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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Goodwood goodies: three horses to follow from Friday evening

Ralph Beckett: trainer of Arcadian Cat, who can go one better next time out
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There were the small matter of five evening meetings in Britain and Ireland on Friday and it was challenging for punters to keep up with all the action. Here are three horses that caught the eye at Goodwood and should be returning to the winner's enclosure in the near future . . .

Arab Moon
William Knight's smart handicapper is rated 7lb lower on turf than all-weather and it would be no surprise to see him bridge the gap this summer.

Silvestre de Sousa was at pains to settle the free-going son of Elnadim early on and they trailed in last turning in.

Watch the replay of the 1m6f handicap

Pulled out wide in the straight, Arab Moon made plenty of late headway and did not finish far behind the principals in a never-nearer fifth in what appeared a strong renewal of the feature 1m6f handicap.

If settling better, Arab Moon should stay 2m on turf, which could present more options and he remains a staying handicapper with potential for improvement.

Lah Ti Dar: defeated Arcadian Cat (right), a promising second at Goodwood on Friday evening, by six lengths at Newbury in April

Arcadian Cat
The 1m3f fillies' handicap turned into something of a dash to the line and that appeared to not play to the strengths of runner-up Arcadian Cat.

Ralph Beckett's daughter of Kitten's Joy, making her handicap debut after some fair maiden efforts including a six-length second to Lah Ti Dar, stayed on stoically to chase home Pretty Jewel, who is in the form of her life with four wins from her last five starts and blossomed since joining Ian Williams. 

Watch the replay of the 1m3f fillies' handicap

Arcadian Cat can go one better next time and is likely to flourish in an end-to-end gallop over 1m4f+.

Silca Mistress
Clive Cox's in-form three-year-old recorded back-to-back wins in straightforward fashion in the 6f fillies' handicap. 

The daughter of Dutch Art showed blistering early pace, bagged the stands' side rail and never looked in serious danger.

Watch the replay of the 6f fillies' handicap

She appears versatile regarding trip, showed a likeable attitude in recent wins and may well go on to land a hat-trick next time out.

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Arcadian Cat can go one better next time and is likely to flourish in an end-to-end gallop over 1m4f+
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