Just the two runners for Hugo Palmer on day four of Glorious Goodwood and here the Betfair Ambassador discusses the chances of both...
"He seems to have gained a lot of confidence from his win, and I'd hope he could go very close."
- Hugo Palmer on Barend Boy
Deserves his crack at this level
It's a competitive field, but Curiosity is an impressive young horse who won't be out of place. We thought a lot of him last year, running him in the Vintage Stakes at this meeting, and he's gradually come through the ranks this year. Things haven't quite worked out for him, finishing second on all three starts, including behind Ostilio in the Britannia at Royal Ascot where Silvestre de Sousa stole a march.
He's well balanced, so I'm confident he'll handle the track, he's well drawn, and I think he deserves a crack at this level, while the race should set up nicely for him with plenty of pace in prospect, and as we saw on Tuesday, they can go too fast here. Oisin Murphy won on him last season, and also finished second on him at Newmarket in May, so he knows the horse well.
Bold show expected from last-time-out winner
He has improved for a gelding operation, and has grown up a lot at home, and showed that when winning easily on his nursery debut at Lingfield. He's not that tall, but there's quite a lot of him, and he looks very much a sprinter in physique; when he disappointed earlier in the summer he was still a little 'up behind', but he's really filled his frame and has levelled out, and I think that physical development, as well as the gelding, has aided his improvement.
He's been put up 10lb for his win, but I don't think that rise is insurmountable, and Jason Watson claims a very useful 5lb back.
The quickening ground will suit, and he came down the hill well at Lingfield, so while Goodwood is a bit steeper, he should handle it. He seems to have gained a lot of confidence from his win, and I'd hope he could go very close.