The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Kimifive, (1535 Goodwood), 2pts win, 14/1:
The historic Stewards Cup is always a nightmare – not so much the trouble in running and the competitiveness, but the inevitable presence of around half a dozen old favourites. Top of that list is Summerghand, but surely top-weight will be enough to just anchor him. We think the usual strip of preserved ground on the far rail may give those drawn low the advantage – as it did last year. That probably favours the 3yo Meraas over worthy favourite Naharr, but it also makes old favourite Kimifive potentially stand-out value. Drawn in one, and in good form this season, he mostly runs at 7f but ran in this last year when 10th after meeting trouble from a poor draw. With the golden 3lb claim of Cieren Fallon on his side and better luck with the boxes, he now just needs to get the breaks to deliver a big performance.
Tommy G, (1350 Goodwood), 6/1: trainer Jim Goldie sets us a puzzle here by running two old favourites of ours. Call Me Ginger will win soon, but it’s veteran stablemate Tommy G that has to be given the edge given his track record. He was runner up i this race in 2017 off 76, before winning it under today’s jockey in 2018 off 81. He won his side of the draw in this race last year off 78, but that was only good enough for third overall. Now he is back, under de Sousa, off just 72, but off the back of a good last run. He is drawn in box 1, which as long as there is enough pace in the low to middle draws could be an advantage as the low draws won both this and the main Stewards Cup last year.
Hochfeld, (1425 Goodwood), 10/1: capable of fair form on his day and was third in this event off a 10lb higher mark in 2018. Has been slow to come back to form after a truncated 2019 season, but showed more last time at Sandown when unable to get a solo lead but holding on for 4th. That tactical advantage of a solo lead is crucial to all his winning form, and in this small field he is the only confirmed pace-setter. As long as de Sousa on Indianapolis leaves him alone, then we can’t see anything else wanting to lead. If he does get to set his own fractions, then like so many Mark Johnston trained runners, he could be a devil to pass and these odds could look very generous.
Mister Snowdon, (1610 Goodwood), 4/1: this horse has bags of class, travels very sweetly and definitely has a big handicap in him when things fall right. He was a non-runner here on Wednesday when the ground hadn’t dried out enough for him. It promises to be much faster today which should suit him ideally, and a sharp turning 7f may be a good match to his skills. Jockey Shane Kelly will hopefully bury him in cover from his low draw and bide his time and it will be a case of when the gaps emerge. Balls of steel Shane, balls of steel….
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