13:50 Goodwood Wed 31 July 2019

  • Unibet Goodwood Handicap (Class 2)
  • 2m 4f 134y, Good
  • 19 Runners
  • Winner£31,125.002nd£9,320.003rd£4,660.004th£2,330.005th£1,165.006th£585.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 33.0sOff time:13:51:32
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2
69-7OR: 102
5/1

Brave effort when runner-up in the Northumberland Plate on return and not beaten far when second in 2018's Ascot Stakes over a similar trip to this. Given time to recover from his last run, may improve for the outing and he's a consistent sort.

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3
89-4OR: 99CD
4/1

Put up a huge effort when winning this race by 15L last year and freshened up for this following some respectable runs over hurdles in the spring. 17lb higher for this year's renewal but he's not one to rule out.

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4
58-12OR: 93C
14/1

Course winner last year and gained his first win since at York last time out. Only try at this sort of trip came in this year's Ascot Stakes where he possibly didn't stay; has stamina to prove here.

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5
78-11OR: 92C
16/1

Returned from more than two years off the track with a 16/1 win here last month and while he struggled to land a blow in the Queen Alexandra Stakes last time out when fifth of 11, he ran okay at the weights. More needed from revised mark.

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6
78-9OR: 90BF
16/1

Won a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las earlier this month and has run some fair races over marathon trips on the Flat, most notably when fourth in 2016's Cesarewitch. Would probably need a career best to land this though and others make more appeal.

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7
88-9OR: 90
17/2

Put up a respectable effort in a very testing Chester Cup and ran to a similar level when fourth in the Ascot Stakes last time out won by The Grand Visir. Only dropped 1lb for that and hard to see him reversing form.

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8
68-9OR: 90WS
33/1

Won a 1m7f French race at Maisons-Laffitte on soft ground towards the end of last season. Had wind surgery since his hurdle debut for this yard and opening Flat mark doesn't look in any way generous.

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9
78-4OR: 85
16/1

Gained a first win for this yard over hurdles last time out but his previous efforts on the Flat suggest the handicapper has his measure.

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10
48-1OR: 82
11/2

In fine form since the end of last year, winning five of his last 10 races and a 3lb rise for his York success last time out looks very lenient. Has stamina to prove at this new trip but looks very progressive and makes plenty of appeal.

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11
48-0OR: 81
22/1

Has four wins from his last 10 starts and while he disappointed last time when too keen at Kempton, he's the type to bounce straight back. Interesting runner if he can improve for the step up in trip.

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12
48-0OR: 81
9/1

Showed nothing as a juvenile but a typical progressive three-year-old for this yard last year. Yard arrive in excellent form and he may have improved again in the off season. Interesting runner up in trip.

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13
68-0OR: 81C
50/1

Course winner but struggling for form in four starts in 2019 and he looks opposable in a competitive heat here.

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14
58-0OR: 80BF
12/1

Sole win came in a handicap chase at Down Royal (2m4f). Not beaten far on his return to the Flat last time but the handicapper has had his say with a 7lb rise and this is a far tougher test.

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15
48-0OR: 80
25/1

Only has a 1m4f maiden success at Salisbury to his name to date but shaped like a return to form may be imminent at Haydock last time out. However, this is plenty tougher and he would need to improve markedly for the step up to this trip.

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16
48-0OR: 77
16/1

Gained a first win in six starts over a similar trip at Lingfield last time and she's well bred for a yard that do well with stayers but she has a tough task here from 4lb out of the handicap.

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17
48-0OR: 74
66/1

Sole win came on AW and while she's been running okay in defeat, most recently over 2m, she has plenty to find on form from out of the handicap.

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18
68-0OR: 73D
33/1

Rattled off a five-timer over staying trips on the Flat last year but handicapper has caught up with him on this year's evidence. May improve for the step up to this trip given he stays this far over hurdles but he will need to.

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19
48-0OR: 71
50/1

Just one win from 12 starts and while running okay in defeat in much lesser company than this of late, he has a very tough ask from a long way out of the handicap here.

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20
68-0OR: 71CD
50/1

Sole win in nine turf starts on the Flat came here at 2m but no signs he's going to be able to get competitive from way out of the handicap in a race of this depth.

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Non-Runners

1
The Grand Visir11
59-10OR: 105
T: Ian WilliamsJ: R Kingscote

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Lil Rockerfeller78-1311/4
T: N B KingJ: S De Sousa

Betting

Forecast

Lil Rockerfeller (4/1), Dubawi Fifty (5/1), True Destiny (11/2), Fun Mac (17/2), Timoshenko (9/1), The Grand Visir (10/1), Party Playboy (12/1), Mancini (14/1), The Cashel Man (16/1), Paddys Motorbike (16/1), Zubayr (16/1), Early Summer (16/1), Seinesational (22/1), Polish (25/1), Bailarico (33/1), Dounyapour (33/1), Cristal Spirit (50/1), Guns of Leros (50/1), Age Of Wisdom (50/1), Miss Latin (66/1)

Verdict

Some talented stayers put several runners out of the handicap but it still appears to be a hugely competitive renewal of this race. A very slight preference is for the unexposed stayer TRUE DESTINY who has been leniently dealt with by the handicapper for his last couple of starts and has untapped potential at this trip. Last year's winner Lil Rockerfeller is an obvious threat despite his revised handicap mark while Dubawi Fifty hardly knows how to run a bad race and produced another creditable effort when only narrowly denied in the Northumberland Plate last time out.
  1. True Destiny
  2. Lil Rockerfeller
  3. Dubawi Fifty

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