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Goodwood preview: March Stakes (15.10)

Fun Mac has a progressive profile and can take another step forward to land the Listed 1m 6f March Stakes at Goodwood (15.10).

The Hughie Morrison trained gelding had some solid form to his name last season, but looked a much improved performer when sauntering to a wide margin success on reappearance at Salisbury over 1m 6f.

After being held-up, Fun Mac made steady headway three from home before taking up the running two out and storming clear to win easing down by 11 lengths.

The manner of the success suggested the four-year-old needed keeping firmly onside, and that view was confirmed when Fun Mac posted a career-best performance to finish a 1/2 length second of 19 to Clondaw Warrior in the 2m 4f Ascot Stakes.

Fun Mac looked all over the winner until being headed deep inside the final furlong, and the drop back down to 1m 6f looks sure to suit.

The son of Shirocco is clearly on an upward curve and may well have more to offer, and Fun Mac can take the step up into Listed company in his stride to get back on the winning trail.

Rawaki is the highest rated in the line-up and looks a big player after shaping nicely in two runs this season.

In the first of those, the Andrew Balding trained gelding was not knocked not about when a staying on fourth to Agent Murphy in a Listed contest at Ascot.

The winner has subsequently gone on to land the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury by five lengths, and that gives the form a strong look in the context of this contest.

Rawaki backed that up with a solid 1/2 length second in a similar grade affair over 1m 4f at this venue, and the seven-year-old should now be spot on to do himself justice.

Vive Ma Fille also holds major claims judged on her fine 3 3/4 length fifth of 11 to Big Orange in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup when last seen in action, but the Mark Johnston trained filly has just one win to her name and may well have been flattered in finishing so close.

Coral’s top tip: Fun Mac looks a great bet to have the last laugh and land this Listed contest