Championship Point landed the spoils in the first race at Goodwood today coming from last to first over the final 3 furlongs. He is a horse I have followed since his 2 year old days, partly because he is trained by Mick Channon who I used to watch at The Dell, and partly because he was highlighted in the 2005 edition of Steve Taplin’s superb tome. The write up in Taplin’s book refers to the horse’s “great attitude” and he certainly showed a real willingness today to notch his 5th career win. By th way, if you don’t invest in Steve Taplin’s “Two Year old” annuals, you should: they are a mine of useful information.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s action there are a couple I like the look of in the 2.15. Whispering Death needs to be held up and didn’t have the race run to suit him when 2nd to Junior last time at Kempton. He is ridden by a capable claimer in Liam Jones and has sound claims. Noble Minstrel looks the danger and decent each way value at around 10/1. Of the rest Afrad catches the eye. He is a course and distance winner and his trainer does well with his few runners on the flat.
Rio de la Plata looks the likely winner of the 2.50. He was very impressive when winning at Newmarket and can put himself in the picture for next season’s classics by adding to his tally here.
Excellent Art showed an striking turn of foot at Royal Ascot and looks the one to beat in the Sussex Stakes at 3.30.
Mariotto and Aureate represent our list to follow in the 4.05. Mariotto carries top weight but has done little wrong so far and being a lightly raced sort is open to further improvement. Aureate has changed stables since his last run, moving from Mark Johnston to Brian Ellison. He has tended to race over keenly but would have an each way chance given a restrained ride.
In the 5.10 Swanky Lady, a newcomer from Richard Hannon’s yard looks interesting on pedigree.
On the 5.45 Diamond Diva has been in good form this season with 2 wins. Others to consider are last year’s winner Minority Report and the consistent Turnkey who gets on well with your rider Adele Rothery. The going is important for both these. Minority Report is a fast ground specialist while Turkey is best with some ease in the ground.
By the way – well done to Mike S for some inspired winner finding today!