Alan Thompson has two selections for today from the meeting at Goodwood...
"I think there is still more to come and the switch to the turf looks a good move"
Bullfinch can convert his all-weather form to turf
Roger Charlton's three-year-old colt Bullfinch looks like the obvious candidate in this Listed race at Goodwood. He posted a career best effort when scoring easily in a Kempton handicap on his latest outing and fully deserves his chance in this grade. He's also bred to relish today's step up in distance, he is three wins from three starts on the all-weather. On just his fifth start I think there is still more to come and the switch to the turf looks a good move. I think he will improve past his rivals today and claim this prize.
I think there are a couple at decent prices that could fill the places, there really isn't much between these on official ratings and Richard Hannon's runner Anna Nerium is a three time Group 3 winner who has an excellent record on downhill tracks, so at a double figure price the five-year-old mare could run a big race, the danger is if she will see out this longer trip.
Another at an each-way price is Air Pilot, the Ralph Beckett team I am sure will be hoping for the rain to fall as that would significantly increase the chances for last year's winner.
Elmejor looks too big in this
Make no mistake this is a very competitive handicap but Elmejor certainly knows where the winning post is. The gelding completed a hat-trick of wins after returning from a 370 day break, the final part of that winning sequence was in the snow back in February, at Saint Moritz.
John Best's charge though has also run well in a couple of starts since returning to Britain and was last seen finishing fourth at Lingfield in June. However, he was badly hampered in that race at a point where they were just about to get serious on the turn.
He should be capable of even better now upped in distance and switched onto the turf, with that in mind, the 20/1 looks too big for this improving four-year-old and has to be worth an each-way flutter.
Delicate Kiss is sure to appreciate this step up in trip after just getting up at Sandown last time, so this extra furlong will be to her liking. However, what she may not appreciate is the 5lb penalty she got for that success.
The favourite is Mostawaa for Heather Main who was only beaten by a nose last time out and looks a worthy market leader. What will be interesting is that he likes to front run, which is generally a good position to be in for this track, but he is drawn 17 and it will be interesting to see if he can get to the front from their today.
2020 (prior to this week) : -5.31pts
This week so far...
Staked: 4 Pts
Returned: 3.75 pts
2020 P&L -5.56 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