Observational one to watch

  • By: Man On The Spot
  • Last Updated: July 30 2014, 14:52 BST

Man On The Spot previews all seven races on day two of Glorious Goodwood.

Observational: Can win at Goodwood again
Observational: Can win at Goodwood again

13:55 : Goodwood Stakes (Handicap)

Lieutenant Miller finished second in last year's renewal and is partnered by Ryan Moore in an attempt to go one better. He found the Mark Johnston-trained Broxbourne too good last season and the Middleham handler bids for a third straight win in this with the highly progressive MAID IN RIO. She beat older horses by nine lengths over 2m at Ascot last time with arguably her best effort yet and can shrug off a 3lb penalty. Longshadow is another making rapid progress but is up in class for this along with recent Beverley winner Stopped Out. Lion Beacon won over 1m6f here last month and makes more appeal than stablemate Presto Volante while Solar View, a prolific winner over 2m, should stay today's marathon trip. Brockwell could only manage fifth in this last year and Sohar is preferred on her latest fourth over 2m4f at Ascot where she beat a few of these.

14:30 : Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes (Group 3)

Somewhat held on for third in the Eclipse at Sandown having poached an early lead and may be flattered by the bare form. Scotland is preferred having finished just ahead of Snow Sky when third in a Group 2 at Ascot. The latter has the beating of Windshear on a line through his earlier victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial where he also beat Red Galileo. Ed Dunlop's charge has since finished a respectable fifth in the Derby. Aryad never figured in the French Derby last time and Cloudscape makes more appeal stepping up in trip after a fourth in the Group 3 Tercentenary at Ascot when easily beating Somewhat. But the vote goes to OBSERVATIONAL, whose track knowledge should stand him in good stead and may well have improved since landing a Listed event here in May.

15:05 : Qipco Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)

A false pace is always a worry in these small fields so connections of the principals will be hoping Darwin takes up the running and gives a good lead to stablemate War Command. But the Ballydoyle duo will do well to hold off the challenges of Toronado and KINGMAN. The latter has made up for a blip in the 2000 Guineas in no uncertain manner subsequently winning the Irish equivalent before landing the St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot in great style. Three-year-olds have a good record in this and John Gosden's colt is fancied to get the better of Toronado. The latter proved himself a high-class miler with a comeback victory in the Queen Anne at Ascot and will likely force his younger rival to pull out all the stops. Outstrip has been no match for Kingman so far and it's likely to prove a similar story today.

15:40 : Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2)

Dr No was no match for The Wow Signal in the Coventry at Ascot but it was a good effort nonetheless. However, Richard Hughes still prefers Tupi, who won a Sandown maiden on his racecourse debut and bids to land a remarkable fifth straight win in this for his jockey and the Hannon yard. But a couple of these look set on spoiling the party including AHLAN EMARATI. Peter Chapple-Hyam's colt chased home Kool Company in a Group 2 at the Curragh last time and the latter has since boosted the form by winning again in France. He'll appreciate this longer trip and is preferred to Highland Rebel, who drops back in distance having dotted up over a mile at Gowran last time. Conditions race winner Pallister makes more appeal than stablemate Chadic while Faithful Creek and Room Key also have some catching up to do.


16:15 : Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes

SHAHAH made a promising start when runner-up at Doncaster on her debut. The Al Shaqab filly can land this with normal progress and is preferred to Royal Razalma, who showed big improvement to take second at Warwick last time. Piccadillo finished a couple of lengths ahead of Moon River when fourth at Windsor and also makes more appeal than Hundi. The latter's stablemate and debutant Inauguration is a half-sister to a 5f winner and is worth noting along with fellow newcomers Avenue Du Monde and Touchline.

16:50 : EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap

This is usually won by a three-year-old and there was a lot to like about the victory of WATER HOLE at Doncaster earlier this month. That was her first run of the year and there should be plenty more to come from John Gosden's filly. Hiking could also make a bold bid on the back of a win at Salisbury and is preferred to the likes of Saltwater Creek and Hot Coffee but one of the handicap debutants could prove a bigger threat. Principle Equation, Patterned and Palerma won maiden races in good style last time and all are worth a second glance in the betting for any strong support.

17:25 : Turf Club Handicap

Englishman has been threatening a return to winning ways and makes more appeal than The Confessor, who won this in 2012 but has been well beaten over track and trip of late. Liberty Jack won well at Newmarket last time and could figure along with Lulu The Zulu and Gatepost while Ryan Moore takes over the reins on George Rooke. Brave Echo beat Related over course and distance last month and is another to consider as is Bluegrass Blues. But a speculative vote goes to ACCESSION, a winner at Kempton in May and third in this contest last year when trained by Clive Cox.