Tony McFadden has an attempt at landing the Placepot on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood...
It may seem a risk banking on a horse with only the two places on offer, but, truth be told, Chachamaidee would still be going in as the sole selection even if we were required to select the winner.
14:00- Luca Cumani could be the man to help steer us through a tricky opening leg, as he saddles strong challengers in the shape of Danadana and Kirthill. The former had hinted at being a capable performer during his three-year-old campaign, but circumstances transpired against him as he was perhaps undone by a slow pace at Newmarket before being seriously hampered at Royal Ascot. However, Danadana has shown his true worth this year, progressing enormously from an early-season pipe-opener to land two well-contested handicaps. He has, of course, gone up in the weights for those successes, but his trainer is a master at keeping these types progressing, and he should be suited by the likely strong pace on offer. Kirthill produced a good effort in defeat in an extremely competitive renewal of the Wolferton at Royal Ascot and, whilst this is also a strong contest, he will not run up against so many unexposed types here.
14:35- Mark Waugh, Jamie Murray and Phil Neville all achieved success in their chosen sports but were firmly overshadowed by their brothers. Noble Mission joins that list, his achievements paling into insignificance when compared to the feats achieved by his equine superstar of a brother, Frankel. Frankel he may not be, but Noble Mission has created a fine impression in his burgeoning career to date, running well at Ascot, only denied by a late-maturing, improving type in Thomas Chippendale. The worry is that he faces another late-maturing, improving type today, in the shape of Michelangelo, but Noble Mission has proven solid and consistent, and those traits are held in high regard for Placepot purposes, so he makes the list. Michelangelo is also added for insurance purposes with only the two places on offer.
15:10- It may seem a risk banking on a horse with only the two places on offer, but, truth be told, Chachamaidee would still be going in as the sole selection even if we were required to select the winner, such is the strength of her credentials. Sir Henry Cecil's filly is often sluggish leaving the stalls, but there is nothing sluggish about the way she travels through her races, often cruising along on the bridle. She also possesses a potent turn of foot which is dangerous at any distance, but dropped back to seven furlongs it can prove to be decisive.
15:45- Two-year-old races at Glorious Goodwood are often simplified by turning to what Richard Hannon has saddled and Richard Hughes is riding, but, with their contender Lyric Ace perhaps not boasting the strongest credentials, it may be worth looking elsewhere this year. Royal Ascot winner Hototo is the first to make the perm, by virtue of that Windsor Castle Stakes victory. He wasn't disgraced on his only subsequent outing, on heavy ground, at Newbury, and it may be worth chancing that he can bounce back on a sounder surface. Morawij is justifiably favourite, but he may not have as much in hand as his price would suggest. We will take a chance and leave him out, hoping a significant proportion of the pool goes with him, and instead opt for the solid Dylanbaru, who wasn't beaten too far behind Hototo at Ascot.
16:15- The unraced, Richard Fahey-trained Warcrown started favourite for this contest last year on the back of some promising gallop reports, but he disappointed, and did so on more than one occasion, finally managing to open his account at the fifth time of asking at Pontefract on Sunday, almost a year later. Fahey is again responsible for another juvenile with a big reputation as he saddles Garswood, but this time his representative enters the race with crucial racecourse experience, having finished a promising third on debut at York. He travelled nicely through the race, looking a real threat for most of the contest, but eventually weakened, indicating that he perhaps needed the race. With improvement almost certainly forthcoming he is added to the shortlist. Millers Wharf may have finished last at Ascot on his most recent start, but he wasn't disgraced up against three previous winners and, representing the formidable Hannon-Hughes partnership, is taken to make the frame.
16:45- Should we still be in the Placepot entering the last, we won't be getting too excited until our selections have passed the post, as this twenty-runner handicap provides a fearsome challenge to the Placepot's success. Jacob Cats is deservedly favourite, but the wide draw is enough of a concern to scare us off, and the first horse to make our shortlist will be Jack's Revenge. The combination of blinkers and a mile have seen him win his last two starts, and he looks to have solid claims whilst in such good heart at present, particularly with Ryan Moore booked in a race where jockeyship is likely to prove crucial. Askaud may have had the run of the race when dictating a steady tempo at York recently, but it signalled a return to form and the fact he has gone well here before and is drawn low gives hope that he may be able to back up that solid effort. Shamdarley shaped well last time at Kempton and should be capable of going well, having slipped down to a mark only 1lb higher than his last winning one.
14:00 4, 5
14:35 5, 7
15:45 3, 4
16:15 7, 10
16:45 5, 11, 18
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