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Glorious Goodwood 2016: Assisi hot stuff in Summer Stakes

| 26.07.2016

David Metcalf | July 25, 2016

Class-dropping Assisi the Summer Stakes value

Francis Of Assisi caught the eye last time out and can take advantage of a drop in class to land the 1m 6f Summer Stakes at Goodwood (15.45).

The gelding had some smart form to his name early in his career when trained by Aidan O’Brien, winning three of his six races.

They included a Listed contest at Leopardstown and Francis Of Assisi was rated 109 on his final run before joining John Ferguson for a hurdling campaign.

The six-year-old developed into a useful sort over the obstacles, winning his first three starts and running very well to finish sixth in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Well-treated now eased in grade

Ferguson then retried from the training ranks and Francis Of Assisi was sent to Charlie Appleby to resume a career on the level.


There was lots to like about the son of Danehill Dancer’s first start for his new handler when fourth of 10 to Pamona in a Listed contest at York earlier in the month where he stayed on from off the pace to be beaten 4 1/2 lengths off an official rating of 105.

That was a strong contest for the grade and Francis Of Assisi has since been quickly dropped 2lb to 103.

It makes him look potentially well-treated now pitched back into handicap company and another plus is that the yard is in terrific form at present.

Bolete commands respect in hat-trick bid

King Bolete has a progressive profile and looks a big player.

The gelding has won both his starts this season since joining Roger Varian and was value for more than the winning margin in the last of those when beating Tawdeea by 1/2 a length over 1m 4f at Haydock.

King Bolete asserted near the finish and only did what was required to get the job done and may well have even more to offer now stepped up in trip.

However, the handicapper has reacted harshly to that success and hit the son of Cape Cross with a 10lb rise in the weights and King Bolette is going to need a career best to overcome a revised rating of 104 having started off the campaign on just 90.

Notarised weighted to go well


Notarised has been given a chance by the handicapper and looks a big each-way player.

The gelding hails from the stable of Mark Johnston, who does well with his runners at the meeting, and is a course and distance winner who ran very well in this contest 12 months ago when a 2 1/2 length sixth of 14 to Blue Wave off a rating of 103.

Notarised is now able to race off 5lb lower and that gives him major claims at the weights on the pick of his form.

This is also likely to have been the five-year-old’s target for some time and with Joe Fanning in the saddle a bold showing looks on the cards.


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Coral’s top tip: Francis of Assisi looks decent value in a wide open renewal of the Summer Stakes. Notarised has dropped to a handy mark and has a big each-way shout.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.