The Mandarin’s Goodwood Racecard for Saturday 28th August 2021

tote Placepot First Bet Of The Day EBF Fillies’ Restricted Novice Stakes 1.15
She ran well enough on debut at Bath behind a well fancied Michael Bell runner but made further progress when winning back at that venue next time out. That racing experience should stand her in good stead for this novice stakes and she’ll attract plenty of support

tote Prestige Stakes (Group 3) 1.50
Wilderness Girl
A chance is taken on recent Goodwood winner, Wilderness Girl, who looks ready for crack at this level. She impressed when storming clear in the final furlong during the Glorious Goodwod Festival, and might well have more to come. The excellent Cieren Fallon on the reins only adds to the appeal, solid each way claims at the least

tote Quadpot Starts Here Handicap 2.25
Aratus (nap)
Clive Cox’s Free Eagle colt is one going the right way after wins at Doncaster and Newbury this term. His last run suggested there’s plenty more to come, and there’s every reason to think that he’s not in the grip of the handicapper yet. Interesting.

tote March Stakes (Group 3) 3.00
It may pay to side with Roger Varian’s gelding who is gaining quite a reputation this year with three wins from five starts, and deserves to line up in this company after taking the honours here last time out at the Festival. He’s running on a quicker surface here but has not reached his ceiling yet, big chance

tote Celebration Mile (Group 2) 3.35
Benbatl (nb)
The class act of this race, the globetrotting Benbatl, should prove hard to beat here if fully tuned up for his seasonal reappearance, having not been trackside since last September. However, he runs well fresh, and in the hands of champion elect jockey, Oisin Murphy, a big run is expected Handicap 4.10
General Lee
It took a while, but Paul and Oliver Cole’s Lope De Vega colt got off the mark at the seventh attempt, when winning at Windsor on good to firm ground. This is clearly the preferred going for him and he’s taken to go one better than when last here in May

Access Tomorrows Placepots Early At Handicap 4.45
James Ferguson holds the key to this race with Snowalot, who collected the pot at Salisbury two runs back and might have arrived here seeking a hat-trick but for finding himself no clear passage at Sandown last time out despite being nearest at the finish. This Camelot gelding should have the stamina to get back to winning ways in this moderate contest so gets the nod

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