4.20pm Goodwood Tips & Betting Preview 26/05/2017

A field eight go to post for the fifth race of the day at Goodwood on Friday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: Winning on seasonal/handicap debut at Pontefract earlier this month, MELODIC MOTION has only been raised 4lb and looked value for more after getting up late on. She is clearly progressive and can give the in form Ralph Beckett team another winner at the expense of Monaco Rose, who is on the hat-trick.

1 ALLUMAGE – Broke her maiden at the second attempt when winning a Chelmsford maiden back in September 2015 and she built on that to finish sixth in listed race three weeks later. She returned from over a year off the track making her debut for the Sylvester Kirk at Kempton back in March, shaping as though she needed the run when a well beaten last. She drops 3lb in the handicap which will be a help and she retains potentially as a lightly raced five year old, so has to be considered.

2 JELLY MONGER– Hasn’t won on the flat since her debut in September 2014 and she hasn’t even managed to place in this discipline since either, signing off last season when well beaten at Windsor in August. Winning over hurdles towards the end of the summer, he returned to the flat when forth at Doncaster and although she wasn’t disgraced, she never looked likely to ply a roll in the finish. More is likely needed and although she’s been dropped 2lb in the handicap, others make far more appeal.

3 PACHARANA – Made it a four timer in handicaps when winning at Ffos Las three starts ago but was unable to make it five on the bounce when comprehensively put in her place by Cartwright at Pontefract. Off the same mark he was well beaten at Beverley on return in April and the handicapper has only dropped her a pound, though she was unsettled in the stalls on that run and likely needed it on balance. She isn’t one to underestimate and should play her hand, but the stable form of the Luca Cumani stable has to be of some concern as they’ve drawn 19 blanks in the past two weeks.

4 NOTICE – Showed very little in maidens and was clearly a handicap project as she sprung to life on handicap debut to win at Yarmouth in good style. She was raised 5lb as a result but brushed that side to take another victory over the same C&D, though it was by way of dead heat as she was joined on the post. She’s been raised 5lb as a result and does have to overcome a further 5lb rise, but she may well be up to it as she remains unexposed. David Simcock has his string in great order and with Jamie Spencer taking the ride, her claims are obvious.

5 COMEDY SCHOOL – Won two of her first three starts for Mark Johnston, winning a big field Nursery at York in October by three lengths and establishing herself a useful filly in the process. She was subsequently well beaten in listed company to round off the season and although a return to handicap company looked likely to spring a return to form, she never was involved when well beaten at Chelmsford back in April. She has been dropped two pounds and she should be better for the run, with the return to turf another plus point, though she does have something to prove now.

6 MONACO ROSE – Another in form contender, Richard Fahey’s four year old has won her last two runs, taking a Catterick handicap on her penultimate start relatively comfortably. Upped 4lb she was not deterred and once again careered away to a two length success at Doncaster, with the handicapper taking a dim view of it and raising her a further 5lb. She’s now up to a career high mark but is clearly on the upgrade and this versatile sort is likely to be involved once again despite the weights hike. Dougie Costello takes the ride and she’s one to take very seriously.

7 MELODIC MOTION – Slow burner for Ralph Beckett who showed little on debut but finished second in two subsequent maidens for Qatar Racing. She made her seasonal/handicap debut earlier this month at Pontefract when running down the long time leader in the dying strides and as a result she’s been raised 4lb. She remains unexposed at the middle distances and has the assistance of Oisin Murphy for today’s run which makes her very interesting as further improvement looks likely.

8 DARKROOM ANGEL – Made it two from two for the Philip Hide yard on her latest start when winning a Goodwood handicap earlier this month, coming home strongly late on to take a narrow victory and as a result she is up 6lb in the handicap. She shaped as though going up in trip would be a big help and Josie Gordon takes the ride today, so she’s another to consider in a very competitive contest as she should have more to offer.

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