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Punters and bookies go head-to-head approaching the halfway stage of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

A 123-1 treble for Hollie Doyle was one outcome the layers did not want on Tuesday, but they were back on track yesterday when well-backed duo Poetic Flare and Fearby were defeated.

Ladbrokes spokeswoman Nicola McGeady said: “The pendulum has swung in our favour on the second day of Glorious Goodwood. The key result was getting Fearby beaten in the Molecomb Stakes and with few favourites coming in, results were much improved compared to day one.”

Racegoers will be hoping favourites Audayra, Battaash and Baaeed can deliver over the coming days.

Here is Mirror Racing's verdict on their chances…

AUDARYA , Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.35), Thursday

James Fanshawe's star mare arrives here on the back of an excellent second to Love in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Making her first start since the memorable Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf performance, she lost her position early and then challenged several horses wide.

Tough and consistent, she battled hard and Fanshawe has given a positive bulletin about her condition since.

He has had this race in mind for the daughter of Wootton Bassett for a while and if she was trained by Aidan O'Brien for instance she'd be a shorter price.

Odds of 13-8 seem very fair for the five-year-old – adaptable with regards to the going too.

Verdict : Wins

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BATTAASH , Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes (3.35), Friday

Charlie Hills' king of speed goes for an amazing fifth triumph in this contest.

All bar one of those have been by decent margins too, showing how hard it is to keep up with his relentless gallop.

After a decent lay-off, he took the lead early enough in the King's Stand Stakes on his first run since a setback.

Big race jockey Jim Crowley aboard Battaash
(Image: Getty)

It's worth nothing he faces his biggest field so far in this race and the ground could be fairly dead by the time they set off.

With 7lb in hand of the likely field on official figures, he is hard to oppose, but due to conditions the winning distance might not be quite so far on this occasion.

Dragon Symbol is also a worthy alternative to the favourite.

Verdict : Wins

BAAEED , Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.25), Friday

Racing's bright new prospect has taken all before him in three starts so far.

He overcame a slow start to win his maiden, before putting seven-and-a-half lengths between him and the pack at Newmarket.

Back at the July Course earlier this month, he again caught the eye with the manner of his victory in Listed company.

Baaeed has impressed so far
(Image: PA)

This race will be more of a speed test, but the way he tanks through his race, Jim Crowley will be giving him a confident ride.

The only question mark is that he has had three races since the start of June, for an inexperienced colt.

Verdict : Wins

6-1 tip*

KING FRANKEL , Unibet '15 To Go' Kincsem Handicap (1.50), Thursday

Mark Johnston's charge makes plenty of appeal in the opening race on day three.

Usually consistent, Joe Fanning's mount put in a rare poor effort last time out, when he was never travelling.

He had earlier battled into fourth in the Golden Gates Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race the winner came out of and went close to doubling up.

Once he got going, King Frankel impressed with the way he picked up downhill at Epsom on Derby day switched out wide and it was similar ground to what it will be for this assignment.

Off the same mark as Ascot, the selection should be right there at the finish, with course form from his juvenile season.

* Odds subject to change