by 1 and 3/4 lengths over 1m 3f 197y on good ground. This was followed up by finishing 3rd at Newbury, finished 4th at Ascot and then finished 4th at Goodwood on next 3 starts. More recently finished 2nd at Leicester on the 7th of June beaten a length by Highest Ground over 1m 3f 179y on good to firm ground. Was then sent to Newmarket on the 26th June and won the listed Close Brothers Fred Archer Stakes over 1m 4f when beating Logician by 1 length with Pablo Escobar a further 3 and 3/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. Most recently was beaten 1 and 3/4 lengths by Hukum in the Group 3 John Smiths Silver Cup at York on the 10th July over 1m 5f 188y on good ground. Outbox has been in great form of late and is taken to get back in the winners enclosure today biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Passion and Glory who has won last 2 starts.
1.50 Unibet 3 Boosts A Day Goodwood Handicap
One of the longest races on the calendar and I’m sticking with experience and previous course form in The Grand Visir. The Ian Williams trained runner was narrowly beaten into 4th in this race last year and has put in some very creditable efforts over staying trips since, notably when placed in the Chester Cup and then the Queen Alexandra Stakes. He remains a fair price here and won’t mind if the course receives any more rain before the off.
4.10 Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes
Passion And Glory has made giant strides this term with comfortable handicap wins this summer at Lingfield and Ascot. He now takes his chance at group level against some fair rivals but there is every reason to be believe that he’s not quite done improving just yet, especially back up at this 12f trip. Softer ground is no issue and I can see a bold run for your money here.
3:00 – Unibet Golden Mile Handicap – Selection: Johan
Arguably the most competitive handicap of the week and one many punters will be getting stuck into. I was torn between Magical Morning & Johan but with the form of his Salisbury win last time out boosted here on Tuesday I am going for Johan. It was a return to top form for the William Haggas trained son of Zoffany after modest efforts at Newbury & York earlier in the season. As I said before the form of that Salisbury race, another class 2 handicap was boosted by Migration winning a good race here on Tuesday. With Ryan Moore booked, a good draw in stall 2 and the ground in his favour, everything is set for a big performance from Johan. Corazon Espinado could go well at a big price.
3:35 – King George Stakes (G2) – Selection: Dragon Symbol
This race appears mainly to be a three horse race between defending Champion Battaash & the young 3yo Dragon Symbol with Angel Power in the mix too. I believe that Dragon Symbol has the weaponry to dethrone Battaash today if he is in tip top form. Archie Watson’s charge has done little wrong so far this season with four straight wins followed by three seconds in the space of four months, his rise through the ranks has been rapid and there should be more improvement to come. Last time out in the July Cup he found only Starman too good in what was a red hot edition of that race, Angel Power was fourth that day. Previous to that Dragon Symbol lost the Commonwealth Cup in the stewards room and found only Rohaan too good at Haydock by a diminishing nose. His record over 5F is 1-1 and I think the race will set up nicely for him. He also receives 4lbs from Battaash today and holds every chance.
3.00 Golden Mile – Handicap – 3yo Plus – Class 2 – 1m…
Shelir – Dark Angel X Shelina 5yo gelding.
Rated 96 & has finished runner up twice in handicaps from this mark. 2nd on his last 2 starts, both over 1m, on July 4th at Ayr in a Class 3 handicap, only beaten a short head & again last time out, also at Ayr in a Class 2 handicap, July 19th, to Marie’s Diamond by a head, that was from 97 & runs from 96, with 1 due to be added after this race. Drawn in Stall 1 & has a decent EACH WAY chance…
3.35 King George Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 5f….
I could put up Battaash, who was 4th LTO having returned from a operation during the winter & is likely to be better today, Breeders Cup Turf Sprint winner Glass Slippers, who returns today & has never won first time out OR Dragon Symbol, who is running well in defeat but NOT TODAY, although they are all DANGERS…
Arecibo – Invincible Spirit X Oceanique 6yo gelding.
Changed yards in the winter & has had 5 runs for new stable. Rising from a returning mark of 91 to 112, which he runs from today. He has won twice & finished 2nd in another 2 starts. The gedling ran really well in the Group 1 King’s Stand at Royal Ascot to finish 1 & 3/4 lengths behind winner Oxted on June 15th before filling another runner up spot last time out on July 3rd at Sandown in the Group 3 Charge, only beaten a neck from Came from the Dark. Drawn in Stall 12 – EACH WAY
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