Racing: Thursday, July 30 preview

Quest For More is tipped to score at Glorious Goodwood. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Quest For More is tipped to score at Glorious Goodwood. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Quest For More can make the switch from handicap winner to Group Two victor with aplomb in the Qatar Goodwood Cup, the highlight on day three of the Glorious meeting.

To call Roger Charlton’s charge merely a handicap winner is perhaps a disservice to him as his most recent success came in one of the most keenly-contested staying events of the season, the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

The two-mile heat is a classy affair nowadays with 2005 winner Sergeant Cecil memorably building on his win to eventually claim Group One gold in France.

While Quest For More has some way to go to match that achievement, his length-and-a-quarter triumph at Newcastle off a mark of 104 certainly suggested he could be capable of making his mark at this kind of level and his subsequent 5lb rise puts him in the mix on the ratings.

Another positive for the five-year-old is that he won over a mile and six furlongs at Goodwood earlier in the campaign, so the Downs will hold few surprises for him when it could catch out of a couple of his rivals.

He has a bit to find on the bare numbers with the likes of Big Orange but as a relatively unexposed guaranteed stayer, Quest For More is worth a shout at what could be a decent price.

Air Force Blue turned in a fine performance when second at Royal Ascot and he can enjoy his day in the sun in the Qatar Richmond Stakes.

Winner of a Curragh maiden on his debut for Aidan O’Brien, he found only Buratino two lengths too good in the Coventry Stakes after racing a bit too keenly and is clearly among the Ballydoyle leading lights.

Lady Dragon is an interesting French raider in the Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes and she must be respected for Mikael Delzangles.

She hails from a family with plenty of ability and given she has three wins to her name, she has seemingly inherited a little dash of her own.

The French form is obviously hard to read but she recently ran a fine third at Listed level at Chantilly and as the fifth-placed runner has since gone on to Group Two glory, Lady Dragon is an intriguing prospect.

Racing History can bring up his hat-trick in the Land Rover Stakes and possibly propel himself into Pattern reckoning.

The fact Saeed bin Suroor’s charge is entered in the Great Voltigeur indicates the regard in which he is held and as a full-brother to Farhh, it is easy to see why connections would have high hopes.

His five-length maiden win was supplemented by a handicap success at Chester last time and he looks a horse of real potential.

Leah Freya is the pick in the Racing Together Ladies’ Derby Handicap at Epsom, with Zubaidah a likely type in Ffos Las’ Clogau Tree of Life Handicap.

Simple Attack is another possible winner for Bin Suroor in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes at Nottingham, while Kingdom makes some appeal in the Bidvest Foodservice Handicap Hurdle at Stratford.

Selections:

Epsom: 5.50 Attain, 6.25 Leah Freya, 7.00 Rockley, 7.30 Tatting, 8.05 Hipz, 8.40 El Fenix.

Ffos Las: 5.40 Every Instinct, 6.10 Happy Call, 6.45 Shaden, 7.15 Zubaidah, 7.45 Air Squadron, 8.20 Bari, 8.55 Kinnara.

Goodwood: 2.05 Racing History, 2.35 Air Force Blue, 3.10 QUEST FOR MORE (NAP), 3.45 Lady Dragon, 4.20 Haggle, 4.55 Lagenda, 5.30 Judicial.

Nottingham: 2.25 Crescent Queen, 2.55 Simple Attack, 3.25 Sunday Royal, 4.00 My Strategy, 4.35 Stoked, 5.10 By Rights, 5.45 Mr Bissto.

Stratford: 1.40 Keys, 2.10 Roja Dove, 2.45 Pistol Basc, 3.20 Kingdom, 3.55 Roman Flight, 4.30 Hold The Fort, 5.05 Mac’s Grey.

Double: Quest For More and Air Force Blue.