Tregoning hoping Boom And Bust reigns supreme
THE protagonists for this afternoon's feature race at Goodwood, the Group 3 Greene King Supreme Stakes (4.30), are becoming well acquainted with each other, with four of the nine runners contesting the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over course and distance last month.
On that occasion it was Boom And Bust who earned the bragging rights, finishing third to Garswood, with rivals Libranno (fourth), Professor (seventh) and Pastoral Player (eighth) behind.
Boom And Bust's trainer, Marcus Tregoning, is hoping the decision to swerve Afsare in Saturday's Celebration Mile will prove the right call, and said: "I wouldn't want heavy rain but he goes there with a fighting chance. He's a tough little horse and has performed well running in quick succession in the past."
Richard Hannon has won the 7f contest three times in the last four years, and is double-handed this afternoon with Libranno and Professor, while favourite for the race is the returning Penitent for David O'Meara.
Today's key pointers
1. With a 10-18 record since 2008, and a profit of £15.96 to a £1 stake, horses sent to Beverley by Sir Michael Stoute really must be backed. Dream Wild can give him another winner at the track in the 2.55.
2. Luca Cumani is skilled at placing his handicappers to his advantage, and his record of 6-18 with three-year-olds in handicaps at Yarmouth for the past three seasons is a fair strike-rate (two of the last three have won). Deserted looks a likely type to improve those stats in the 4.50.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Beverley: good, good to firm in places
Cork: good, good to firm in home straight, good, good to yielding in back straight
Goodwood: straight course good, good to soft in places, round course good
Yarmouth: good, good to firm in places