Oeil du Tigre – or Tiger’s Eye to me and you – is a type of gemstone that is believed to ward off the evil eye curse cast by a malevolent glare.
Personally, I like to attract such looks by playing Eye of the Tiger at full blast on my headphones when in crowded public spaces, just to make it look like I need constant help from Survivor to make it through the day. In contrast, Tony Carroll’s sprinter hasn’t needed much help of late, winning three of his five starts, all at Goodwood, and he can bounce back from a lesser effort at Lingfield last time in the Stewards’ Sprint at 13:50.
Timeform Verdict selection My Amigo, the dropping-in-trip Holiday Magic, and the in-form three-year-old Militia – who blew away his rivals from the front at Ayr last time – could prove to be the biggest dangers.
The Stewards’ Sprint is the consolation race for the Stewards’ Cup, which takes place nearly two hours later (15:40), and, with 28 runners, finding the winner is harder than having a lie-in after having kids.
However, George Bowen turned what looked a competitive handicap into a one-horse affair when striking at Hamilton recently, the second time he’s done that this season, and on that evidence he’s not far off the standard one would expect of a pattern-class sprinter.
Having won the race with her half-sister Dancing Star a couple of years ago, Foxtrot Lady could have her trainer Andrew and the Family Balding singing ‘It’s a family affair’, while recent Ascot winner Spring Loaded and Glenamoy Lad are also live dangers.
There’s a slight difference in house prices between Walton Street in Hull and Walton Street in Knightsbridge – indeed, Sheikh Mohammed might be able to expand his East Yorkshire property portfolio by two if his horse of the same name wins the second race on the card, a competitive handicap over a mile and three quarters at 14:25.
Walton Street was unlucky not to finish bit closer when third to Dash of Spice in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, going well when slightly short of room on the home turn, and he looks worth another try over this trip, having run well as a less-experienced horse over this C&D last season.
Mark Johnston, winner of the race for two of the last three years, again does his Goodwood impression of Robin Hood, with his five arrows including recent Northumberland Plate fourth Watersmeet.