Saturday saw the culmination of Glorious Goodwood, with Mark Johnston following Wednesday’s double with a further two winners on the fifth and final day, and bigger and better things expected for both Dex ex Bee and Solider in Action.
The former made a winning debut in a 7f Maiden that Johnston has historically done well with, including subsequent group winners Steeler (2012) and Jukebox Jury (2008) respectively. He is likely to tackle pattern class company on his next start whilst Soldier in Action, the opening leg of a double for jockey Silvestre de Sousa, is 25/1 with BetVictor for Ebor success later in the month at York’s feature meeting.
The forecast good-to-soft ground could catch plenty of inexperienced horses out at Salisbury but I’m confident Antagonist (2.30) will relish conditions in the 7f Maiden under Kieran Shoemark. Roger Charlton’s well-bred colt is a half-brother to connections’ smart middle-distance performer Almodovar and with the yard in good form is a confident selection to make a winning debut for owner-breeder Bjorn Nielson.
Another well-bred sort fancied to shed the maiden tag is Sir Michael Stoute’s Shamardal filly Awfaa (3.30) expected to make it third time lucky under Jim Crowley. She was far from disgraced when bumping into a well-backed favourite of Godolphin’s on her seasonal debut at Newmarket. With the cobwebs blown away, she is unopposable in what looks on paper a very weak renewal.
Ed Walker’s filly Di Alta (5.00) got a good ride from Thomas Brown to do column readers a favour last time out, and must go close from just a 4lb rise at the weights. The daughter of High Chaparral relished the cut in the ground last week at Windsor and is likely to get a soft lead in her attempt to make all the running once more.
At Ripon, Holmeswood (5.15) can defy a 5lb rise at the weights to land the concluding handicap over the minimum trip. Michael Dods’ progressive sprinter is another that did column readers a favour last time out, landing a gamble up at Ayr, and appears well-placed to concede weight all round under regular partner Paul Mulrennan.
Carlisle’s card this evening is exclusively for Lady Riders and Silvery Moon (7.30) looks to have been well-placed to get his head back in front for father and son Tim and Emily Easterby. The evergreen 10yo hinted at a revival two starts back when fourth over course and distance in the Carlisle Bell and must make the frame from a 2lb lower mark.
Stormin Tom (8.00) can complete a quick-fire double for the Easterby yard in the 2m Handicap under Rachel Richardson. The selection has improved for the step up in trip this season, and has been unlucky to bump into one on his last two starts over the marathon trip at first Doncaster, then Musselburgh. From an unrevised mark of 70, he is a confident selection to reward each-way support at 4/1 with BetVictor.
Ballydoyle’s stoutly-bred colt Nelson (2.25) made eye-catching late progress on last month’s debut at Leopardstown and must go close in the opening 7f Maiden. The beautifully-bred colt is a Frankel half-brother to connections’ Derby runner-up US Army Ranger and looked badly need in experience when sixth on debut behind stablemate Delano Roosevelt two weeks ago. He is entitled to progress further and looks a fascinating prospect for connections heading into next year’s 3yo campaign.
Ballydoyle stablemate Dali (3.25) has conditions in his favour to bounce back from his disappointing effort when last seen finishing last of seven at in listed company back in May. The son of Scat Daddy will relish this afternoon’s forecast good-to-firm ground and can better stablemate Fleet Review.