Goodwood Mile Handicap 2016: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The Goodwood Mile Handicap is the big betting race at Goodwood on Friday
The Goodwood Mile Handicap is the big betting race at Goodwood on Friday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Mile Handicap, a very competitive race on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood 2016.

"Always a hot race but it's still hard to ignore the claims of FRANKLIN D."

Goodwood Mile Handicap runner by runner

Goodwood Mile Handicap
Friday July 29, 15:10

1. Here Comes When (Andrew Balding) Dual Group 2 winner in 2014. Has shown he still possesses a smart level of ability on a couple of occasions this term but no easy task under top weight here.

2. Carry On Deryck (Saeed bin Suroor) Started life for new yard with win at Meydan and better than result in Hunt Cup back in Britain. Perhaps simply failed to stay 10.4f at York since, but wide stall isn't going to make life easy here.

3. You're Fired (Karl Burke) Back to winning ways at Haydock in April and extended good record there with fine second in listed race in May. Not disgraced at Sandown last time but looks a bit too high in the weights.

4. Master The World (David Elsworth) Smart handicapper who was only just denied in last season's Cambridgeshire. Posted a couple of sound efforts on return in the spring and good chance he'll give his running again after a short break.

5. Hors de Combat (James Fanshawe) Smart miler but losing run goes back over 2 years. Ran well again when 6 lengths second to Franklin D at Newmarket but 3 lb swing in weights doesn't look enough for him to turn tables on that rival.

6. Outlaw Country (Charlie Appleby) Showed very useful form in just 3 starts as a juvenile in 2014. Obvious potential for better if over whatever kept him off the track in 2015 but he's very much pitched in at the deep end on return.

7. Third Time Lucky (Richard Fahey) Flourished last year, culminating with victory in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. Spoilt chance by hanging on York return in May and fact he's been off since suggests something wasn't right.

8. Belgian Bill (George Baker) Awarded this race last year. Not disgraced in Dubai earlier in year and might have just needed first start in 5 months in John Smith's Cup at York. Not discounted off same mark as 12 months ago.

9. Celestial Path (Sir Mark Prescott) Hasn't quite kicked on as might have been expected after finishing fifth in last year's 2000 Guineas, but he did get his career back on track when second in 1m York handicap in this headgear recently.

10. Donncha (Robert Eddery) Improved again when narrowly denied in the Spring Mile at Doncaster on return. Better than result next 2 starts and showed he's still on good mark when runner-up at Sandown last time.

11. Azraff (Marco Botti) Ended losing run at Newbury in May and followed it with a big run when fourth in the Hunt Cup despite meeting some trouble. Possibly just stretched by 10.4f at York since and likely still in form.

12. Boomshackerlacker (George Baker) Badly drawn when down the field in the Hunt Cup and showed he's still capable of smart form when narrow winner of a 7f Newbury handicap since. Carries a 3 lb penalty for that.

13. One Word More (Tim Easterby) Smart handicapper who has plenty of strong form to his name, including third in big-field events at York on last 2 starts. Nicely drawn and should give another good account.

14. Jailawi (Ismail Mohammed) Progressive sort who returned from long absence to win cosily at Lingfield in May and just edged out at Sandown 19 days later. Trainer no stranger to big handicap success but widest stall is tricky.

15. Franklin D (Michael Bell) Progressive, particularly since fitted with a visor, producing smart performance when 6-length winner of 1m Newmarket handicap recently. Well-in under 3 lb penalty and low draw only boosts confidence.

16. Lat Hawill - NON RUNNER

17. Keystroke - NON RUNNER

18. Can't Change It (David Simcock) Better than ever when making a successful return over 7f here in May but ran as if amiss at Newcastle 5 weeks later. Up in trip. Draw could have been kinder.

19. Gabrial's Kaka (Richard Fahey) Continued his resurgence with a win at Ayr last month but came unstuck off this mark at York since and others arrive with stronger claims.

20. Red Avenger (Gary Moore) Won this in 2014 and still capable of useful form at his best last year. However, well held on 7f return here in May and not seen since. Nicely drawn but leap of faith required.

21. Solar Deity (Jane Chapple-Hyam) Smart form on the AW for Marco Botti but beat only one home in Royal Hunt Cup on belated return to turf for new yard and fared no better at Newmarket since.

22. Room Key - RESERVE

Timeform Goodwood Mile 1-2-3
1. Franklin D
2. Donncha
3. One Word More

Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
Always a hot race but it's still hard to ignore the claims of FRANKLIN D. Bill Gredley's progressive 4-y-o turned what had looked a competitive handicap at Newmarket's July meeting into a procession last time and is going to take a lot of stopping under a 3lb penalty if turning up in the same form, particularly from a low draw. Donncha, One More Word and Azraff look best of the rest.

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