Steeler to rule Supreme
Chris Wilson is looking to course specialist Steeler to oblige in Sunday's Doom Bar Supreme Stakes at Goodwood.
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BEVERLEY: 2.20 Doc Hay, 2.50 Water Thief, 3.25 Emef Diamond, 4.00 Clouds Rest, 4.35 Lunarian, 5.05 Rex Whistler, 5.35 Lady Bubbles.
GOODWOOD: 2.00 Shalimah, 2.30 Edge, 3.05 Madeed, 3.40 Play Street, 4.15 STEELER (NAP), 4.45 Yojojo, 5.15 Shilla.
CURRAGH: 2.25 Local Flier, 2.55 Kingsbarns, 3.30 Beach Belle, 4.05 Gleneagles, 4.40 Leading Light, 5.10 Redera, 5.40 Nanamour.
YARMOUTH: 2.10 March On, 2.40 Artistic Queen, 3.15 Speciality, 3.50 Flow, 4.25 Darnathean, 4.55 Blighty, 5.25 Ela Goog La Mou.
DOUBLE: Steeler and Madeed.
Steeler's know-how of the difficult Goodwood terrain should stand him in particularly good stead for the Doom Bar Supreme Stakes.
Godolphin's colt has won twice on the Downs, when trained by Mark Johnston, and warmed up for this Group Three with a good effort back at the same track for the Betfred Mile.
Despite having been lumbered with an outside draw, the son of Raven's Pass charged home with zeal to get to within three-quarters of a length of the winner, Red Avenger.
Before that, he confirmed his well-being with an honourable third in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in June.
Versatile in terms of whatever the ground is like, the dip to seven furlongs is of little consequence given he has collected twice over course and distance.
Steeler was also a Group Two winner as a juvenile, when victorious in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket, so he is entirely worthy of running at this grade.
Things have not gone so smoothly since his switch to Godolphin - he was not sighted at all in 2013 - but, as such, he remains much more unexposed than most of these, and is obviously in fine fettle.
Madeed is respected when he takes the plunge in the Harwoods Group Handicap.
In theory, Brian Meehan's sparingly campaigned colt seemed to not quite get home on his first try over this mile-and-a-quarter trip towards the end of July.
The son of Nayef finished third, beaten a length, but was possibly at the end of his tether late on as Lyn Valley took top honours.
That may not tell the full story, though, as Madeed became embroiled in a long tussle with another rival after he gained the lead a furlong out.
This arguably proved his downfall, so it would not be a big shock if connections deployed slightly more protracted tactics upon his return to Goodwood.
A winner at this track over a mile last August, memories of his final flourish in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he finished seventh, should not be forgotten when assessing his credentials for this race.
The drop in distance at Yarmouth should do it for Flow, who contests the toteexacta Handicap.
Lady Cecil's developing four-year-old has already won over a mile by the seaside, and was hardly outraged when fourth in a good nine-furlong handicap at York on his last outing in June.
Flow looked the winner for a long way on the Knavesmire before he grew a little tired late on and had to be content with third spot behind Spirit Of The Law.
Although he had previously caught the eye over a mile and a quarter earlier in the year, it still makes logical sense that his trainer has opted to revert to seven furlongs.
Lady Cecil will also be satisfied that Flow has been left well alone on a mark of 92 for what appears his easiest challenge for quite some time.
Water Thief is a relatively optimistic shout to get off the mark at the third attempt when he goes for gold in the EBF Old Crossleyans Rugby Club's 90th Birthday Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Beverley.