Imphal can outlast Goodwood rivals

Steve Hughes has some best bets for an action packed Wednesday

There is again the best of both worlds for racing fans. There is more great racing on the flat at Goodwood, but the highlight of the week, the Galway Plate is competed for in its new evening slot. I will be hoping to pick up from where we left off on Tuesday with wins for Alfarris (8/1) and Sir Dancealot (advised 11/2).

Goodwood 1.50: Kloud Gate & Imphal

The traditional curtain raiser to Wednesday’s card sees one of the longest races in the calendar.

Kloud Gate showed only modest form over hurdles, for which he was primarily bought over the winter. However he looks much more naturally suited to flat racing and is building up a decent profile in the top staying handicaps. A solid seventh in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting, he loomed up there 3f out with a big chance at Newbury last time. Whilst he stayed on well enough into second, he was never going the pace of easy winner Stratum. However he looks worth trying back at this extreme trip and jockey Ryan Moore takes a rare mount for his father Gary.

However a horse with an even better chance is course specialist Imphal. Marcus Tregoning’s lightly raced 4yo has always gone well with an emphasis on stamina and ran up a four timer last summer at trips of up to 2m, including here in August. He has managed three third places during the 2018 campaign, the latter two races coming at this venue. On each occasion he has just lacked the pace to get competitive early enough under an inexperienced claimer. However I am sure connections have been waiting for this longer race and Hayley Turner takes over in the saddle today.

Goodwood 2.25: Corgi & Soto Sizzler

An open looking handicap looking worth taking two again versus the field.

Corgi’s chance is obvious having come so close in the equivalent race at Royal Ascot. That was only his second run in a handicap having previously won over 10f at Sandown. He should know more today and looks sure to have more to offer at this 12f trip.

Soto Sizzler is an interesting alternative at a bigger price. Still a maiden, he ran well here to be second in June and his opening handicap mark of 79 was made to look fair when he placed third on his debut in that sphere at Newbury last time. A small field and steady gallop did not see him to best effect that day and I expect him to improve for the likely stiffer test today off his featherweight.

Goodwood 5.55: Medahim & Manton Grange

It looks worth waiting around for the finale for two more Goodwood bets.

Top weight Medahim’s best run this campaign came over course and distance in May, when fourth in a similarly big field. A fast run 7f therefore looks an ideal type of contest for him. He was second here over 7f last term too – and third at this meeting on softer ground, so it is fair to say he enjoys Goodwood in particular. Ignore his last run at Newbury – it was a tactical affair completely the opposite to what he needs. He has inched down the ratings to within 2lbs of his last win.

Manton Grange looks of interest, particularly with a first-time tongue strap. He seems to be a 7f specialist – both career wins have been at the trip and in double figure fields where the pace has been true. He does seem to enjoy having his races spaced out and has been given two months since an eyecatching run at Doncaster where he was not knocked about at all. This may have been the target race for some time.

Galway 7.20: Jury Duty & Slowmotion

There are a lot of horses in here who are on the downgrade, so two horses barely out of novice status could be well placed to strike.

Jury Duty has long threatened to come good over fences and did win a Grade 2 at Punchestown in the autumn. However his form was solid rather than spectacular. He did not really seem to get home in the 4m race at Cheltenham and has been something of a bridle horse beyond 3m. It is difficult to crab his third place at Grade 1 level at Punchestown but perhaps handicaps, slightly faster ground and a slightly shorter trip will combine to bring the best out in him.

Slowmotion was third in this last year and is the choice of Barry Geraghty getting down to his minimum weight being a tip in itself. The mare had a nice warm up for this over hurdles at Tipperary and the return to a sounder surface will be on benefit. The fitting of first time blinkers might also have a positive effect.

Recommended bets:

1pt win – Kloud Gate – 1.50 Goodwood – 13/2 general

1pt win – Imphal – 1.50 Goodwood – 9/1 Skybet, Boylesports

1pt win – Corgi – 2.25 Goodwood – 9/2 general

0.75pts each-way – Soto Sizzler – 2.25 Goodwood – 20/1 Bet365, Paddy Power (¼ odds first 3)

1pt win – Medahim – 5.55 Goodwood – 6/1 general

0.75pts each-way – Manton Grange – 5.55 Goodwood – 11/1 Skybet (1/5 odds first 6)

1pt win – Jury Duty – 7.20 Galway – 15/2 Paddy Power

1pt win – Slowmotion – 7.20 Galway – 8/1 general

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