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RACING AT GOODWOOD HAS BEEN ABANDONED DUE TO RAIN
FLAMING SPEAR has dropped markedly in the weights but he has shaped well the last two outings and may be about to cash in on this reduced mark. Flaming Spear stopped the slide when finishing fourth over seven furlongs at Kempton last month and he built on that when a close-up third behind Quick Breath over the same course and distance last week. Flaming Spear made his effort from further back than the pair who beat him, and he can turn the tables on the penalised Quick Breath.
FOZZIE BEAR made a promising start to his career with a close-up third at Lingfield last month and he is entitled to improve for that experience. He will be the one to beat if taking his chance, though it’s worth noting he was also declared to run at Lingfield on Thursday evening. If Fozzie Bear is an absentee, that would leave the door open for River Pride. He improved on his debut effort when finishing runner-up at Doncaster, and he was unlucky to bump into a nice prospect on that occasion.
RUSHMORE has progressed well since going handicapping this season and he appreciated the step up in trip to a mile and a half when getting off the mark over course and distance earlier in the month. It may have been a four-runner race he won at Goodwood but he was up against some useful rivals and he was in control when edging left close home. A 3 lb rise is not severe and he could have a bit more to offer at this trip.
FLYIN’ SOLO beat a talented rival in Aaddeey when landing a mile-and-a-quarter handicap at Newbury in April and he produced an even better performance over a mile and a half at York last time, impressing with how readily he asserted after swooping into the lead. Flyin’ Solo won that in the style of a handicapper going places and a 9 lb rise in the weights may not be enough to stop such a progressive colt. He can complete the hat-trick.
FOUR ADAAY has been in fine form this season and made it three wins from five starts when landing a course-and-distance handicap last month. She travelled smoothly – as is often the case – and was always in command after being produced to lead around a furlong out. That form is working out well, as is the form of her previous win at Lingfield, and a 6 lb higher mark should not stop her launching another bold bid.
THOUSAND OAKS has plenty of stamina on the dam’s side of her pedigree and has shaped like a stayer on her two starts, so she should be suited by this step up to a mile and three-quarters. She has finished placed on both outings and the form of her third in a decent fillies’ novice at Haydock last time is just about the best on offer. This looks like a nice opportunity for her to get off the mark.
MARSABIT has looked well at home on this undulating course the last twice. He won here on his return in April, albeit fortuitously after the runner-up hung badly, but he then produced a better effort in defeat when third in a stronger contest over course and distance last month. He is on the same mark here, which is clearly a competitive rating, and he ought to give another good account.
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