Rory Delargy is backing Audarya to beat Zeyaadah in today's Group One Nassau Stakes at Goodwood - check out the latest Punting Pointers advice.
1pt win Patient Dream in 1.50 Goodwood at 5/1 (Hills, Unibet, bet365)
2pts win Audarya in 3.35 Goodwood at 9/4 (Paddy Power, Betfair, Unibet)
1pt exacta Audarya to beat Zeyaadah in 3.35 Goodwood
The meeting starts with the Unibet Kincsem Handicap, a nod to the unbeaten Hungarian mare who numbered the Goodwood Cup among her 57 wins (note to Heinz - you’ve missed a trick here).
Like most of the handicaps at Goodwood, it looks open enough, but clear preference is for PATIENT DREAM who has won two of his last three in handicaps and has shown his ability to cope with dead ground and an undulating track in that spell.
He won only narrowly on his most recent start at Windsor, but seemed to do so with a degree of comfort, and while he’s gone up 3lb for that success, he has Ray Dawson’s valuable claim to offset that.
I’m not a fan of that argument when talking about claimers in general, but Dawson is stealing 3lb at present and that makes Patient Dream look of particular interest given his record, and indeed the recent record of Ralph Beckett, who landed a double on the opening day of the meeting.
The Nassau Stakes looks there for the taking for the likeable AUDARYA, as she’s got pretty much everything in her favour, including the ground, and her latest second to Love in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes was arguably a career-best effort.
Lady Bowthorpe looks the obvious danger after some excellent efforts this season, but she’s got to prove herself at this trip and on soft ground, and I don’t think the nature of small-field races at Goodwood will suit her as well as some of the races she’s been in this season.
Aidan O’Brien is having a poor summer in Britain, and I think his pair have a bit to find, so it’s Zeyaadah that might be the one to chase the favourite home.
Her defeat of Mystery Angel on heavy ground in the Montrose Stakes at Newmarket last back-end reads well and bar a blowout in the Oaks (for which she went off well fancied) she is going the right way this season.
It was only a narrow defeat of Technique at Newcastle last time but she was nicely on top at the finish and gave the impression there was plenty left in the tank to call upon. With the yard in great form, she can give the coffers a boost by completing the exacta.
Babytaggle is a 10-y-o who can boast a big fat zero wins from 28 starts, but that’s not telling you the full story, as a recent switch of yard seems to have perked him up a bit, and he’s been found a suitable opportunity today.
He’s been runner-up on his last two starts and although beaten 23 lengths on each occasion, has come up against two opponents who were either well in front of their mark (in the case of Franz Klammer) or improved after an absence and a change of tactics (the frustrating Royal Ruby). There’s nothing like that in here, and he’s actually 4lb lower than his run here last week.
He’s been travelling on the front end with a lot more gusto and as a result his jumping has improved too, and if he can repeat either of his last couple of efforts, he could finally shed that maiden tag.
Mariners Moon wouldn’t be one for your last fiver by any means, but he’s come back from a long absence this summer and improved plenty on his first start when a close sixth over this C&D last time out despite still seeming short of peak fitness.
A couple of these finished in front of him that day, but he’ll strip fitter now and he is worth consideration at double-figure odds.
Published at 0920 BST on 29/07/21
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