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Observational set to break maiden in Listed Cocked Hat Stakes

By James Boyle –

Six 3-year-old’s are set to go to post for the 4:00pm Listed event at Goodwood on Friday and the testing underfoot conditions, as much as anything, are bound to play a huge part. Judging who will and who won’t handle it is hard to gauge with most of these being relatively unexposed, but Roger Charlton’s Observational should have no problems in running to his best and 11/4 is worthwhile.

The son of Galileo only has two outings to his name and although beaten on both occasions, he has shaped with plenty of promise. The first of those came in a Newbury maiden at the back end of last term and, on testing ground over what in the longer term will prove to be an inadequate trip, he finished second to the decent Chatez; an encouraging, solid introduction to the racing game.

It’s far from mind-blowing form but, having had a winter break afterwards, the 200,000gns colt returned to action at Newmarket over 1m 2f in a 14-runner sales race (worth over £100k to the winner) and filled the same position as he did on debut. This time, he was only beaten a head but excelled himself to do so and although remaining a maiden, you would have to think that a Listed event such as this is well within his compass (likely to improve for that experience/outing also).

The main opposition comes from Barley Mow and John Gosden’s Marzocco, both promising sorts as well. I have my doubts over whether the first mentioned wants to go this far on testing ground, whilst the form of Marzocco’s second in an Epsom Derby trial last month wouldn’t have you foaming at the mouth, for all that he should have won. Both are, of course, potential winners in what is a small field, but Observational should have plenty more to offer the game in the longer term, won’t be hindered by the return to softer ground and could well improve for this extra furlong. If he handles this unique track, he has an excellent chance and gets 3lbs from Barley Mow to boot. The 11/4 mightn’t be around for too long.



Observational Silks Observational – 11/4, available generally.


– Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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