Our racing expert has a couple of fancies for Goodwood this afternoon.
There’s Listed action at Goodwood this afternoon and the 7f contest can go to Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old GABR, who looked a smart prospect in the making last season, winning a Yarmouth maiden in good style before finishing off with a fine fifth in the Racing Post Trophy,
This term, he’s been running creditably in defeat at a high level. Not disgraced in the Group 1 St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot, he then found only Naval Intelligence too good in Listed company at Newmarket and can be excused a heavier defeat at Pontefract last time as it was a tactical affair not run to suit.
That level of form is better than that of his rivals this afternoon and while it’s mainly been over a mile, the step up in trip promises to suit on breeding. Certainly, his master trainer has always considered him a horse for middle distances and his decision to reach for a first-time tongue-tie to help his breathing, can only help him get home.
ELASIA could only finish second of the five runners when odds-on to complete a hat-trick at Newmarket last month, but Roger Varian’s filly was unsuited by the muddling pace of that contest and she is worth another chance when she goes in the 1m6f handicap back against her own sex.
Previously, she had looked progressive when winning at Newcastle, where she beat a subsequent winner into second, and at Kempton, with some decent novices in behind. A tall filly who can only go on improving as she matures physically and mentally, she looks well up to defying her mark before going in search of some black type.
All odds were correct at time of posting.