Frontispiece can gain an outright success at Goodwood on Sunday, according to Anita Chambers. She previews the action.
NAP: Frontispiece (4.50 Goodwood)
Next Best: Harmonise (2.00 Goodwood)
Frontispiece had to share the honours last time out, but he can gain an outright success in the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group Handicap on his return to the Sussex track.
Amanda Perrett's five-year-old dead-heated with Emenem at Newbury in August, trying to make every yard of the running over an extended mile and five furlongs.
He was actually headed at one stage in the final furlong that day, but he dug deep to get back on terms on the line and Perrett has seemingly given him a nice break to recover from those exertions.
The handicapper has also been limited to just a 2lb rise for that victory which keeps on a mark of 87 - just a touch lower than his highest point last year.
Dropping back in trip here on ground that should have plenty of give, Frontispiece looks the solution to a competitive heat.
Triggered has not won in over a year now but cannot be ruled out of the Ssafa Sussex Tri-Service Charity Handicap.
He hit the mark twice last August for Ed Walker and was viewed as good enough to tackle Listed company in France.
While he fell short of those hopes, he has not performed too badly in what has been a relatively limited number of outings so far this term.
After finishing down the field in a hot event at York in June, Walker opted to take a pull and Triggered was not seen again until his third at Thirsk last month over five furlongs.
That was possibly a bit sharp for him, so back up to six on this occasion, he might shape with more promise.
Harmonise has been in good form on the level this summer and can strike gold in the Alderbrook Handicap.
She triumphed at Windsor and Leicester in August, triumphing on the latter occasion despite getting involved in a bit of a barging match in the closing stages.
Harmonise could not make her presence similarly felt over hurdles at Plumpton last month, with jumping errors clearly costing her dearly when push came to shove.
She remains on a competitive Flat mark and regular National Hunt partner Marc Goldstein has the chance to ride on the level in this jump jockeys' race.
Barossa Red, meanwhile, is worth waiting for in the concluding Good Luck Alex Handicap.
Testing conditions are very much to the liking of the consistent Andrew Balding-trained gelding, who struck on heavy ground at Haydock in August and lost little in defeat at the Merseyside venue last time out off a 6lb-higher mark, when drawn wider than ideal.
Al Dancer turns out for the first time since his Supreme Novices' Hurdle disappointment, as he makes his chasing bow at Newton Abbot.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' runner was unbeaten in his first four starts over the smaller obstacles, including the rearranged Betfair Hurdle at Ascot in February when he triumphed by nearly four lengths with hardly any pressure exerted.
Despite being among the market leaders, it did not happen for him at Cheltenham, for whatever reason, and connections have clearly decided to waste no more time in cracking on over fences.
Al Dancer duly lines up in the Follow At willhillracing On Twitter Novices' Chase and Twiston-Davies has made no secret of the fact he views him as the type to go on again over the larger obstacles.
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CURRAGH: 1.35 Grizzly, 2.05 Silver Spear, 2.40 Fancy Blue, 3.15 Romantic Proposal, 3.50 Cyrus Dallin, 4.25 Nessun Dorma, 5.00 Njord, 5.35 Pulse Of Shanghai.
GOODWOOD: 2.00 Harmonise, 2.30 Simply Silca, 3.05 Sir Oliver, 3.40 Triggered, 4.15 Notation, 4.50 FRONTISPIECE (NAP), 5.25 Barossa Red.
LIMERICK: 1.45 Fast Buck, 2.15 Ocean Voyage, 2.50 In A Pinch, 3.25 Ozzie's Way, 4.00 Dinons, 4.35 Spider Web, 5.10 Cracking Smart.
DOUBLE: Frontispiece and Harmonise.