Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out three selections for Day 4 at Glorious Goodwood.
The fitting of blinkers for the first time on board DUKE OF HAZZARD led to a career-best performance being put up at Newmarket and if the headgear has the same effect once more here, he could prove to be a tough nut to crack at the course where he broke his maiden last August. Paul Cole’s 3-year-old had caught the eye with how he travelled in the Jersey at Royal Ascot but the theme of his recent outings was a one-paced finish and that again came to the fore. Racing in the blinkers brought an end to that in no uncertain terms and you’d have to be confident that a repeat effort would be enough to land this.
BEAT LE BON has always been highly thought of by Richard Hannon and whilst it is a tough ask for a 3-year-old to compete against battle-hardened handicappers in a big field, the son of Wootton Bassett has a lot of likable qualities and the scope to improve on his first handicap run at a mile. Indeed, he arrives in cracking form having won his last two starts and the first of those came over 7f here when running out an impressive two-length winner. That proves his ability to handle this unique test and he has struck lucky again with the draw, being positioned down low in 3. All looks set for a very big run.
A tough field to assess with so many handicap debutants but COUNTRY could be worth backing for his powerful yard. The well-bred Dubawi gelding needed the experience on debut at Doncaster and has won both of his subsequent starts, including last time at Ripon when stepped up to 1m 2f for the first time. He had to work for that and would have learned plenty for getting into a more stern battle than was the case on his previous spin, so hopefully it has him primed for this first foray into a handicap. Wearing a set of cheekpieces can also aid his cause and James Doyle being reunited in the saddle is no negative!