Inside track: Hot Streak to burn off his rivals
Ryan's improver primed to deny Great Minds in Haydock feature
Published 23/05/2015 | 02:30
David O'Meara will seek to plunder another decent pot when his Group One winner G Force contests Haydock's Temple Stakes.
G Force was a decisive victor from Gordon Lord Byron in the track's Sprint Cup last September. Apart from Tom Hogan's three-time Group One winner, he was chased home by Sole Power, Music Master and Pearl Secret, so his form is solid and a line can be drawn through his latter heavy-ground Ascot flop.
Still, this will be quite a test over five furlongs on his reappearance. He must concede weight all round, so it is worth having a look for better value alternatives.
Pearl Secret, second to Hot Streak in this a year ago, is a player, as is Tommy Stack's Great Minds. Jamie Spencer partners Stack's lightly-raced five-year-old, which has won four of its last five.
On a hat-trick here after scoring with a bit of authority in Listed company at Naas, Great Minds loves deep ground. While he will need to improve again on this better going, he is clearly on the up.
Hot Streak is back to defend his crown and appeals as being overpriced at around 6/1. Kevin Ryan does really well with sprinters, and this Iffraj four-year-old confirmed his potential last term. After finishing a close third to Sole Power and Kingsgate Native in the Palace House Stakes, he progressed to make all in this, eventually denying his fellow Qatar Racing-owned Pearl Secret and Kingsgate Native with some panache. Hot Streak then performed with real credit in Group One company, especially so over this trip when getting to within a length-and-a-half of Sole Power in the King's Stand and Nunthorpe.
By the time the Prix de l'Abbaye came round, he'd had a long season and never figured, but he showed up well on his return to Longchamp two weeks ago. On that occasion, he ran into Mecca's Angel, a filly on a steep upward curve that looked primed for the day as she bolted up in what was a bullet-fast time.
After racing prominently, Hot Streak tired into third, but it was an encouraging display that will have left him spot on for this.
He could take a bit of stopping under Killarney-born Oisin Murphy.
Spencer also rides the card's other Irish raider, Gathering Power. Eddie Lynam's five-year-old mare ran well in good company throughout last year.
She built on her Cork return behind Great Minds to be beaten a couple of lengths in a York Group Two behind a bunch of higher-rated horses. That was a career-best turn that suggested she could do better yet, so she has a life in today's fillies' Listed race, which represents a considerable drop in class.
While it is competitive, none of the 17 runners are rated above 104, whereas at York all bar one of the seven in front of Gathering Power were rated 108 or higher
In that context, she looks sure to be a major contender now.
Richard Hughes is odds-on to claim a fourth British Flat jockeys' title and a first under the new format.
Prior to last night's racing, he trailed Ryan Moore (19) by six, and his decision to loosen his ties with Richard Hannon suggests he is all out to win it.
However, there is a different dynamic to the contest this year, as the truncated slot between the Guineas and Champions weekends won't allow Hughes to eventually mow everyone down through sheer weight of numbers in the manner that he has been doing.
That suits Moore, whose Irish forays will be minimal, while Silvestre De Sousa and Godolphin's James Doyle and William Buick will all figure.
Buick is a serious rider, and, apart from Charlie Appleby's Godolphin string, his old link with in-form John Gosden continues to reap rewards. Second on 18 wins before Pontefract last night, he may well be overpriced at 25/1.
Punt or Pass?
Remote 1.45 Goodwood SP Forecast: 2/1
JOHN Gosden’s brother to Kingman runs for a first time since completing a hattrick as a three-year-old in Royal Ascot’s Tercentenary Stakes in 2013. Remote never ran as a juvenile, so he has clearly not been easy to train. However, he has looked really smart when he has made it to the track, and an extended nine-furlong trip on nice ground here will be ideal. In five runs at the track, Grandeur’s only defeat came when he was denied a head on his debut in 2011, so he is a worthy rival.
VERDICT: Class should out, so a punt at the forecast odds or better.
Felix Mendelssohn 2.20 Goodwood SP Forecast: 11/4
A Galileo colt that won on its second start for Aidan O’Brien at Navan in October, this four-year-old has since joined David Simcock. He ran in an Ascot Listed race two weeks ago, tiring late on after racing prominently for most of the way. That was an encouraging start that prompted the handicapper to raise him from a mark of 92 to 104, which was quite a compliment. If the hike is justified, Felix Mendelssohn will be bang there in this similar contest.
VERDICT: Has the potential to be at least Listed class, so a punt.
Gillian Callaghan's Catcher On The Go has a chance in the bumper at Ffos Las.
Keith Donoghue's mount's 16-length Downpatrick third is as well as he fared in either of his two starts at home, but he might prove capable of much better than that yet.
There is little to suggest that it is anything other than an ordinary bumper, and O'Callaghan's cross-channel excursions tend to be lucrative.
In the past few years, she has saddled 11 runners and four winners, which equates to an impressive 36pc ratio. The chances are that Catcher On The Go is making the journey more in expectation than hope.
Lay of the day
Black Cherry was last night as short as 7/4 for the concluding maiden at Goodwood this afternoon.
Richard Hannon's filly has shown ability and might be the best horse in the race, but she has already failed to win in four outings. On her Newmarket return, she fell apart when she came off the bridle.
A little each-way
Gerry The Glover is worth an each-way flutter at odds of around 25/1 in the Silver Bowl Handicap at Haydock.
Brian Ellison' s Approve gelding won over course and distance earlier in the month. He is just three pounds higher now as he steps up in class, and he has the scope to run a big race under Ben Curtis, who is riding well. Twice a winner and twice a runner-up in eight career starts, Gerry The Glover is consistent.
'There was too many highlights to pinpoint one; he's been the horse of a lifetime. We're delighted he retires in one piece'
- Henry de Bromhead on Sizing Europe