Drive into this 5/1 shot to make the weight allowance count at HQ

ITV racing's top judge gives us six of the best for Saturday's TV action where First Drive catches his eye at Newmarket

Jason Weaver 1900


The curtain comes down on the five-day Festival  so let’s try to sign off with a bang at Goodwood and a couple of cheeky punts at Newmarket.

Manshood. Goodwood 1.50pm

Looks another typical sprint type that trainer Paul Midgley excels with. A very smooth winner over 6f at Hamilton last time under similar conditions should see him handle the ground here no problem. We have a hot rider in Andrea Atzeni booked who racked up the four timer on the opening day of glorious Goodwood. It could pay to stick with the high numbers in this sprint and we’re drawn 21.

Isabel De Urbina, Newmarket 2.05pm 

Was beaten into second by God Given on her last start on soft ground at Newmarket  -so should have no problem with the underfoot conditions.  She won her maiden, was a close second in a Listed contest before being thrown in at the deep end against Enable in the Epsom Oaks where she finished sixth. She’s been well placed here with the three-year-old allowance and should take a bit of beating.


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 Saigon City, Goodwood 2.25pm 

Staying is going to be the name of the game on holding ground and Declan Carroll’s runner showed plenty of tenacity to win last time over this 1m 6f distance.  He’ll have no problems with the underfoot conditions and he’s going to be a major player in the staying division later on in the season.

First Drive, Newmarket 2.40pm

Looks to have been handed a very lenient mark of 76 for her nursery debut. This means that the Queen’s runner carries 8st 5lbs and Josephine Gordon is on board in what looks a very winnable contest, The top weight Neola has been racing against the best of the juvenile fillies so far but has to give us 16lbs. That may prove a little too much.

Crystal Ocean, Goodwood, 3pm

Has a little bit to find strictly on official ratings, but his form behind Permian at York and Royal Ascot is very strong. He showed a liking for ground with a bit of ease at York and could be a big improver on only his fifth start for the top outfit of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore.

Sir Dancealot, Goodwood, 3.35pm

David Elsworth’s runner nearly did as a favour in the Bunbury Cup at 16/1 last time and drops back to 6f. That won’t hinder his chances. Strictly on official ratings he’s still well in at the weights and when I spoke to his trainer earlier in the week, he was very confident of a huge run again. Top jock Ryan Moore stays loyal to him.




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