Morawij to Claim Molecomb Spoils

  • By: Man On The Spot
  • Last Updated: July 30 2012, 14:05 BST

14:00 Handicap

Morawij: Can win the Molecomb at Goodwood

The tough and consistent CAI SHEN makes most appeal. Recent solid runs behind higher rated rivals in pattern company, particularly a third to Asfare at Sandown last month, suggest he's improved but his handicap mark stays the same and Richard Hughes prefers him to stablemate King Torus. Luca Cumani is also doubly represented and will be hoping the rain stays away for the progressive Danadana, who has risen 8lb for his victory in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar. Stable companion Kirthill finished a close-up sixth at Ascot last time when just behind Retrieve and the latter has since come up short in Listed company though he'd beaten Kings Gambit before that. Frankie rides Retrieve rather than Start Right, who won a handicap at this meeting in 2010, while the hat-trick seeking Landaman makes more appeal than Don't Call Me and Las Verglas Star as all three step up in class.

14:35 bet365 Gordon Stakes

Michelangelo took another step forward when winning the Tattersalls Millions conditions race at Newmarket last month. With more to come on only his fourth start, the St Leger entry can reverse earlier form with Noble Mission over this longer trip. The latter found stablemate Thomas Chippendale too good in the King Edward at Royal Ascot last time but had finished ahead of the returning Farhaan in a Listed event before that. It would be no surprise if John Dunlop's charge reverses running today, however, but the vote goes to German raider GIROLAMO. Peter Schiergen's colt was beaten less than a length in the German Derby earlier this month and the winner, Pastorius, franked the form by following up in another Group 1 event last Sunday. He looks the one to beat on that form with lightly-raced Sandown winner Encke making most appeal of the remaining trio.

15:10 bet365 Lennox Stakes

Richard Hannon won this with Strong Suit last year and Paco Boy in 2008. Libranno isn't in that class and could only manage fourth in last year's renewal but he arrives in fine form. He made all to win the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket last time beating Edinburgh Knight and subsequent Listed winner Majestic Myles and is not easily overlooked. The latter finished behind Firebeam at Haydock back in May when Andrew Balding's charge was runner-up but both that pair and last month's Diomed Stakes third Mac Love have bit to find with CHACHAMAIDEE. She won the Group 3 Oak Tree over C&D at this meeting last season and after a big run over a mile at Royal Ascot last time can return to winning ways here. There's a chance today's trip could prove ideal for the only three-year-old runner, Foxtrot Romeo, as he raced prominently and gave a good account over a mile in both the Irish Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes last time.

15:45 bet365 Molecomb Stakes

Hototo was unable to follow-up his Windsor Castle victory in heavy ground at Newbury last time though he's still beaten Lyric Ace the last twice. He also had Dylanbaru and Bungle Inthejungle behind at Ascot and can go close back on a decent surface. Jadanna continues to improve with a third in the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket last time and Frankie stays loyal. She'd finished ahead of Satsuma at Royal Ascot before that but may find the progressive MORAWIJ too strong in this. Roger Varian's colt will need to step up on his latest victory in Listed company at Sandown but finished clear of the rest on that occasion and looks capable of doing so. Dominate looks his yard's second string and along with the remainder has plenty to find with the selection on today's terms.

16:15 Casino At bet365 E.B.F. Maiden Stakes

The Hannon team won this last year and Millers Wharf looks the strongest challenger of the yard's five runners today. He faded close home over 7f at Ascot last time and will appreciate the shorter trip. Stablemate Bold Prediction makes a quick reappearance after a head defeat at Salisbury on Saturday but Garswood looks a bigger threat after a promising debut third at York. However, NENGE MBOKO was beaten less than a length at Epsom last time when five lengths clear of the rest of the field and he can land this with Frankie taking over the reins and further progress expected. Saint Jerome and Huntsmans Close will have easier tasks than this in the future while African Oil's entry in the Champagne Stakes suggests he could prove best of the newcomers.

16:50 Poker At bet365 Handicap

Jack's Revenge was a progressive sort last season and carried on in the same vein this. Raised another 7lb for his latest win at Newmarket, a hat-trick looks a real possibility and he could end up fighting it out with another looking for a treble in JACOB CATS. The latter carries a penalty having won his last two starts at Sandown but won a shade cosily last week giving the impression there was more left in the tank. He's taken to come out best in this though Askaud could also have a say in proceedings judged on her latest second to Anderiego at York. Starwatch is another with claims on his best form along with Shamardley and Master Mylo. Stablemates Crown Counsel and Colour Guard have slipped down the weights of late and could also be thereabouts.

17:25 Mobile At bet365 Handicap

Silvanus has won his last two starts in similar company beating a subsequent winner at Pontefract last time but Fair Value is upped a grade having scored at Epsom last week. Cadeaux Pearl is another Epsom winner but that was back in April while Noverre To Go finished runner-up at Newmarket recently with Kingsgate Choice and R Woody behind. Cruise Tothelimit has won two of his last three starts including a convincing win at Haydock last time while Hamoody won this off a 5lb higher mark in 2010. The latter's stablemate FITZ FLYER is of more interest today, however, as this is a much easier task than he's faced so far this season and a repeat of last Saturday's close-up sixth to Barnet Fair at Ascot will see him go very close.