Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair to try and continue the form he showed last time around. He starts his week off with two at Glorious Goodwood...
"The Johnston team have swerved some of her other entries for this filly in favour of this race"
The improving filly Threading really could be anything
Threading is a quality performer on her day and I think she is worth taking another chance with back where she broke her maiden tag at this meeting last year. She wasn't disgraced at Royal Ascot finishing a fine second to Alpha Centauri and although she dropped below that level in the Falmouth, I think she has a valid excuse for that display, she clearly has a dislike for Newmkarket, having run their three times she has finished seventh of 11, seventh of 11 and sixth of seven in the Falmouth. Away from HQ though she has won three of her four starts, her only defeat that creditable second at Royal Ascot.
She was a smart juvenile who won the Group 2 Lowther Stakes here on just her second start and she looked equally impressive at York on her second start of this season. This is a drop in class for this filly and she's still got plenty of improvement to come. The Johnston team have swerved some of her other entries for this filly in favour of this race. She's the top rated horse in the race, she's got course form and if she runs to the same sort of level she showed at Ascot I think she'll take a lot of beating.
Baritone can hit the right note
There are plenty of progressive types in this handicap but the one I like most is the Sir Michael Stoute trained Baritone. He made a big improvement when stepping into handicap company for the first time at Ascot. Finishing third that day over shorter he was galloping all the way to the line and looked like this step up today would suit. He is only 1lb higher today for that effort and with Ryan Moore taking over on board, everything looks in place for a big run.
The one that may give him the most to do is Hibernicus, the Mark Johnston colt has won both his starts thus far, though the competition hasn't exactly been at this level. That said, you can only beat what is in front of you and he makes his handicap debut off a fair mark. He's completely unexposed and the yard excels in the handicaps at this meeting. However, I think Baritone will have enough in hand to get his first win.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +82.88 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts