As I write, a new MP is taking her seat in the House and unfolding events require our focus. However, all work and no play etc. so I give you this little patent or trio for a relaxing uncontentious alternative.
15:50 Goodwood GRACEFUL MAGIC 1pt e/w
Gutaifan’s first crop of progeny is in incredible form and have won five of the eight UK races they have run in. Today there are four of them running and, remarkably, all four go in this race, making up 50% of the field. So which one will win? I could fancy all of them but the selection has good form against the favourite and will appreciate the return to 6f. She is also Eve Johnson-Houghton’s only entry in the Rockfel and she has a great chance of getting in the first three and a good chance of winning. Her sisters provide the danger alongside Miss Villanelle and Rose of Kildare. GRACEFUL MAGIC is very well weighted against the latter and is my pick.
19:30 Salisbury WAR EAGLE 2pts win
Formerly a winner with John Gosden this gelding by Australia hasn’t yet delivered for his new trainer. However, he ran with merit on the unsuitable ground at Chepstow last time and will relish the conditions at Salisbury. Today he is Ian Williams only runner at Salisbury where he has a 47.1% strike record. With cheekpieces back on and the red hot Jim Crowley steering, he might well cross the line first today.
20:45 Kempton ANTIDOTE 1pt e/w
Like many of Dark Angel’s progeny, this grey gelding is at his best on the AW and is well weighted on his best form. He is today’s longshot and is currently available at 10-1.