STYLEHUNTER (4.25) hasn’t been seen in public since finishing sixth in the 30-runner Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot but will take a deal of beating in the 1m 1f handicap at Goodwood.
John Gosden’s colt paid the penalty for an easy six lengths success at Lingfield over 1m 2f with a hefty 9lb rise but Rab Havlin should get a lovely tow into the race with habitual front-runner Easy Tiger in the line-up.
BLAKENEY POINT (3.40) should give a good account of himself in the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap on the final day at York. Roger Charlton’s gelding has had this as his big summer target and his fourth to classy Mirage Dancer in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood was the ideal stepping stone. First-time blinkers replace the usual cheek-pieces and Jamie Spencer comes in for the mount. Ante-post favourite Stratum has sneaked in at the bottom of the handicap and must go close for Willie Mullins.
MAKING MIRACLES (2.25) ran a belter over course and distance at the Dante fixture when pipped by stablemate Baghdad and has been running consistently well all season. Mark Johnston’s gelding ran third to Soto Sizzler and Corgi at Goodwood and previously never looked like getting caught over 1m 6f at Haydock when spread-eagling his rivals early in the straight. This is one of the toughest and most interesting handicaps of the week and if all 16 declared go to post Making Miracles looks a solid each-way option.
EXPERT EYE (3.00) is a worthy market leader in the Group 3 City of York Stakes. The Stoute-trained colt found Lightning Spear just too strong in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood but had earlier annihilated the opposition in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot over his specialist 7f trip.
Look Around, a daughter of the outstanding Kingman, came home unchallenged at Sandown in July and catches the eye at a biggish price in the Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. However, the Queen’s MAGNETIC CHARM (2.40) steps up in class after beating Winter Light in a fillies’ maiden at Newbury 18 days ago, with the runner-up scoring easily at Brighton earlier this week. She is open to more improvement.
With 20 runners declared for the 7f handicap it’s a bit of a minefield for punters but VALE OF KENT (3.15) runs the track so well he is a must for the shortlist. The in-form three-year-old finished first and second when stripped for action twice at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and stall four is a superb pitch for a free-running horse that likes to attack from the gate.
At Newmarket, HIGHLIGHT REEL (2.50) can supplement last Saturday’s impressive course and distance victory under today’s 5lb claimer Cameron Noble. Michael Bell’s three-year-old showed a smart turn of foot to pull readily clear of well-backed Bertog.
- Goodwood 4.25 – Stylehunter (xx)
- York 3.40 – Blakeney Point ew (7-1, 10bet)
- York 2.25 – Making Miracles ew (7-1, William Hill)
- York 3.00 – Expert Eye (13-8, Unibet)
- Goodwood 2.40 – Magnetic Charm (7-2, William Hill)
- Goodwood 3.15 – Vale Of Kent ew (12-1, Paddy Power)
- Newmarket 2.50 – Highlight Reel (xx)