It's the final day of Glorious Goodwood and Tony Calvin is back with four selections to end the week in style. See what he has to say before he jets off on a well-earned holiday...
"He has plenty of pace around him, so hopefully the draw won't favour those drawn low again, and he will be suited by returning to 6f after finishing in midfield in a strong Bunbury Cup last time."
By the time you read this - the column went live at 17:00 on Friday - I will have probably just had my first drink since June 25.
I set myself the target of staying dry from then until August 3 for a number of reasons, with the fact that I was flying on holiday on Friday morning sealing the actual date, and I am quite proud of myself for achieving it.
Small things, and all that.
And, were it not for the fact that I am picking up a hire car at the other end after I land, I would have been getting stuck in, in plentiful fashion, in the Gatwick lounge.
Anyway, good to see you have found the column - I am going to steer clear of my phone and social media for the next fortnight or so, or at least attempt to - so let's crack on.
Lightning Charlie bolt
Lightning Charlie gets the ball rolling at a big price in the Stewards' Cup consolation at 13:50. You need to be of a forgiving nature to back him, as he ran very poorly at Windsor on Monday, when stuffed by 9 lengths and finishing 11th of 15.
But I think you can ignore that run as he didn't get the strong gallop and pace he needs there, and he was drawn away from the main action, too. Rain on the watered ground may not have helped, either. It is a throw-out run for me, and he is actually 1lb well-in here on his earlier second at Ascot.
He beat only one home in this race last year but he has run some excellent races at this track off higher marks than this, and is 6lb lower than when a good fifth, beaten just two lengths, to Gossiping over 7f here last May. His best form is over this 6f trip.
He travels strongly when getting the fast pace he needs, and he will surely get that here, and the booking of Japanese rider Yuga Kawada, winner of Classics and many big Grade 1 in his homeland, could well suit him.
Kawada is spending part of the summer with Roger Varian - he rates the jockey as "one of the top three" in Japan - and he rode a winner for the stable at Redcar on Wednesday. Back him at [26.0] or bigger.
Villain looks a steal at the price
I've just noticed that he is also on my selection, Arch Villain, in the 1m6f handicap at 14:25, so this geezer better be good!
He ran well for a long way over 2m behind Stratum at Newbury last time, perhaps running better than his final beaten distance suggests, and I like the angle of him stepping down in trip. If I like him running over 1m6f, then I love the fact that the handicapper dropped him another 3lb for that run.
He is now 7lb lower than when finishing fourth in the Ebor just four starts ago, and he is also a course-and-distance winner who is at home on fast ground.
He was 40/1 in places on Thursday morning, but I am happy to back him at [34.0] on the exchange. You will probably get bigger but 33/1+ looks very enticing to me.
Sir Chauvelin also a fancy
I am suckered into a saver on Sir Chauvelin again at 16/1 with the Betfair Sportsbook, four places, yet again. I would be backing him at 12/1 or bigger given the extra place in this 14-runner handicap, if that price has gone by the time you have picked up this column.
I put him up in the aforementioned Newbury race over 2m last time, where I thought he, yet again, was anchored too far off the pace.
His promising late run petered out a bit over 1f out as he finished seventh, and I just wonder whether this 1m6f trip will suit him better.
He stays 2m but his Royal Ascot second to Dash Of Spice over 1m4f, off just 1lb higher mark than this, shows he has plenty of toe for these kind of handicaps. If he can race handier, then I expect him to improve a good deal on his soft-ground seventh in this race last season.
Just the one
You will probably not believe me if I told you that Atletico was the last off my list - he is ridden by no less than Mr Kawada - as I noted that Ryan Moore was due to ride him in the consolation race before he got into the main event, and he certainly has the talent to win off this turf mark, some 9lb lower than his all-weather rating.
First-time cheek pieces could be the key to him after some below-par efforts of late, when slow starts have cost him. But I am relying on just the one in here - you know that Kawada is going to ride one winner on Saturday now, and it won't be Lightning Charlie or Arch Villain - as I am going to nail my colours solely to Tupi's mast.
He is actually due to go down 3lb in future handicaps, which isn't ideal, but he is definitely on a winning mark (off 97) if getting his act together.
He has plenty of pace around him, so hopefully the draw won't favour those drawn low again, and he will be suited by returning to 6f after finishing in midfield in a strong Bunbury Cup last time.
He is actually 3lb lower here than at Newmarket, as that was an early-closer too, and this horse will click soon if returning to the form of his Group-race exploits last season.
He finished third to Brando in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest this time last year and a mark of 97 seriously underestimates his raw ability.
He went off at 16/1 in the Wokingham, where Moore personally chose him over plenty of others, and I am happy to back him at [30.0] or bigger here.
Newmarket's 1m4f Listed race for fillies is also on ITV at 14:05 but absolutely nothing appeals, so Goodwood all the way it is.
Good luck, and see you in about 18 days. Invigorated, no doubt, after a few flagons of gin.
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