LATHOM (5.30) has been steadily improving with each run this season and his moment in the sun could be in the devilishly difficult 5f handicap that closes day three of Glorious Goodwood on Thursday. Few horses are as unlucky as David O’Meara’s sprinter: he often finds trouble in running, in fact going back to his juvenile days he was checked a couple of times in last year’s Molecomb Stakes. His running on fifth to the improving Alpha Delphini at York was a solid run last time out and he will appreciate the quicker ground. A price of around 10/1 looks fair.
2.00: The opener on day three is probably the most competitive of the week. Scarlet Dragon is in sparkling form and should run a solid race but CARRINGTON could be of interest at a silly price (25/1 at present). The Godolphin three-year-old has developed a habit of dwelling badly in the stalls. He got away with it on his reappearance at Doncaster when he still managed to win but has given away loads of ground on his last three runs. He is well drawn on the inside and is worth an each-way shout. Top Beak is highly regarded and is worth a watching brief.
2.35: Any of the five could win the Richmond Stakes but BLUE POINT was so impressive at Doncaster that he cannot be opposed.
3.10: Big Orange should make a decent fist of retaining his Goodwood Cup crown. He probably produced a career best at Newmarket beating The Grey Gatsby last time out. But KINEMA did remarkably well to win at Royal Ascot and is highly progressive this season. The longer trip should suit and he looks overpriced in what is a competitive race.
3.45: ELYSIAN FIELDS (18/1) has done this writer a few favours in the past 12 years and she looks too big a price to ignore in what is a sub-standard renewal of this race. Pamona sets the standard but this may not take much winning.
4.20: Marcus Tregoning runs three in the fillies’ maiden and all should be noted in the market, especially the newcomer Argenterie. But there was a lot to like about the way HELMSDALE finished his race off at Salisbury and the 14/1 looks good each-way value.
4.55: GENEVA CONVENTION was very impressive at Ascot and while Mark Johnston’s three runners have to be respected the Hannon horses have been running okay without winning this week and this one may break the duck.
PS Rex Imperator ran a blinder at 12/1 for this column to be third on Wednesday and there are still nice races to be won with this well handicapped horse.