Andrew Balding: Optimum conditions for Valley Forge
The Betway ambassador previews his seven runners on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, as well as his entries at Chester on Sunday.
Saturday at Goodwood
The Foxes (13:05 Goodwood) is a horse we rate very highly, he ran with promise on his debut at Newbury in a race that worked out very well. I still can’t work out why he ran so below par at Royal Ascot. While that has tempered our enthusiasm with him, we still think a lot of him. He’ll stay further in time, but I think he can be effective at this trip for now.
Stone Of Destiny (13:40 Goodwood) ran OK earlier in the week. He didn’t get the cleanest of passages and running back so soon shouldn’t be a problem for a sprinter. The step up to 6f should help him and, as it’s such good prize money, it’s worth throwing him in.
Valley Forge (14:10 Goodwood) is in great form. He ran well in the Northumberland Plate, despite having a bad draw and having to be ridden more forward than we’d have liked. These are his optimum conditions, so he should be competitive.
Typewriter (14:45 Goodwood) wouldn’t want the ground too quick, but she’s very able on her day. We’ll take a look at the track and make a call about her participation.
Chil Chil (15:20 Goodwood) ran a good race in the Hackwood at Newbury, she ran very well for a long way but she just needed the run. Harry’s 5lb is a big help and puts her on a competitive mark to race off. Obviously The Steward’s Cup is such a tough race to win, everything needs to fall right.
Wodeton (15:55 Goodwood) won well at Epsom last time. The track shouldn’t be a problem and can give another good account of himself.
Good Birthday (16:30 Goodwood) is very capable on his day. He might want it a fraction slower than this, but I’m happy to put a line through his York run as he was wide the whole way.
Sunday at Chester
Frankness (14:20 Chester) shaped well at Newmarket and I think she’s improved for that. On that basis alone, she has to have a good chance.
Red Mirage (15:30 Chester) is nicely drawn at Chester. He won well at the May Festival and is another who should be there or thereabouts.
Tostado (16:00 Chester) also shaped well on his only start for us. This is a hot race, but it looks a good opportunity for him to continue his education.
Speak (16:30 Chester) has got the outside draw, which is a disadvantage but if can she overcome that, she’s got the ability to go well at this level.
City Streak (17:00 Chester) won well last time and has gone up in the handicap as a result. He’s a horse that we always felt was capable of winning a nice race. He’s on the up and has every chance.