Mission possible for Noble

  • By: Simon Holt
  • Last Updated: July 30 2012, 12:48 BST

Simon Holt previews Tuesday's action from Glorious Goodwood and fancies Noble Mission to win the Gordon Stakes.

Noble Mission can upset the favourite


2pts Noble Mission to win the Gordon Stakes at 100/30 (General).

2pts Chachamaidee to win the Lennox Stakes at 7/4 (General).

Michelangelo is set to start as favourite for the Gordon Stakes, and it's a race that has often proved to be a key trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Beautifully bred, being by Galileo out of a Darshaan mare, he's one of several John Gosden-trained horses who could line up on Town Moor for the final Classic of the season.

He was impressive last time, but his form is at Listed level and so far he's all about potential, with the form of his latest victory arguably not all that strong.

With that in mind I'm happy to take him on with Noble Mission.

Frankel's half-brother ran well behind stablemate Thomas Chippendale on his first try over a mile and a half at Royal Ascot, keeping on well in the closing stages.

That Group Two defeat represents very solid form and he's improving all the time, has a good attitude, and unlike the favourite has shown that he's up to winning at this sort of level.

At the prices, he looks worth backing to beat Michelangelo and get Sir Henry Cecil off to a flying start on day one.

Things could get even better for Sir Henry later on as I expect Chachamaidee to take all the beating in the Lennox Stakes.

This is a filly who has done nothing but improve throughout the last 18 months, and put up a sparkling performance to win on her seasonal debut at Lingfield when set with plenty to do over seven furlongs.

That day she swept past the field to win going away, and after her narrow defeat to Joviality over a mile in Ascot's Windsor Forest Stakes it looks as though seven is her optimum distance.

Indeed, she was an impressive course-and-distance winner in last year's Oak Tree Stakes and should have too much class for her rivals.

Of those, there's little between Edinburgh Knight and Libranno on form so potentially the most interesting danger is Foxtrot Romeo.

Trainer Bryan Smart was considering taking on Frankel with his improving three-year-old, but opts for this slightly lesser challenge instead.

Foxtrot Romeo has run well on both starts this season, first in the Irish 2000 Guineas and then in the St James's Palace Stakes, but Camelot aside the form of this year's three-year-olds looks questionable.

With that in mind, I'm backing Chachamaidee to score.

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