#startracking Saturday July 30th 11.45am

A busy Saturday and loads to consider and at last a few at Glorious Goodwood to get stuck into! Mind you I’m going to put up a few on The Downs from high draws (If they’re good enough the draw won’t matter?) but my head says on four days of evidence you need a low draw not to mention a truck load of luck and a one eyed steward!!

#startracking Bets Summary

Goodwood 2.00         GAMESOME Became a bit of a cliff horse last season but new trainer Paul Midgely seems to have sweetened him up, he’s run well the last twice and has a winning chance here. My notebook says “The current owners paid £75K to get this classy 6F sprinter from the Olly Stevens yard. Came to my attention when desperately unlucky in last year’s Stewards Cup. Like the present owners I am optimistic Gamesome can land one of these big 6F sprints this summer. 6F is the trip and Good to Firm is ideal but what he does need is a clear run and a dollop of luck!” Gamesome is a two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general and five places are available.

Goodwood 2.35         MOVE UP Simple. This horse is a Group performer who just does enough. Travels, quickens, stays, professional. Three star*** NAP of the day @ 13/2 with WH.

Goodwood 3.45         HOLD TIGHT I put him up Ante Post over a fortnight ago, now nearly double the price but I’m getting a run! Here’s why Godolphin owned 4yo gelded son of Exceed and Excel. Just had six career starts, he won on debut over 7F at Leicester on Soft ground last October, went straight into a C2 7F handicap on the sand at Lingfield off OR86 finishing second to Crazy Chic, returned to the leafy Surrey venue to win a C3 6F handicap in January. Next seen at Ascot in May for the 7F C2 Victoria Cup and the form book says he finished last of 26. However that doesn’t tell half the story. He was sent off just 8/1 third favourite suggesting he had being doing something at home, he was squeezed for room at the furlong pole and then heavily eased and such a competitive race may have come just a little too soon. His penultimate start was on the Tapeta at Newcastle in a C2 &F handicap when wearing a hood for the first time he kept on well to be second to Miss bossy Boots. Last time out he was sixth at Newmarket to Swift Approval in the C2 7F Silver Bunbury Cup beaten less than three lengths and hooded again sent off 11/4 favourite. With his current OR 97 he is number 36 on the International list and number 46 on the Stewards Cup list. He is 16/1 with Coral and Betfred ¼ 1,2,3,4 for the Stewards Cup at Goodwood and I will suggest a one star* each way Ante Post wager! I could see him at Goodwood most probably in the Stewards Consolation!”

Goodwood 3.45         GROWL I put him up Ante Post over a fortnight ago for the International at Ascot. Instead I waited for this and has Ryan Moore riding. He is a one star* each way selection @ 14/1 with WH + five places.

Here’s why Bought out of the Hannon yard at the end of last season. A useful 2yo, second in a G2, he had rather lost his way as a 3yo. One of four Fahey inmates to run in the C2 6F sprint at Ripon. Had a coming together with stablemate Eccleston out of the stalls which put them at the back of the main group and did well to weave a passage through. Of Fahey’s runners the newcomer to the yard, Growl (OR89), did best. He has some interesting 3yo form, 5L off Limato in a G3 at Ascot! Quicker ground, stiffer track and he could be a player. He won on debut at two but hasn’t won in ten runs since. A nice 0-90 C3 6F on quicker ground could restore confidence. He’s a hold up horse so hopefully Dr K. won’t take him to Chester!! He got his conditions at Leicester and won well, followed it up in good style at Windsor on ground I thought would be too soft for him and then when returned to the big time handicaps ran a cracking fourth in the C2 7F Bunbury Cup on Newmarkets July course on really quick ground. Now rated OR100 he could choose between the 7F International or the 6F Stewards Cup.”

RF to SL “It’s always been in the back of mind that Growl was just the type of horse for this race. I’m worried about his draw in 26 on the other side of the field – people tell me he can’t win from there – but if he hasn’t been beaten by that I think he has a big chance. He’s in great form.”

Goodwood 3.45         SPRING LOADED History tells us that the winner of the Stewards Cup will have run in the Wokingham, had one run since, be 4,5 or 6 years old, no headgear, Official Rating less than 105 and last run 7-22 days ago. Well Paul D’Arcys speedy grey son of Zebedee certainly fits that category and has another three plusses as well. Will relish the Good to Firm going, Frankie Dettori rides and he had been on my radar for the Wokingham but the ground went against him. One star* each way selection at 28/1 with WH, five places.

Goodwood 4.55         STAMP HILL This was top of my list of horses I wanted to back at Goodwood 2016. Could easily be going into this race seeking a hat trick! He runs these downland courses well, will go on the ground, 7F is ideal and I think he has been targeted at this race. What he needs is a hare to run at in the last 100 yards and he is bound to get that here. A really strong traveller and is a two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general although 4 places with Coral.        

RF to SL Stamp Hill is in great form going into the Qatar Stakes and he has been kept fresh for the race. Rain wouldn’t bother him and while he’s wider than ideal in nine – he must have a solid chance.

Newmarket 2.15        ABINGDON Is she running here en route to or instead of the Yorkshire Oaks. Classy filly who has stamina in abundance. Notebook “Ballymacoll Stud homebred filly by Street Cry out of a Galileo mare. Already guaranteed her place in the paddocks and simply could be anything. A filly with a future in middle distance + events, probably at Group level, the likes of the Yorkshire Oaks etc. She is a big girl who has stamina in spades outstaying a field of maidens over 10F at Ascot and then in a Listed race over the same trip at Newbury Abingdon put her size to good use and outstayed them aided by the jolly running a stinker. Both races were on Good to Firm and Soft ground could be an issue however frequent positive gallop reports suggest she works well and I’m happy to back this filly until she is beaten.” The 2/1 with Coral is way too big. Two star** win.

Doncaster 3.30           LAURENCE I thought he should/could have won at Yarmouth last time. In a pocket among horses, got out too late. Trip, ground fine and what is Atzeni doing at Doncaster? Like to see Laurence really finish a race off strongly. Two star** win @ 11/4 general.

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Goodwood 2.00         GAMESOME Became a bit of a cliff horse last season but new trainer Paul Midgely seems to have sweetened him up, he’s run well the last twice and has a winning chance here. My notebook says “The current owners paid £75K to get this classy 6F sprinter from the Olly Stevens yard. Came to my attention when desperately unlucky in last year’s Stewards Cup. Like the present owners I am optimistic Gamesome can land one of these big 6F sprints this summer. 6F is the trip and Good to Firm is ideal but what he does need is a clear run and a dollop of luck!” Gamesome is a two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general and five places are available.

Goodwood 2.00         NUNO TRISTAN An in form horse with Jamie Spencer booked to ride. Just think a quick six will be too sharp for him. On my Ayr shortlist! Watching Brief.

RF to SL I’d love to see some rain to slow the race down for Nuno Tristan. He travelled and ran well in the International at Ascot last week and must have a chance again here.

Goodwood 2.00         EL VIENTO Goes well here but not shown anything for a while. Watching Brief.

RF to SL El Viento loves Goodwood – as do his owners – and they have a horse who turns up every year at the meeting. I’d be surprised if he could win a race as competitive as this as an eight-year-old but you’d never draw a line through him either

Goodwood 2.00         GRANDADS WORLD That piece of form where he split Magical Memory and Twilight Son at York is a distant memory although he ran a bit better last time I’ve given up on him! Watching Brief from behind the sofa!

RF to SL If Grandad’s World was back to his best he’d win this. There was a little glimmer he could be on the way back at Nottingham the last day and if he can build on that he’d be another with claims – although it’s very competitive and any one of 15 could win it.

Goodwood 2.00         BALLYMORE CASTLE Like Grandads World he has some excellent form on his record if you go far enough back but I I don’t think even Paul Hanagan can persuade him to put it all in. Retains the cheekpieces! Watching Brief from behind the sofa!

RF to SL Ballymore Castle who ran a bit better at Yarmouth last time. He looks to be on the way back. He’s a horse who I felt was badly handicapped right back since his two-year-old days but he’s back down to a mark where he can be competitive from and has a good draw.

Goodwood 2.35         MOVE UP Simple. This horse is a Group performer who just does enough. Travels, quickens, stays, professional. Three star*** NAP of the day @ 13/2 with WH.

Goodwood 2.35         SHABBAH I think the handicapper may now have him, already up 27lbs this season, probably wrong with Ryan Moore in the saddle! Watching Brief.

Goodwood 2.35         SHRAAOH Struggling to think of a reason why I’m not backing Shraaoh. Just think he lacks experience and maturity for these big field competitive handicaps. Watching Brief.

Goodwood 3.10         QUEENS TRUST Excellent chance to nick some valuable Black Type. Gets all the allowances and certainly improving. Watching Brief.

Goodwood 3.45         HOLD TIGHT I put him up Ante Post over a fortnight ago, now nearly double the price but I’m getting a run! Here’s why Godolphin owned 4yo gelded son of Exceed and Excel. Just had six career starts, he won on debut over 7F at Leicester on Soft ground last October, went straight into a C2 7F handicap on the sand at Lingfield off OR86 finishing second to Crazy Chic, returned to the leafy Surrey venue to win a C3 6F handicap in January. Next seen at Ascot in May for the 7F C2 Victoria Cup and the form book says he finished last of 26. However that doesn’t tell half the story. He was sent off just 8/1 third favourite suggesting he had being doing something at home, he was squeezed for room at the furlong pole and then heavily eased and such a competitive race may have come just a little too soon. His penultimate start was on the Tapeta at Newcastle in a C2 &F handicap when wearing a hood for the first time he kept on well to be second to Miss bossy Boots. Last time out he was sixth at Newmarket to Swift Approval in the C2 7F Silver Bunbury Cup beaten less than three lengths and hooded again sent off 11/4 favourite. With his current OR 97 he is number 36 on the International list and number 46 on the Stewards Cup list. He is 16/1 with Coral and Betfred ¼ 1,2,3,4 for the Stewards Cup at Goodwood and I will suggest a one star* each way Ante Post wager! I could see him at Goodwood most probably in the Stewards Consolation!”

Goodwood 3.45         GROWL I put him up Ante Post over a fortnight ago for the International at Ascot. Instead I waited for this and has Ryan Moore riding. He is a one star* each way selection @ 14/1 with WH + five places.

Here’s why Bought out of the Hannon yard at the end of last season. A useful 2yo, second in a G2, he had rather lost his way as a 3yo. One of four Fahey inmates to run in the C2 6F sprint at Ripon. Had a coming together with stablemate Eccleston out of the stalls which put them at the back of the main group and did well to weave a passage through. Of Fahey’s runners the newcomer to the yard, Growl (OR89), did best. He has some interesting 3yo form, 5L off Limato in a G3 at Ascot! Quicker ground, stiffer track and he could be a player. He won on debut at two but hasn’t won in ten runs since. A nice 0-90 C3 6F on quicker ground could restore confidence. He’s a hold up horse so hopefully Dr K. won’t take him to Chester!! He got his conditions at Leicester and won well, followed it up in good style at Windsor on ground I thought would be too soft for him and then when returned to the big time handicaps ran a cracking fourth in the C2 7F Bunbury Cup on Newmarkets July course on really quick ground. Now rated OR100 he could choose between the 7F International or the 6F Stewards Cup.”

RF to SL “It’s always been in the back of mind that Growl was just the type of horse for this race. I’m worried about his draw in 26 on the other side of the field – people tell me he can’t win from there – but if he hasn’t been beaten by that I think he has a big chance. He’s in great form.”

Goodwood 3.45         SPRING LOADED History tells us that the winner of the Stewards Cup will have run in the Wokingham, had one run since, be 4,5 or 6 years old, no headgear, Official Rating less than 105 and last run 7-22 days ago. Well Paul D’Arcys speedy grey son of Zebedee certainly fits that category and has another three plusses as well. Will relish the Good to Firm going, Frankie Dettori rides and he had been on my radar for the Wokingham but the ground went against him. One star* each way selection at 28/1 with WH, five places.

Goodwood 3.45         ALBEN STAR Been placed in this before but now an 8yo and probably at his best on the AW. Watching Brief.

RF to SL Alben Star has been given a break to get ready with this and we’re very happy with him. He’s finished third in the race before off a higher mark so is entitled to run well but I just wonder whether stall one is the place to be.

Goodwood 3.45         WITHERNSEA Still convinced he needs cut in the ground to be at his best. Shortlisted for Ayr. Spencer riding is a plus but still a Watching Brief.

RF to SL I’d love some rain for Withernsea who’s another who ran well in the International at Ascot last week. I just fear he may need slower ground to be fully effective over six furlongs here but we’ll see.

Goodwood 4.20         LOCKHEED Second to the impressive Seven Heavens at Ascot in the strongest 2yo maiden I’ve seen so far this season. No Frankel offspring this time! Sadly odds on. Watching Brief.

Goodwood 4.20         ABIENTO Owners having a day out? Surely not good enough. Watching Brief.

RF to SL The draw gods haven’t been kind to Abiento who is out in 12 for the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes. I’d be surprised if he could win from out there and he’ll need to catch all the lucky breaks in what looks a warm race.

Goodwood 4.55         STAMP HILL This was top of my list of horses I wanted to back at Goodwood 2016. Could easily be going into this race seeking a hat trick! He runs these downland courses well, will go on the ground, 7F is ideal and I think he has been targeted at this race. What he needs is a hare to run at in the last 100 yards and he is bound to get that here. A really strong traveller and is a two star** each way selection @ 12/1 general although 4 places with Coral.        

RF to SL Stamp Hill is in great form going into the Qatar Stakes and he has been kept fresh for the race. Rain wouldn’t bother him and while he’s wider than ideal in nine – he must have a solid chance.

Goodwood 4.55         ESTIDRAAK Inexperienced. Two runs on the sand then backed and unsighted on turf debut. Watching Brief.

Goodwood 4.55         VENTUROUS No surprise if he won stepping up a furlong. Watching Brief.

Goodwood 4.55         MONTEVERDI Had this horse on the radar since the Craven meeting. Think I would prefer a stiff 6F to an easy 7F. Watching Brief.

Newmarket 2.15        ABINGDON Is she running here en route to or instead of the Yorkshire Oaks. Classy filly who has stamina in abundance. The 2/1 with Coral is way too big. Two star** win.

Newmarket 2.15        FIREGLOW Tries 12F for the first time. Disappointing last few runs but this is about her level and the yard of Mark Johnston is flying. Watching Brief.

Newmarket 2.50        CLEF Tiny but gutsy, out of her depth here. Watching Brief.

RF to SL Clef isn’t the biggest filly in the world but my word she’s tough and genuine. I think it was a good nursery she won at Doncaster last time and she looks to follow up in the British EBF Fillies’ Nursery at Newmarket. It’s a very open race and she needs to raise her game again but her willing attitude will always stand her in good stead.

Newmarket 3.25        BLUSHING ROSE Debut for Lady Rothschild homebred 2yo filly by Dalakhani. Watching Brief.

Newmarket 4.00        JUSTICE SMART Tough handicapping debut off OR84 after a Bath maiden win. Watching Brief.

Doncaster 1.45           SHOWBIZZY Watching Brief.

RF to SL Showbizzy been a very disappointing filly. We’ve stuck a visor on her here and will drop her in this time because she should be winning races like this. She pulled herself up in front so quickly last time that Tony Hamilton thought she’d gone wrong – but she was perfectly fine afterwards. She’s handicapped to be winning and we hope the headgear and change in tactics will help her get back on track.

Doncaster 2.20           RIGHT ACTION Watching Brief.

RF to SL Right Action is a horse like. We couldn’t believe how badly he ran on debut at Carlisle but he was back on track when runner-up at Pontefract next time. He looks the one to beat in the Unison Supporting Your Community Maiden Auction Stakes.

Doncaster 3.30           LAURENCE I thought he should/could have won at Yarmouth last time. In a pocket among horses, got out too late. Trip, ground fine and what is Atzeni doing at Doncaster? Like to see Laurence really finish a race off strongly. Two star** win @ 11/4 general.

Doncaster 4.40           BURNT SUGAR Sold to Middleham Park, stays in the yard and runs at Doncaster in a C3 conditions race when two bigger handicap pots available at Goodwood! Watching Brief.

Notebook “On the evidence of this run Burnt Sugar just has to win a big pot C2 6F handicap in the next twelve months!! Another ridden by Australian James Macdonald again having to overcome a rotten draw in 27. Last after a furlong, as the field migrated towards the centre and far side it was Burnt Sugar who made his challenge alone nearest to the stands. He really quickened approaching the furlong pole but the race was gone and he hung a little right and behind close home. Burnt Sugar hasn’t won since his two year old days and both wins were on the All Weather but there are two C2 6F handicaps coming up at Newmarket, Friday July 8th and Saturday August 13th, in which he was 5th and 2nd last year and with a bit of luck and a clear run has to be an each way shot in both in 2016. The Handicapper has dropped him a pound for that Wokingham run to OR105 and if trainer Richard Hannon put up his star claimer Tom Marquand he could take another three pounds off and would be very back-able!”

Doncaster 5.15           FULL OF PROMISE Watching Brief.

RF to SL We stepped Full Of Promise up to seven furlongs at Ayr last time where she just didn’t seem to handle the track. She’s back over six in the Unison And UIA Mutual Home Insurance Fillies’ Handicap and is another who would benefit from some rain.

Thirsk 1.50                  SNOOKERED Watching Brief.

RF to SL It doesn’t look as though Snookered is good enough to win a maiden and we’ll be going down the handicap route with him after the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. We’re happy with him at home.

Thirsk 2.25                  CARSON CITY Watching Brief.

RF to SL Carson City showed loads of speed at Ayr two starts ago but then wasn’t quick enough for the Super Sprint at Newbury last time. The Tyerman Family Celebration Nursery is where he wants to be and he’d have a small chance.

Thirsk 5.20                  GIN IN THE INN Wanted to back this horse but 6F at Thirsk on Good to Soft even off just OR74 aren’t ideal conditions. Watching Brief.

RF to SL Gin In The Inn has been a very disappointing horse. He works exceptionally well at home but continues to disappoint on the track. Just when I thought he was coming to win at Haydock last time he dropped away quickly. We’ve scoped him since and everything was fine so we’ll try again in the totepool Live Info Download The App Handicap. We’ll drop him in here and see if we can get him back on track because this is a horse who is handicapped to win races if we can get his confidence back.

Hamilton 5.40            GOOD TIME AHEAD   Watching Brief.

RF to SL Good Time Ahead is another who wasn’t fast enough for the Super Sprint but up to six furlongs in the Highland Spring Water Nursery he’ll definitely have a chance.

Hamilton 6.45            NORMANDIE LADY Watching Brief.

RF to SL The handicapper didn’t take any chances with Normandie Lady after she won what I thought was a terrible race three starts ago. She’s down four pounds to 73 now and a mile on soft ground in the Caesar’s Entertainment Handicap is exactly where she wants to be.

Hamilton 7.15            L’APOGEE Watching Brief.

RF to SL L’Apogee may have had loads of runs but the penny still hasn’t dropped with him. He’s handicapped to win a race like the Gas Call Services Handicap and we hope cheek pieces are going to help him but he just needs to get his mind around the game. He’s a grand horse but at the moment he doesn’t think he’s a racehorse.

Hamilton 7.45            ROYAL CONNOISSEUR Watching Brief.

RF to SL Royal Connoisseur loves this place and while it would take a lifetime best to win the Alea Casino Handicap, we are claiming seven pounds off with Hayley Irvine and that should help.

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