Timeform's Matt Gardner heads to Goodwood for Sunday's crack at the Placepot
"This isn’t the strongest Group 3 you’ll ever see and the vote goes to Pastoral Player, who looks to have plenty in his favour with the likelihood of a strong pace set to tee things up..."
14:10 - Richard Hannon saddles two in the opening maiden, both of whom have to be respected, but it is the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained What About Carlo that we shall be relying upon. The two-year-old has created a good impression on his two outings to date, confirming the promise shown on debut when finishing third at Newbury last time. This step up to a mile seems certain to suit and he remains open to further improvement.
14:45 - With just two places on offer in this seller we can't really afford to bank on Bee Jay Kay, for all that she strikes as being the most likely winner. The one to include alongside her is Yorkshireman, who has a bit to prove but sports cheekpieces for the first time and has the assistance of Richard Hughes in the saddle.
15:20 - Groundbreaking, who cost 450,000 gns as a yearling, looked a decent prospect when scoring impressively on debut at Doncaster earlier this month and could be anything but he isn't really Placepot material, so we're more inclined to side with Code Of Honor and Broughton. It's quite conceivable that they could be blown away by Groundbreaking if that one improves but they seem likely to run their race and we ought to progress with them on board.
15:55 - In an amateur's race it often pays to look at the jockeys prior to the horses, and the two that stand out in this line-up are Serena Brotherton and Hayley Moore. Luckily they are booked to ride Hector's Choice and Whinging Willie respectively, both of whom are fairly consistent and arrive here in good heart, so they'll do for this permutation.
16:30 - This isn't the strongest Group 3 you'll ever see and the vote goes to Pastoral Player, who looks to have plenty in his favour with the likelihood of a strong pace set to tee things up for his fast-finishing style of racing. His recent form figures don't inspire all that much confidence but he would have finished closer in the Lennox Stakes last time if granted greater luck in running, and he is more than capable of taking this.
17:00 - Five last-time-out winners go to post for the closing leg of the 'pot and we're going to include two of them, namely Miss Dashwood and Astra Hall, in the hope of making it across the line. Sir Michael Stoute's Astonishing is likely to prove popular, and it's easy to see why as her opening handicap mark looks on the generous side, but our selections seem sure to run their race and they won't be far away if at their best.
14:10 - 5
14:45 - 1, 2
15:25 - 1, 3
15:55 - 4, 7
16:30 - 6
17:00 - 2, 7
= 16 lines
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