Glorious Goodwood 2016: One Word More and Poet’s Word among Friday tips
David Metcalf | July 28, 2016
One Word More each-way value in Mile
One Word More has some solid form to his name in big field handicaps, so looks decent each-way value in a typically wide-open and fierce renewal of the 1m contest sponsored by Betfred at Glorious Goodwood on Friday (15:10).
Tim Easterby’s gelding ran a blinder when second of 17 to Rene Mathis in last year’s Bunbury Cup at Newmarket off a mark of 102 and is now able to race off 3lb lower.
That gives the six-year-old every chance from a handicapping perpsective and he comes into the race on the back of two eye-catching efforts.
Unlucky last time out
After finishing a never nearer third to Always Smile in a Listed class 1 handicap at York, One More Word looked an unlucky loser at the same venue when a 3/4 third of 15 to Home Cummins.
Jockey Rachel Richardson dropped her whip approaching the final furlong, and it was to One Word More’s credit that he managed to finish so close.
If Richardson had not lost the persuader, then the result may well have been different, so off an unchanged mark the son of Thousand Words looks weighted to run a big race from a good draw in stall six now partnered by David Allan.
Poet’s Word poised for Moore success
Poet’s Word can take advantage of what looks a lenient mark and a drop in class to land the the 1m 3f handicap that brings proceedings to a close on day four of this prestigious flat meeting (17:30).
The Sir Michael Stoute trained colt shaped with plenty of promise in his first two starts before opening his account in good style at Nottingham back in May on good-to-firm ground.
After travelling sweetly on the heels of the leaders, Poet’s Word was produced by jockey Ryan Moore to take up the running a furlong from home and only had to be driven out to draw clear and beat Muntahaa by 2 1/4 lengths.
It was a most taking performance, which suggested the three-year-old needed keeping onside and the form of the race has worked out extremely well.
The runner-up has come out and won since and finished third in a Group 2 at Royal Ascot to be rated 108, the third home Shraaoh who was beaten just under four lengths scored next time up at Newcastle by six lengths to be rated 91, and the fourth and fifth have also gone on to taste success.
Solid handicap debut at Epsom
It made an opening handicap mark of 87 for Poet’s Word look very lenient, and he was far from disgraced off it when a five length fourth of 15 to Gawdawpalin in a hot class 2 contest at Epsom.
The son of Poet’s Voice travelled well for much of the contest, held every chance two from home until getting slightly squeezed and was unable to quicken on the rain softened ground.
Although now 1lb higher, Poet’s Word now drops down into class 3 company and remains well-treated on his Nottingham success and will appreciate the return to a sounder surface.
14.00: Mount Logan
14.35: Thikriyaat (NB)
15.10: One Word More (e/w)
16.20: Final Reckoning
16.55: Always Smile
17.30: Poet’s Word (NAP)