Referendum gets the vote

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: July 30 2014, 21:53 BST

Anita Chambers has a tip for every race on Wednesday including at Sandown, where Referendum is fancied.

Toronado: Experience can trump youth in the Sussex Stakes
Toronado: Experience can trump youth in the Sussex Stakes

GALWAY: 3.00 Draco, 3.35 Ballychorus, 4.10 In A Nutshell, 4.45 Little King Robin, 5.30 Spring Heeled, 6.05 Sister Slew, 6.40 Spring Focus, 7.10 Brooch.

GOODWOOD: 1.55 Stopped Out, 2.30 Observational, 3.05 TORONADO (NAP), 3.40 Highland Reel, 4.15 Luna Moon, 4.50 Patterned, 5.25 Liberty Jack.

LEICESTER: 6.00 Dolorous, 6.30 Henke, 7.05 Watersmeet, 7.40 Skate, 8.10 Shilla, 8.45 Daisy Boy.

PERTH: 2.15 Moss Street, 2.50 Money Money Money, 3.25 Toledo Gold, 4.35 Super Colider, 5.10 Cool Star, 5.45 Ainsi Fidelis, 6.15 Five Rivers.

REDCAR: 2.05 Crosse Fire, 2.40 Blue Army, 3.15 Mixed Message, 3.50 Mighty Missile, 4.25 Mr McLaren, 5.00 Red Cape, 5.35 A J Cook, 6.10 Sophie's Beau.

SANDOWN: 5.50 Byrd In Hand, 6.25 Cataria Girl, 6.55 Referendum, 7.30 Biotic, 8.00 Petticoat Lane, 8.35 Cosette.

DOUBLE: Toronado and Highland Reel.

Toronado can sweep aside young pretender Kingman and bag back-to-back victories in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The 'Duel on the Downs' tag has been resurrected again this year as four-year-old Toronado faces off against the year-younger Kingman and at the prices, it appears to make more sense to side with Richard Hannon's charge.

Kingman is undoubtedly a fine colt and with Toronado conceding 8lb on the weight-for-age scale, it is hard to see how he might topple the star of the current Classic crop.

However, Toronado overcame the odds to beat Dawn Approach in the mile race last year and he can once again defy the market following an excellent reappearance at Royal Ascot.

Off the track for a lengthy period after his Juddmonte International flop last August, Toronado roared back into action with a comfortable three-quarter-length verdict over Verrazano in what was probably not the strongest renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes.

That said, Toronado looked as though he would progress for the run and Richard Hughes was hardly under pressure at any point in the race.

Goodwood can be a tricky track and few better know how to ride it than Hughes, as he showed when producing this High Chaparral colt with a perfectly-timed challenge last year.

A similar effort this time should ensure a thrilling finish, with experience expected to just trump youth.

Observational can forward his St Leger claims with victory in the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes.

Roger Charlton's charge has already bagged plenty of cash for connections this term, with a second place in a sales race at Newmarket back in April proving particularly fruitful.

However, he marked himself as a classy type when notching a first victory in a Listed event at Goodwood back in May, holding off a colt who has since run with credit when placed at Royal Ascot.

Observational looked as though he would feel the benefit of a step up in trip that day, though, so this switch up to a mile and a half should be right up his street.

This Group Three heat features the likes of Noble Mission, Harbinger and Conduit on the recent role of honour and while Observational has some way to go to match those kind of runners, he should be smart enough here.

Highland Reel strolled home by 12 lengths on his latest run and it could be telling that Aidan O'Brien relies upon him in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.

Second to a horse who has since placed in Group Three company on his debut, Highland Reel barely came off the bridle in winning at Gowran with two winners already emerging from the also-rans.

O'Brien obviously thinks plenty of him to be stepping him up so sharply in company and his clutch of Group One entries suggests expectations are high.

A switch from maiden company should pay dividends for Petticoat Lane in the Slug And Lettuce Wednesday Winedown £11.45 Fillies' Handicap at Sandown.

The handicapper has awarded an initial mark of 70 which certainly gives Luca Cumani something to work with.

Dolorous is the choice in the EBF Stallions Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Leicester after promising run on her debut, while Mr McLaren can follow up on his Thirsk win of last week in Redcar's racinguk.com/Anywhere: 3Devices, 1Price Handicap.

At Perth, Ainsi Fidelis can strike gold in the Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap Chase.

The Galway Festival stages its feature race of the whole week in thetote.com Galway Plate where Jim Culloty's Cheltenham winner Spring Heeled should have the good ground he loves.