Robin Weathers (Nottingham) and Bedrock (Galway) returned place money yesterday but the horse to take out of the day was Rock Eagle in the opener at Goodwood. He showed his inexperience but made up relentless ground throughout the latter stages of the race to finish on the heels of the principles, just outside the frame in fourth. The experience will not be lost on him and he looks a horse to follow.
3.00 – Goodwood:
Escobar. 2 pts win. Available at 6/1.
Hors De Combat. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 18/1. (Bet365 – 1/4 odds first 5)
Mythical Madness. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 18/1. (Paddy Power, Betfair – 1/5 odds first 5)
A very competitive renewal of this one mile handicap. History dictates that a single figure draw is advantageous but, with much of the early pace drawn wide and the faster ground seemingly down the middle of the track, that scenario may not hold up this year. Drawn in stall two, Escobar will need luck in running, given he likes to come from off a generous pace, but he has an appealing profile who ran a career best last time out at Sandown. He went down just under two lengths but the winner is a seriously progressive type who has a Group Two entry in the Celebration Mile here on Saturday. Escobar traveled well through the race and, although South Seas (who re-opposes today) was the eye-catcher in the latter stages, Escobar looked the better horse and is taken to confirm the form over his rival. It was encouraging to see him run well in the Hunt Cup at Ascot on his penultimate start, a track which he doesn’t seem to like. He is a Group horse in the making and, if his jockey can plot a trouble-free passage, he is likely to get very competitive. Hors De Combat did a lot of good late work in the Hunt Cup last time out and that confirmed this seven year old retains much of his ability. He has produced a mixed bag in his three starts at this track but he did run a career best when just beaten in a Group Three here back in 2014. Drying conditions are in his favour. Mythical Madness is another who will need luck in running from stall one but he was a fast finishing ninth in this race last season and was only beaten just under four lengths. He runs from a six pound lower mark today and has the assistance of Harry Bentley. The only previous time he was on board was when the partnership failed by a very narrow margin at Chelmsford back in May; he rides this track well.
4.40 – Goodwood:
Most Gifted. 1.25 pts win. Available at 11/1.
One Master. 1.25 pts win. Available at 12/1.
There looks to be plenty of pace in this race and the market principals, Pretty Baby and French raider Sequilla, look likely to be hard to beat. However at bigger prices it could be worth giving Most Gifted and One Master a chance. Most Gifted returned to winning ways in a three runner six furlong race at Naas on his penultimate start and followed that up with a length and a half defeat over a mile in a Listed race at Kilbeggan last time out. The return to seven furlongs could be just what she wants and she could still have the potential to improve after just seven starts. Ryan Moore rides her for just the second time and the only slight concern is the poor performances that some of her stablemates have produced this week. One Master has a wide draw here to overcome but she progressed significantly in three starts as a Juvenile and she has run well in two Group Three races this season. She returns to seven furlongs for just the third time and she has plenty of untapped potential to exploit. She seemed to avoid fast ground last season but both her starts this time round have come on it so it seems safe to assume she handles it well enough. She represents the William Haggas/James Doyle partnership who were successful in a Fillies race on Tuesday.
5.15 – Goodwood – Occupy. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 16/1. (Skybet, Paddy Power, Coral – 1/5 odds first 4)
5.50 – Newmarket – Born To Spend. 1.5 pts win. Available at 17/2.
6.45 – Musselburgh – Inner Circle. 1.5 pts win. Available at 10/1. (MarathonBet)