Having spent the last week away in Italy I will take a look back at the highlights of the racing over the last week.
The long awaited clash between Harbinger and Workforce was turned into a rout by the older horse who won by a street. There is no obvious reason to doubt the strength of the from as the Derby winners Workforce and Cape Blanco finished close together as they had at York and the presence of Youmzain, placed several times in the Arc gives further credence to the form. If you followed my selections last Saturday you would have done Ok with wins from San Cassiano (15/2) and Hawkeyethenoo at 7/1. Ruth Carr is fast establishing a reputation for working wonders with horses that have failed to produce their form at other yards. Her horses often go off at inflated prices and San Cassiano has certainly been good for yours truly this season. Hawkeyethenoo as his trainer put it has “a substantial turn of foot” and he showed just that under a confident Kieren Fallonm ride at York to record his third win of the campaign. Jim Goldie’s charge had banged his head in the stalls in the Scottish Stewards Cup eight days earlier, but he was back to his best at the Knavesmire
Rebel Soldier took the step up in class in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in his stride under Ryan Moore. He quickened up inside the final 2 furlongs and held the late challenge of the fast finishing Dandino.
Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes dominated the week at Goodwood with Canford Cliffs producing another devastating performance in the Sussex Stakes to defeat his elders.
Tuscan Gold was a winner waiting to happen after a couple of seconds and he duly justified favouritism at Sandown and may well go in again.
A couple of old favourites of mine returned to winning ways. The splendid old Borderlescott won at Goodwood to land the 13th success of his career with again K Fallon in the saddle. The underrated Tropical Paradise was another Goodwood winner. He has a tremendous strike rate with this beiung his 5th win in 13 starts and he always seems to come in at big odds, 16/1 on this occasion.
Midday won the Nassau Stakes for the second successive year for Henry Cecil despite giving her supporters a few anxious moments as she seemed to lose concentration in the closing stages.
Spoken is a horse I have been following this season and he won at Nottingham but my biggest success of the week was Evens and Odds who I tipped for the Stewards Cup and he landed the annual cavalry charge at 20/1 running down Jonny Mudball close home.
There is racing at Chester and Newbury tomorrow. At the Roodeye Our Jonathon, a winner of 4 of his 7 starts is interesting in the 3.30. One that could go well at a big price is Star Rover who has been showing signs of a return to form in recent runs.
In the 5.10 the Richard Fahey pair of Cosmic Sun and Layla’s Dancver are the two I would concentrate on. My only selection at Newbury is Pipette in the listed race at 4.30. She is a three year old in a race that has tended to favour that age group in the past.
At Deauville Goldikova should add to her Group 1 tally at the main expense of Mick Channon’s Music Show.
My thanks to the artist Sarah Aspinall for today’s picture of “The start at Goodwood.”