The Mandarin’s Goodwood Festival Racecard for Saturday 30th July

British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes 1.05
Loyal Touch
Mark Johnston is always one to keep on side at Goodwood, so we’ll go with Loyal Touch for the opener. The No Nay Never colt should come on for his debut under rules at Salisbury last month, and with Ryan Moore booked for the trip and lining up in stall 1, there’s plenty to like

Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap 1.40
Lethal Levi
He’s only once been out of the first three in sixteen starts, and things have really clicked in his last two outings at Newmarket, dominating from the front in those Class 2 events carrying some useful prize money for connections. Karl Burke’s gelding is fully out there after all that racing, but lining up in stall 3 should be on the premises once more

Coral Summer Handicap 2.10
Soapy Stevens
He arrives here on a hat-trick after wins at Chester and Newmarket this summer, and with the magic touch of Mark Johnston on this Goodwood track, has to be in pole position to win again. He’s drawn in stall 11, so Franny Norton will have to bide his time and wait for a clear passage, but there’s no safer pair of hands around here

Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 2) 2.45
Sea La Rosa (nap)
There’s a sense of excitement at the Somerfield Lodge yard about this Sea The Stars filly, and she’s shown this term that there’s more to come from her at this level. She landed the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock, and then finished a 2 length runner-up in the Lancashire Oaks back on that course, behind the smart Free Wind. This race doesn’t look the deepest renewal, so Sea La Rosa is the one to follow

Coral Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) 3.20
Inver Park (nb)
George Boughey’s Pivotal gelding has put in some good shifts this season, and was particularly impressive at Royal Ascot in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, getting in front of Ropey Guest and holding that rival off through the line. Ben Curtis is back in the saddle after guiding his charge home at Ascot, and Inver Park makes great each way appeal in his current mood

Medallia Handicap 3.55
Koy Koy
Another George Boughey inmate, and having moved out of Andrew Balding’s yard has wasted no time in notching up a win for his new trainer. Though he played up in the preliminaries, he still jot the job done under William Buick, and this time he’s got Ryan Moore to coax him home. Quite possible the change of scenery has brought him forward, and every chance of another win. Remains unexposed

Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Handicap 4.30
Rainbow Colours
She ran here on Tuesday, finishing runner-up to our next best, Crystal Caprice, so if none the worse for that race will look to go one better this time. She’s been in good form this summer, with wins at Ripon and Chepstow, and should see out this extra furlong. On a featherweight mark, and with Franny Norton on board to see her home, makes plenty of each way appeal

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