It’s a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show with the culmination of the York Ebor meeting yesterday and some fantastic performances at the Knavesmire.
It would be easy to trot out the obvious victories of Enable (didn’t win like a 1-4 shot), Battaash (beat a horse rated 9lbs inferior with his main rival running a stinker) and Japan last week, but I was seriously impressed by LOGICIAN making it a career record of four from four in the Great Voltigeur Stakes and in the process taking another massive step forward to the St Leger.
I was at Newbury when he won a handicap off a mark of 90, a race he was entitled to hack up in when you consider he went off at 1/5, but this was a step up by fully 13lbs on my private ratings and I think there is loads more to come again.
A rangy, gangling immature baby, not only did he run green throughout the final quarter-mile, after travelling very strongly, but the further he went the stronger he galloped and the extra yardage in the final classic of the season will be right up his street.
He will be more streetwise again next time and with possible rivals for the final classic dropping out left, right and centre I wouldn’t be surprised to see this huge striding grey take another humongous step forward and go off at somewhere near 6/4 market leader at Donny.
I will be smelling the sweet taste of the countryside air at Goodwood on Sunday and have my eye on a couple of players to boost the piggy bank for my impending extension at Jacobs’ Towers.
JUMPING JACK will be partnered by the best amateur rider in the level in Simon Walker and should take a huge amount of beating in the 3.35pm. Forget his run last time out at Epsom as the field ambled along for most of the journey. He needs an end to end gallop to fire at and will almost certainly get that here. From a cracking handicap mark he looks the best each-way bet on the card and I shall be looking to grab a nice slice of anything in the region of 7/1.
The Group Three Supreme Stakes at 4.10pm looks a cracking renewal with the old boy Limato trying to give weight away all-round. I suggested to Roger Charlton that MOMKIN should run in the Lennox Stakes and was greeted by a long pause and a very strong ‘no’, yet now he is running in this very similar contest.
The key to this three-year-old is hiding him in the pack for as long as possible and unleashing him late on perhaps finding a bit of trouble on the way which seems to suit him.
I’m not sure that six furlongs was WIFF WAFF’S trip last time out and the drop to the minimum distance is going to be so much better for this four-year-old at 5.20pm. Down to a mark of 63, he could be worth a significant each-way play.
STAR ASCENDING drops down to the bottom grade at Beverley in the 3.50pm and I think the booking of Joe Fanning by Jennie Candlish is significant. The seven-year-old has been running over a mile and a half of late, but an end to end gallop over this stiff 10 furlongs could be his optimum set-up. A winner off a mark of 70 on the all-weather in May, he is rated considerably lower on the turf, but on top of the ground he has every right to be in the mix at a double-figure price here.
Goodwood 3.35pm – Jumping Jack @ 4/1
Goodwood 4.10pm – Momkin @ 6/1
Goodwood 5.20pm – Wiff Waff @ 33/1
Beverley 3.50pm – Star Ascending @ 7/1
*All odds correct at time of posting