Not a vintage day at Goodwood this afternoon although Raines Cross 3rd beaten two necks at 20/1 was a decent shout.
Anyway, tomorrow is another day and once again I will start at Goodwood. In the opener at 1.55 Lady Luachmahar is on a hat trick, comes from a stable in form and has a good draw so she gets the nod in front of Jedi who has solid handicap form based on his last start at Chester but is not done any favours by the draw.
In the 2.30 I am going to take a chance with Zacinto even though he is having his first run of the season. The 15/8 being quoted about him does look a bit skinny though and if you want something at a bigger price Four Winds has some high class form and looks over priced at 8/1.
There are plenty in with chances in the Nassau Stakes at 3.05. Midday, Spacious, Katiyra and Rainbow View all make some appeal. The trip of 10 furlongs looks to be spot on for Rainbow View and I would just give her the edge.
I don’t have a particularly strong view of the Stewards Cup but the Dandy Nicholls pair of Sonny Red and Buachaill Dona command respect
On to Doncaster next and the 3.15 where my each way selection is Adorn. Although she has not been firing so far this season I am hopeful that she will be able to return to the sort of form that saw her placed in a Group 1 last year.
Alcalde and Mr Freddy are the two I like in the 4.25. Both come from stables bang in form and at this distance I can’t really split the pair. The market should be a good indication of their respective chances, especially as Alcalde has been of the track for quite a while.
One of the more disappointing horses on my list to follow has been Falcativ who won a small race at Yarmouth but has not really progressed from there. He is dropped back from 12 to 10 furlongs tomorrow and it is not impossible that he will bounce back. At the 3/1 quoted though I think he is plenty short enough.
There are some interesting newcomers in the 3.55 and three that catch my eye are Quality Mover, Goolagong and Queen of Wands. Goolagong holds a Group 1 entry and comes from a stable that can get one ready first time out so I will take a chance with her.
Cadre represents my list to follow in the 4.30 but has a fair bit to find on the form book with some of his rivals. My other selections at Newmarket are Mubrook (5.05) and Jachol (5.40).
There is also racing at Thirsk where my only selection is Autocracy in the 1.45.
Today’s pictures are courtesy of the artist Margaret Barrett.