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Tempest can go down a storm at Goodwood

30 July 2015

Goodwood is a funny old course at which pace, and how the race might possibly pan out, is more crucial than at any other course in my view.

We have seen this so many times this week and with that in mind, Kool Kompany may well get a soft lead under Richard Hughes in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.

The Craven winner has been highly tried since he scored at Newmarket, and Chester did not look like it suited him last time out at all. At the very least he is a fine back-to-lay vehicle.

After the St James’s Palace Stakes Charlie Appleby was confident of Group One success with Latharnach after the giant colt chased home dual Guineas winner Gleneagles.

It is interesting after two second-placed finishes this season that the Godolphin trainer has considered this much easier Group Three assignment.

Latharnach has the best form in the race, but I’m just not sure he’s worth an investment at around 6-4.

On his best form, Ocean Tempest would have a real shout in the Betfred Mile. John Ryan’s former Lincoln winner has been drawn on the rail, and has not had a run since trying to defend his crown at Doncaster in March.

He has been withdrawn twice this summer due to unsuitable good to firm going, and although it was sunny on Thursday the going remains good.

The fact he has been withdrawn suggests he had been ready to run for some time, and as he is only 3lb higher than when he beat Tullius on Town Moor. A big run at huge odds is expected from his good draw.

I do like the look of So Beloved, but I’m just not convinced he will stay the full mile in this ultra-competitive heat.

I was looking forward to the runs of Ayaar, You’re Fired and Red Avenger, but when they were all drawn wide I effectively did my ante-post money on them.

There are two horses I am keen to oppose in the King George Stakes. I do not think the Out Do form is particularly strong, and as David O’Meara’s charge is drawn wide, I can’t see why he trades so short. Cotai Glory chased home Out Do at York and is similarly poorly drawn, and similarly is priced up quite short.

I cannot see past Muthmir and Moviesta.

Geoffrey Riddle's Friday tips

2.35 Goodwood: Kool Kompany each-way at 14-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes.

3.10 Goodwood: Ocean Tempest each-way at 28-1 with Bet Victor Coral 

3.45 Goodwood: Moviesta at 13-2 generally available

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