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This isn’t Goodwood either

Head spin on the bandstand


I’d like to be able to find the winner of the Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes today and I also wonder if Premio Loco could actually beat the likes of Rip Van Winkle and Canford Cliffs. I’d like to think he can.

Yesterday’s display was only redeemed in part by Lord Shanakill who I could not not back, plus the family owed me a favour after his half-brother’s display last week at Epsom.

My plans today include : Waltz Darling and Yashila in the maiden.

It’s not Goodwood (but it will have to do)

I can’t make much sense of the card today. So many with good chances that there surely has to be a bit of shiny pin polishing.

I considered selections based on a colour theme, because there is rather too much of that dratted form I mentioned before, but that would be crazy wouldn’t it, and anyway I could only come up with Golden Hinde (who I fancied) and Red Jazz (who I didn’t really).

Molecomb Stakes: I am going to oppose Zebedee and back Lord of the Stars dropped to the minimum trip. And I was thinking Arctic Cosmos in the Gordon. Then I can’t seem to get Finjaan off the brain in the Lennox Stakes, but there’s Lord Shanakill in the line-up too, plus the classy Balthazaar’s Gift which all means I might back the French Dalghar on account of his form behind Goldikova and Paco Boy. Or not. I don’t know: I am paralysed with indecision. This would be one of those days where you need to be there. I know it’s on tv but I will be at work.

P.S. I have other things on my mind today as the Devon Home Cook is staying the night. I wonder what will be for tea, last time I had a trio of rhubarb desserts before washing it down with a barrel of ale.

They call it the Audi Stakes @ 2.45 Goodwood

The Racing Post Spotlight verdict says: “Hard to imagine many stronger Group 3 sprints with a host of Group 1 winners in the field, all escaping a penalty.”

I call it a bleeding nightmare (in impeccable flat vowels naturally).

The going remains good after 5mm of overnight rain, I wonder if it might ride on the dead side myself, although the Going Stick (strange contraption IMO) disagrees.  If so, that won’t entirely suit the Greek Freak Ialysos and I would hazard a guess that he might be wondering a bit about the undulations too.  Of course it’s all guess work and supposition if I don’t throw the kids in the car and speed down there right now (it’s not too late after all) but devoted as I am to the sport, a trip to Glorious Goodwood takes a tad more planning than that, if only on the picnic front.  Plus this has guessers’ race (I assume there will be more than one of us) written all over it so it wouldn’t be worth the bother.

Nonetheless it is quite interesting to pick over some of the contenders in this 5f dash.  I have ruled out Kingsgate Native before on account of his brain being fried as a 2yo but I will be looking at him closely today.  He has some good course form behind July Cup winner Fleeting Spirit and I have a little feeling that the wide open spaces of Goodwood might just help him to swallow that chill pill Sir Michael must have been offering him all season. If the terrier that is the Native can win again I will abandon my Stoute embargo henceforth, such would be my admiration for the achievement/

We all know about Borderlescott and it will, once again, be about how the cards drop for him.  A nicer horse/trainer combo it’s hard to find but I never followed this lad over a cliff and I won’t be starting today at the forecast prices.  Dandy Man promised so much but has never quite delivered.  I think it is fair to say that sprinters are not Goldophin’s forte.  Reverence is a lovely lad (and if any of these three hosed in I would be quite happy) but it is fair to say he does best on a softer surface and his fastest days may now be behind him – not unlike mine 😉

So my pin, tarnished from lack of use, hovers over Kingsgate Native (depending on whether he can pop his eyes back in their sockets) and two others who come to the race on the back of some uninspiring form.  Moorhouse Lad has all the speed if he can turn it on and he has a nice bit of CD to his name too.  Smart’s string have not been quite at their best recently so I am putting his last run down to that.  The other is Fat Boy.  Aptly named he will have needed it the first time in the Palace Stakes and with better ground I would hope to see a quite radical improvement this afternoon.  He too, has some interesting pieces of form at the track.  There will be others much better backed this afternoon and with sprints there will alway be a bit of luck in running to pray for but  am happy to have a guesser’s dabble on these three later.

Kingsgate Native - hell be in the Cheveley Park silks later

Kingsgate Native - he'll be in the Cheveley Park silks later