The best of Sunday's action comes from Goodwood and that is where we head for today's three SmartPlays...
"A winner off a 2 lb higher mark at Ascot last season, Best Be Careful had been out of form for most of this campaign prior to finishing a good third on her penultimate start, and she confirmed that she was back to her best when finding only one too good at Nottingham last time..."
The ten-furlong handicap at 15:20 is a competitive affair, but Broughton, a course winner last month, is capable of bouncing back from a disappointing display at the Shergar Cup and could take plenty of beating. Mark Johnston's three-year-old put up a career-best effort to score at Glorious Goodwood, showing a good attitude to rally and get up in the final 100 yards, but he wasn't seen to best effect when caught further back than ideal at Ascot last time. Broughton has already shown his effectiveness over this C&D and he has to enter the reckoning.
It doesn't look like the strongest renewal of the Group 3 Supreme Stakes (16:30) and Pastoral Player can take advantage. Hughie Morrison's six-year-old has sometimes proven to be a frustrating character, often meeting trouble in running when seemingly going well, but he possesses a fair amount of latent ability. Pastoral Player looked like he was going to run right up to his best until he was hampered close home in the Lennox Stakes, a Group 2 event contested over the same C&D as the Supreme, and he can build on that encouraging performance by landing a second Group-race success.
Our final SmartPlay runs in the last race on the Goodwood card (17:30) as we side with the in-form Best Be Careful. A winner off a 2 lb higher mark at Ascot last season, Best Be Careful had been out of form for most of this campaign prior to finishing a good third on her penultimate start, and she confirmed that she was back to her best when finding only one too good at Nottingham last time. Richard Hughes is a positive jockey booking and can steer the mare to a deserved victory.
Timeform UK SmartPlays:
All at Goodwood
Back Broughton @ 7.87/1 in the 15:20
Back Pastoral Player @ 7.06/1 in the 16:30
Back Best Be Careful @ 4.216/5 in the 17:30
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