Through The Card: Glorious Goodwood Day 4, Friday 31 July

Racing at Goodwood
Glorious Goodwood continues with more top-class racing on Friday

Timeform take you through the card on Day 4 at Glorious Goodwood on Friday...

"...there is no better horse in training according to Timeform ratings than Charles Hills’ star sprinter..."

Timeform on Battaash

13:10 - AL QAQAA (3) improved again to get off the mark at Newmarket last time, making all and ultimately well on top at the finish. He has the looks and pedigree to suggest he'll continue to progress for a while yet, so he makes plenty of appeal from an opening BHA mark of 88. Mafia Power proved a class apart at Haydock and this trip should be within range, so he's strongly feared, with Cepheus completing the shortlist after resuming his progress at Kempton.

13:45 - ONE MASTER (5) stepped up on her reappearance when fourth in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last time, coming from further back than the three who beat her and doing about all she could in the circumstances. She looks to be working back to her best and is very much the one beat if reproducing the form of her back-to-back wins in the Prix de la Foret over this trip at Longchamp. She is joined in the Placepot by INVITATIONAL (4), who ran much better than the bare result suggests when eighth in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, notably hitting a low of 2.6 in-running. A speedy sort, the drop to seven furlongs on a turning track will be in her favour, so she can hopefully mount a bold bid.

14:15 - KHALOOSY (1) annihilated the opposition in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, always travelling strongly and quickly forging clear in the closing stages to win by four and a half lengths with plenty in hand. His performance was backed up by the clock, too, and the fact Khaloosy could achieve it whilst still looking rough around the edges (hung across the track) identifies him as one who should be capable of taking this step up in grade in his stride. Easy last-time-out novice winners My Oberon and Tilsit are promising in their own right and can keep the selection honest.

14:45 - PROMPTING (15) is the most interesting contender in this valuable handicap, still potentially very well treated after picking up just a 3 lb penalty for his success at York last weekend. That was his second win from as many starts since joining the David O'Meara yard, and he was again well on top at the finish, taking another big step forward to win readily by two and a quarter lengths. A very well-bred sort who has still had just seven starts, he may yet have even more to offer and is well worth a try in better company from what remains a fair mark. VALE OF KENT (2) is also worth considering for place purposes, a rock-solid handicapper who goes well at this venue (second in this race 12 months ago), remains on a good mark and represents the Mark Johnston yard that has won three of the last 11 renewals.

15:15 - BATTAASH (1) has won the last three renewals of this race and looks to hold obvious claims as he attempts to bring up a historic four-timer. He has shown form at least verging on top-class on each of his previous visits to Goodwood, too, and it's hard to see where the danger is going to come from if he does so again here. Put simply, there is no better horse in training according to Timeform ratings than Charles Hills' star sprinter, who memorably shattered Dayjur's long-standing track record in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last season and didn't need to be at his best to complete the career set of major European five-furlong events in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last time.

15:45 - COMMUNIQUE (2) is without a win in his last seven starts but has generally been taking on stronger opposition than this, three of those races having taken place at the highest level. He's been back to something like his best on his last two outings, finding only the improved stable-switcher Eagles By Day too good in a similar race to this at York on the most recent occasion. This looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways if building on that, with the return to a mile and a half and a lack of obvious competition for the lead both in his favour. Desert Encounter and Alounak, who were behind the selection at Newmarket's July Festival, can battle it out for a share of the minor money.

16:20 - ZAMAANI (1) was given a mark of 89 by the handicapper after winning readily at Windsor last time, drawing clear in the final furlong to land the spoils by four and a half lengths. It could arguably have been higher, such was the ease of that success, and his scope for further improvement identifies him as very much the one to beat in this nursery. Julie Johnston rates as the main danger having scored twice already in just four starts, ahead of Perotto.

16:55 - VENTURA DIAMOND (11) shaped well when fourth on her recent debut at Sandown, ultimately beaten only two lengths, and she gets the nod with six furlongs promising to suit. Sarsaparilla is unlikely to be far away if reproducing her Newbury second, while Rhythm wasn't too far behind the selection at Sandown and should also benefit from six furlongs. Strong market support for one or more of the newcomers could prove significant.


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