Discussiontofollow is one of only a handful of potential improvers in the 32Red Cup on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.
The famous old handicap, better known as the Stewards’ Cup, has been used as a gateway to Group race glory by several of its recent winners.
Speedballs such as Genki, Hoof It, Hawkeyethnoo and the grand old boy Borderlescott have all won this before cutting the mustard outside handicaps.
This year, however, with the exception of Muthmir, who, in truth, looked a Group winner-in-waiting when dotting up at York last weekend, most of the field appear exposed.
That is not the case for Mike Murphy’s Discussiontofollow, though, who has improved in leaps and bounds this season, starting the campaign off 76, when he laughed at subsequent Bunbury Cup runner-up Absolutely So, before reaching a new perch of 96.
He was a close third in a big handicap at the Curragh behind the bang in-form Line Of Reason on his penultimate start and last time out, racing over five furlongs for the first time, he showed plenty of pace in a big handicap to beat the likes of Demora, Masamah and Robot Bot.
Racy was back in eighth that day and came out and won at Ascot last week so the form is standing up.
Border Legend catches the eye in the Unison Defending Our NHS Handicap at Doncaster. Second to subsequent John Smith’s Cup winner Farraaj at Epsom’s Derby meeting, he is only 4lb higher and there was seven lengths back to the third.
She’s A Worldie was unlucky on her debut but made no mistake at Beverley next time and could be well treated off 80 in the Constant Security Nursery Handicap at Thirsk.
Valantino Oyster can defy top weight in the GBX Anthems Here On 28 August Handicap, while Nufooth can win the 188Bet Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.
DONCASTER: 2.15 Lear’s Rock, 2.50 Nobbly Bobbly, 3.25 Pas De Cheval, 4.00 Allegria, 4.35 Border Legend, 5.10 Annunciation, 5.40 Monarch Maid, 6.10 Goadby.
GALWAY: 2.35 Ask Dad, 3.10 Goldan Jess, 3.45 Ol’ Man River, 4.20 Cape Clear Island, 4.55 Massinga, 5.25 Modem, 5.55 Dandridge,
GOODWOOD: 2.05 Stepping Out, 2.40 Kings Fete, 3.15 NARNIYN (NAP), 3.50 Discussiontofollow, 4.25 Secret Brief, 5.00 Guiding Light, 5.35 Flying Bear.
HAMILTON: 6.15 Ingleby Spring, 6.45 Cagoule, 7.15 Windforpower, 7.45 Milly’s Secret, 8.15 Ted’s Brother, 8.45 Valantino Oyster.
LINGFIELD: 5.30 Wordismybond, 6.00 Nufooth, 6.30 Shifting Star, 7.00 Hit The Lights, 7.30 Burnt Sugar, 8.00 Men Don’t Cry, 8.30 Sandy Cove.
NEWMARKET: 2.20 Red Pike, 2.55 Prize Exhibit, 3.30 Pisces, 4.05 Bureau, 4.40 Jammy Guest, 5.15 Pasaka Boy, 5.45 Jazz.
THIRSK: 1.55 Chances Are, 2.30 She’s A Worldie, 3.05 Leaderene, 3.40 Trail Blaze, 4.15 Escape To Glory, 4.50 Taqneen, 5.20 We’ll Deal Again.
DOUBLE: Narniyn and Kings Fete.
* Doncaster and Goodwood cards in Friday’s Star.