The Future Feature - Goodwood on Tuesday
Tuesday racing comes from Goodwood, Lingfield and Sedgefield and the feature race on the day, like a beacon in the gloom is the Listed Peter Willett / Stardom Stakes at 3.45, a contest for two year olds that has attracted a nice little field of nine runners.
It’s tough at this point to work out who the market will latch onto as favourite, but it will probably be Mata Keranjang, who returns to Goodwood after disappointing somewhat at York last time out. Paul Cole sent this animal to Deauville to make his debut in a Listed race that has worked out very well indeed. The winner that day was Special Duty, who has since finished second behind Arcano in the Morny, and Mata Keranjang improved on that debut run behind Xtension at Goodwood. After three starts in top class company, it isn’t entirely unsurprising that he remains a maiden, but his lack of a win is still a concern against some improving types.
Vale of York is likely to be popular given the late season resurgence enjoyed by the Godolphin team of late. He won a York maiden in very taking fashion under Ahmed Ajtebi and then returned to the Knavesmire to contest the Acomb stakes. A creditable fifth there without ever looking quite up to the job gives him a major chance in this weaker race.
The step back up to seven furlongs will certainly play to the strengths of Sir Parky who looked all about stamina in his win at Newbury. He was pitched into a big field sales race at York last time out and just found everything happening a little too fast for him over six furlongs and the market could well underestimate him.
The two that really catch the eye are Mon Cadeaux and Timely Jazz, from the Andrew Balding and Brian Meehan stables respectively. Mon Cadeaux made his debut in a competitive little novice race at Newmarket won by a horse called Blue Maiden, who has seriously franked the form since by finishing an excellent second to Sweet Solera winner Long Lashes. Will Buick then took over on this son of Cadeaux Genereux in a well contested maiden at Salisbury and he absolutely bolted in under a confident ride, beating subsequent winner Dafeef with a taking turn of foot. He deserves his place in this company and should go very close.
Preference, however, is for TIMELY JAZZ, who could be overlooked by some given his seemingly exposed look in comparison to some of his rivals. He finally got off the mark in a weak Wolverhampton maiden last time out, but he could only beat what was put in front of him and he duly scored without breaking sweat, but it is his placed form in very good Newmarket maidens that makes him of serious interest.
He was beaten on the line by subsequent Acomb winner Elusive Pimpernel on his second start before Robert Winston got into all sorts of complications on his third run when resembling a disorientated accordion player in the final furlong and going down by a narrow margin to Simenon, who himself was not disgraced in a Group 3 at Sandown. Brian Meehan has enjoyed a good season with his juveniles and Timely Jazz could well join the likes of Radiohead, Arcano, Lady of the Desert and Hold Your Colour by landing a nice pot for the Manton based trainer.