The easy ground at Goodwood will play to the strengths of Harlequin Striker on Wednesday, according to Matt Brocklebank.
Sporting Life Daily Nap, September 26
- NAP: Harlequin Striker (4.40 Goodwood)
- Next Best: Elasia (4.10 Goodwood)
- Treble: Justatenner (4.50 Perth)
Dean Ivory looks to have been waiting for the ground to soften for HARLEQUIN STRIKER and the horse is well worth having on side as he returns from a 48-day break in Goodwood’s Birra Moretti Handicap.
Conditions look ideal – four of his six career wins have included the word ‘soft’ in the going description – as does the draw as he’ll break from stall five on his first run at Goodwood since making his debut at this course when fifth to Jungle Cat back in June 2014.
He’s been largely consistent over seven furlongs and a mile since then, generally winning from marks in the mid-70s before finding himself weighted up to the hilt when raised above 80.
After finding the quick summer ground dead against him he got back on track with a close third at Sandown when last seen in early-August (Good to Soft) and although raised 3lb for that, he’s still clearly well treated racing off 73 here.
Earlier on the same card, Alasia is given another chance to prove herself at a mile and three quarters in the TBA #Thisfillycan Fillies’ Handicap.
After two novice wins at a mile and a half on the all-weather, she came unstuck when raised to this distance and returned to turf at Newmarket but a muddling gallop in a small field didn’t help her on the July Course and although beaten at odds-on, she wasn’t disgraced in second.
Easier ground should suit the daughter of Nathaniel and they should go more of a clip in this valuable heat which will hopefully help eke out a bit more improvement as stamina is her strong suit on pedigree.
Tristan Davidson is no longer the best-kept secret in jumps racing but he’s still well worth following given the incredible strike-rate at which he’s operating and Justatenner can score again at Perth.
He appeared to be winning in spite of the tight turns at Cartmel earlier in the summer and was good value for his three-length victory at Perth earlier this month. He’s gone up another 10lb but the horse is thriving and he looks well worth a shot at the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Handicap Hurdle under Harry Reed, who gets on so well with him.
- Daily Nap record: -27.59pts
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