Bal Mal defied plenty of market unease to bring up the four-timer at Chepstow last time, his change of pace the deciding factor in a race of fine margins. He steps up in grade here but should have still more to offer, and a 6lb penalty may not be enough to stop him going in again.
Magnetised looked very promising when making a winning debut at Doncaster last October, and he duly improved on that when a close second in a strong Thirsk novice on his return to action earlier this month. That form has since received a boost with the third home subsequently going close in a York handicap on Sunday, and with improvement anticipated, there is every chance that Magnetised’s opening mark could underestimate him.
A winner at Yarmouth on debut, Yazaman has since found only Tactical – one of the best two-year-olds seen out so far this season – too good on both of his subsequent appearances, finishing second to Andrew Balding’s colt in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and more recently in the July Stakes at Newmarket. Yazaman looked better for the step up to six furlongs last time, still no match for the winner but pulling nicely clear of the remainder. He’s an athletic sort and is likely to have yet more to offer.
Al Aasy took advantage of a step back in grade to open his account against some motely opposition at Newmarket last month, and he showed further improvement to run out quite an authoritative winner of the Bahrain Trophy at the same venue recently, value for extra too after overcoming the run of the race. He is up against some talented opposition here but is taken to defy a penalty and continue his progress, with the St-Leger his long-term goal.
Fancy Blue, who was unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile, met with her first defeat when edged out by Peaceful in the Irish 1000 Guineas on her reappearance, though she emerged with her reputation enhanced, and she quickly bounced back to winning ways when landing the Prix de Diane at Chantilly earlier this month, proving suited by the step up in trip. She is a hugely progressive filly who remains open to further improvement and is taken to get the better of Nazreef, who arrives here on a six-race winning streak.
William Bligh left his debut form well behind when chasing home subsequent Group 2 winner Master Of The Seas at Newmarket last month, and he showed improved form to get off the mark in good style at Haydock on his most recent outing, putting his experience to good use. He appeals as the type to go on progressing and he looks a major player on his nursery debut.
Teodolina was easy to back on debut but she showed a fair bit of ability despite being initially held back by inexperience. She kept on well once the penny dropped, an effort backed up by the clock, and with improvement surely forthcoming, she looks siding with for a yard who appear to have their juveniles in good nick at present.
Winter Power built on her previous promise when a most impressive winner of a Redcar nursery on Monday, possibly going down as one of the biggest handicap blots of the year, drawing clear on the bridle from two furlongs out to win with plenty in hand. This is obviously a much tougher assignment, but she is clearly well ahead of her mark and is impossible to oppose under a 6 lb penalty.
Timeform’s tips for day 3 of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday
13:10 – Bal Mal
13:45 – Magnetised
14:15 – Yazaman
14:45 – Al Aasy
15:15 – Fancy Blue
15:45 – William Bligh
16:20 – Teodolina
16:55 – Winter Power
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