WILLIAM BLIGH (3.45) is a strong fancy to lift the 7f nursery under top weight on day three at Goodwood.
Ralph Beckett’s colt made all the running and had more than three lengths to spare at Haydock 27 days ago. That emphatic victory came as no surprise as William Bligh previously had run Master Of The Seas close at Newmarket, with the winner coming out to dominate his rivals in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at HQ. Stall two is the perfect slot.
FANCY BLUE (3.15) can provide the Irish with Group 1 success in the Nassau Stakes. She edged out Alpine Blue and Peaceful in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly in early July and is just preferred to Nazeef, winner of her last six starts for John Gosden. Last year’s 20-1 winner Deirdre can draw on course form to run well once again.
MADEEH (9.00) is out again quickly under a penalty after scoring with consummate ease last week and should follow up at Musselburgh on Wednesday.
Phil Kirby’s colt had more than three lengths in hand of Firewater and Tapis Libre at Catterick and this extra furlong won’t be a problem. Air Force Amy has been dropped 3lb and should be involved along with habitual slow starter Zabeel Star and well-treated Sioux Frontier.
ECONOMIC CRISIS (5.30) has been a wonderful servant to owner Willie Burns and the old girl should go well from a perfect rails pitch in this Class 6 sprint. He ran his usual honest race when fifth to Gowanbuster (runs 6.30) over course and distance last time and this is easier.
REBEL SOLDIER BOY (7.30) is a recent Catterick winner and can overcome an awkward wide draw to confirm places with runner-up My Friend Stan. The money was shovelled on that day and Rebel Soldier Boy was sent off 10-11 favourite wearing cheek-pieces for the first time. Course and distance winner Alix James is worth a market check.