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Man On The Spot previews all of the action from the opening day of Glorious Goodwood.
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No favourite has won this in the past ten years and the shortest priced winner was 7/1. Mark Johnston has won it three times in that period and relies on the tough Fennell Bay, who is just 3lb higher than when scoring at Thirsk last month and ran well at the meeting a year ago, and Reset City, whose two victories to date have come in lower grade handicaps. Fast Or Free is likely to start market leader despite an absence since landing the Brittannia Handicap at Royal Ascot last year. He won first time out last season and is probably pattern race class though he's up 9lb and this is a very tough race to make a return. Hi There has been racing as though this sort of trip was needed and is just 6lb higher than when scoring at Musselburgh in March so has to go on the short-list along with Nabucco, who showed his quality with a smooth victory in this grade at Newmarket last month, and Blue Surf, though the latter could do with more rain. WHISPERING WARRIOR has more to find but looks capable of doing so despite an 8lb rise for his victory at Newcastle. He's now won five of his last six and a mark of 93 could be underestimating him.
Anticipated looks best of the Richard Hannon pair as he didn't quite last out in a Group 2 over 6f in France after a fine run behind Extortionist in the Windsor Castle. Runner-up at Royal Ascot was SUPPLICANT and there seems no reason why Richard Fahey's charge shouldn't confirm the form and take this. He's had a nice break and should be fit and raring to go as should the filly Reroute, another who has been rested since a fine run in the Queen Mary Stakes. Ambiance was just behind Anticipated in France but had previously beaten the useful Langavat at Sandown with today's rival Majestic Alexander a couple of lengths behind.
The Free Handicap winner Garswood ran well in the Jersey Stakes but will need another gear against in-form rivals, especially the Richard Hannon pair Producer and Professor. The former had Red Jazz, Pastoral Player and Libranno behind when landing the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket but it's the three-year-old Professor who may do best of the duo as he's improving fast and that age group have a fine record in this. Caspar Netscher comes out best in the ratings and David Simcock's charge, who has competed at the highest level in his last three races, has won first-time out in his two seasons to date so an absence since September may not prove too much of a problem. ALJAMAAHEER has a penalty for his victory in the Summer Mile at Ascot and though beaten over this trip by Producer in April that was his first start for eight months. He's still on the upgrade and is taken to defy the extra 4lb.
ORIENTAL FOX and Sir Graham Wade give Mark Johnston a strong hand with the former receiving the vote after his agonising defeat when mugged by Tominator in the Northumberland Plate. Some rain would probably aid his cause but Silver Lime, who won over the trip at Ascot last time and scored at this meeting a year ago, looks best on fast ground and has to be on the short-list. Harris Tweed is a genuine pattern race performer who hasn't quite been at his best but has a real chance on his first start in a handicap since 2010. Clowance Estate looked ready for a step-up to this trip when attempting a hat-trick at Windsor and is lurking on a dangerous mark while the progressive Duke Of Clarence shouldn't be too inconvenienced by a 6lb rise for a battling victory over track and trip last month.
Sacha Park has been unfortunate not to lose his maiden tag and, with a high draw an advantage, will be fancied to get off the mark. He has been narrowly beaten by some useful types but may find MYSTIQUE RIDER improving past him. Olly Stevens' charge was only a neck behind him when they occupied the places behind Saayerr at Salisbury in May and should have improved enough to reverse the form and take this. Brazos deserves a change of fortune after two fine efforts in strong company and looks sure to be thereabouts again while there are plenty of others who can progress enough to get into the action along with some choicely-bred newcomers including the speedily-bred pair Upholland and Muir Lodge.
Uppercut won this last year from Bancnuanaheireann and Jack's Revenge with the placed horse both claiming unlucky runs. There's little between them this time though all three are drawn high which isn't an advantage here. Mark Johnston won this with the three-year-old Yamal in 2008 so he should know how he stands with Desert Revolution, though a lack of experience won't help and the stable's Copperwood may have more of a chance as he beat Uppercut at Epsom last time. Ascription is progressing and is drawn well unlike the returning Captain Cat, a potential Group winner but facing a very stiff task after such a long absence. DEMOCRETES hasn't won as often as he should but has continued to creep up the weights. He got no sort of run in the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Ascot and hopefully things will fall into place from his low draw so he's given the nod.
Tony Carroll loves this race and has won it twice in the past ten years including last year when he also had the third VALMINA, who is on the same mark this time, is better drawn and looks more likely to land this than stablemates Tidal's Baby and Edge Closer. Dandy Nicholls was once virtually unbeatable in sprints here and will be hoping Hamoody can relive the glory days and the veteran is no forlorn hope despite recent victories coming in much lower grade contests. Lady Gibraltar hasn't won since dead-heating with Jwala at the meeting a year ago but she's been in fine form as she showed behind Secret Asset at York. Jedward is another who hasn't won since last year but comes here in peak form having just failed to concede lumps of weight to Midnight Dynamo at Ayr. Lost In Paris comes here with a penalty after a convincing success at Catterick last week but still looks well enough treated to make his presence felt.