The NAP on Friday, who runs in the penultimate race of Goodwood’s evening card, is a progressive filly for the in-form William Haggas who has plenty going for her as she goes handicapping for the first time.
Many eyes will be on Day 3 of the Ebor Festival at York on Friday, but there’s six other meetings – including a small but select offering from Goodwood – to get stuck into.
For the NAP of the Day, I like one running at the Chichester venue – namely William Haggas’ QUEEN EMMA for this 0-85 fillies’ handicap.
The three-year-old daughter of Saxon Warrior has a highly-progressive profile, improving for every run to date – culminating in a debut success at Lingfield last month.
She seemed to relish the step up to 1m4f that day and is starting to get the hang of racing. At her first attempt in handicap company, that makes her extremely dangerous off a potentially lenient mark of 80.
The useful Adam Farragher claims 3lbs, which is another big plus, and she only has three rivals to beat.
These can be trappy races, I must admit, but it doesn’t look a strong contest and given the upward curve this filly is following, I’ll be fairly disappointed if she can’t make it 2-2 for a trainer operating at a more-than-healthy 23% strike rate.