Following on from the success of his colleagues the past two days, Tony McFadden has a go at the Goodwood Placepot on Thursday...
14:05- Roseburg completed the hat-trick in fine style at Haydock last time, ridden confidently to win without having to engage top gear, and he is likely to continue progressing. He has an 8 lb higher mark to defy but he is improving in leaps and bounds at present and should give a good account. Donny Rover may not possess a profile as exciting as Roseburg's but he does boast some solid handicap form - notably an excellent second to Roseburg's well-handicapped stable companion Connecticut at York - and hasn't been with the shrewd Appleby yard for long, so there could still be more to come. This is a competitive contest so we will add a third string to our bow in the shape of Braidley. Braidley could never land a blow over a mile at York last time but he shaped as if still in form and could benefit from the step up in trip.
14:35- Ivawood looks destined for the top based on his authoritative success in the July Stakes at Newmarket and he is banker material here. The level of form that Ivawood has achieved already sets him apart from his rivals and he remains open to plenty of improvement having made just the two career starts.
15:10- Estimate heads the market but doesn't look especially easy to train - she has run only twice since last year's Gold Cup triumph - and it would be little surprise were she unable to repeat the massive effort she put up six weeks ago when narrowly failing to defend her Gold Cup crown. Brown Panther travelled as well as anything on that occasion, simply failing to stay, and it is worth remembering that he was a hugely impressive winner of this contest last season. He is the first horse that we will turn to. It is a slight concern that Brown Panther ran no more than respectably at Longchamp 18 days ago, shaping as if he wasn't over his Gold Cup exertions, so we will also include the thriving Angel Gabrial in the permutation. Angel Gabrial's form has taken off this season since tackling two miles and he looks well worth his place in this company after a smooth success in the well-contest Northumberland Plate.
15:45- Missunited sets the standard back against her own sex following a cracking third in the Gold Cup and, with the drop back in trip unlikely to pose a problem, looks set to give another good account here. She is a tough, likeable mare and should give her running. Just in case Missunited is still feeling the effects of her Ascot exertions, we will also include the William Haggas-trained Arabian Comet. Arabian Comet is three from four this season - her only defeat came in a strong handicap behind Connecticut - and shapes as if this one-and-three-quarter mile trip is within her compass.
16:20- The expensively-purchased Shagah hails from a smart family and has shown ability on both outings, finishing a good runner-up at Newmarket's July meeting last time. Shagah remains unexposed and capable of better so ought to give a good account for the Hannon/Hughes combination.
16:50- Passing Star had looked progressive prior to the Jersey Stakes, where he faced a stiff task up in grade, and he is given another chance to prove himself on turf following a profitable time of things on the all-weather over the winter. He is no banker proposition, though, and it could pay to include Almargo in the permutation. Mark Johnston's charge has been most progressive this season, winning on 5 occasions, and is worth forgiving a disappointing showing last time where he seemed to find the easy surface playing against his strengths. An aggressive ride over seven furlongs on a sound surface should see Almargo to best advantage and he is likely to go close. Royal Seal was showing run-by-run improvement prior to finishing down the field at Newmarket, but it is easy to put a line through that effort over six furlongs, and she can get back on the right track with conditions more to her liking this afternoon.
14:05- 1, 6, 11
15:10- 2, 4
15:45- 3, 7
16:50- 1, 6, 9
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