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Marzocco has marvellous chance to grab Goodwood glory

MARZOCCO had settle for second in a Derby trial at Epsom but he should be on the mark in the Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.

The 11-furlong heat, also known as the Predominate, is the last recognised pointer for the blue riband event but as only Observational is still in the Epsom running, the result is unlikely to have any effect on the Derby reckoning. That said, Marzocco performed well enough on the Downs last month in what was his seasonal return for John Gosden.

Winner of a Kempton maiden at the backend of last year, Marzocco was pitched into the Derby Trial at the Classic track and did well to go down by just a head to Our Channel after coming from well off the pace.

Watchable made quite a splash on his first start for David O’Meara and can build on that with another victory in the IBA Stakes.

Trained by Tobias Cole last term, he finished third in a decent maiden in October and subsequently transferred to the care of O’Meara, who sent him to Ayr in search of his maiden success. Watchable proved up to the task that day as he beat an odds-on favourite in fine style - a fact which has not gone unnoticed by the handicapper.

An initial mark of 95 could not really be described as lenient, but Watchable has only had two runs to date and could be open to any amount of improvement.

Kasb turned in a remarkable performance on his first racecourse outing to win at Newbury and is one to follow in the EBF Stallions Youngsters Conditions Stakes at Pontefract.

Iftaar can star in the PHS Waterlogic Classified Stakes at Haydock after notching a confidence-boosting success at Brighton recently. Gelded over the winter, Iftaar looked a much improved performer when reappearing earlier this month.