Goodwood Preview

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I am very busy later in the week and have to get the usual ‘The Punt’ section up so I felt it was a good time to get a preview up of the feature in Adelaide.

*This preview is done on a dead surface.

Speed: There should be a stack of speed generated by the big field. Gates are not my biggest concern here unless you really are an on-pace runner because unless you spring out of the gates you are going to have to work very hard.

SISTINE DEMON has been unbelievable this prep but I was incredibly surprised that he was an early fav here. There has been specking around him in far easier races and may be sent out fav in a G1? I can’t knock him and it would be a great story if he won but he is going to have to be very good.

Although it’s hard to be confident in such an even race there are two horses I am prepared to have something on in this race at some value. ESSAY RAIDER $12 and OFFICE BEARER $31. Both horses are coming off terrific wins and I’m certain both are on the way up, if they can improve again on those last efforts they are good value.

ESSAY RAIDER got everything go his way but did win in great style putting away a decent field, nowhere near this quality but all you can do is win.

OFFICE BEARER on the other hand was slow out, mustered speed, was a bit wide and went for home early, yet he was still just as impressive. There is no way we have seen his best, I reckon he is right up to this and if he can find the back of the right horse and Meech is patient in the run, saves him for one last shot at them he can give them a fright! Moody would have had this planned out, don’t worry about that.

Hard to knock DRIEFONTEIN and PLATLET but they do have a task at the weights. They are capable and proven at this level but will need everything to go their way.

UNPRETENTIOUS has always promised to win a race like this and the fast tempo will suit perfectly. Jockey is airborne and horse more than capable.

SESSIONS, RIZIZ and MIRACLES OF LIFE all considered in my exotics.

*Cracking race, no real knock on any of the favourites but in this type of race I like to find the horse on the way up who could run a career best, or a proven G1 horse (nothing usually in between). The horse that may fit could be OFFICE BEARER, I think he gets the right run in transit and at $31 you don’t have to risk much coin for a decent win.


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