Through The Card: Goodwood, Thursday July 28
Timeform take you through the card on day three of Glorious Goodwood.
"He is a marginal leader on Timeform ratings, and with Mark Johnston's horses often able to run creditably when turned out quickly under penalties, he could be worth a bet..."
14:00 - Stargazer showed improved form to make a successful return from over six months off the track at Sandown in April, confirming the promise of his three outings as a two-year-old and looking the type to do even better as the season progresses. The fact he hasn't been sighted on a racecourse since Sandown is a slight concern, but the form of that effort leaves him 2 lb clear of all bar Scarlet Dragon on Timeform ratings and - a half-brother to the smart Stravagante - Stargazer would appear to hold sound claims as he bids to defy a wide draw here.
14:35 - Blue Point maintained his unbeaten record with a thoroughly dominant success on his most recent outing at Doncaster, travelling strongly throughout on the front end and quickly powering clear in the manner of a most exciting prospect. He achieved a Timeform rating of 116 in victory that day and that represents the best form on offer here, despite the presence of two proven performers at this level, Mehmas and Intelligence Cross. The former has a 3 lb penalty to carry for his July Stakes win at Newmarket and, with some big entries to his name later in the year, Blue Point is expected to see off the attentions of that rival on his way to better things.
15:10 - The seven-year-old Sheikhzayedroad was only sixth in this race 12 months ago, but he actually fared better than the bare result might suggest on that occasion, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal and ultimately doing well to get within four lengths of the reopposing Big Orange. A Grade 1 winner at Woodbine in September 2014, he ran as well as ever when third in the Gold Cup at Ascot last time and, with the drop back to this trip likely to see him in an even better light, Sheikhzayedroad makes more appeal than most with the Placepot in mind. Big Orange should run his usual sound race as he bids to repeat last year's heroics, but our second Placepot selection comes in the shape of Curbyourenthusiasm, who posted a significant career-best when second in the Yorkshire Cup 11 weeks ago and gave the impression there could be more to come now stepped up to two miles for the first time.
15:45 - The listed race Mill Springs won at Ascot in October may not have been the strongest race of its kind, but that shouldn't detract from the useful level of form achieved by John Gosden's filly that day and she looked one to follow in pattern company this year. She failed to confirm that promise on her seasonal debut at Haydock, but bounced back with a career-best when third in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting last month. She looks worth another try at this level on that evidence and - behind only the quirky Pamona on Timeform ratings here - Mill Springs appeals as the most solid proposition for Placepot purposes.
16:20 Amabilis made an encouraging start to her career when second at Newmarket recently, keeping on well when asked for her effort in the final furlong and simply finding one too good on the day. The first two pulled some six lengths clear of the remainder and Amabilis certainly showed enough to suggest she is up to winning a similar event before too long. Indeed, that form gives those with previous experience 9 lb to find on Timeform ratings here and, although there are some interesting newcomers in opposition, Amabilis is expected to open her account at the second time of asking and tee herself up for a crack at something better later in the year.
16:55 - Montataire completed the hat-trick with an emphatic victory at Newmarket on Friday, appearing to have more in hand than the official winning margin suggests and giving the impression he could yet make his presence felt in better company. This in itself represents the toughest test of his short career to date but, with a significant rise in the weights sure to be imminent, connections have understandably taken the decision to turn him out quickly under a 6 lb penalty. He is a marginal leader on Timeform ratings, and with Mark Johnston's horses often able to run creditably when turned out quickly under penalties, he could be worth a bet, too. That comment also applies to Logi, who appeared unsuited by the soft ground when fourth behind three subsequent winners at Windsor last time and is now tried in blinkers for a yard with a fine record at this venue.
Back Montataire in the 16:55 at Goodwood
14:00 - 3
14:35 - 3
15:10 - 4, 11
15:45 - 3
16:20 - 1
16:55 - 1, 4