Outbox ready to prevail for Crisford
Outbox ticks all the right boxes in today's Summer Handicap at Goodwood.
The final day of the Glorious meeting will for many, of course, be all about finding the winner of the age-old puzzle that is the Stewards' Cup.
But that historic six-furlong showpiece is just one of a series of handicap conundrums thrown up by a hugely competitive card, and Outbox could put punters ahead on points after round two.
Simon Crisford's four-year-old faces a rematch with likely favourite King's Advice, whose prolific sequence of six consecutive victories since joining Mark Johnston had come to a halt before the pair met at Newmarket last month.
King's Advice bounced back from his eclipse in the Northumberland Plate to run out an impressive winner over this one-mile-six-furlong trip that day, with Outbox flattering before fading into a near six-length sixth.
King's Advice has gone up 7lb for his trouble, though, and must concede six of them to Outbox. That in itself gives Crisford's gelding obvious prospects.
Meanwhile, William Buick made the prefect return to the saddle after an absence of 12 weeks with victory aboard Lazuli at Newmarket last night.
Buick, who was unshipped from Sir Busker on the way to post at Ascot on May 10, had been out of action since partnering the Charlie Appleby-trained Expressionist to victory at the same track 24 hours later.
He missed his intended mounts in France the next day after reportedly feeling unwell.
The 31-year-old, retained by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation, subsequently spent some time in hospital in Cambridge, where he underwent tests.
Riding the Gimcrack-entered Lazuli for Appleby in the Godolphin blue, Buick could not have wished for a better comeback ride, as the 11/8 favourite moved with purpose throughout, before quickening up the hill for a two-and-a-half-length triumph.