The Dark Horse looks at the Fairmount Stakes which opens the Thursday card at Goodwood and has an 8/1 selection.
The group of 10 horses that raced on the fair side in the Britannia Stakes have performed very well as a group since then, and Madeed is having his first run here since that race having finished 2nd in the group.
He made a promising debut as a 2yo last season at Newmarket when unable to put in a significant challenge to Expert but finishing 2nd, the front 3 horses finishing 4th lengths clear of the rest. Considering Brian Meehan’s horses generally improve plenty from their debuts, this was a highly encouraging start to Madeed’s career.
He followed that up with a win at Goodwood over 1m, when appearing to get to the front soon enough before holding on from Pack Leader and Hymenaios, with 3¾ lengths back to the 4th horse.
Madeed was keen early on in the Feilden Stakes on his first run of this season, but ran with plenty of encouragement in a very good field, only losing 3rd inside the final furlong, eventually weakening into 6th.
A tongue tie went was applied for the first time in the Britannia Stakes at Ascot when dropped back 1f to 1m. He raced prominently early on and looked to get to the front of his group about 2f out before being headed by American Hope. He kept going well under pressure and had to be switched late on before finishing ½ length behind that rival. The form of the 7 horses in that group to have run since is as follows:
- 1st American Hope – beaten a neck off same mark over 1m at Ascot in only run since when shaping as the best horse in the race – now 5lb higher
- 3rd First Flight (2 heads behind Madeed) – won handicap by a neck off same mark at Newmarket – now 4lb higher
- 4th Table Rock (4¾l behind Madeed) – won handicap off 1lb lower mark at the Curragh and won a Listed race – now 11lb higher
- 5th Pupil (6½l behind Madeed) – 2nd in handicap at Ascot off 2lb lower mark next time
- 7th Suzi’s Connoisseur (8l behind Madeed) – 2 good runs off same mark in handicaps since – now 3lb higher
- 8th Mindurownbusiness (9½l behind Madeed) – won handicap at Epsom off same mark next time – now 5lb higher
- 10th Dubawi Fun (33l behind Madeed) – well beaten at Lingfield since
Madeed runs here off 89, the same mark that he did at Ascot, and the step up in trip looks likely to suit him if he can be settled early on, which was a problem at Newmarket and a slight issue at this track last year.
However, if he does settle, he could clearly be well handicapped off 89.