Through The Card: Goodwood, Saturday July 30
Timeform take you through the card on the final day of Glorious Goodwood 2016.
"He is clearly well treated under a 6 lb penalty for that success (due to go up a further 3 lb in future) and looks set to put in a bold bid for the six-timer..."
14:00 - Seeking Magic won this race in 2013 from 3 lb lower in the weights and has been in top form over six furlongs this season, just touched off at Newmarket on his reappearance in May and first past the post at this track later that month (later disqualified for hanging across the track and impeding others). He seemed to find the drop back to five furlongs a bit sharp at Epsom last time, and looks set to go well back at this trip in a race that should suit his running style. He is joined in the Placepot by Nuno Tristan, who ran well for fifth in the International Stakes over seven furlongs last weekend and is a three-time winner over this trip in the past.
14:35 - Though he finished only third in a warm three-year-old handicap at Ascot last time, Dal Harraild was rated by Timeform as the winner after catching the eye, short of room briefly in the straight and just failing to peg back the first two after being left with too much to do. He has been ridden more prominently to good effect before (like when he won at Musselburgh in June, beating a host of subsequent winners) and it would be no surprise to see him take up a more prominent position from a good draw here. He appears to hold sound claims of regaining the winning thread in this second leg of the Placepot.
15:10 - Minding easily registered her fifth Group 1 victory in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh last month, forging clear in the closing stages and proving herself to be equally effective over this shorter trip than when overcoming trouble-in-running to land the Oaks at Epsom. She has firmly established herself as the best three-year-old filly in training and - 9 lb clear of the remainder on Timeform ratings here - Minding is expected to prove far too good for her four rivals and can tee herself up for a clash with the colts later in the year.
15:45 - Orion's Bow has proven a revelation this season, and is undoubtedly now a group-class performer after a ready three-and-a-half-length win in the Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton last time. He is clearly well treated under a 6 lb penalty for that success (due to go up a further 3 lb in future) and looks set to put in a bold bid for the six-timer. Dancing Star won a competitive three-year-old sprint at Newmarket earlier in the month which is already working out well enough (the second and fifth from that race filled the first two places in another handicap at that track next time out) and, with more to come after just four starts in handicaps to date, she should also run well from what looks a good draw.
16:20 - Lockheed made a most promising start to his career when second at Ascot three weeks ago, forced to deliver his challenge on the opposite side of the track to the winner and doing well in the circumstances to get within a length of that exciting prospect. That form leaves him 10 lb clear of those with previous experience on Timeform ratings here and, although there are some interesting newcomers in opposition, Lockheed is expected to show the benefit of that initial outing and open his account at the second time of asking.
16:55 - John Quinn's Reputation could be the answer in this final leg of the Placepot after being unlucky not to win over six furlongs at Pontefract last weekend. He does not have the most convincing strike-rate overall, but he has had a fair few excuses (including when ridden too positively at Newmarket on his penultimate start) and is clearly on a favourable mark based on his Pontefract run. He wasn't given a hard time once it looked unlikely that he would not get the breaks last time and should be able to run his race less than seven days on. He is joined in the Placepot by Mamillius, who is the least exposed in the field after just three starts and as a substantial sort physically he should have more to come.
18:00 - Heisman bounced back to his best in cheekpieces for the first time on his most recent outing at Yarmouth, holding a narrow advantage as the field entered the final furlong and showing a tenacious attitude to hold off the chasing pack. He remains relatively lightly-raced for a five-year-old and, with the possibility of more to come on just his third start for the George Baker yard, Heisman makes more appeal than most in the final race of Glorious Goodwood 2016.
Back Dal Harraild in the 14:35 at Goodwood
Back Orion's Bow in the 15:45 at Goodwood
14:00 - 1, 9
14:35 - 2
15:10 - 3
15:45 - 5, 28
16:20 - 7
16:55 - 10, 14