Timeform UK SmartPlays: Tuesday July 26
Timeform pick out three bets from the opening day of Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday.
"The balance of his form suggests he is probably better over the seven furlongs he encounters here and he landed the Jersey Stakes in one of two starts at the trip as a three-year-old..."
War Decree - Goodwood 14:35
War Decree failed to meet market expectations when second on his most recent outing in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, but that effort still represented a significant improvement on the form he had produced to make a successful racecourse debut at Leopardstown last month and he showed enough in defeat to suggest he is capable of opening his account in this company before too long. Indeed, the way he travelled through the majority of that contest identified him as a smart prospect and - 3 lb better off with Newmarket winner Boynton here - War Decree is expected to land this valuable prize on his way to better things.
Dutch Connection - Goodwood 15:10
Dutch Connection returned to something like his best form when second in the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot last time, travelling strongly into contention as the field entered the final two furlongs and simply finding a stronger stayer at the trip too good on the day. The balance of his form suggests he is probably better over the seven furlongs he encounters here and he landed the Jersey Stakes in one of two starts at the trip as a three-year-old. The other came when finishing second in this race 12 months ago and - 4 lb clear of all bar Home of The Brave on Timeform ratings - Dutch Connections is fancied to go one place better here.
Thesme - Goodwood 16:20
Thesme proved better than ever when third on her most recent outing at York, seeing off the attentions of those who tried to compete with her for the lead and just vulnerable to a pair of more conservatively ridden rivals in the final furlong. She deserves immense credit for sustaining her high cruising speed for as long as she did that day and the form could hardly have worked out better, with the winner following up in a competitive handicap at Ascot on Friday. Thesme is still improving on that evidence and - 3 lb clear of Bowson Fred on Timeform ratings - she is taken to gain the victory her consistency deserves.
Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from Goodwood)
Back War Decree in the 14:35
Back Dutch Connection in the 15:10
Back Thesme in the 16:20