My Stable Eyecatchers: Friday
Our man Will Hayler picks out a couple of runners who took his eye during the action on Friday.
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For different reasons, Ed Dunlop and Jimmy Fortune have endured tough times in recent months and even someone like me who backed runner-up Heavy Metal couldn't begrudge them the success they shared when Red Avenger took the Betfred Mile.
Of those that were out of luck, Belgian Bill was obviously unfotunate not to make the frame having been hampered close home and forced back into fifth, while Bronze Angel would surely have gone closer from a less-unhelpful draw. That said, this is a race that lends itself to hard-luck stories and it's not as if anybody will have missed the most obvious next time.
One horse I will be taking out of the action at Glorious Goodwood was Tall Ship, the winner of the closing Betfred Mobile Handicap. With his son Ryan having an obvious line into the stable, it was interesting to see Gary Moore snap this horse up at the sales from Sir Michael Stoute and I think he's got a bright future from a handicap mark which won't go up more than 8lb at most for this victory.
Moore certainly offered plenty of encouragement afterwards.
"Ryan said there was more to come from the horse," he said. "And he's certainly bred to be a good one."
The trainer was quite right in this respect, Tall Ship being by Sea The Stars out Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance, who is a half-sister to dual Oaks heroine Alexandrova.
Interestingly, Tall Ship's long-term future may be over hurdles as well as on the Flat. "He's already schooled," said Moore, "and he jumped really well." Either way, he's a name to note.
No prizes for orginality with this pair, I must admit, but if I saw a potential champion anywhere on Friday (admirable as the performances of Take Cover, Pether's Moon and J Wonder were), it was probably Prince Gagarin in the three-runner novice event at Newmarket.
Race-planners are always complaining about the way these type of races fail to fill, but they serve and important purpose and this beautifully-bred son of Dubawi comfortably accounted for two previous winners who seemed on the face of things to have no excuses.
From the family of Elusive Pimpernel and representing the fine Windflower Holdings operation, his owner Christina Patino was interviewed afterwards on Racing UK and although attempting to keep her cards close to her chest, rather gave the impression that Ed Dunlop and winning rider Ryan Moore rate the winner quite highly.
It will be next stop pattern-race company for this winner. Don't bet against him making the grade.
Friday's Gallops Update:
DAYLIGHT breezed beautifully up the main all-weather at Kingsclere and looks in peak form for what will be his second Goodwood outing of the week in the 32Red Cup consolation race on Saturday.
Andrew Balding's charge found five furlongs on this sharp track an inadequate test and was doing all his best work at the finish to suggest six furlongs will be right up his street.
He will need the rub of the green at the business end, but could hardly be in better form.
SMILING STRANGER heads for a valuable handicap at Goodwood and this strong stayer is in good heart as he steps into a different racing sphere.
He should easily see out the mile and a half and will be pressing on when some of the others have cried enough.
INTRANSIGENT has been a regular visitor to Chester and ran well in a Listed race there last time.
He returns to the Roodeye this weekend and looked razor sharp in his winding-up breeze.
DANCE OF FIRE made a promising debut. Having obviously progressed from that, this well-regarded individual can be noted for a prominent showing in a maiden.
GUIDING LIGHT tackles the Goodwood nursery in which his form stamps him as a contender. He's looked good in his work since scoring on a second career start, and is learning all the time.