Outback Boy, an Australian colt whose dam was a useful French winner, was well held on his debut at Ascot in June, but he showed a lot more with that outing under his belt at Haydock last time, leading over two furlongs out and plugging on after being passed by two promising prospects. The step up in trip, as well as the softer underfoot conditions, were also a factor in his improvement that day, and with this further test of stamina likely to be right up his street, he looks well placed to open his account.
Hortzadar has been shaping well of late and he duly proved better than ever at Ripon last time, reversing the form with Just Hiss and Hesslewood, who had finished ahead of him previously, and probably value for a little extra too, having to come from further back than ideal. He is a likeable type and seems sure to go well again.
The Lamplighter had been threatening to come good for a while and he duly justified strong support to get off the mark for the season at Kempton last time, taking advantage of an ideal race against some exposed rivals. That may only be ordinary form, but he has only gone up 1 lb as a result, so his follow-up claims appear to be bright.
A case can be made for the majority of these, but Bullfinch is the one open to most improvement, and he looks the one to side with in this listed event. Roger Charlton’s well-bred colt has quickly progressed into a smart sprinter, completing the hat-trick on his handicap debut at Kempton last time. There is plenty to like about the way he goes about things and, though this is a stiffer task, he appeals as the type to continue progressing for a while yet, so he gets the vote to take the step up in class in his stride.
Only three runners line up for this race but it remains a competitive affair, with the vote just going to Lancashire Oaks runner-up Makawee. Makawee had cracked by the end of the Park Hill at Doncaster last time, but she deserves extra credit for her performance, working to try to wear down the front runner before the action began to unfold on the opposite side. That reads as good form in the context of this race, and there are lots to like about her chances now returned to calmer waters.
The Met won twice from his three races last term, and though he hasn’t been able to follow that up yet this season, he did run with credit on his first two starts. He was below form at Sandown last time, but he did way too much in front on that occasion, particularly over a longer trip, and is likely in rather better form than the bare result implies. This is a trappy affair and, having been eased 3 lb in the weights as a result of his latest run, The Met is taken to bounce back in a first-time tongue tie.
Just Glamorous turned back the clock with a trademark performance from his heyday when landing the spoils at Sandown last month, soon having most of his rivals on the stretch and all of them seen off before he got to the furlong pole. He couldn’t follow that up at Ascot last time, but was far from disgraced in defeat, where front running there is much harder to pull off. Prominent racers are usually favoured at Goodwood, and with apprentice jockey Tyler Heard taking off a handy 3 lb, he gets the vote in a typically wide-open sprint handicap.
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