Goodwood 1.50 – Boy in the Bar
Was well up to being competitive off marks well into the 90s under a year ago, and the handicapper has now cut him the world’s amount of slack. At a track he likes, and with Ryan Moore in the saddle, he looks highly likely to figure, particularly as his last run at York can be readily overlooked on account of the ground. Prior to that, he’d shown a fair measure of his old ability at Epsom.
Goodwood 2.25 – Melting Dew
This is a bit of a leap of faith as he steps up markedly in distance, but there’s no doubting Melting Dew has s stack of ability, judged on the time he posted when beating Alfarris (winner here on Tuesday) at Sandown. He looks a slightly lazy type who races behind the bridle and that, plus clues in his pedigree, suggest that he can take a major hand against some slightly dubious opposition.
Goodwood 3.00 – Dee Ex Bee
I suspect that there will be many keen to oppose the Derby runner-up, but I’m not in that camp. He’s not quite the top class horse I imagined he might be when he broke his maiden here last year, but he’s still extremely useful, tactically adaptable, handles the track well and is equipped to dictate this race.
Goodwood 3.35 – Tis Marvellous
It’s pretty easy to forget this horse won a Group 2 as a two-year-old and was a close up fourth to top notchers Blue Point and Harry Angel in pattern company last year. After a quiet 12 months, he’s really beginning to get the hang of it again, particularly based on his excellent and somewhat unexpected fourth in the Wokingham.