Glorious GoodwoodDaryl Carter was on the mark with Sussex Stakes winner Mohaather yesterday and he’s back with five Thursday selections. Check them out and GET A £5 FREE BET ON EVERY RACE ON THE CARD AT GOODWOOD

AL SALT (1.45 Goodwood, 1pt win 9/2)

I have maximum respect for standard setter Zabeel Champion who could still have more to offer but he will find it difficult to dictate from stall 9.

AL SALT could be thrown in off this mark of 88 on handicap debut if his form at Newcastle when taking the scalp of Tilsit is reliable. That horse is rated 98 and won by 19 lengths next time out, but the pair pulled nearly 10 lengths of their field and it could be that they are both useful horses.

He was very green on his next start at Wolverhampton when running all over the place and nearly threw away his unbeaten three-year-old record but went easily clear when Jim Crowley got him organised and that could have masked his real ability from the handicapper. He is worth chancing in a winnable race to get off the mark in handicaps.


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HIGHLY PRIZED (2.30 Southwell, 1pt win 9/2)

HIGHLY PRIZED shaped as though he would improve for the run at Market Rasen and, given the manner in which he travelled through the race, it’s highly likely this lightly raced seven-year-old has more to come.

He was a winner off a 7lb lower mark at Huntingdon on Handicap debut by 8 lengths in impressive fashion and can be forgiven his run in the Betfair Hurdle when badly hampered at the final hurdle. He wouldn’t have won that contest but he would have been a lot closer to the principals but for a faller in front of him.

This is only his fourth start in handicaps and this looks a good opportunity to get back to winning ways with the market solely focused on the Nicky Henderson runner who is far from reliable.


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GAVROCHEKA (3.00 Southwell, 1pt win 4/1)

GAVROCHEKA did remarkably well on return from a 191-day break when upped to this trip for the first time at Market Rasen. She was caught further back than ideal in a slowly run affair and can gain back to back victories here off a 2lb higher mark with a rating of 115 still underestimating her and she is the type to have a productive summer.

This looks a good race for the grade though but there is guaranteed pace this time around and that will suit the four-year-old filly that has more to offer over this season.


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MAGIC WAND (3.15 Goodwood, 1.5pts win 11/2)

I am rather surprised about the price of MAGIC WAND who, before weight adjusted ratings, comes out on top on official figures and boasts the strongest piece of recent form when fourth in the Eclipse behind Ghaiyyath, beaten just 4 lengths.

This looks like a good opportunity to dictate matters from the front end and given three of her four wins have come when making all the running and she should prove hard to peg back if Frankie Dettori can grab the rail in the home straight.

This is a much stronger race than the one Deirdre won last year and she may be seen to better effect over 1m4f. She also needs to reverse recent form in the Eclipse with the selection. Magic Wand represents plenty of value.


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ALIX JAMES (7.30 Musselburgh, 1pt each-way 8/1)

ALIX JAMES is unexposed over this trip of 7f and takes the drop back into Class 5 company after going close at Ayr off a 1lb higher mark last time out. That was just his second attempt at the trip in handicaps so it’s likely he has more to offer still.

The weather is due to deteriorate and if the ground turns soft it will play into the three-year-old’s hands, with others having questions to answer, and he will have ideal conditions to replicate his two-year-old win here last term.

He was gelded during the winter prior to his two runs this season and will likely have things all his own way out on the front end and is now 6lb lower than his opening handicap mark.


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Daryl Carter’s Best Bets

AL SALT (1.45 Goodwood, 1pt win 9/2)

HIGHLY PRIZED (2.30 Southwell, 1pt win 9/2)

GAVROCHEKA (3.00 Southwell, 1pt win 4/1)

MAGIC WAND (3.15 Goodwood, 1.5pts win 11/2)

ALIX JAMES (7.30 Musselburgh, 1pt each-way 8/1)


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