It's day one of Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday, and plenty of big handicaps mean it is likely to produce a fairly lucrative Placepot dividend.
"The slightly slower conditions at Goodwood today could be just what he needs to get back on track..."
14:00 - Top Tug looked to be a horse to follow when winning a Newmarket handicap last season, drawing well clear of the field with a similarly progressive rival, but he has yet to show himself to best effect this season on much firmer ground than he won on that day. The slightly slower conditions at Goodwood today could be just what he needs to get back on track, and he is worth including along with Elhaame, who also has serious place claims here after winning at Windsor last time with a bit in hand at the line. A 4lb rise for that win looks fair, for all that this represents a much bigger task.
14:35 - The two Godolphin runners both hold good chances, but there is perhaps more improvement to come from Strong Challenge, who disposed of subsequent Prix Robert Papin winner Gutaifan with ease in a maiden at this track last month and based on his pedigree and connections, is well worth his place at this level.
15:10 - Toormore is stepping down from Group 1 company for the first time this season, having acquitted himself well in both the Lockinge and the Queen Anne in his previous two starts, and he looks a banker for the places in this race, having been narrowly denied in last season's renewal.
15:45 - Oasis Fantasy has been unlucky to remain winless so far this season, but he has shown himself to be well-handicapped on more than one occasion, not least when a close second to subsequent Northumberland Plate winner Quest For More over C&D in May, and, with Richard Hughes retaking the ride, he looks set to go close if things fall his way. Farquhar is also worth including after finishing well in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock last time despite being poorly placed, he is well equipped for these types of races and is also expected to be on the premises.
16:20 - Double Up is most-progressive and the way he travelled when winning last time at Ascot marked him up as a potential pattern performer in the making, he should make a bold bid to make it four wins from his last five starts.
16:55 - Goodwood Zodiac looked unlucky not to win last time out at Epsom when denied a clear run, and he looks a solid option in competitive-looking maiden, where it is also advised to include Sir Roger Moore, who will find this less hot than the Coventry stakes at Royal Ascot, where he was well beaten last time.
14:00 - 10,15
14:35 - 7
15:10 - 6
15:45 - 10,13
16:20 - 1
16:55 - 3,10
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