Astronereus set to star

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: June 6 2014, 15:20 BST

Nick Grant says Astronereus should be a leading player in maiden company at Goodwood - he has a tip in every race.

Astronereus can strike at Goodwood on Sunday
Astronereus can strike at Goodwood on Sunday


CURRAGH: 2.05 U S Navy Seal, 2.35 Bush Pilot, 3.10 Doonard Prince, 3.40 Nonchalant, 4.15 Leliani, 4.45 Madam Mo, 5.20 Gentry, 5.50 Gypsy King.

GOODWOOD: 2.25 ASTRONEREUS (NAP), 3.00 Beep, 3.30 Secret Millionaire, 4.05 Rhombus, 4.35 Licence To Till, 5.10 Dark Emerald, 5.40 Glebe Spirit.

PERTH: 2.10 Tarlan, 2.45 Garleton, 3.20 Definitely Better, 3.50 Orsippus, 4.25 Hold Em Cowboy, 4.55 Vasco Du Mee, 5.25 Bell Walks Day.

DOUBLE: Astronereus and Rhombus.

Astronereus went into a few notebooks with his debut effort and normal improvement should make him a leading player in the Injured Jockeys Fund Oaksey House Maiden Stakes at Goodwood.

Well-bred as a half-brother to French Derby winner Le Havre, the Amanda Perrett-trained three-year-old showed ability in a decent Newbury maiden last month before tiring.

He was keen early which did not help his cause, but he should have taken plenty from it experience-wise and runners from this yard always have to be respected at this track.

Rhombus has a pedigree that is all about stamina so stepping up to two miles for the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Stakes should be right up his street.

Trained by Ismail Mohammed, the four-year-old was not disgraced on his return to action this season and has the added bonus for his followers of being a course winner.

In fact his only other Goodwood outing saw him finish a close fourth and horses that act here are worth supporting.

He is a fair bit higher than his last winning mark but further progress is expected for that Ascot run and in particular for this first try beyond a mile and a half.

Secret Millionaire is a tentative selection in a wide-open Veterans' Stakes.

As the race title suggests, this five-furlong handicap sees a whole host of familiar names going to post and it might be a case of whose turn it is with these venerable sprinters.

But Tony Carroll has his string in good nick and his seven-year-old seemed to handle the undulations of Brighton well enough when second at the seaside venue in April, which bodes well.

He had generally been campaigned on the all-weather for the last couple of years so that was encouraging and the appointment of Michael Murphy negates the 3lb rise.

The gelding is in form and so is the stable, which is half the battle in a race of this nature.

Dark Emerald bounced out and made all at Lingfield and in his current mood cannot be ignored in the IJF John Woodman Stakes.

Bits and bobs of his form over the last year is quite useful in handicap terms and it was not that long ago he won off 85, making a rating of 87 still quite feasible, especially with Kieren Fallon engaged.

Hold Em Cowboy has been in fine form in recent weeks and should be in the mix again in the Range Rover City of Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase at the Scottish venue.

A winner over hurdles and fences on consecutive days at this track last month, Gordon Elliott is clearly keen to stick with what appears to be a winning formula.