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Friday, 14 December, 2018

First Sitting out to defend unbeaten Goodwood record

First Sitting: seeks more Goodwood glory in the Listed Foundation Stakes
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First Sitting, who is unbeaten in two starts at Goodwood, looks likely to make a bold bid for a third course and distance success when he tackles the £80,000 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Foundation Stakes (3.35) over 1m2f.

Those triumphs were on much faster terrain than he will encounter on Wednesday, but trainer Chris Wall is hopeful his stable stalwart can cope with the conditions.

"He’s well," the Newmarket trainer said. "He has a good record at the track and, as long as the ground isn’t too soft, he should be okay.

"He misfired last time and his penalty doesn’t make things easy for him, but he’s been showing the right signals at home and I’m hoping to get a good tune out of him."

Mark Johnston’s Threading and the Charlie Hills-trained Plutonian are others with claims in what looks a most competitive event of its type.

Hills said: "Plutonian is in good nick and the ground should be okay. I was really pleased with the way he ran when second at Glorious Goodwood. That was a really good effort and I’ve always thought he could be on the fringes of Listed level.

"Threading would be hard to beat, but I think we’ll be in the mix and Plutonian might have needed the run last time."

Sir Roderic out to continue revival

Sir Roderic’s recent revival has come over six furlongs, but the step back up to a mile should present no problems for the Rod Millman-trained five-year-old, who is one of nine declarations for the £30,000 Maltsmiths Optional Claiming Handicap (2.30).

After undergoing wind surgery during the winter, it was hoped Sir Roderic could take advantage of a highly favourable handicap mark in the spring, but things simply didn’t work out for him until he was awarded a 6f Windsor handicap on the disqualification of Parnassian earlier this month.

Millman said: "He had been disappointing until recently, but those last two runs over six furlongs have been very encouraging.

"We could have stayed at that trip, but you don’t get too many chances to go for races worth £30,000 with horses of his rating so we’re stepping back up to a mile. We could revert to sprinting afterwards.

"He has won at the trip, will enjoy the ground, and has a nice low weight. He should run well."

Haggas hoping for better from What A Home

William Haggas is hopeful What A Home will put a recent York defeat firmly behind her when she faces seven opponents in the £50,000 TBA #thisfillycan Fillies’ Handicap (4.10) under Ryan Moore.

The daughter of Lope De Vega could finish only fifth of seven behind the highly impressive Lah Ti Dar – subsequently runner-up in the St Leger – in York’s Listed Galtres Stakes last month, a performance which disappointed her trainer.

"I thought she’d run really well at York, but she just wasn’t happy for some reason," Haggas said.

"The cut in the ground at Goodwood will suit her, and I’m hoping she can get her mojo back so that we can step her back up in class before the end of the season. She’s a good filly."

The Andrew Balding-trained Lorelina, who seeks a four-timer following wins at Chester, Salisbury and Haydock, and Roger Varian’s Elasia are likely to have plenty of supporters in a warm handicap.

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He has a good record at the track and, as long as the ground isn’t too soft, he should be okay
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