Sam Boswell returns to give his selections for Friday’s racing action, including his tip for the Golden Mile at Goodwood.
It is set to be a good day for Charlie Hills, he saddles his stable star Baatash later on the Goodwood card but it is his horse Afaak I’m quite interested in for the 14.45 as an each-way proposition to win the Golden Mile Handicap.
This is a horse you may remember I tipped up at Royal Ascot, it does particularly well at Ascot but I think the six-year-old, who has now been dropped a further two pounds for his run at York, could just be the type to really relish this particular test.
If we go back through the form book a trip of a mile should surely suit this horse as his best form seem s to come over the slightly shorter trip and he will relish the quick ground we are expecting to have at Goodwood with the continued good weather.
I think at 18/1 he is well worth an each-way dart in what looks to be a fairly open Golden Mile.
the 16.45 at Galway is the James Gate Maiden Hurdle has two very interesting horses towards the head of the market. We see N’golo make his Irish debut for Willie Mullins in the famous Rich Ricci colours, this horse has run four times in France by Galileo seemed to appreciate a little ease underfoot winning his final start for his previous trainer before moving to Mullins.
He is likely to be the favourite and goes up against Risk Factor, a horse who has run four times in National Hunt bumpers and it is Risk Factor who I am keen on here. The four bumper runs, which include one win and four seconds, all seem to have smart form with the runners in around them.
He finished second to appreciate it at the Dublin Racing Festival, Appreciate It looks to be a very smart horse for Willie Mullins, finishing second at the Cheltenham Festival in the bumper there. Risk Factor is a horse that I think will take to hurdling, Joseph O’Brien had a couple winners at Galway already this week and certainly looks to have a great chance to claim another race here and get the better of the newcomer N’golo.