Saturday Eyecatchers: Big claims
Ben Linfoot and Ian Ogg pick out five horses for your My Stable trackers that caught their attention during Saturday.
Big Time caught the eye behind Certificate
The fillies' maiden that opened up Goodwood's card on Saturday was won by Mick Channon's newcomer Tara Celeb, but it was another debutante, Bella Alissa, that really caught the eye in third. Peter Chapple-Hyam's filly missed the break by 10 lengths and more and was even further behind after a furlong as Andrea Atzeni allowed the daughter of Dutch Art time to recover. Nursed into the race thereafter, Bella Alissa closed the gap in the style of a good filly and the penny really dropped 100 yards from home when she finished with a rattle to finish a one-length third. A modicum of improvement next time should see her pick up an ordinary maiden. (Ben Linfoot)
Rich Legacy's position at the head of the market seemed to be due as much to a remarkable lack of confidence in Grecian Light as it did to belief in her own chance but there were still plenty of positives to be taken from her run in this Group Three, just the second of her career. Held-up towards the rear by Oisin Murphy, the Holy Roman Emperor filly travelled kindly but lacked the pace to go through a small gap when the race began to develop. Switched wide, it wasn't until the final half a furlong that she picked up and she duly finished with a rattle. A half-sister to a couple of middle distance winners in Germany and out of a dam from a strong staying family, it was perhaps no surprise that she found this steadily run seven furlongs against her but she looks more than capable of making her mark in this grade granted a stiffer test of stamina and remains one to keep onside. (Ian Ogg)
It's tough being objective when you've had your money down on one but I thought Big Time ran a race full of promise on his debut for Kevin Ryan in the £100,000 Goodwood Revival Handicap. Held up in mid-division by Martin Harley, Big Time travelled like a horse at the top of his game off his highest mark for ages and was squeezed for room just as he was beginning his challenge. Once he wriggled out of that tight space he finished well for third and he could be very interesting for Ayr, either in the Gold or Silver Cup, as he looks to have plenty of pace and Ryan has dropped them back in trip to win in Scotland before. He'll probably need to pick up a penalty if he's to get in the Ayr Gold Cup, but he's worth keeping on the radar for the meeting nonetheless. (Ben Linfoot)
I think it's fair to start with a warning as this staying handicap probably didn't take too much winning given some notable non-runners and several of those that did line-up seemingly out of form or handicapped to the hilt. That said, Real Dominion looked a desperately unlucky loser having been nearly brought down by Great Hall's left-hand drift and then being forced to challenge away from the eventual winner. Another incremental rise in the handicap is inevitable but this son of Cape Blanco still looks to be improving and he can win a similar race before the assessor catches up with him. As we near the season's changing, it is worth noting that connections were reluctant to run him with ease in the ground earlier in the season following a maiden defeat on good to soft. (Ian Ogg)
The son of Doyen was lining up for the seventy second time on Saturday night in a career that has yielded seven career success – four on grass, three on the all-weather – as well as 23 second and third placed finishes. The last of his victories came over a year ago at Newmarket from a mark of 85 and a continued good run of form saw him run from 90 on his last turf run of 2015. He struggled in the winter and has only show glimpses this summer which has resulted in his rating tumbling to 68 and Saturday's effort suggests that it's a mark that he can win from. The race was over an extended mile, a distance he's never won over, so it was no surprise to see him tire in the closing stages having come through to challenge but the fire still looks to be burning brightly and it would be no surprise to see this grand veteran pick up a small race back over his optimum trip of seven furlongs. (Ian Ogg)