Handicaps with manageable field sizes dominate Goodwood, which becomes the logical option for the Placepot.
"There’s plenty to like about Carrington, including his experience as far as we’re concerned, though we’re going to take a bit of a punt on Scarlet Dragon."
17:00 - Hipz is our best option in the opener, being generally progressive this year and, though new to Goodwood, has run well at places like Brighton and Epsom before so can clearly handle helter-skelter sprint courses. Similarly, Pensax Lad bounced back to form at Lingfield last time and is handicapped to win.
17:35 - A more competitive maiden than we might have wanted. King of Dreams is the best option, though, all the rage on his debut (easy to understand why from his pedigree) and living up to it in promise, if not quite delivery.
18:05 - There's plenty to like about Carrington, including his experience as far as we're concerned, though we're going to take a bit of a punt on Scarlet Dragon. The theory runs that he won a decent race last time, looking straightforward, and should be up to winning from a mark of 80.
18:40 - Sweetly Does It and Mistamel were considered, but only Brittleton really satisfies our need for a solid body of existing evidence and the room to improve further.
19:10 - Most of these come here on the back of a poor run, but Edge of Heaven had been flying before that and has returned to a more realistic level here. Volunteer Point has generally been consistent, too, and excuses can be made for ordinary showings on her last two starts.
19:45 - Uncle Dermot has perked up on softer ground these last two starts and arrives here in arguably the best form of any. He's a more dependable option than handicap debutant Avalanche Express, who is feared.
17:00 - 2, 3
17:35 - 3
18:05 - 3
18:40 - 1
19:10 - 3, 5
19:45 - 3
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