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Wednesday’s Action: Danadana taken to down Grandeur at Goodwood

3.50 GOODWOOD: R H HALL FOUNDATION STAKES (Listed Race)

 

Last year’s winner Grandeur lines up again in today’s Goodwood feature and he will prove very hard to stop at a track that he seems to thrive at. Jeremy Noseda’s classy 5yo has not raced on turf in Britain since his 1 1/4 length victory twelve months ago but has since boosted his profile no end with some top notch performances in America.

 

Last year’s victory was Grandeur’s third victory from four starts at Goodwood, with the other being defeat by a head on debut as a 2yo. This amazing course form added to the ability he has shown with two fine Grade 1 efforts in America this year make him very much the one to beat but at the prices he might just be worth taking on.

 

The one that might be worth taking the favourite on with is Luca Cumani’s DANADANA, who may just be creeping back to his best form which gives him strong claims. The 6yo is high quality performer when at his best and it does take him a few runs to reach top level, as he has shown in previous seasons.

 

He has again been progressing with each start in this campaign and put in a season’s best performance last time when 3/4 length third to the top notch Windhoek in Turkey. This is the time of year he has thrived in the past and with ground to suit, he will give Grandeur plenty to do.

 

If the ground had come up on the soft side I would have put up course and distance Listed winner Marsh Daisy, but Hughie Morrison’s 3yo filly may struggle on this quicker ground. She obviously has plenty of ability and the 11lbs she receives from her main rivals could see her make a big challenge.

 

Fellow 3yo filly Be My Gal was a Group 3 winner in France two starts ago and is worth consideration but she may also want more cut in the ground, whilst Salam Alaykum and Nancy From Nairobi look a little outclassed in a contest of today’s nature.

 

By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

24/9/14


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