GRAEME JOHNSTON’S (@GraemeJ_83) been in fabulous form recently. Can he continue his hot streak by delivering us a pair of Saturday winners?
2.45 Goodwood | Channel 4
The Prestige Stakes is a seven-furlong Group 3 for two-year-old fillies and looks wide open. A lot of these have met before and there is one at a price who I like as an each-way bet.
Grecian Light had three of these behind her last time out and comes here as an unexposed filly with her best days in front of her.
She was only making her second start when second in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket and is the horse to beat.
Grecian Light is likely to come on however, at the prices, I’m against her.
Rich Legacy won on her debut for Ralph Beckett beating colts in the process and is a live threat here. She is taking a huge step up in class but she’s well bred and will stay well but this is a big ask.
It wouldn’t surprise me if she ran well but there is another one at a big price who I like.
Urban Fox won her first first starts before finishing fourth twice when upped in class and looks a decent filly.
She has had excuses both occasions (bumped two starts ago and never settled last time) and I like her here as an each-way bet.
There should be a good pace here (Kilmah) and if Urban Fox settles better I expect her to go close.
I’m backing her each-way at 11/1 with BetVictor.
Goodwood 4.30 | Channel 4
The Celebration Mile is the highlight of the day and this is an intriguing renewal with young milers taking on experienced horses and I think it will pay to side with the classic generation.
Toormore is a solid miler with course form and on his day is a match for the best. He has never reached the heights he perhaps should have but he’ll be a tough nut to crack.
He is likely to set out and make the running in this and will be there to be shot at but I think he’s more likely to set this up than win it.
Zonderland has won at listed level and Group 3 this season and this looks the next logical step for him.
However, he has fallen short twice at the top level and despite looking progressive he has had his limitations exposed and I think there is another less exposed horse in here that I really like.
Thikrayaat is on the up and has only been beaten once in his career in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Everything went wrong that day and he showed his true running over course and distance last time out where he won well.
He keeps a little for himself in his races and I firmly believe he has more improvement in him.
I really like him here and he’s my bet of the weekend at 15/8 with 888.