Algometer can stake a late claim for a place in the Investec Derby line-up with victory in the EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.
David Simcock has previously indicated a trip to Epsom would not be uppermost in his mind for this son of Archipenko, but a win in this Listed heat might be enough to alter that view in what is one of the most open Classic years in recent memory.
Algometer showed some promise on his initial juvenile start at Goodwood last October, finishing fourth over nine furlongs despite running very green before turning out later that month to win at Newbury before being wrapped up for the winter.
He then reappeared in the Sandown Classic Trial last month, finishing a length and a half behind leading Derby candidate Midterm after trying to make his evident stamina count by kicking for home two furlongs out.
While Midterm proved a touch too sharp, Algometer is bred to get every yard of a mile and a half as a son of dual Group One winner Albanova, so a switch up in trip here is a definite plus.
Goodwood is not the most straightforward of tracks so if Algometer can negotiate this test on the Sussex Downs, Simcock must surely give the Derby a second glance before dismissing the opportunity, although Curragh for the Irish version has been mentioned.
Aristocratic can make it fourth time lucky as she makes her handicap bow in the Goodwood Aero Club Fillies’ Stakes.
She has finished third in each of her three starts, most recently when disappointing on her seasonal return at Chelmsford last month. However, she had shown some decent form as a juvenile last term and her pedigree suggests she should be improving.
Goodwood: 1.50 Zaatar, 2.20 Good Luck Charm, 2.55 Aristocratic, 3.30 ALGOMETER (NAP), 4.00 Hestina, 4.35 Seeking Magic, 5.05 Cherry Kool.
Carlisle: 2.00 Picks Pinta, 2.30 Royal Celebration, 3.05 New Lease Of Life, 3.40 Table Manners, 4.10 Desert Haze, 4.45 Tellovoi, 5.15 Fidra Bay.
Catterick: 6.10 Give Us A Belle, 6.40 Gabridan, 7.10 Frenchie, 7.40 First Bombardment, 8.10 Moon Over Rio, 8.40 Four Poets.
Haydock: 6.30 My Lord, 7.00 Hart Stopper, 7.30 Take Cover, 8.00 Frederic Chopin, 8.30 Nodachi, 9.00 Chosen Character.
Stratford: 5.45 Dido, 6.15 Young Dillon, 6.45 Quiet Account, 7.15 Pacha Du Polder, 7.50 Paint The Clouds, 8.20 Joker Choker, 8.50 Bernisdale.
Wolverhampton: 2.10 Lutine Charlie, 2.40 Invocation, 3.15 Glasgow Central, 3.50 Lions Charge, 4.20 Inland Sea, 4.55 Red Flute, 5.25 Mount Cheiron.
Double: Algometer and Aristocratic.