Alan Thompson thinks Cieren Fallon will have a good day at Goodwood, with two regular visitors to the Sussex track...
"Six of his 12 career turf wins have come at the Sussex track"
Pettochside relishes his trips to Goodwood
He may be 11-years-old now but John Bridger's Pettochside loves it round here, especially when their is cut in the ground. It always seems to bring out the best in him and after winning with plenty in-hand on his penultimate start at Windsor on similar going, he could be tough to beat here today.
Six of his 12 career turf wins have come at the Sussex track and three of his top five Racing Post Ratings have come from races here. He looks a worthy favourite and with Cieren Fallon in the place looks worth backing at around 5/2.
Mick Channon's Equipped, was a close second at Wolverhampton on his last start, but to date has not shown much on turf so I would be looking elsewhere today. A more interesting runner for me is again from the Bridger team, Shani with Oisin Murphy in the plate. He has some solid form, including a fourth last time out from a tricky draw at Lingfield and again he should also enjoy today's conditions. He could be the one to chase home his stable mate Pettochside.
It's time for Sir Titan to rise again
As with my first selections, Cieren Fallon is also on board Sir Titan, the two time winner and a second in six course visits always entitles him to command respect when he runs at Goodwood. And when you consider that those all came from higher marks than he currently finds himself, 2lbs pounds below his last winning level which puts him off his a new career low mark, he has to come into the reckoning.
He certainly hasn't been running too well this year but he seems to handle all ground types and both his wins here came when it was on the soft side as it is today. He seems to have everything in place for another big run at the track and at an each way price he should at least make the frame.
Old News for Richard Hughes is the favourite and scored in first time blinkers at Salisbury last week and he still has the 3lb claimer on his back Finley Marsh, who rode him to victory that day. He has to carry a penalty for that win, so has to step up again and that makes him vulnerable. If this was over a mile then Imperial Command would probably be the selection, but I don't think the drop in trip will help him after producing a career best on handicap debut when winning at Haydock last month.
2020 (prior to this week) : +2.69pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 Pts
Returned: 6.4 pts
2020 P&L +1.09 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts