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Andrew Mount’s Eyecatchers – August 2nd 2022

Andrew Mount's Eyecatchers

GG tipster Andrew Mount reveals his list of eyecatchers from the past week’s racing. Find out which runners he wants to keep onside below, alongside bet365‘s new customer offer of £50 in Free Bets when you deposit £10.

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BOUNCE THE BLUES (seventh, 7f fillies and mares Group 3, Goodwood, Wednesday, July 27th)

I always back progeny of Excelebration when they switch from the all-weather to turf but halved my bet on BOUNCE THE BLUES because of her wide draw in stall 14 of 15. My concerns were well founded, as she lost ground by racing wide and could only keep on into a 16-1 seventh. This performance was worthy of an upgrade and Andrew Balding’s five-year-old will be of interest at likely big odds if taking up her entry in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on August 13th.

CHINDIT (sixth, 1m Group 1, Goodwood, Wednesday, July 27th)

I’d hoped that CHINDIT would have been ridden patiently in the Qatar Stakes to try to pick up second or third place, but Pat Dobbs had him positioned in next place behind the front-running Bathrat Leon. He was swept aside by the big guns two furlongs out and came home in a 50-1 sixth of seven. His record in Group 1 company now reads 955346 (0-6), compared to 11114311 (6-8) at a lower level. He’s entered in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes on August 13th, as well as the Group 2 City Of York Stakes a week later.

GLOBAL HUMOR (second, 5f handicap, Musselburgh, Friday, July 29th)

GLOBAL HUMOR, a dual 7f winner at Ayr last year, would have found the 5f trip on good ground an insufficient test of stamina and he did well to run second after challenging wide. His latest win came over 5f but that was at stiff Hamilton on soft ground. He goes well after a very recent outing, landing three of his four starts when returned to the track five days or sooner since his latest outing. He has three entries on Thursday/Friday this week.

LORD RIDDIFORD (won, 5f handicap, Goodwood, Tuesday, July 26th)

LORD RIDDIFORD is the only winner to feature in this week’s column after impressing in the 5f Nicholson Gin Handicap on Goodwood’s opening day, a race he also won last year. He came form off the pace down the middle of the track, no mean feat given that the runner-up/third were both prominent from high draws. The fourth and fifth were also up with the pace throughout and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him follow up. He’s in the Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot on Saturday.

POWER ON (sixth, 8.6f handicap, Wolverhampton, Friday, July 29th)

It’s been desperately difficult to come from off the pace over the shorter trips at Wolverhampton this summer and last Friday’s meeting was no exception. Bora Bora was another all-the-way winner in division two of the 8.6f 0-65 handicap but it was the performance of sixth-placed POWER ON that caught the eye. Held up in second-last place in the early stages, he raced three-wide around the penultimate bend before being switched hard up against the far rail in the straight (rarely the place to be). He finished almost eight lengths behind the winner, but this was a fair effort in the circumstances. He has won here but he’s a three-time Polytrack scorer and might need a change of surface.

RHOSCOLYN (seventh, 1m handicap, Goodwood, Friday, July 29th)

The Golden Mile Handicap was the usual low-draw benefit and RHOSCOLYN was one of a few eyecatchers from poor high draws, finishing seventh from stall 15 (once adjusted for non-runners). David O’Meara’s 33-1 shot, best of the centre group when third in the 7f Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot has only ever won in fields of 11 or fewer runners and might appreciate a smaller field next time. Slow ground suits.

SISTER LOLA (fifth, 6f fillies’ handicap, Naas, Monday, August 1st)

It was an advantage to race hard up against the far side rail in sprints at Naas on Monday, favouring those drawn low. The story of the 6f fillies’ handicap was the contrasting fortunes of the two James McAuley-trained runners, Sister Rosetta (stall 8 of 11) and SISTER LOLA (stall 1). The former was poorly drawn but broke smartly, got across to the favoured rail and duly made all at 12-1. Sister Lola on the other hand, had the best of the draw but was steadied at the start and brought wide round the outside of the field to race closest to the stands’ side rail! She kept on strongly to finish a 14-1 fifth (beaten by six and a half lengths) and would have finished an awful lot closer had she not gone round the houses, the shops and the leisure centre on the edge of town. Four of her five wins have come at Dundalk, and she’ll be of particular interest when returned to that venue.

TOUSSAROK (sixth, 7f handicap, Goodwood, Wednesday, July 27th)

TOUSSAROK was well drawn in stall 6 in this 18-runner handicap, but his prominent style was no help in a race featuring plenty of pacesetters. He sat in second place early and had nothing left at the business end, finishing five and a half lengths back in sixth. Four of the five who beat him all came from midfield or further back and he can be supported on a track kinder to his running style.

VEE SIGHT (fourth, 1m2f handicap, Goodwood, Thursday, July 28th)

VEE SIGHT had kept on strongly to scored over 1m1f at Sandown on his handicap debut in June and was sent off as the 9-2 joint-second favourite for this competitive 1m2f contest. However, Ralph Beckett’s son of Churchill was always trapped wide from his stall 13 of 13 draw and was left with too much ground to make up off a steady gallop. He hung right under pressure before staying on well to finish five lengths back in fourth. He’ll be winning again soon on a more conventional track, ideally one with a long straight such as Doncaster.

WE’RE ON THE WAY (ninth, 6f apprentice handicap, Naas, Monday, August 1st)

Low draws dominated in the 6f apprentice handicap, with the first three drawn 1, 3 and 2 of 23. Eight horses raced in the stands’ side group with WE’RE ON THE WAY (stall 23) emerging best of them. He was only ninth overall, but this was a solid effort against the draw bias, and he might prove capable of breaking his duck in the next few weeks.

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