The Mandarin’s Goodwood Festival Racecard for Friday 29th July

Coral Goodwood Handicap 1.50
Second in this race last year, and his fifth of six last time at Newbury was a far better run than it looks on bare paper. There wasn’t much between the first five in that Class 2 handicap, and there’s every chance that this extreme trip will suit the Cesarewitch winner of 2017. Reshoun looks a good opponent, but Roger Charlton has his string in fine order so we’ll back Withhold at a generous each way price

Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) 2.25
William Knight’s Fast Company colt looked a touch out of depth in the 2,000 Guineas, but it’s quite possible that this course will suit him better. With main market rival Bayside Boy on a bit of a recovery mission after a midfield finish in the red hot St James’s Palace Stakes, at Royal Ascot, Checkandchallenge looks one going the right way and gets the nod. The two principals are next to each other in stalls 5 & 6, and that’s where the battle lines are drawn – fascinating

Coral Golden Mile Handicap 3.00
Noble Dynasty (nap)
The priciest yearling in Europe, this half-brother to Barney Roy looks ahead of his handicap mark of 94 here. He’s returned from being gelded, and would seem to have gone on for that, impressively winning at Newmarket, and remains totally unexposed after just six career starts. Noble Dynasty is quite likely a Group horse running in handicap company and lines up in stall 3 just to add to the appeal

King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) 3.35
Raasel (nb)
He’s nine from twelve on turf, and that includes two course and distance wins here, so coming out of stall 3 there’s every chance of making it a hat-trick on the South Downs. He’s drawn next to Mitbaahy, who only lost out by a neck to the selection when they clashed at Sandown Park in the Coral Charge, so that’s where the pace will be on this speedy track

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3) 4.10
Fancy Man
Last seen running a fine fifth in the red hot Old Newton Cup Handicap at Haydock Park, where he had to shoulder top weight and pick his way through a big field. He has done most of his work on the all-weather since last summer, but is equally effective on turf. Capable at this level, and holds solid each way claims at the least

Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Nursery 4.45
California Gem
George Boughey does exceptionally well with his two year olds, so the hat-trick seeking California Gem makes plenty of appeal. She ran well at Ripon under Franny Norton, always doing enough, but at Beverley next time out impressed even more under Rowan Scott. Rossa Ryan takes up the reins here in search of the three-timer and California Gem has as good a chance as any

Oliver Brown Handicap 5.20
Caius Chorister
On the up and up in some lower grade handicaps, but no doubting her tenacity, and she lines up here on a five-timer. Her debut run was on this track, where she never really figured, but after a spell on the all-weather the return to turf seems to have brought her forward. Go close

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