Goodwood 2.30 – Observational
This 3 year old son of Galileo, trained by Roger Charlton, steps up in grade here to tackle this Group 3 Richards Stakes, however he has shown plenty of potential on his 3 starts to date and improved from run to run, so I am confident he can take this rise in grade in his stride.
He only had one run during his 2 year old campaign, where he finished an excellent 2nd to the now 97 rated Chatez, beaten just a neck. He made his seasonal reappearance in a valuable Newmarket sales race, delivering on all his promise from debut to again go down by the narrowest of margins. Although this didn’t appear to be the strongest event, the way he travelled in to the race was eyecatching, and he just looked to be lacking some fitness on his first run back. He travelled very powerfully this day, and gave the impression there was still plenty more to come from him.
He improved again to land a Goodwood Listed event last time and break his maiden tag at the 3rd attempt. Although this wasn’t the strongest Listed contest, it was still a useful event. He was always prominent, and although a few furlongs out he looked to be slightly outpaced and got done for speed, he stayed on strongly to rally and win by a neck. The extra furlong here should suit him perfectly based on this, and the 2nd has done no harm for the form since, finishing a good 3rd in another Listed event.
I don’t think he looked fully effective on the soft ground that day either, and this smooth traveller should be much more suited to a decent surface. Although he will have to improve again to land this, I am confident he will be able to do just that up in trip and on a forecast better surface, he can land this before going on to better things during his 3 year old campaign.
Goodwood 3.40 – Dr No
This 2 year old son of Aussie Wells, trained by Richard Hannon, comes here on the back of an excellent run in the ultra competitive Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. Previous to this, he recorded a ready success in a strong maiden at Nottingham, and up in trip which looks like it should really suit him, I believe he can get back to winning ways in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes here.
He made his debut back in April, and plenty was clearly expected of him that day as he was sent off the 13/8 favourite on debut. He was slightly disappointing however, and he eventually finished 5th of 7. Next time out, not much was expected as this was a strong maiden, one of the strongest ran at the time. There was a short priced favourite in the race as well as some very interesting newcomers, yet he disposed of them with relative ease, in the style of a very good race. There was no fluke about this victory, and this is backed up with the 2nd and 3rd and 7th subsequently coming out and winning since, whilst the latter runs in the Molecomb on Tuesday.
He was strong at the finish this day, and I thought he would run a respectable race in the Coventry without troubling the leaders. He ran better than I expected, finishing 7th, only beaten 3 lengths. He was in mid division throughout, and although making headway he was never able to land a blow. He appeared to not quite have the pace to go with the leaders, which indicates a step up to 7 furlongs could really suit him.
Although the short priced Aiden O’Brien horse should be very tough to beat, the selection should have tonnes of improvement to come now upped to 7 furlong, and I fancy him to run a big race here in a race his trainer has an excellent record in.