Alan Thompson is back in the tipping chair and he is looking to get his week off to a flyer with two selections from the second day of the Goodwood May meeting...
"There is plenty more to come from this son of Champs Elysees."
Elysees is still improving after just four flat starts on turf
I really like the look of dual purpose Alan King's four-year-old chestnut Elysees in this. He has been running well over hurdles over the winter, winning at Ludlow and Warwick over two miles and he also has two wins to his name on the flat as well. He looked an improving type on the flat last term, going close at York in September when beaten just a neck. He gets in here off 1lb lower than that mark today and he remains unexposed over two miles on the level. The King yard are flying and the booking of Andrea Atzeni is an eye catching statement.
October Storm for the Mick Channon yard is respected after coming a close third at Doncaster, returning from an 11-month break and he was third in this race in 2017. That Doncaster form was franked when the second (Carnwennan) came out and won at York last week, he is to be feared but I think there is plenty more to come from this son of Champs Elysees and I think he will too good for October Storm.
Enjazaat won in listed company as a two-year-olduvenile
Jim Crowley gets the leg up on Owen Burrows long-time off the course runner Enjazaat today. It's a concern of course that the four-year-old has been off the course for 300 days but if he is fit and well (I can't imagine them running him otherwise) then I think he is too good for this field. As a juvenile he won in listed company at Ripon and didn't look out of place in a Newbury Group 3 in July last year, finishing just over two lengths behind the winner. There was obviously something not right with him when he was last seen at York finishing last of 14 on soft ground, so I am hoping they have sorted that out and we see the real Enjazaat today back over six furlongs on fast ground.
The favourite looks like being his biggest danger in the shape of Mark Johnston's charge Lake Volta, but I am not sure he will get the race run to suit at Goodwood and I want to take him on over this trip. He was allowed to dominate the pace when he landed a four runner handicap at Yarmouth in April, and again when he went close at Thirsk on his latest outing off 1lb higher. Both those races were over seven furlongs though and the last time he run over six he finished seventh of 17 at York. Dropping back into six again today may just be too sharp a test for him.
2019 Overall: +17.3pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2018 P&L +82.29pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts