Power to pack Glorious punch
Man On The Spot provides a race-by-race guide to Friday's card at Glorious Goodwood and is backing Richard Hannon's Shifting Power to return to top form.
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Encke is an interesting runner in this Group 3 for Charlie Appleby. He hasn’t raced since beating Camelot in the 2012 St Leger but should be straight enough and makes more appeal than the other Godolphin entry Songcraft. Pether’s Moon is consistent and was third in a Group 2 at Newmarket last month but there appears no reason why he should reverse that form with runner-up HILLSTAR, who can land this for the in-form Stoute stable. The latter hasn’t scored since beating Battle Of Marengo at Royal Ascot last year but can put that right today. Quest For Peace has shown a liking for this track in the past but had a tough time of it last year on foreign shores and is best watched on his reappearance.
SHIFTING POWER has acquitted himself well in top-class company since winning the European Free Handicap on his reappearance. He was fourth in the 2,000 Guineas before chasing home Kingman at the Curragh and then placed second at Chantilly on the disqualification of Yuften. Richard Hughes will probably try and dictate matters and he should be good enough to hold on for a deserved victory. Hors De Combat and Wannabe Yours both step up from handicaps but are progressive types who could run well, though the former will have to improve again to overturn Royal Ascot running with Bow Creek on worse terms. Lightning Thunder was second in both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas but flopped when favourite for the Coronation Stakes and has questions answer now. Windfast tries a new trip and this looks a big ask for maiden winner Rapprochement.
Three-year-olds have a good recent record in this so Our Channel, the only representative of the classic generation this year, must be worth a second look. He won the Derby Trial at Epsom on his reappearance and was second in a Grade 3 in the USA last month, though both those races were over 1m2f and he’s been done no favours by the draw here. Russian Realm, Boomshackerlacker and Bronze Angel are others with a wide berth to overcome while Royal Hunt Cup third Steeler will struggle to grab a prominent early position from stall 17 while Captain Cat hasn’t raced since landing a valuable event on the Polytrack in April, though has probably been laid out for this. VELOX was unlucky when finishing behind Red Avenger at Epsom in June but made no mistake when well backed at Sandown last month when Russian Realm was only fourth. He’s gone up 9lb but is on the upgrade and should be thereabouts again. Mark Johnston has trained three of the last five winners and his Heavy Metal has come back to his best and can’t be ignored while Magic City loves this track. Belgian Bill and Pastoral Player are well treated, though the latter is better over 7f and that his probably Horsted Keynes’ best trip as well.
This looks wide-open as many of these have been beating each other on a regular basis and luck in-running always plays a part in big fields on the downhill 5f course here. Extortionist beat former winner Kingsgate Native, Wind Fire, Stepper Point and Hay Chewed in a Group 3 at Sandown last month and is a leading contender. Irish raider Take Cover beat G Force, Monsieur Joe, Kingsgate Native and Reroute in a Listed race at York last time and is another who should go well while Ladies Are Forever landed a Group 3 on the Knavesmire on her latest start, though that was over 6f. Tropics ran the race of his life to finish second in the July Cup and that is the best form on offer. But he also drops back a furlong and there is every chance that MOVIESTA will reverse Newmarket running here. The winner of this last year, Bryan Smart’s gelding looks primed for a repeat having faced some stiff task this season with the speedy Hamza possibly the pick of the remainder.
Vimy Ridge arrives off then back of a win at Thirsk and Jack Garrity’s claim takes care of most of his penalty. Markaz is making good progress and won comfortably at Ascot last time. He’s another to consider but Sunset Sail had little to beat when getting off the mark at Windsor and Red Icon seems to have plenty of weight. Nottingham scorer INNISCASTLE LAD needs to improve again but appears to have a good attitude and could represent a bit of value in a tricky nursery. He’s preferred to the once-raced pair Great Park and L’Addition with George Bowen, out of his depth last time, looking best of the rest.
The lightly-raced EVITA PERON was always going well when landing a Listed contest at Newmarket in June. She should again beat Manderley and can end the unbeaten record of Muteela. Mark Johnston’s filly had Wee Jean back in third when bravely holding off Queen Catrine in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot last time but the runner-up has let the form down since when behind Wee Jean at Sandown on better terms. J Wonder has already won at this level this year and her latest run was in the Coronation Stakes. She’ll appreciate the drop in class, though was just behind This Time in the French 1,000 Guineas in May. Indignant looks the pick of the older fillies.
Richard Hannon runs Doncaster winner Lil Rockefeller off bottom weight but Richard Hughes rides Cameo Tiara, who pulled too hard on his first try over 1m4f at Sandown but rallied in the closing stages and might be worth another chance. Art Of War and Fire Fighting were both slowly away in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and forfeited all chance. The latter looks a bit of a character and Festival Theatre has questions to answer after two modest efforts this year. Cape Caster needs more but Stormardal has claims and Rydan is running well. ARANTES has yet to win on Turf but looked a bit unlucky here in June when finishing ahead of Artful Rogue and a visor might wake him up a little. He’s not badly treated and can go well at decent odds.