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Glorious Goodwood 2016: Baby has a Big chance in Molecomb

| 27.07.2016

David Metcalf | July 26, 2016

Big Time Baby ticks plenty of boxes in Molecomb Stakes

Big Time Baby looks decent value to provide trainer Tom Dascombe with back-to-back successes in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes over the flying 5f at Goodwood (15.45).

The Cheshire handler saddled Kachy to land the spoils 12 months ago and in Big Time Baby has a colt who created a good impression when scoring on debut at Bath.

After showing plenty of pace to chase the leaders the two-year-old ran on well to beat Kodaline by 1/2 a length, and the runner-up is a well-regarded sort has gone on to score since and finish third in a Listed contest.

Dubai Friday

Big Time Baby was then far from disgraced when a 4 1/4 length seventh of 11 to Prince Of Lir in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes on soft ground at Royal Ascot where he showed stacks of early dash before taking up the running two from home and only weakened late on.

Quicker ground sure to suit

To my eyes the son of Dandy Man ran far better than the bare result suggests on ground which didn’t suit and although The Last Lion and Global Applause both finished in front of him it would be no surprise to see Big Time Baby turn the tables on this much quicker going.

The selection has since gone on to score in good style at Chester and is clearly a really speedy type who could take some pegging back on a track which looks sure to suit.

Nayyar unexposed and a big player

The aforementioned The Last Lion and Global Applause look sure to go well but are more exposed than most, and Nayyar could well emerge as the biggest danger to Big Time Baby.

Trained by Charlie Hills, the colt made a winning debut at Chepstow and although he didn’t beat much the manner of the victory was very impressive.

Charlie Hills

After being slowly away, the son of Exceed And Excel took a keen hold and quickly made up the lost ground to be on the heels of the leaders.

Nayyar was then produced to take up the running at the furlong marker and readily pulled clear to score easily by 2 1/4 lengths despite showing distinct signs of greenness.

It was a most taking display which suggested Nayyar had a big engine and needed keeping onside.

Although this demands much more he has untapped potential and looks well worth a crack at this level.


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Coral’s top tip: Big Time Baby looks decent value to win a wide-open looking renewal of the Molecomb Stakes. The unexposed Nayyar is feared most.



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.