Goodwood Festival Day 2

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I thought that HIGHLAND REEL would turn into a Derby horse this year, however he didn’t run in the race and then showed in Ireland last time out that he wouldn’t have been good enough to win it.

Watching the Irish Derby back did make me have some doubts about his stamina, however looking at it objectively he had The Oaks winner Qualify a head behind and Kilimanjaro just in front. Both of those horse are capable of staying twelve furlongs, even then on this track at this level he should be able to get away it. His second in the Group One Prix Du Jockey Club is the best form on offer in this race, by a long way.
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Back Highland Reel at 3.00 – [/symple_box]

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Solow should be winning this, I’ve seen him live twice this year and he was simply phenomenal in Dubai. He wasn’t as impressive at Royal Ascot and was helped by Able Friend not showing his true form, however he still won in good style. Toormore, a winner yesterday, was behind him along with Lockinge Stakes winner Night of Thunder.

Saying that though doesn’t make me want to back him on a speed track like Goodwood at 1.66. I very rarely back a horse each-way but this is a race that looks perfect for AROD to at least pick up some placeĀ  money and potentially win it if he gets an easy lead up front. Arod has been a revelation this season since dropping back to a mile and front running. He finished third, behind Night of Thunder and Toormore, in The Lockinge before going on to win a Group Three at Epsom and a Group Two at Ascot last time out.

The way this race should unfold will see Arod out the front being stalked by Night of Thunder, Solow will sit a little further back, when they get racing in the final two furlongs I do expect Solow to pick up and pass Arod in the final furlong however I’m not sure the others will be able to which makes it the perfect race for an each-way bet paying three places. If Solow doesn’t pick up like he usually does or the other jockey’s don’t concentrate on what is happening in front of them then we could very well see a situation like when Snow Sky won at Royal Ascot.

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Back Arod each-way at 9.00 – Betfair [/symple_box]

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KING OF ROOKS was so impressive when winning at Sandown, in a race where he had Buratino five lengths behind him and Steady Pace a further length back. Buratino went on to win The Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and looks a very exciting prospect for next season.

I can excuse King Of Rooks Royal Ascot run, he got into a battle for the lead with Log Out Island, which resulted in both of them being beaten by Waterloo Bridge. However a repeat of that run may be good enough here, but if he reproduces what he showed at Newbury and Sandown then he should be winning this comfortably.

He’s on my list of ‘bets of the week’ and with Washington DC now a Non-Runner I expected to see him at around the 1.73 (8/11) mark, not the 2.25 (5/4) currently available.

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Back King Of Rooks at 2.25 – [/symple_box]

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