Ravenscraig Castle and Heights Of Abraham are the top-rated horses in the line-up for this 0-85 handicap despite being 1lb and 2lb above the rating band. They are still allowed to participate due to the specific conditions of entry but look worth taking on as they shoulder plenty of weight, especially considering the amount they must concede to their younger rivals. Three-year-olds in this event receive a whopping 14lbs from the four-year-olds. One of those from the bottom of the weights is MADADE AMBASSADOR, who holds strong claims from just 8st 8lb. Interestingly, jockey Jason Hart takes the ride, which looks pertinent as he’ll be competing from one of his lowest riding weights in the previous 12 months (8st 7lb the lowest). The selection ran an excellent second behind subsequent Royal Ascot fourth Savvy Knight over 1m3f at this track before staying on well into third over this distance for the first time at Goodwood. She’s improved since the application of cheekpieces looks capable of gaining a second career victory under suitable conditions, with an unexposed profile over this journey.
BEAUEN ARROWS enters a second handicap with plenty to prove following a downfield effort at Newbury over 6f last month. The three-year-old was noticeably weak in the market and the vet reported that he lost his left fore shoe during the race. This modest run was also the first time he’d run on turf and there has been enough promise in three all-weather races previously to suggest an upturn in form is not beyond the realms of possibility. Michael Attwater’s gelding made a promising debut over course and distance followed by a third over 7f here, which suggests he’s capable of landing a modest handicap from a mark of 66 (down 3lb after his Newbury flop). He’s worth taking a risk on at a likely attractive double-figure price from an each-way perspective, with the promise of him being better than his current handicap rating going forward.
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