Kodi Bear promises to be the star of the show in the Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood.
Clive Cox’s patience with the three-year-old looks like being rewarded in spades, as after an enforced lay-off following his two-year-old career having picked up what turned out to be a serious infection, he appears at least as good as ever.
A comeback win at Windsor in June was followed by a run in the Prix Jean Prat where little went right, but it most certainly all came together in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury earlier this month.
Always in cruise control under Gerald Mosse at the head of affairs, he defied an unusual route down the outside of runners before rejoining the main group to absolutely bolt up in what seemed on paper to be renewal well up to scratch.
It is a while now since his second to Belardo in the Dewhurst and although some may have crabbed that race at the time, there seems little doubt that Kodi Bear has the talent to be a genuine Group One threat as we head towards the autumn.
Punters up and down the land will be banking on him taking the next step this weekend, as he has been backed as if defeat is out of the question this week.
Fireglow rates a rock-solid pick in the 888sport Prestige Stakes.
Thoroughly tough and consistent, as you would expect of a Mark Johnston two-year-old, she went from a Catterick maiden straight to the Albany at Royal Ascot, running a huge race to get within five lengths of Illuminate. The winner went on to win what was the Cherry Hinton, beating Lowther winner Besharah, so the form is watertight.
Fireglow herself advertised that fact when winning next time at Sandown and there was much to like about the way she went down fighting in the Sweet Solera Stakes, having served it up to the field for much of the journey.
Beverley: 1.45 Grand Beauty, 2.20 Ridge Ranger, 2.55 Ypres, 3.30 Tom Sawyer, 4.05 Sealife, 4.40 Naoise, 5.10 Langlauf, 5.45 Highlife Dancer.
Cartmel: 2.05 Altruism, 2.40 Izbushka, 3.15 Clues And Arrows, 3.50 Matrow’s Lady, 4.25 Supapowers, 4.55 Swaledale Lad, 5.30 Most Honourable.
Goodwood: 2.00 Fireglow, 2.35 Suzi’s Connoisseur, 3.10 Fun Mac, 3.45 KODI BEAR (NAP), 4.20 Best New Show, 4.50 Balmoral Castle, 5.25 Making Shapes.
Newmarket: 2.15 Kitaaby, 2.50 Wadi Al Hattawi, 3.25 Lucky Kristale, 4.00 Fatherly Friend, 4.35 Scarlet Dragon, 5.05 Speedy Move, 5.40 Global Force, 6.10 Ballesteros.
Redcar: 5.20 Scrutiny, 5.50 Tikthebox, 6.20 Another Touch, 6.50 Abushamah, 7.20 Dew Pond, 7.50 Vodka Time.
Windsor: 5.00 Missy Blue Eyes, 5.35 White Russian, 6.05 Keystroke, 6.35 Racing History, 7.05 Gospel Choir, 7.35 Khee Society.
Double: Kodi Bear and Fireglow.