Through The Card: Goodwood, Tuesday 8 September

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"...this could represent a good opportunity for him to finally get his head in front."

Timeform on John Locke

14:25 - SONGO (8) enhanced his already impressive strike rate when scoring for the fourth time from just six starts at Bath last time, keeping on well to beat a lightly raced three-year-old. He is up 5 lb for that win but is still unexposed and will continue to give a good account of himself.

15:00 - TICK TOCH (12) is bred to be useful, an Oasis Dream filly out of a sister to Prix de l'Abbaye winner Total Gallery, and she showed signs of encouragement under considerate handling on her debut last month. She will know more this time around, and with improvement anticipated, she should be winning a race or two before long.

15:35 - DHUSHAN (1) makes plenty of appeal on pedigree ahead of his debut, an expensive son of Sea The Stars, whose dam was also a useful winner in France, and he gets the vote to open his account at the first time of asking.

16:05 - ROYAL ADDRESS (1) was given plenty of time off after her two runs in the first half of June, and she showed much improved form to get off the mark in a Sandown nursery last month, taken back and switched around the leader two furlongs out, leading with a furlong left to run before storming clear to put four lengths between herself and her nearest pursuer. She will have no trouble stepping back up to six furlongs, and such was the manner of her victory, a 14 lb rise in the weights does not seem overly harsh, so she is taken to follow up.

16:40 - THEMAXWECAN (1) resumed winning ways in this race last year and, though on the face of it he has failed to fire this season, he has actually been shaping better than the bare results suggest. A couple of inadequate tests, as well as being ridden more conservatively than usual, have cost him in recent months, but the step back up to two miles should show him to better advantage and he should not be ruled out by any means. It may also be worth considering NUITS ST GEORGE (5), who is a low-mileage stayer who continues on the up, making it two wins from three since the resumption with success at Newmarket in July.

17:10 - ABEL HANDY (1) ran a cracker to finish fourth in the Great St Wilfred at Ripon last month, and he backed that up with success over the same course and distance seven days ago, producing his best effort since winning at Musselburgh early last season. Hold up horses aren't dominant at this course, so the front-running Abel Handy should be better placed than most, and it wouldn't be a surprise were he to go well again.

17:45 - JOHN LOCKE (6) has found just one too good on each of his three starts to date, and though he is proving expensive to follow, he surely won't be long in getting off the mark. He sets a good standard for a race at this level and this could represent a good opportunity for him to finally get his head in front.

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