Andy Stephens hit the target at Goodwood on Thursday when his first option was £6 on Endless Time at 7-2 and £4 on Winter at 7-4, plus a £10 win double on the pair.
By Andy Stephens
Battaash looked a sprinter bound for the top when winning in course record time at Sandown last month and the immediate 5-1 offered about him winning the Qatar King George Stakes looked chunky.
He is now generally half that price to win the feature race at Goodwood on Friday but the three-year-old is unproven on soft ground and, reluctantly, has to be swerved.
Trying to find a confirmed mudlark to take him on with is not straightforward, so I’m going to pass on a race where just about every other runner likes to force the issue.
The Betfred Mile Handicap (3.00) makes much more appeal as a betting medium with my shortlist comprising Withernsea, Tony Curtis, Blair House and Greenside.
I prefer them in that order with Withernsea, well drawn in stall seven, looking a cracking wager at a general 20-1.
The Richard Fahey-trained six-year-old is in his element when the mud is flying - all four of his career wins have been achieved on slow surfaces - and he is only 4lb higher than when landing a competitive mile handicap at Newbury in May.
He confirmed he was in excellent fettle when third to rejuvenated stablemate Stamp Hill in a typically hot renewal of the Gigaset International Stakes at Ascot last Saturday.
It looks like the bookmakers have decided this is something of an afterthought, but Withernsea is a tough sort who seems to thrive when having races in quick succession.
His win at Newbury was achieved a week after running in the Victoria Cup at Ascot, while his success on heavy ground in a big-field handicap at Doncaster in November 2015 came just seven days after he had been in action at Newmarket.
Last week he travelled strongly but was unable to quicken in the closing stages. Stepping back up to a mile will suit him and Tony Hamilton, on board for a couple of his wins, resumes the partnership.
The opening Betfred Glorious Stakes looks a race to be getting involved in because the front two in the market - Poets Word and Frontiersman - are hype horses yet to show they can handle testing ground. It was also reported on Thursday that Frontiersman might not even run and a decision about his participation will be taken on the morning of the race.
My focus is on Lord Yeats and Second Step, who are proven on the going and had a great tussle at Newmarket last month.
Lord Yeats edged the verdict but Second Step, available at 13-2, is entitled to turn the tables on 3lb better terms. In addition, he has an extra tick in his box because he won a Listed race over course and distance in May at the chief expense of Desert Encounter (subsequently third in the Coral-Eclipse) and Barsanti (who chased home Idaho next time in the Hardwicke).
My third and final fancy on the card is Make Time, chalked up at 4-1 for the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.25).
The Makfi colt looked one to keep the right side of when losing his maiden tag in style over 7f on soft ground at Salisbury in the autumn and looked a ready-made pattern performer when winning by six lengths on his handicap bow, off a mark of 91, at Sandown last time when backed off the boards.
Ignore his lacklustre run behind Barney Roy in the Greenham, in between, because his stable was struggling with a virus at the time.
Make Time is exciting and looks capable of putting David Menuisier, who trains not far from the track, on the map.
How To Bet £20 on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood:
(Prices correct at 2.30pm)
3.30 Goodwood: Withernsea £10 each-way at a general 20-1
1.50 Goodwood: Second Step £3 win at a general 13-2
2.25 Goodwood: Make Time £4 win at a general 4-1
3.35 Goodwood: Withernsea £2 each-way at a general 20-1
Plus a £1 Win Patent on the trio and £1 each-way treble