WE landed a lovely touch with TIMOSHENKO at 9-1 on day two of Glorious Goodwood.
The betting balance is looking as fit as a butcher’s dog, and I have two more strong fancies on Thursday.
The opening race on Thursday is as deep a handicap as you could hope to find.
It may look a puzzle at first glance, but FOX PREMIER (1.50 Goodwood) is fancied to emerge from the pack and gain a third win of the year.
He won a good race on the sand at Chelmsford on his first start of the year and followed up in brilliant fashion at Sandown two starts ago.
The well-bred son of Frankel hit top gear just over a furlong out and flew home to win in emphatic fashion under the champ Silvestre De Sousa.
The runner-up has since given the form some substance when landing a Listed race a couple of weeks ago, and he was sent off just 9-1 for the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot on the back of that success.
However, he hated the tacky, rain-softened ground and he didn’t appear to stay the 1m4f, but the return to 1m2f today is a big plus, he is well-drawn and ground conditions are much more suitable now.
In the feature race of the day, I’m all over MAQSAD (3.35 Goodwood).
The William Haggas-trained filly looked like Taghrooda Mk II when winning the Pretty Polly Stakes in a hack canter at Newmarket in May.
She was well-fancied for the Oaks following that victory, but she stopped quickly having travelled up strongly, eventually finishing eighth.
Thursday’s each-way fancies
Not only did she not stay the trip, Haggas was adamant that she wasn’t 100% right that day and she arrives here fresh from a mid-season break.
Ten furlongs is her trip, and I doubt any of the fillies in this race have as much natural speed as the daughter of Siyouni.
She has been pleasing her trainer at home and this has been a long-term aim, so she will be ready to peak today.