Through The Card: Goodwood, Friday July 29
Timeform take you through the card on day four of Glorious Goodwood.
"...improving three-year-old filly Marsha, who showed very smart form when reeling in the re-opposing Easton Angel in a listed race at York three weeks ago."
14:00 - Mount Logan is unbeaten in three starts at Goodwood so has to enter the reckoning in this Group 3 Glorious Stakes, having finished a respectable seven lengths fourth to Dartmouth in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. In an open race, his biggest threat could be the filly Loving Things, trained by Mount Logan's former trainer Luca Cumani, who has won this race a record seven times. Loving Things stepped forward again when third in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks last time and remains unexposed after five starts. Ayrad is going the other way, stepping back up in grade following a listed race success at Sandown four weeks ago, and can take minor honours.
14:35 - Sir Michael Stoute shares the record in this Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes with Richard Hannon Snr with four wins, and he has good claims of adding another to his tally with either Thikriyaat or Forge, who finished second and third respectively behind Ribchester (close fourth in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday) in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. It's probably a bit premature to be writing off Emotionless, but taking the Stoute pair in the Placepot looks a good idea.
15:10 - It's hard to get away from Franklin D in this valuable handicap, well in under a 3-lb penalty, drawn low and under Ryan Moore, however the obvious thing to do in the Placepot is to take him on and hope he bombs, which would raise the value of the pot significantly. We'll take Donncha, who added another near miss to his record in big-field handicaps when second at Sandown last time and has Adam Kirby on board for the first time, One Word More, another who's been in good form in similar races of late, and Azraff, who was possibly just stretched by the return to 10 furlongs on his latest star, and keep our fingers crossed.
15:45 - A strong pace is guaranteed in this Group 2 King George Stakes with the likes of Take Cover and Kachy in the field, which will suit improving three-year-old filly Marsha, who showed very smart form when reeling in the re-opposing Easton Angel in a listed race at York three weeks ago. Muthmir won this race 12 months ago and wasn't far behind the aforementioned fillies in that same race on the Knavesmire, so he's another to consider with first-time headgear an interesting move by connections.
16:20 - The fact Godolphin has Final Reckoning in the Gimcrack Stakes at York next month suggests he figures fairly high in the Charlie Appleby stable's pecking order and he's selected to make light of a mark in the mid-80s on his nursery debut. This is a wide-open race, however, so it's best to take at least one more in the Placepot, with the vote going to Rusumaat. Rusumaat's stablemate Mailshot is another to consider, along with Naafer despite the fact he's been deserted by Paul Hanagan.
16:55 - Always Smile was placed in much better races than this on her last two starts - third to Alice Spring in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes on her latest outing - so has a strong chance of resuming winning ways with headgear fitted dropped to back to seven furlongs. An easy seven furlongs is probably ideal for Besharah and she's next best ahead of the improving Mise En Rose, representing the same owner as Always Smile.
17:30 - There are plenty of improvers in this final handicap, so it's a good job it's not part of the Placepot! Top of the shortlist is Poet's Word whose maiden form has proven strong and who ran a good race in a hot contest at Epsom on Derby Day. He'll also be suited by this longer trip. The hat-trick seeking Al Neksh has to be of firm interest too, as does Sabre Squadron and Isharah.
Back Marsha in the 15:45 at Goodwood
14:00 - 6
14:35 - 5, 7
15:10 - 10, 11, 13
15:45 - 17
16:20 - 2, 7
16:55 - 3