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Glorious Goodwood 2016: Stargazer among Thursday tips

| 28.07.2016

David Metcalf | July 27, 2016

Stargazer can shine in Goodwood opener

Stargazer scored in good style on seasonal reappearance, and can make light of a rise in the weights to follow-up and land the 1m 2f handicap that opens proceedings on day three of Glorious Goodwood (14.00).

The Sir Michael Stoute trained colt shaped with promise in three runs as a juvenile, and duly put in an improved effort on handicap debut when landing a competitive 12-runner contest at Sandown back in April.

Horse Racing - Lingfield Park Racecourse

After being-held up in mid division, Stargazer made stealthy headway two from home to take up the running approaching the last and found plenty when challenged to hold on and beat Lovell by a neck.

Rock solid form

The son of Canford Cliffs was value for a bit more than the winning margin, and the third home Harrison has since come out and run two solid races to finish third In The King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and third in a Listed contest at Newmarket to be rated 103.

Glorious Goodwood day 2

Soldier In Action who came fourth, and the fifth home Gershwin, have also come out and won since to be rated 94 and 98 respectively and that gives the form a rock solid look.

It suggests that a 9lb rise is more than fair for Stargazer and he still looks potentially ahead of the assessor off a revised rating of 96.

Lots to like about Lathom

Lathom caught the eye last time out and looks decent each-way value in the 5f handicap (17.30).

The gelding has some smart form to his name as a juvenille last year when trained by Richard Fahey, winning the valuable 22-runner Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury before finishing a solid fifth of 10 to Kachy in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes over course and distance at that meeting.


Lathom was rated 100 after the latter, but is now able to race off 92 having shaped better than the bare result suggests on more than one occasion in four starts this season since joining David O’Meara.

Unlucky at York

They include a keeping on four lengths eighth of 17 to Caspian Prince in the “Dash” at Epsom off 6lb higher, and a 2 3/4 lengths fifth of 19 to Aplha Delphini at York earlier in the month when denied a clear run at a crucial stage – before keeping on strongly to be nearest at the finish.

Horse Racing - Newbury Racecourse

Had things panned out better in the latter, I feel Lathom would have gone very close to winning and the third home Thesme ran a cracker to just get touched off in a big sprint handicap here earlier in the week.

That gives the form a solid look in the contest and makes Lathom a huge player in this off an unchanged mark.

Thursday tips

14.00: Stargazer (NAP)
14.35: Intelligence Cross
15.10: Big Orange (NB)
15.45: Pamona
16.20: Amabilis
16.55: Challow
17.30: Lathom (E/W)


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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.