Through The Card: Goodwood, Wednesday July 27
Timeform take you through the card on the second day of Glorious Goodwood.
"There are plenty in with chances here, but none more so than The Cashel Man, who is a strong stayer and looks set to relish his first try at beyond two miles..."
14:00 - There are plenty in with chances here, but none more so than The Cashel Man, who is a strong stayer and looks set to relish his first try at beyond two miles after not being seen to best effect at both York and Newcastle over that trip this season (shaped as though he'd be better suited by a stronger test of stamina). Poyle Thomas was ahead of him in third in the Northumberland Vase at Newcastle last time, but he didn't convince with his stamina in the 2013 Cesarewitch, and the second horse worth including could be Wind Place And Sho, who remains one to be interested in despite a 5 lb rise in the weights after his impressive six-length victory at Pontefract last month. This undoubtedly demands more, but he shapes as though further improvement could be unlocked with the extra emphasis on stamina.
14:35 - It's easy to forgive Ulysses a poor run in the Derby last time after he was taking such a massive step up from maiden company and was also buffeted around at more than one stage early in the race. His maiden win, though not working out all that well, was mightily impressive, however, and with his pedigree (by Galileo out of Oaks winner Light Shift) and reputation with his master handler being what it is, he is worth another chance here in slightly calmer waters. Prize Money was below form in the Bahrain Trophy last time after a tough race in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot (winner Hawkbill has subsequently won the Eclipse) and, despite obvious form claims, he has a little bit to prove after that just three weeks on.
15:10 - The Gurkha was rated higher than Galileo Gold after the pair filled the one-two in the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot (Awtaad back in third), having perhaps bided his time for too long given the modest gallop that day. He had around five lengths to make up on Galileo Gold two furlongs out but in the end went down by a length and a quarter at the line. The Gurkha finished a creditable second at Sandown in the Eclipse on his next start, and narrowly gets the vote to even up the scores with 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold, with Awtaad having something to prove on quicker ground.
15:45 - The Last Lion is a typically tough Mark Johnston two-year-old and is yet to run a bad race in five starts so far this season. He wasn't required to better his second in the Norfolk behind Prince of Lir when winning a listed race at Sandown by two lengths with plenty in hand last time, but he sets the standard on those two pieces of form here and should take plenty of beating for a yard who traditionally have enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting in recent years. Big Time Baby finished seventh in the Norfolk but perhaps did a little bit much too soon that day, and it is hard to rule out further progression after his win in a conditions race at Chester last time. He can run a big race for last year's winning connections.
16:20 - Though he has had plenty of winners on debut already this season, Charlie Appleby's two-year-olds generally improve for their first outing, and that will hopefully be the case with Bouquet de Flores, who was very well supported on her first outing at Newmarket earlier this month, but was ultimately held back by inexperience more than her SP would have suggested would be the case. She shaped well in seventh and wasn't unduly punished nonetheless, and with both the second and sixth horses winning next time adding to the suspicion that that was a high-quality maiden, she is definitely worth including here.
16:55 - It is interesting that connections have kept Intimation in training as a four-year-old, given her pedigree and the fact she was the winner of two of her three starts last season, and she is worth another chance to build on her reappearance at Newmarket in April (where she was strong in the betting but ended up racing away from where the action developed on the track) after a below-par run on her all-weather debut at Newcastle last time. With Wholesome not completely convincing over this trip at Chester last time and Sagely well held in listed company, the most appealing three-year-old in the race could be Rioca, who remains with potential for her shrewd handler now tackling this trip for the first time (dam stayed two miles).
17:25 - Pastoral Player is entering the veteran stage of his career now, but he remains capable of running to a useful level on his day and was able to take advantage of a sliding mark when successful on his penultimate start over this C&D. He can usually be relied upon to run his race at this venue and, with trainer Hughie Morrison in such good form at present, Pastoral Player makes more appeal than most in the final race on the card.
Back The Cashel Man in the 14:00 at Goodwood
Back Ulysses in the 14:35 at Goodwood
14:00 - 4, 6
14:35 - 9
15:10 - 10
15:45 - 1, 9
16:20 - 3
16:55 - 2, 6