Steve Hughes has selections for two class 2 handicaps on Wednesday
There is some excellent racing today with a class card at Goodwood on the flat and the usual good September card at Perth highlighted with an excellent staying chase. I have a selection from each meeting. Call To Order was placed for the each-way bet yesterday (advised 11/2).
Goodwood 2.30: South Seas
A Group race performer as a juvenile, South Seas has yet to reproduce that form since – but there are plenty of reasons to feel positive about the chances of the Andrew Balding trained gelding here.
He won his first three racecourse starts, including two wins with cut – the latter a Group 3 at Sandown. He then went on to place second in the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, again on very soft going. He had a very short 2017 season which ended when flopping in the French 1000 Guineas.
He has yet to make the first three in five starts this term, often spoiling his chances with a slow start. However there have been distinct signs of ability in the latter stages of races and perhaps this smaller field will mean he has less ground to make up late on. Also in his favour is the ground – this will be his first genuinely soft ground run since that excellent 2yo season – and the fact he should get a strong pace to run against to bring his finishing burst more into play.
Perth 4.20: Royal Village
Royal Village is a relatively lightly raced campaigner who should run his usual solid race and rates good each-way value in an open contest.
With the out-of-form Philip Hobbs last season, a wind operation and move to Ian Williams has improved the 6yo and he has made the first three in all three chasing starts. That included a controversial dead-heat at Market Rasen in July when had the photo-finish camera been working correctly he would surely have been deemed the outright winner.
Since then he has finished a close third at Stratford, but his past form suggests he might be happier on a right-handed track. He gets his preferred good going today. There are ifs and buts about his rivals given their inconsistency/lack of a recent run/doubts over stamina, but there are no such worries about the selection.
1pt win – South Seas – 2.30 Goodwood – 11/4 Paddy Power
1pt each-way – Royal Village – 4.20 Perth – 7/1 general