A field of eight go to post for the feature race of the day at Goodwood on Tuesday, a Class 2 handicap. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: A trappy looking race with Neola perhaps bringing the best form into the contest, but ready preference is for Richard Hannon’s CAMPION. She has been set some tough tasks at Listed level since her Bath Novice win and she clearly didn’t give her running when hanging at Chepstow on her latest start in the softer ground. She returns to better ground here and has the hood fitted, with a mark of 76 generous on the best of her form. Connections remain in great heart and she should take all the beating here, with Toomer another to consider from the Hannon yard for the forecast.
1 NEOLA – Has shown a very useful level of form for Mick Channon, finishing fifth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. However, her latest handicap start at Newmarket resulted in a disappointing sixth and she was never able to get into the race. She struggled in the Lowther on her latest start which can be forgiven and she now drops into handicaps, but more is needed off a mark of 89. Each way claims but she is likely to find at least one too good in this.
2 ARMUM – Broke her maiden at the second attempt when winning a Chester Auction Stakes in good style, though she hasn’t been seen since finishing a tailed off last in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She makes her handicap debut today for Ed Dunlop and a mark of 81 does demand further progress, with doubts about her after that latest blow out at Ascot. She couldn’t be ruled out entirely, but others make more appeal.
3 FAITHFUL PROMISE – One of the more exposed runners in the field who won a Class 4 Nursery at Catterick in July off a five pound lower mark, finding the step up to this class fine when second at Newmarket in August. She was found out in a very tough Nursery at York two weeks ago and she should find this less demanding, with her mark being unchanged. She is another each way player, but may find one of these too progressive.
4 GOLDEN SALUTE – Daughter of Acclamation who improved on a poor debut to win a maiden at Windsor on her second start, not needing to progress to win a weak looking Bath Novice race on her latest start. She made very heavy weather of that race though and she makes her handicap debut off a mark of 79, which demands more now that she’s pitched into a tough race. Hard to rule her out entirely, yet others do make more appeal.
5 CAMPION – Won a Novice race at Bath back in May and she’s been campaigned in some very tough races since by Richard Hannon, including at Listed level. She wasn’t beaten far by De Bruyne Horse back in June at Epsom and she clearly didn’t give her running when fifth at Chepstow on her latest start, hanging her chance away. She will be much happier upped to six furlongs and, with the hood fitted, she can take a well deserved second career victory under Tom Marquand.
6 TITCHY DIGITS – Two very poor efforts sandwich her career best, which came in a Glorious Goodwood maiden where she was fifth, although never any real threat to the winner. That effort is far better than her two others so it’s hard to trust the form, with this being her Nursery debut off a mark of 71. Difficult to rule her out entirely, but others do look more solid and she’s likely best watched.
7 TOOMER – Daughter of Iffraaj who showed promise on debut in a tough maiden, before having excuses in the mud at Goodwood on her second start. She was a non-stayer when fifth at Doncaster over the mile on her latest start and she is very interesting now dropped to six furlongs, with an opening mark of 70 not harsh on Nursery debut. Hollie Doyle takes off a further three pounds and she looks very interesting.
8 SHANIA SAYS – The only runner who arrives here on the back of a last time out victory, winning a Novice race at Wolverhampton in good style to make most. She is back into Nurseries off a mark of 69 which could be generous if she were to take another step forward in this contest. If given a soft lead she should be a tough horse to pass and shouldn’t be underestimated.