Paul ja­cobs

Paul Ja­cobs se­lects his ones to watch ahead of a fas­ci­nat­ing week at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood

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Naps ex­pert with his take from the Fes­ti­val

Ishall be work­ing at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood this year and the thought of see­ing that won­der­ful view backed up by one of their fa­mous seafood plat­ters fills my heart with joy.

The prob­lem is such won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences cost more than a shekel or two so the money mak­ing project down Sus­sex way needs to start on day one in the Len­nox Stakes over seven fur­longs.

At the time of writ­ing there are 35 en­tries in this Group Three af­fair, but the one that catches my eye is LIBRISA BREEZE.

Dean Ivory’s charge is fairly lightly raced for a five-year-old with just the 13 starts un­der his belt, but there is solid rea­son to be­lieve that we have yet to see the best of him.

He recorded a ca­reer best ef­fort in a 7f Her­itage Hand­i­cap over this spe­cial­ist trip last back­end of As­cot and has con­tin­ued to im­press with two Group One plac­ings be­hind The Tin Man at the Berk­shire venue,the lat­est of which came in the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee last month.

In­deed,As­cot has been the scene of five of his last six out­ings and on each oc­ca­sion the son of Mount Nel­son has run out of his skin.

But the bare facts of those ef­forts sug­gest he wants a sev­enth fur­long on ground ide­ally with no jar in it so if the‘Glo­ri­ous’tag is threat­ened by a bit of rain early in the week I for one will not be too down­hearted.

A top price of 10/1 would al­most cer- tainly meta­mor­phose to around 6/1 if he gets his ideal con­di­tions and makes him a solid each-way play against the likes of Dream Cas­tle and Dutch Con­nec­tion.

The Qatar Good­wood Cup has been moved back from Thurs­day to Tues­day which seems a shame as it should re­ally be a mid­week high­light of the meet­ing.

How­ever, it has been granted Group One sta­tus for the first time and al­though I was against it be­ing dropped in dis­tance from 20f to two miles it has at­tracted a much big­ger en­try in re­cent years.

As­cot Gold Cup win­ner Big Orange heads the mar­ket, but a quote of even money makes the mar­ket for the rest of the field and if you for­give Sim­ple Verse her tailed off ef­fort in the Royal race she could run well hav­ing shown a lik­ing for the course in the past.

How­ever, the per­cent­age call has to be the pro­gres­sive HIGHER POWER at around the 14/1 mark.

Yes he has five lengths to find on Michael Bell’s charge on Henry II form, but he has since put up a smart ef­fort to land the Northum­ber­land Plate and he comes from a fam­ily that al­ways seems to im­prove with age as he will need to in or­der to turn around that deficit.

With Win­ter likely to run in the Nas­sau Stakes, the Sus­sex Stakes on Wed­nes­day will re­main a job for the boys and Ribch­ester has an ob­vi­ous chance fol­low­ing back to back wins in the Lockinge and Queen Anne,but lurk­ing on the 10/1 mark be­hind Fa­hey’s charge and 2,000g hero Churchill is the French trained ZELZAL.

This Sea The Stars colt ar­rives at this fes­ti­val high­light some­what un­der the radar fol­low­ing his suc­cess in the 2016 Prix Jean Prat fol­lowed by un­lucky in run­ning ef­forts in the Prix Du Moulin and on his only start this year in the Prix Ber­trand.

He is much bet­ter than those per­for­mances sug­gest and looks a fas­ci­nat­ing each-way play for Jean Claude Rouget.

Fi­nally, HORS DE COM­BAT (Bet­fred Mile) and NAGGERS,granted some give in the ground in the Stew­ards Cup will be my big hand­i­cap plays of the week,while the down­hill rush in the King Ge­orge Stakes has me drool­ing over my nap bet of the week on the mas­sively pro­gres­sive BAT­TAASH at around 3/1.

Librisa Breeze

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