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WITH the ground drying out all the time we should have perfect racing conditions for the final day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting where the big betting race of the week, the Steward’s Cup is set to be run at 3.40.
You could easily select half a dozen entries in this six-furlong cavalry charge and not get a single one of them hitting the frame, especially as this year’s race has plenty of strength in depth in it.
But I think that the value lies with the Kevin Ryan-trained BIELSA who has suddenly found his form this year and with no guaranteed sting in the ground looks the outstanding value in the race dropping back down to six furlongs after failing to see out seven last time out.
After five below par runs in 2020, this still relatively lightly raced six-year-old has shown all of his old sparkle this year with two seconds off 96 and 95 at Ayr and Haydock respectively.
He was far from disgraced behind Highfield Princess at Royal Ascot over seven furlongs last time out in the Buckingham Palace Stakes when finishing eighth, only giving way inside the distance.
He remains fairly weighted on his best form and a fast run and downhill six furlongs looks right up his street. Of his rivals, I have the most regard for the four-year-old Great Ambassador who has been primed for this famous betting event by Ed Walker.
He had to be withdrawn from Royal Ascot because of the soft ground, so as long as the turf continues to dry out then this unexposed youngster looks sure to make his presence felt and looks well worth a back-up bet behind the selection.
The consolation event at 1.55 is, if anything, even more open that the feature race, but KIMIFIVE (nap), second in the big one last year has very solid claims off a mark of just 86 — Rhys Clutterbuck claims a very useful 5lbs.
His low draw in seven is a bit of an unknown, but at least he will be racing on fresh ground.
Bernardo O’Reilly is becoming very well weighted for trainer Richard Spencer and could be the one to have on the other side of the track in stall number 19.
He is 7lbs lower than for his last success, while the other one I fear at a price is Open Wide, only beaten five-and-a-half lengths in last year’s main event and now 9lbs lower with the highly promising Saffie Osborne taking 5lbs off the veteran’s back.
The Summer Handicap (2.30) over one-and-three-quarter miles is always a tough puzzle to solve, but the step up to this trip could be exactly what AADDEEY (nb) needs.
The Crisford-trained runner was badly outpaced over an extended 10 furlongs at York in the John Smith’s after running well in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot.
Set to race off the same rating here this step up in trip could be the making of him and he gets the nod over bottom-weight Prince Alex.
At Newmarket, the ground is highly likely to be on the fast side of good and that should suit the highly progressive CHIASMA.
John Gosden had nothing to shout about at Goodwood last week, but this daughter of Galileo should relish this stiff track and has the likes of Yesyes and course and distance winner Sayyida to beat in what looks a really good renewal of the Listed Chalice Stakes.
LAW OF ONE should be hard to beat in the 3.20, while I shall also be having an investment on MODERN NEWS in the seven furlong handicap due off at 3.55.
The last named has not seen a race track for 392 days, but can reverse Epsom form from last season with Twaasol on these slightly better terms having gone well fresh when winning on his seasonal debut.
At Doncaster, I think that FINEST SOUND is worth a play in their feature Cazoo Handicap at 3.30. The four-year-old has been a bit disappointing for connections, but this represents his easiest task for some time and he is taken to get the better of Harrovian and Good Birthday.
Finally, have a look at a couple at Hamilton Park in the evening where SHALADAR should finally open his account in the opener at 5.45 at the fourth time of asking and NATURAL VALUE can deny Euro Implosion another victory in the 11 furlong handicap at 8.20.
The latter has fallen to a very attractive mark of 69 and gets a full 9lbs from the in form top-weight.
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