Today's Goodwood Tips: Keep your powder dry with Pablo

There are eight races to savour at Goodwood on Friday afternoon.
There are eight races to savour at Goodwood on Friday afternoon.

Nick Seddon runs through the card on Day Four of Glorious Goodwood, which is headlined by the Group 2 King George Stakes...

13:10 - TDN Australia Handicap 

We begin Friday's card with a tricky three-year-old handicap over a mile and three furlongs, and this can go the way of Al Qaqaa. An expensive purchase as a yearling, he's got an attractive pedigree as a close relation to the Group 2 winner Thomas Chippendale, and he took a notable step forward when sauntering to an eight-length success over a mile and a half at Newmarket last time out. He's up to a mark of 88 for that, 9 lb higher than for his most recent start, but there should be plenty more to come from him yet and he can strike at the expense of Mafia Power, another who impressed when getting off the mark on his most recent outing. 

Tip

Goodwood 13:10
Al Qaqaa silk

Al Qaqaa

lost

13:45 - Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes 

This Group 3 contest for fillies and mares doesn't always read the script, with six double figure-priced winners since 2010, though in One Master we have a market leader who should prove very difficult to beat. She's a dual winner at Group 1 level, winning back-to-back renewals of the Prix de la Foret, and built on her reappearance run to finish a solid fourth in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last time out. She should be primed for this in terms of fitness, and can take advantage of the drop in class to return to winning ways. The biggest danger could prove to be the improving three-year-old Althiqa, who has won three of her first four outings, including a listed contest at Deauville earlier this month - though this will ask more of her. 

Tip

Goodwood 13:45
One Master silk

One Master

won

14:15 - Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes 

Bookmakers could well be running for cover after the first three races of the day, as Khaloosy looks to have excellent claims of following up his impressive win in last month's Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot. He took apart a competitive-looking field that day, looking a Group performer in the making, and he sets a clear standard here on the back of that. Meanwhile, My Oberon was an easy winner of a novice contest at York last time, and could be the way to go for forecast purposes in a race which very much revolves around the favourite. 

Tip

Goodwood 14:15
Khaloosy silk

Khaloosy

lost

14:45 - Unibet Golden Mile Handicap 

Things get a little trickier with our fourth race on the card, which is a wide-open 15-runner handicap over a mile. Several of these boast some smart form, including Sir Busker, who burst home to win last month's Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. He's since lost nothing in defeat when second in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket, though he'd need to be a Group performer to defy a revised mark of 107.

The improving Prompting is at the other end of the handicap and is respected after wins at Ayr and York the last twice but will need more here, while Cliffs of Capri and Wille John could both be lurking on good marks. However, the vote goes the way of Montatham, who was a fine second in the Royal Hunt Cup. He's since gotten revenge on his conqueror Dark Vision in the Coral Challenge at Sandown, and with that rival going on to strike at listed level, Montatham is fancied to built on his good recent run of form and defy his revised mark of 104.

Tip

Goodwood 14:45
Montatham silk

Montatham

Non-Runner

15:15 - King George Stakes 

To put it frankly, it is simply impossible to oppose Battaash here, as he bids to win this race for a record fourth time. Goodwood provides one of the fastest five furlongs around, which suits Battaash's lightning quick speed down to the ground, and this will likely be no more than a tune-up before next month's Nunthorpe Stakes at York. He's hardly a betting proposition at 11/4-on, meaning it may be worth playing Liberty Beach each-way. She has some strong form in the book, getting within two and a half lengths of Battaash last time out, and she can prove best of the rest with this fast track suiting her free-going style. 

Tip

King George Stakes
Liberty Beach silk

Liberty Beach (EW)

lost

Tip

King George Stakes
Battaash silk

Battaash

won
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15:45 - Glorious Stakes 

Our fourth Group race of the day is for the older horses over a mile and a half, and this looks an open affair. Communique had both Desert Encounter (who won this last year) and Alounak behind him when second at this level at Newmarket two starts ago and will be a tough nut to crack after another solid run at York last time out, but it could be worth taking him on with Pablo Escobarr.

He has some course form under his belt having won over a mile and a quarter here back in September 2018, and he's been holding his form pretty well so far this year, hitting the frame in listed events at Newmarket and Newbury the last twice. He wouldn't have to find much at all to trouble the market principals on the bare form, and bearing in mind that this course should suit his front-running style, he's fancied to go close under Tom Marquand - who's having a good week so far. 

Tip

Goodwood 15:45
Pablo Escobarr silk

Pablo Escobarr

won

16:20 - Nursery Handicap 

We've got a reasonable amount of form to work with in this nursery considering we're just two months into the season, and based on what he's shown in three starts so far, the top weight Zamaani should prove to be a tough nut to crack. Indeed, he took a step forward to get off the mark at the third attempt in good style over this trip at Windsor earlier this month, making good use of the rail to scoot clear to a four and a half length success. He looks open to more improvement yet, and can defy and opening mark of 89 by following up. 

Tip

Goodwood 16:20
Zamaani silk

Zamaani

won

16:55 - EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes 

We complete Friday's card with a puzzling maiden, in which seven of the 11-strong field are making their debuts. Of those that have form under their belts, Sarsaparilla has shown the most, and produced her best effort yet to finish second in a reasonable-looking event over this trip at Newbury earlier this month. She's rather vulnerable to an above average type after four starts, however, and it could be worth taking her on at the prices with a newcomer, namely Enoughisgoodenough. An expensive purchase as a yearling, she makes plenty of appeal on paper as a sister to several winners - including the useful pair of Angel's Hideaway and Perfect Angel - and bearing in mind that her yard have a good record with juveniles at this track, it would be no surprise should this filly be ready to go on her debut. 

Tip

Goodwood 16:55
Enoughisgoodenough silk

Enoughisgoodenough

Non-Runner
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