Turf Talk: Make a Date at Goodwood

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FOLLOWING last week’s fantastic Dante meeting at York the fare looks a lttle less appetising this midweek.

The exception is Goodwood, who host some decent racing on Wednesday, the highlight being a Class 1 fillies listed stakes for three year olds.

It is in that race that we have our first selection and we’ve gone for the only offspring of impressive miler George Washington, DATE WITH DESTINY. The filly looked like she was primed for great things when winning a maiden on debut at Windsor amongst much fanfare last term and she’s been running in solid group and listed company since that victory. She has built on both runs this season, a five length defeat in the Tattersalls three year old trophy, before finishing third in the Oaks trial at Lingfield. She was hampered when making steady headway that day, and with a bit of luck, she could be a bit of value around the 5/1 mark. The Mick Channon trained Metropolitan Miss was a well beaten favourite last time out, but that performance was too bad to be true, and you would expect her to be a big danger.

Another race of listed status is the IBA Cocked Hat stakes, which has good strength in depth despite only featuring five runners. The field is headed by recent Goldolphin handicap winner Badeel, who won a very good class 3 handicap recently at Nottingham. However preference is for two others. The first is one-time Derby hope MASKED MARVEL. He finished a good fifth in the Derby trial at Sandown and was tenderly handled so there should be more to come.

Another one who will go close is PICTURE EDITOR. He was used as a pacemaker in the Greenham for superstar stablemate Frankel, but has been a long term Derby hope. Tongues were set wagging when he won a three runner conditions race by thirty lengths, and was immediately thrown into that Derby market as third or fourth favourite. He then finished third in a stronger conditions race behind two horses that have progressed since.

CLUB OCEANIC looks to have a strong chance in the class four handicap (2.35). After winning a maiden last season, he ran a solid third in his initial foray into handicaps on the all weather at Kempton, narrowly losing by two short heads. He is a son of Cape Cross so should be suited by the switch back to turf and, with the cobwebs blown off and Frankie Dettori aboard, he should go very close.


2.35 (Goodwood) Club Oceanic

3.10 (Goodwood) Date With Destiny NAP

4.20 (Goodwood) Masked Marvel & Picture Editor