A field of nine go to post as the action at Goodwood comes to a close on Tuesday. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Hard Toffee won this race in 2016 off a pound higher mark and is obviously interesting on that basis. That said, OVERHAUGH STREET has been in great form of late for Ed de Giles and can gain a second win in three races for connections. He won at Brighton on his penultimate start comfortably before a good effort at today’s distance two weeks ago, brushing off a five pound rise. He is unexposed at the middle distances and off the same mark he looks very tough to beat here.
1 VICTOR’S BET – Won at the 1m 3f distance back in May, relishing the distance and the drop back to 1m 1f counted against him on his latest start at this venue, finishing seventh after plugging on late. This race should be much more to his liking and he has the services of the ever improving five pound claimer Megan Nicholls, which is another plus. He looks set for a big run and has to be respected.
2 HARD TOFFEE – Won this race in 2016 for Conrad Allen and he’s a pound lower on this occasion, receiving the perfect preparatory run at Yarmouth nine days ago. He was only beaten on the bob that day and he remains on the same mark, so there is no reason why he won’t go well again with Robert Tart taking the ride. Has to be respected as a big danger.
3 ARCHIMENTO – Joined the Philip Hide yard for his last two starts, finishing fourth on both occasions and not beaten far on either. His latest start at Lingfield was perhaps a slight backwards step when upped to this trip, but that was a muddling race. He is two pounds lower here and he would be entitled to be involved for placings if holding his form, so should be considered.
4 MAESTRO MAC – Made his debut for the Tom Clover yard on his latest start, showing improvment to just cling on at Yarmouth by a short-head. He has been raised just two pounds for that run and a similar performance would see him have definite each way claims under the in form Pat Cosgrave. Conditions will be fine and he’s another to consider in a field that is extremely competitive.
5 ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL – Losing run stretches back to July 2015 when he was with the Aidan O’Brien yard and he ran very poorly only on his latest start at Lingfield for Amanda Perrett. He was beaten a long way and weakened quite tamely, so it’s hard to be confident in him despite a three pound lower mark. The in form Pat Dobbs takes over the ride, however others are readily preferred on this occasion.
6 ART OF SWING – Placed off a three pound lower mark at Newbury in May when he was allowed to have things his own way, but he’s been very poor in two subsequent efforts. He was never better than midfield when brushed aside at Newbury on his latest start and he desperately needs to bounce back if he’s to feature for Gary Moore. That couldn’t be discounted and market support would be interesting, but caution is advised.
7 THE WAY YOU DANCE – Winner of the all weather and over hurdles for Neil Mulholland, yet he arrives here with a point to prove after some very poor efforts over hurdles of late. All his turf efforts on the flat have been less than convincing and he has a huge amount to prove under Robert Winston. Others have far more robust claims and he’s best watched on his first flat run for 164 days.
8 OVERHAUGH STREET – Lightly raced four-year-old who has been in great form the last twice for Ed de Giles, winning comfortably at Brighton on his penultimate start. He forged ahead in great style and a five pound rise did little to deter him as he was only beaten a length at the same venue over today’s trip. He remains unexposed at the middle distances and, with his mark unchanged from his latest run, he should take all the beating.
9 SOLVEIG’S SONG – Third in this race last season for Steve Woodman, but his 2017 form doesn’t suggest that a repeat of that effort is going to come. He failed to beat a rival on his latest start at Brighton, losing his place at the furlong pole and this race is tougher than that. He is only three pounds lower in the weights and others rate as much more solid propositions on this occasion.