Frazzled previews Thursday's racing at Goodwood and in the first of these previews, he is very keen on the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Hidden Gold in the Lillie Langtry Stakes.
This looks a very competitive renewal of the Lillie Langtry Stakes (despite its new name, we will call it that) and could provide as thrilling a contest as the one won by Missunited last year.
The market is a little bit surprising, although it is beginning to correct itself as Jordan's Princess is drifting after being installed as the initial favourite. She has to be respected based on her last time out win and some solid form at this venue, including a win here last August. However she got the run of the race last time and she looks to be facing better opposition here.
Arabian Comet is just about the most frustrating horse in training for this writer, as we have been on her when she was 2nd in this race last year, again when very unlucky at York and then on both times this season. On three of those occasions, we have managed to get our money back each way, but she has been held up off a sedate pace in the last 3 of these and it has been baffling as to why those tactics were employed as the trip has always been on the short side. She should be very hard to beat back over this 14 furlong trip and we will have a saver on her at 5/1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Despite the claims of Arabian Comet, our main bet has to be Hidden Gold at twice the price. This very well related daughter of Shamardal from the family of Galileo and Sea The Stars was a progressive 3 year old last season, winning handicaps at Musselburgh and Lingfield (beating 2015 Royal Ascot winner Arab Dawn), before winning a listed contest at the latter venue and concluding her season with a win in a Conditions race at Wolverhampton.
This season has been one of frustration however, as she was given far too much to do on her debut at Lingfield by James Doyle, when a fast finishing 3rd to Mymatechris at Lingfield in April. Since that effort, she has raced just the once and that was when 5th to Mizzou in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot. She may have been outclassed in that Group 3 contest to some extent, but she finished a very creditable 5th, beaten just 5.5 lengths. She also suffered from a far from ideal passage through that race, as she was settled at the back of the field and then challenged very wide into the straight, sacrificing a lot of ground in the process. Her run did flatten out a bit at the end, but in finishing so close to horses rated up to 12lbs higher than her; this was a performance that suggested she was capable if running close to that 110 mark under the right circumstances.
In this mares only contest, she drops back in trip and with her form in place at undulating tracks, the venue should not be an issue. We would hope that Doyle can assist us by eventually giving her a decent ride and at the prices of 10/1 she is worth a decent each way interest.