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Goodwood is renowned for plenty of hard luck stories and this year was no different with plenty of horses suffering hard luck stories. Here’s a couple of horses we think are worth keeping an eye on having run at Goodwood, while there was one at Kempton who is also worth keeping close tabs on too.

Mayfair Stroll

Charlie Hills’ filly finished fourth in a nursey at Goodwood on Thursday, but the performance can be marked up for several reasons.

The two-year-old daughter of Gleneagles was keen early and was also forced to travel wide for the entirety of her journey.

When she finally got going, she went past the majority of the field in noteworthy fashion and she would almost certainly have got closer than she did to the eventual winner.

She ran under a six-pound penalty there and although she’s now rated a further three pounds higher, there looks to be plenty of life left in her current mark of 74.

A step up in trip might not be far away, but whether it’s over seven furlongs or a mile, she looks a filly with plenty of potential.

Chipotle

Last seen at Goodwood in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, this Eve Johnson Houghton-trained two-year-old is definitely worth sticking with.

Although disappointing in that race, the colt was up against it before the off, with conditions certainly not in his favour.

The track had seen a deluge of rain at the beginning of the week and, although conditions had improved somewhat, the ground was still declared soft.

That clearly didn’t suit the son of Havana Gold with all of his best form, and wins, coming on either good or good-to-firm ground.

He has only failed to score once when racing on a sounder surface, and that was two starts back when meeting plenty of trouble in running at Newbury.

Chipotle is well regarded by connections and can put those two recent efforts behind him to bounce back next time out.

Vertiginous

After a busy week at Goodwood, you’d be forgiven for missing the opener at Kempton on Monday, where the William Buick-ridden Vertiginous jumped off favourite but failed to get the job done.

It was no surprise she was sent off the 5/6 market leader having run a cracker to finish fifth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last time out, but it wasn’t to be.

The Brian Meehan-trained daughter of Oasis Dream was keen early on and led them travelling into the home turn, but she didn’t enjoy the sweeping right-handed bend and was passed in the final furlong by eventual winner Silken Petals.

She also battled back towards the line to reduce the winning margin to just a neck.

Back on turf and at a straighter track, she should get her head in front.


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