The opener on day three (2.00) is a tough handicap but I’m going to go with You’re Hired who only won a minor maiden last time, a race he was entitled to win, but he’s got one of the nicest pedigrees in the race being out the very smart mare Heaven Sent and both sides of his pedigree suggest he’s going to improve significantly for the step up in trip. I am worried about stall 14 but he’s got a wiley, experienced pro on his back in Martin Dwyer who is quite good in these big field handicaps and I think he represents more value than those towards the head of the market. You’re Hired is hired.
Blue Point may be the second coming but he’s priced accordingly and I’m quite happy to take him on with Intelligence Cross who I thought was a gorgeous horse when I saw him in the paddock before the July Stakes. With a 3lb pull and that experience under his belt, I think he should reverse that form with Mehmas, in the manner we saw with War Decree on the first day.
I can quite easily envisage any number of results in the Goodwood Cup but I ended up coming down on the side of a small each-way bet on Sheikhzayedroad who ran an excellent race in the Ascot Gold Cup. For all that he is a seven-year-old, he might actually be better this year than he was last, when he just ran respectably in this race. I think generally speaking a track like this suits him quite well, as does a big field and there should be plenty of pace on which will suit. If he’s ever going to win a big race, this could be it.
In the Lillie Langtry Stakes (3.45) I’m going to be rather boring and side with Pamona who was very impressive on her first run for Ralph Beckett. It wasn’t completely left-field because she had shown some very smart form in the early part of her three-year-old career and was a likely Oaks candidate at one time. She stays well and, now that she’s got her career back on track, looks worth sticking with in what doesn’t look the deepest of Group 3 events.