2.30 Glorious Goodwood
Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3YO only)
Advice: 2 pts each/way Scotland (8/1 general)
Cloudscape: Season opening win from Windshear has worked out very well and bounced back from disappointment next time in fine style with solid handicap second and should’ve finished closer to Cannock Chase in 1m2f Group 3 at Royal Ascot last time; This trip could suit him more and has to be considered.
Observational: Only the three runs, once of them when winning here in Cocked Hat Stakes; That form not working out half badly with the runner up third at Royal Ascot since; Sales race win at Newmarket gives him some ground to make up on Snow Sky, but had only the three starts and a major player here.
Red Galileo: Didn’t back up on useful 2 year old form in first two runs this season but showed his full potential when a running on fifth in the Derby, having looked as if the track wasn’t exactly to his linking but making some steady ground late on; Not sure Goodwood will suit but respected.
Scotland: Found things happening far too fast for him on Newbury debut but that form has been shown to be well above average and no shame in the same thing happening at Chester; Got a strong pace to aim at when third in the King Edward Stakes at Royal Ascot but ahead of Snow Sky there when looking a stayer of real promise and can go well today.
Snow Sky: Western Hymn too quick for him on debut but impressive winner of the Lingfield Derby trial next time out (had Sudden Wonder, a head second to Observational, back in third, and Hartnell, second that day, has since beaten Windshear); Looked to be a little below form in King Edward Stakes at Royal Ascot (when behind Scotland) but form of that race worked out well and stable’s fantastic record adds a lot of lustre to his challenge.
Somewhat: Had looked to be disappointing based on strong 2 year old form so far this season so Eclipse third a great shock; However he, like the 1-2 that day, was always up with the pace so possible that he was flattered by that although if he runs to the bare form of that today then he will take the beating.
Windshear: Steadily progressive since starting out in handicaps, second in strong handicap on Rowley Mile (to Cloudscape) to begin year before then romping home at Sandown next time out; Since been third twice but clearly still improving based on the way he was best of the rest behind subsequent Group 3 winner Cannock Chase and then a creditable second in King George V Handicap from wide draw in 18 runner field; Solid effort once again when second in Bahrain Trophy last time out although more needed here.
VERDICT: A fiercely competitive renewal with plenty having solid form claims and SCOTLAND’S third in the King Edward Stakes at Royal Ascot is amongst the pick of them. He may not get the pace he ran into there today, which would help favourite Snow Sky, fourth that day, be he is making into a stayer of real promise and looks value here. Somewhat’s Eclipse was a career best but he may have been flattered by the way things developed and Red Galileo’s Derby run also makes him very interesting here.