Paul Ferguson has two selections from Goodwood for us on Wednesday; Gospel Choir in the 3.05 and Battalion at 4.15. Compare odds and bet.
It could be a case of Ryan Moore day at Goodwood on Wednesday, with the jockey set to ride three fairly short priced favourites as well as an interesting newcomer in the opener for Sir Michael Stoute.
He also gets the leg up aboard Gospel Choir (3:05) for Stoute and, with his first run of the season under his belt (well backed favourite at the Ebor meeting), he can score for the first time this season, now he is down in grade.
The Galileo gelding beat Sun Central and Stencive in competitive handicaps at Ascot and Haydock, respectively, last summer and faces nothing of that class this afternoon. Down a pound for his seventh place at York, the selection was trading at 5/2 with Paddy Power on Tuesday evening.
Moore then takes the ride aboard Grandeur in the feature Listed contest and, with a course-and-distance win to his name already, the grey could easily have too much pace for Brown Panther, who drops drastically in trip.
Of more interest from a punting point of view, however, is Battalion (4:15) who should be tough to beat under his 6lb penalty.
William Haggas’ Authorized colt has taken his time to get the hang of things (selected here a couple of times earlier in the season), but he won a Ripon maiden on his penultimate start, before bolting up in a Yarmouth handicap just 8 days ago.
A reproduction of that effort ought to be good enough in this weaker grade and he was trading at 11/8 with Bet Victor (originally opened up 7/4 with Bet365, soon into 11/10) on Wednesday evening.
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