J Wonder produced a high class turn of foot to land a thrilling second group 3 success of her career for Brian Meehan in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Goodwood on Friday. Jimmy Fortune rode a terrific race on the daughter of Footstepsinthesand from her outside draw to get her to settle after she took a strong hold in the early stages of the seven furlong event.Although it looked as though he may have a problem to extricate himself from a pocket on the rails as Muteela led them towards the two furlong pole, her pilot was in no hurry and waited for the gap to appear. Once she saw daylight, she responded well to her rider, and produced a smart burst of acceleration to pass the previously unbeaten Muteela inside the final half furlong to win more than a shade cleverly by a neck. The victory complemented the three year old’s win in the 1000 Guineas trial at Newbury in April and was no more than she deserved after two respectable efforts at the very highest level.
PIVOT POINT (2.15pm Doncaster) Failed by only half a length to make it third time lucky when second in a maiden over six furlongs on this course on his latest start and was an improvement on his first two outings. The way he finished in the closing stages suggests he will be well suited by this seventh furlong.
EMERALD SWELL (3.25pm Doncaster) Her third racecourse appearance marks a return to the turf after she could not get in a blow at the leaders on her all weather bow at Lingfield last month.. A return to a more galloping course should also aid her cause.
FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (6.00pm Lingfield) Has produced two acceptable performances so far and improved from his debut to latest appearance.Should progress further and will appreciate the step up from six to seven furlongs.
VICTORIOUSLY (6.00pm Lingfield) Accompanies Sir Francis Key to post for this maiden, but may not be seen to best advantage until tackling more demanding distances.However, should step up on his debut effort in a very competitive maiden at Newbury.
WINDFAST (2.30pm Goodwood) Has some very solid form behind him over seven furlongs this season, finishing placed in two high quality races, including the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on his latest start. Still has scope for improvement and is expected to run a big race on this first appearance over a mile
J WONDER (4.50pm Goodwood) Won a 1000 Guineas trial on her last appearance over this trip, and her two subsequent performances in two very high class Group 1 mile events, suggests she should have a very good chance on her return to a Group 3.We have been very pleased with her in her build up, but she could have enjoyed better luck with her draw.
RECOVER (6.45pm Musselburgh) Stepped up considerably on her two previous performances when fifth at Lingfield on her latest start and no reason why she should not continue to progress.Looks nicely weighted for her first appearance in a nursery.
RED LADY (7.50pm Musselburgh) Accompanies Recover on her trip north of the border in a bid to double her seasonal tally after a game success in a handicap at Bath last month.Posted a respectable effort in competitive three year old handicap at Sandown on her latest attempt, and should again make her presence felt on this return to an all-aged affair.
SULAALAAT (2.25pm Nottingham) Well regarded filly and showed her potential with a very promising debut second at Lingfield last month. The winner has boosted the form with a very good effort in a hot listed event at Newbury, and we are very pleased with the way she has progressed since. Looks to have a good chance of going one better here.
MADEED (2.05pm Goodwood) Has tackled good class events on both his outings so far this season and did well to finish seventh from a less than helpful draw in the ultra competitive Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. Question mark once again over his stall allocation, but he should appreciate the step up to ten furlongs and is expected to run a good race.
FOX TROTTER (2.35pm Goodwood) Son of Bushranger and produced a smart turn of foot to make a winning debut in a maiden at Doncaster three weeks ago. Like most of our two year olds, he has come on a fair bit for the experience and it has shown in his work. He faces a tough ask here, but his ability suggests he deserves an early crack at pattern race level and we think he will go well.
MONTALCINO (4.20pm Goodwood) Could never really get in a blow at the leaders after a very tardy start on her debut, but will have learned a lot for those exertions and better performance anticipated in what is usually a good quality maiden.
HILLGROVE ANGEL (6.25pm Epsom) Was some way off the pace at halfway on his debut in a six furlong maiden at Windsor two and a half weeks ago, but ran on nicely in the closing stages to post a respectable tenth. Will know more of what is required here and gives the impression he will be suited by this extra furlong.
RACING’S DREAM (8.35pm Epsom) Showed ability in his two outings as a juvenile and produced another fair effort on his return to action at four weeks ago. Will be sharper for the outing and should be competitive in a race which has cut up a little from the five day entry.
FAITHFUL CREEK (3.40pm Goodwood) Has improved with racing and continues to progress in his work. Stepped up considerably on his previous run to break his duck with an emphatic win at Epsom 13 days ago. Faces a more demanding test on this pattern race debut, but showed a smart turn of foot despite being bumped in the closing stages at the Surrey course and his experience of the undulations will stand him in good stead for this tricky seven furlongs.
MOON RIVER (4.15pm Goodwood) Produced a much better performance than her debut effort at Windsor nine days ago and should continue on her upward curve here. Faces some tough opposition in what is usually a very good maiden, but she has the speed and ability to make her presence felt.
ABLE SPIRIT (6.55pm Sandown) A son of Invincible Spirit out of a Dr Fong mare. Makes his debut in what looks an interesting maiden, and should go well. However, he carries the familiar warning that he will come on a good deal for the experience.
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