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ENJOY Lady’s Day at Glorious Goodwood – by backing LADY BOWTHORPE to land the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.35).
Unlike rivals Audarya, Joan Of Arc and Empress Josephine, the William Jarvis-trained mare has yet to win at the highest level.
But the five-year-old hasn’t always enjoyed the rub of the green this season, including when storming home to finish an unlucky fourth to Snow Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month.
Kieran Shoemark’s mount tackles a mile and a quarter for the first time and the extra yardage should aid Lady Bowthorpe’s bid to break her Group 1 duck.
All of Newsboy's tips for day three…
2 AERION POWER
TARAASHOQ looks capable of making a winning handicap debut now he tackles a mile and a quarter for the first time.
Although he beat just one home on heavy ground when making his debut at Newbury last October, William Haggas’ son of Maxios showed plenty more with a fifth to going-places stablemate Baaeed at Leicester at the beginning of last month.
Sent off the 9-4 favourite to make it third time lucky in a one-mile novice stakes at Nottingham 17 days later, Taraashoq made no mistake, galloping on strongly to the finish to beat Mo’assess by a length and a half.
Both his style of running and his pedigree suggest that Liam Jones’s partner can take another step forward for the opportunity to tackle an additional two furlongs.
With that in mind, an opening British Horseracing Authority handicap mark of 86 looks within range for a horse having just the fourth outing of his career.
Favourite Aerion Power should have won at Doncaster and is an obvious candidate to make amends, while it would be no surprise to see Mark Johnston stablemates King Frankel and Naamoos show to the fore, despite dull efforts on their last two attempts.
2 PERFECT POWER
Alan King celebrated his first Group 1 win with Trueshan at Goodwood this week
ASYMMETRIC was unlucky to lose his unbeaten record at Newmarket last time – and is expected to make amends.
Alan King’s son of Showcasing attracted support for his debut over course and distance at the start of last month, and netted the money by half a length from Mojomaker.
Martin Harley’s mount followed up under a penalty at Newmarket two weeks later before going up to Group 2 level for the July Stakes over the same course and distance three weeks ago.
Sent off at 11-1, Asymmetric was still in his comfort zone when finding himself cramped for room entering the final quarter-mile of the six-furlong test.
And, although he made inroads on Lusail once switched to make his challenge a furlong out, the leader held on by a head, with Ebro River back in fourth.
The good news is that Asymmetric’s narrow defeat spares him the obligation to carry a penalty and, with ticks in every box regarding ground, distance, track and class, he will be hard to beat.
Perfect Power does have 3lb extra to carry as a result of his score in Royal Ascot ’s Norfolk Stakes (Khunan sixth) but is feared, along with Caturra.
1 THIRD REALM
3 OTTOMAN EMPIRE
Adam Kirby celebrates aboard Adayar after winning the Cazoo Derby
THIRD REALM didn’t fulfil his potential in the Derby – but is worth another chance.
Having won a Nottingham maiden in April, the son of Sea The Stars – fifth at Kempton Park last November on his racecourse debut – was sent to contest Lingfield Park’s Listed Derby Trial by Roger Varian.
Third Realm set himself up for a crack at the world’s greatest Flat race with a length-and-a-quarter defeat of Adayar, before going on to Epsom.
A draw in stall two didn’t aid his cause, and neither did an early shemozzle between Adayar and Southern Lights, but Third Realm probably found the competition too hot in returning just over 11 lengths behind Adayar in fifth, with Youth Spirit back in eighth.
But time has shown this year’s Derby in a good light – third home Hurricane Lane has won the Irish Derby (Curragh) and the Grand Prix de Paris (ParisLongchamp), while Adayar stormed to victory in Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot – and Third Realm shouldn’t be written off.
Wordsworth, on the podium behind Hurricane Lane the last twice, should be thereabouts, with the improving Ottoman Empire and Aleas also worth a second look.
1 LADY BOWTHORPE
3 JOAN OF ARC
Lady Bowthorpe (near side) and jockey Kieran Shoemark on their way to winning the Betfair Dahlia Stakes on 1000 Guineas Day
LADY BOWTHORPE deserves a change of luck – and the step up to a mile and a quarter should help the popular mare’s bid for a first Group 1 victory.
Nathaniel’s daughter, who carries the silks of racing-mad music super-agent Emma Banks, has made great strides under trainer William Jarvis’s guiding hand since a handicap win at Lingfield Park in June of last year.
Lady Bowthorpe ran away with the Group 3 Valiant Stakes at Ascot the following month, and returned for 2021 with a head margin over Queen Power in Newmarket’s Group 2 Dahlia Stakes in May.
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My selection ran a mighty race to finish second to Palace Pier in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury 13 days later, and also took the silver medal in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which the winner, Indie Angel, raced on the quickest part of the track.
The cards fell against Kieran Shoemark when Lady Bowthorpe was denied a run before storming home to take a one-length fourth to Snow Lantern in the top-level Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last time – but compensation awaits.
Audarya ran a fine second to Love in Ascot’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and must be in the firing line, while Joan Of Arc stepped forward from her Irish 1,000 Guineas defeat by Empress Josephine to lift the Prix de Diane and also commands respect.
1 HIGHLAND PREMIERE
Mark Johnston (left) with his son Charlie at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, 2020
HIGHLAND PREMIERE has sound prospects of a bold show for a stable that has won three of the past seven runnings.
It took three attempts for the Mark Johnston-saddled youngster to get off the mark – after a fourth at Ripon and a third at Nottingham, Highland Premiere justified even-money favouritism by a neck from Smullen at Hamilton Park at the beginning of last month.
The British Horseracing Authority number cruncher gave the son of Highland Reel a handicap mark of 76 for his nursery debut, which took place over seven furlongs on rain-softened terrain at Catterick Bridge 22 days ago.
Ben Curtis’s mount proved well ahead of that assessment, making all the running for a three-and-a-quarter-length supremacy over Lethal Levi.
It goes without saying that more is needed from a 5lb higher mark in a significantly stronger race, but it will rank as a surprise if there is not a hefty chunk of improvement to come.
Richard Hannon’s record in this race brings Ardbraccan into consideration, with Adjuvant, Robasta and Bastogne others to throw into the mix.
2 WILDERNESS GIRL
3 BRAZILIAN BEACH
SHOUTOUT is worth chancing on her debut in a fillies’ maiden where there is not a standout candidate among those with previous experience.
Ralph Backett’s runner is a daughter of Havana Gold and Lady Dragon, a three-time winner over middle-distances who was placed at Listed level and ran fifth to fellow Qatar Racing representative – and subsequent St Leger heroine – Simple Verse in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood six years ago.
Lady Dragon has produced two winners in the Beckett-trained pair Afraid Of Nothing and Twisted Reality, and the red-hot form of the Hampshire stable is another plus.
Wilderness Girl, Brazilian Beach and Kingdom Girl all shaped with sufficient promise first time up to suggest they can figure.
2 TWILIGHT CALLS
3 A PINT OF BEAR
WHENTHEDEALINSDONE could still have an ace up his sleeve back at five furlongs.
Making his return from a gelding operation, and fitted with cheekpieces, the son of Dark Angel united with today’s rider Will Buick to land a Windsor handicap over the minimum trip by three parts of a length from Four Adaay.
Upped to six at Newmarket’s July Festival last time out, the Roger Teal trainee found the climb to the line beyond him, fading into sixth place behind Blackrod.
The evidence of that run is that coming back in distance is the right thing to do.
The Windsor success was gained on faster ground than Whenthedealinsdone will encounter today, but he is expected to cope with the prevailing conditions and should still have more to give with just seven runs under his belt.
Twilight Calls had more in hand at Newmarket than his neck margin of victory might suggest and rates an obvious threat, with Fantasy Master, A Pint Of Bear and Ehrmann others capable of having a say in proceedings.