Out Do is a horse that began to grow on me this year and I now think he might end up winning something big, especially at 5f. They can't seem to go fast enough for him in the early stages so this 5f could be tailor-made.
Surely the ground has finally come right for Pearl Secret? He's a different animal on slow ground and he looks sure to get his preferred surface. I'd be all over him on soft ground.
Stay De Night has a big chance and looks as though he has been laid out for the race but I've been all over Unsinkable since he ran in the Nasrullah at Navan over 1m2f and soft ground over 1m around Galway should be right up his street.
Baraweez was beaten only a length last year and then won a 7f handicap a few days later. He seems to like his trips to Ireland as he also won at Leopardstown in September, so he'll do for me.
Just go through their previous form and breeding and you should get a good idea as to how they will act on it, mate.
Normally a high knee action would indicate that soft ground might help, but that's only general. Many horses act on it that you wouldn't expect looking at their action.
Maybe something like Texas Jack could go well in the Plate at 33s. He's an enigma but he's a decent sort on his day and it's the type of race that he could surprise you in. I have a feeling Pyromaniac will go well in the Hurdle too.
Sadler's Risk and Marito are two I like at prices, but not with muchn confidence.
Wouldn't it be great if he did. Bought for $700,000 by John Ferguson for Darley and then sold for 2,500gns without seeing the racecourse. Now won nearly £500k. His Newmarket record tells you he likes downhill tracks and if there hadn't been such a big climb in the final furlong he'd have won the July Cup. He's officially 4lb well in on that and is a better horse than when sixth off 106 two years ago. I'd love to see him go close, but will be backing Magical Memory.
God he was unlucky in the July Cup wasn't he? It looked all over. I really fancied him in the Diamond Jubilee but he never got into it. The ground was simply too quick for him there. I think he's a class act on his day so don't be surprised to see him put up a bold show!
Weld has won it for three of the last five years and he'll probably win it again with Zafayan. That was some run to finish third in the Chester Cup and I'd imagine he has done serious schooling over the last few weeks to get him cherry ripe for this. He'll adore the ground too.
I think he is the most solid of the front three as Toomore hung there when just beaten in a worse renewal last year and, like you say, Limato isn't proven at the trip (he probably wants rattling fast ground too). However, if I was going to have a bet now it would be on Absolutely So. He's very well balanced with a good turn of foot and hacked up the only time he ran there, albeit in much weaker company. I think he'll go well at 20-1.
It is all about Limato for me mate and, it's funny, I actually think he's too big at 9-2. He's a class act and looks to be crying out for 7f this season as he is racing much more lazily through the early part of his races. I could see him go off at 3-1 or shorter come the day.
Backing Magical Memory is my only plan at the moment.
I do have a plan. It's not a magically executed plan or anything like that but I plan to back Huntsmans Close!
Can sort of see where you are coming from, but if anything he's bred to be even better at a mile. I certainly wouldn't let the trip put you off as he was very strong at the end last time and the runner-up has won both starts since.
I didn't think he was stopping over 7f last time and he could just improve for the longer trip. He might be five but he's only had eight starts and there could be more to come over 1m. He's a horse I like.
Of course he can get beat. He would not have won the Ascot Gold Cup had Kingfisher got a run and he now has a penalty to carry. I wouldn't be jumping in short and can see Simenon going close if he gets a good pace to aim at.
He's not a certainty by any stretch of the imagination! Scotland didn't get much luck in running in the Gold Cup and I couldn't rule him out at all.
Hughesie is obviously in a class of his own round there in terms of both winners ridden and strike-rate. However, Pat Dobbs has always been an unsung hero at Hannon's and he rides big-priced winners as he's rarely on a first string. William Buick has also been profitable to follow over the last few years.
Richard Hughes, Richard Hughes and Richard Hughes! He is better at Goodwood than anywhere else and it is such a pity that it will be the last time we will see him ride around there. I also think that William Buick rides the place quite well too, particularly the round course.
I can't believe Dermot brought Forgotten Rules back so quickly after the Gold Cup to run him at the Curragh. It seemed madness at the time to me and it looks madness now as the Goodwood Cup would have been his for the taking if all this rain arrives!
I don't think the ground is going to be that bad as the forecast suggests a few drying days. If it does go soft they normally come over to the stands' side, which would make a low draw on the round course less of an advantage.
I use the RP website more than anything else, but sometimes use Raceform Interactive to dig out some stats. Other than that it's just a case of watching as much as I can and digesting all the post-race quotes.
Many thanks for taking the time join in tonight. Hope we have been of some help. Have a good week whether it be at Galway or Goodwood.
Enjoy the week guys, it's been a pleasure!