Fencing to put them to the sword

  • By: Simon Holt
  • Last Updated: July 30 2013, 15:01 BST

Channel 4 Racing commentator Simon Holt previews day one of Glorious Goodwood and is backing Fencing to win the feature.

Fencing (centre): Could relish a drop back to seven furlongs
Fencing (centre): Could relish a drop back to seven furlongs

The first big race of the week at Glorious Goodwood is the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes in which the Group One-placed Aljamaaheer is likely to start favourite but might be worth opposing under a penalty with FENCING.

John Gosden's four-year-old made a tremendous start to the season when bolting up over a mile at Ascot in May - his first race since being gelded - and has been off the course since cutting little ice in a well-beaten sixth behind Farhh in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury just over a fortnight later.

The absence suggests something may have been amiss with Fencing that day especially as Sovereign Debt, the horse he beat easily at Ascot, finished well ahead of him in second place. But he clearly goes well when fresh and, a horse with plenty of pace, looks interesting dropping back from a mile to seven furlongs.

In receipt of 4lb from the recent Ascot Summer Mile winner Aljamaaheer, the selection may just represent the value.

Roger Varian's chestnut, who was an unlucky loser at this meeting 12 months ago when finding all sorts of trouble in running, ran third in the Lockinge just a neck behind Sovereign Debt.

So, if one can forgive Fencing his distant sixth there, then the formlines point to him having every chance of beating Aljamaaheer at these weights.

Of the others, Richard Hannon fields two prolific winners in Producer and Professor but both are taking a small jump in class and a bigger threat to the selection and the favourite could be Richard Fahey's highly regarded three-year-old Garswood.

Disappointing in the 2000 Guineas, this imposing colt ran better when fourth behind Gale Force Ten over this distance in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and remains a horse of potential. His homework is, apparently, that of a very high class horse.

Earlier, Fahey has a strong chance of landing an extremely tight-looking bet365 Molecomb Stakes with Supplicant who finished just ahead of Anticipated when the pair were second second and third behind Extortionist in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot (Sleeper King eighth, Justice Day ninth).

However, Anticipated was a little disappointing next time in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte in France (Ambiance sixth and Extortionist a below-par last of nine) and it might be worth taking a chance with Ed Walker's filly REROUTE aboard whom William Buick looks a good booking.

While the form of her fifth to Rizeena in the Queen Mary at the Royal meeting has taken one or two knocks, it was only this daughter of Acclamation's second career start and a debut defeat of Royal Mezyan at York looks creditable now in light of the runner-up's subsequent sixth in the Norfolk Stakes and six-length romp back on the Knavesmire earlier this month.

Additionally, Walker's horses are in very good form at the moment with three winners from his last four runners at the end of last week.

  • Posted at 1140 BST on 29/07/2013.