MICHAEL STOUTE can gain some solace for Workforce's reverse at Ascot on Saturday by nailing a keynote victory at Glorious Goodwood.
Last season's Derby and Arc winner was hamstrung by being struck into the King George, after which he veered left and finished second. But in FIORENTE, Stoute has the horse to provide the Freemason Lodge team with a pick-me-up. The deeply progressive colt takes the plunge in the bet365 Gordon Stakes, which Stoute has claimed four times in the past 10 years.
Like Conduit, who won the race three years ago, Fiorente possesses a similarly accomplished profile as the 2008 St Leger winner. Although he goes well with cut in the ground, Fiorente won a Newbury maiden in May on a brisk surface, so conditions on the Sussex Downs look ideal. A strong, powerfully reared individual, the Monsun colt appeals as the type to step up to a mile and three-quarters for the Leger.
Stoute, however, intimated at the Royal meeting that connections perhaps have even grander ambitions for Fiorente. Such ebullience can be taken as yet another significant positive for this Group Three assignment as Ryan Moore attempts to win the Gordon Stakes for the fourth year on the bounce. The twin highlight on day one is the bet365 Lennox Stakes, which looks an open affair, lending itself to those seeking value.
DALGHAR could be just the sort of animal to justify each-way interest at a double-figure price. Dalghar has refused to settle in his races this summer, pulling way too hard for his own good. The decision to step him back up to seven furlongs – he has twice won both over this trip and a mile – looks a shrewd piece of business. Keith Dalgleish can secure the biggest success of his career when STONEFIELD FLYER contests the bet365 Molecomb Stakes.
Stonefield Flyer will be fully cranked up after an easy success at Doncaster and is, crucially, a trusted sprinter having yet to finish out of the top two in five starts. A favourable mention must also go to the exciting SEQUOIA, who runs in the Casino At bet365 EBF “Assertive” Maiden Stakes. TRUISM, so impressive over seven furlongs here in June, looks one to follow in the Poker At bet365 Stakes – even with a 9lb penalty. TOTO SKYLLACHY bids for a Beverley double in the Wilford Watts Memorial Handicap and should be successful in his quest on the Westwood.
VERY COOL can kick on from a good second last time when he returns to Worcester for the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle. David Pipe's nine-year-old is handily treated on his best form. WINTER ALCHEMY has been in superb nick this summer and might not be done with just yet ahead of the Orion Group Handicap Hurdle at Perth.