Goodwood plays host to a decent card on Thursday and that is where Matt Gardner heads for our latest crack at the Placepot...
"The first to make the cut is Swift Bounty, who caught the eye on his reappearance at Ascot when fourth to the reopposing King Of The Danes, enduring a troubled passage and finishing with plenty of running left..."
14:00 - There are a number of interesting newcomers in the opening leg but Kiyoshi, who made her debut in a Newmarket maiden last month, makes plenty of appeal with the step up to six furlongs expected to suit. The aforementioned maiden has thrown up seven subsequent winners and Kiyoshi, who cost 80,000 gns as a yearling, caught the eye in no uncertain terms as she stayed on well under a hands-and-heels ride having found further back than ideal in the early stages.
14:35 - This is a fairly warm three-year-old handicap and we want a couple on side, particularly with the risk of a single non-runner knocking the available places down to just two. The first to make the cut is Swift Bounty, who caught the eye on his reappearance at Ascot when fourth to the reopposing King Of The Danes, enduring a troubled passage and finishing with plenty of running left. It's also worth including the twice-raced Aussie Lyrics, who finished behind the likes of Hillstar and Pythagorean on debut at Leicester last year. He subsequently got off the mark at Lingfield and, with improvement expected now handicapping and upped in trip, he could well out-perform market expectations.
15:10 - George Guru posted a career-best when scoring over C&D last month, beating The Confessor by just over a length, but the feeling is that the race panned out more in his favour and with a 5 lb rise to overcome the form could well be reversed. Therefore The Confessor, who arguably paid for racing too close to the overly strong pace that day, is the first one to be included in our permutation. We're also going to stick in Noble Citizen, who wasn't beaten far in this race last year and now races from a 2 lb lower mark; he ought to be sharper for his seasonal return and may sneak a place.
15:45 - Elik was unlucky not to finish closer in the Cheshire Oaks last time and she seems certain to do better at some stage in the near future. She very nearly went in as a banker here but there is an unidentifiable niggling doubt somewhere in the back of my mind that has also led to me including Trapeze, a progressive filly trained by John Gosden who shaped well when second to Ribbons at this venue earlier this month.
16:20 - The Andrew Balding-trained Silver Samba makes plenty of appeal in the penultimate leg having looked ready to add to her tally when third at Ascot last time. She is deserving of a bit of extra credit for that performance, having endured a rougher trip than most, and she strikes as being on a fairly handy mark. Montaff isn't one to have any great faith in with regards to him winning but he has slipped in the weights and has shaped well enough on his two runs this term; if at his peak he is well up to hitting the places.
16:55 - Although far from being the best race in terms of quality that will be run at Goodwood this summer this final leg is relatively interesting with a couple arriving here in fair form. The one that makes most appeal however is Chevise, who has been running well enough on the all-weather and has a lower turf mark to exploit.
14:00 - 4
14:35 - 4, 8
15:10 - 7, 9
15:45 - 2, 10
16:20 - 2, 13
16:55 - 12
= 16 lines
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