WALIYAK showed improved form when second on her handicap debut in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, keeping on well to be beaten just a length and a quarter. She was arguably better than the bare result, too, given that she raced on the opposite flank to the winner. That form sets the standard here on weight-adjusting ratings, and, with further improvement on the cards now up in trip, she is fancied to go one better for the in-form Roger Varian yard.
SUMMER MOON ran a cracker on his reappearance to finish third in the Ascot Stakes, refusing to settle and sticking to his task well under the circumstances to go down by a little over a length. He clearly relished the extra emphasis on stamina and is taken to bounce back from a below-par effort at Sandown last time, where he possibly found the run coming too soon.
WIN O’CLOCK took another step forward to resume winning ways at Leicester three weeks ago, staying on strongly to lead in the final 50 yards (well on top at the finish). A 4 lb higher mark makes life tougher here, but he should have even more to offer now stepping back up to a mile and a half, so will it be disappointing if he can’t mount a bold follow-up bid.
SIGNIFICANTLY has filled the runner-up spot in each of his three starts to date, notably going down by just half a length in a listed race at Sandown last time. He shaped like the best horse on that occasion, moving smoothly into contention and only being picked off close home by one who came from further back. He will be suited by the extra emphasis on speed here – one of the fastest five-furlong tracks in the country – and can take the step up in grade in his stride to get off the mark.
KAMEKO leads the way on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings for the Sussex Stakes, with his success in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket appealing as comfortably the strongest form in the race. It is certainly better than what Siskin achieved in winning the Irish equivalent at the Curragh, while older horses Circus Maximus and Mohaather also face a tough task in trying to concede 8 lb to Kameko, who is fancied to confirm himself a high-class miler after failing to stay when only fourth in the Derby at Epsom last time.
SPRIGHT made the most of a good opportunity to open her account at York 10 days ago, making all the running to win easily by five and a half lengths. This represents another step up the ladder, but the early speed she has shown will stand here in good stead at this track, likely to prove tough to peg back if getting an easy time of things at the head of affairs.
SOCIETY LION took a big step forward and shaped well when second at Doncaster last time, impressing most with his change of pace to come from last to first, ultimately finding a similarly progressive sort just too strong. That form sets the standard here on weight-adjusted ratings, even with a 5 lb higher mark taken into account, and it will take a good one to beat him with further improvement not out of the question.
Timeform’s tips for day 2 of Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday
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