Seven races form a high-class card at Goodwood, where many of the top trainers and jockeys are present, on Wednesday.
One of those top jocks is the in-form William Buick, who partners both my selections.
13:55 – Align The Stars @ 11/8
Opening the card at Goodwood on Wednesday afternoon is a two-year-old maiden over 1m2f, which has attracted just five runners.
The one that stands out to me is Align The Stars for Charlie Johnston, whose father Mark was renowned for his success at the Chichester venue.
This horse was a respectable second behind a nice type for Karl Burke at Hamilton last month, which sets the standard here. He also looks, at least to my eye, to have more scope than the re-opposing Let’s Dream and his other three rivals.
It’s currently Soft (Heavy in places) at the Chichester track, which is an unknown for all intended runners. That, plus the trip, will test this field, and there’s plenty of reason to believe the selection will handle it best. He’s certainly bred for it anyway, as a son of Sea The Stars and full-brother to four-time Group 3 winner Al Aasy, whose form on ground with a bit of cut is top-class.
All things considered, I’m hopeful Align The Stars can get us off to a flyer under man of the moment William Buick.
16:15 – Chic Colombine @ 7/2
The Champion Jockey is aboard my other selection – George Boughey’s Chic Colombine, who takes on 10 rivals in the British EBF £100,000 2YO Fillies’ Series Final.
Despite the prize money, I don’t think this is a deep race whatsoever and the selection, who won a nursery handicap on soft ground at the Betfred St Leger Festival at Doncaster the other week, stands out like a sore thumb.
She looked like a filly going places when making striking late headway to win by half-a-length that day. She also looked like she’ll relish this step up in trip.
With Ryan Moore in the plate, Richard Hughes’ Les Bleus is a massive danger, while Local Arms for Karl Burke is interesting, but ultimately I’m backing Chic Colombine to win her fourth race on the bounce.