Hopefully the boost of a very profitable day on Thursday, will kick us on for bigger and better things Friday, with a tasty looking card to get our teeth into.
The seven race card opens with a tricky looking affair, with seven horses going to post.
Masterstroke is the current 5/2 favourite, following his strong form for Andre Fabre in France, yet it is the Godolphin ‘second-string’ that particularly takes my eye in this encounter.
Lost in the Moment is currently trading at 6/1 (even bigger on Betfair), and this looks too good to ignore. His third behind yesterdays Goodwood Cup second favourite Caucus (who got within a length of Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate), and taking Listed win over I’m Your Man and Harris Tweed (who has since won, on Tuesday at this meeting) looks as if he has been massively overpriced.
Aiken and Royal Ascot winner Forgotten Voice both warrant massive respect, but the way in which Lost in the Moment picked up after receiving a whip to the face from an opponent’s jockey, and current consistently strong form going back over a year, means he warrants a much shorter price than 6/1.
Therefore this is most definitely the best value bet in the race, and he should go very close to starting our day off in the best possible manner.
In the second race, the 2000 Guineas runner-up Glory Awaits reappears, at a rather enticing price of 6/1.
He ran out of skin to grab second place in a classic (finishing ahead of Sussex Stakes winner Toronado), and then finished a respectable fifth behind the magnificent Dawn Approach at Royal Ascot.
A reappearance of that form, would surely see him go very close, and it would seem the bookmakers are taking these runs as a fluke.
If he was trained by Richard Hannon or Aiden O’Brien, he would be around the 5/2 or less mark, so get stuck into the 6/1 and make these bookmakers pay for underestimating the power of Kevin Ryan and Neil Callan.
Our final selection (potential ‘get-out clause’) comes in the shape of Cape Peron.
His form has been consistent at a high level, with his final outing being at Royal Ascot, when finishing a very fine fifth to Roca Tumu in the ever competitive Britannia Stakes.
He travelled like a dream before failing to find extra in the final furlong, but tomorrow’s tougher surface my find the best of him, as his travelling will come in to effect even more, on better ground.
Dane O’Neill has a 100% strike-rate on the horse, and with him being pulled out last Saturday (so he would be fresh for this), he looks a massive player, and 8/1 looks a brilliant each-way bet.
Both him and Wentworth are potential Group horses in the making, and any more rain would be welcomed.
Windhoek brings in plenty of class to the race, but it’s worth taking a gamble on Cape Peron being on an upward curve, and he rounds off what could be a very successful opening three-race treble at Goodwood.
1 point win: Lost in the Moment @ 6/1
1 point win: Glory Awaits @ 6/1
1 point win: Cape Peron @ 8/1
0.5pt e.w patent: Lost in the Moment/Glory Awaits/Cape Peron @ 440/1