Turf Talk: Looking good for Goodwood
AFTER a reasonably successful column on Saturday, minus the let down of Mister Music, I am confident this Wednesdays selections should make up into a good day.
Moohaajim was a very impressive winner in the Mill Reef and I hope to see him line up in the Dewhurst in the future, the Middle Park is of course also an option but I think he is ready the step up. Old boy Regal Parade ran a blinder to pile into second place at 25/1 and on another day would have been a good winner of that race on that performance.
We have got some good action on Wednesday at Goodwood with a listed contest, a decent class two handicap and various other competitive class four handicaps across the board. There are also some decent handicaps in the evening at Kempton and hopefully we will be onto a couple of winners.
3.40 Eve Trakway Foundation Stakes
This is not a bad looking listed race when you delve deep enough into it, there are multiple group three and two standard runners they just are not all coming into this on the top of their games. For me though Ektihaam stands out like a saw thumb on his best efforts this season in the Dante when second to Bonfire. He is a horse that has always shown a lot of potential since his debut as a two year old and has steadily improved all the time. He has not been seen since his last race when running the group one Prix Du Jockey Club where he got a bad trip and was not able to show his best. His fitness has to be taken on trust but his trainer has a very good record bringing runners back from a break (see below) and I would take the chance that he will be back here ready to do himself justice. He is in blinkers for this time, not a common site for runners from this yard but Roger Varian has had first time blinkered winners from a small number of runners. This represents a big drop in class and a good opportunity to come back to the racecourse with a few out of sorts rivals and a couple way off the standard.
4.15 Discovery Foods Stakes
This looks like a good opportunity for Cardinal Walter to get his head in front again. He has faced some tough tasks in handicap company on his last two outings but has run to a high standard each time. A solid running on third in the Melrose last time out he will not be inconvenienced by this drop in distance today. Before that Melrose third he ran here over course and distance at Glorious Goodwood where he was quite an un lucky loser and could certainly have been closer on another day. Having dropped in to the rear he was badly hampered at the first bend when a runner slipped up and caused him to get a little detached for a period, he got himself closer as they were lining up to come into the home straight and he made good headway into two out, he faced an awful passage though and was squeezed and bumped all over the place until he was switched outside for a run into the final furlong, he finished strongly up the middle of the track steaming by runners but could never get a crack at the winner. Into a three old and over handicap now he looks nicely unexposed against most of his rivals, and even with three pounds for his last run he still has room to improve and this looks a perfect opportunity to get his head in front.
6.20 Back Or Lay At Betdaq.com Handicap
I was quite keen to see Henry Clay return to the pollytrack before his run on Friday against the well in Jawhar and after the race even more so. He pulled well clear with two improving horses and the form looks very solid, Jawhar was racing well in that day and looks a fast upgrading handicapper and he was only 3/4 of a length behind him having made him work all the way. He looks like he has the profile of a pollytrack specialist having won his last two starts on the pollytrack with a record now reading 2,1,1. The last time he was on the pollytrack was here at Kempton. He was allowed to dominate a bit in front in truth and turning in three out held a fair advantage but he was challenged and they got close inside the final two. He hung badly left up the home straight hanging with each left hand coming close to the near side which certainly gave his rivals the chance to get close but inside the final furlong he began to assert and dragged clear again and looked well on top by the line. He went on to win again at Warwick upped in trip making all and has only let down on a bog at Hamilton since which was no surprise. He is well drawn in four on this inside 10f track and if he can get into a good position early he will be hard to pass in the home straight if he is in front two out, he is still improving and back on pollytrack he could take another leap forward.
3.40 - Ektihaam (nb)
4.15 - Cardinal Walter (nap)
6.20 - Henry Clay
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