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Tony McCoy in JP McManus silks

Tony McCoy's mount Carlingford Lough is the 6-1 favourite for the Plate

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Plate favourite Lough scrapes into race

BACKERS of Carlingford Lough were able to breathe a sigh of relief as Like Your Style came out of the race in the minutes before the 2pm deadline to allow the 6-1 Galway Plate favourite the opportunity to line up for the €200,000 contest.

The first reserve needed just one of the 22 horses to come out of the race to get in, but with 10 minutes to go it looked as if he wouldn't get in, however the late withderawal of Like Your Style due to a going change allowed him to sneak in.

Henry de Bromhead's Buckers Bridge is another intriguing runner. A Grade 2-winning novice chaser, his last two starts have been in Grade 1 company and he makes his handicap debut in the Plate.

De Bromhead said: "It's his first time in a handicap but he's coming back from a Grade 1 so I think he will cope. He's been trained for the race and gets into it off 141, so everything points to a good showing. I've been delighted with him recently."

Today's key pointers

3.05 Goodwood
The Sussex Stakes has developed into a really good race for favourites in the past five years with all of them winning, including the incomparable Frankel in 2011 and 2012. This suggests whoever starts market leader between Dawn Approach and Toronado has a statistical edge on recent editions.

3.40 Goodwood
Richard Hannon has won the last three runnings of the Group 2 Vintage Stakes with his shortest priced runner, so expect Toormore to close to landing that contest under Richard Hughes.

Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive

Chase and Hurdle: Good; Flat: Yielding
Goodwood Good to Soft
Leicester Good to Soft, Soft in places
Perth Good to Soft
Redcar Good, Good to Firm in places
Good, Good to Soft in places

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