AUGUSTA and Goodwood may be 4,000 miles apart but they have a few things in common.
Both venues are unrivalled for their beauty, they play host to one of the most prestigious meetings in their sport and today the likeness may grow stronger thanks to a certain GARCIA.
While top golfer Sergio Garcia was adorned with the famous green jacket at the Georgia venue after winning The Masters this year, his namesake could land today’s opening handicap (1.50pm).
Richard Fahey’s four-year-old has only seen the track once this season, finishing fifth in the John Smith’s Cup at York last month where he seemed to relish the step up in trip.
UAE Prince finished ahead of him in fourth that day but my selection should reverse that form.
The son of Paco Boy had to be pulled out wide to get a clear run and was finishing fastest of all.
The handicapper has left his mark unchanged at 95 and, although he’s not a monster price at 5/1 with 188BET, he looks a solid bet to get the day off to a flyer.
Another horse who entered the notebook after running on to make the places is DARK SHOT, who runs in the five-furlong handicap (4.45pm).
He was right out the back in the Investec Dash on Derby day at Epsom and somehow managed to mow through the field and finish second.
Andrew Balding’s gelding was last seen finishing a disappointing fourth of seven at Windsor, but he didn’t get much cover that day and all his best form has been on downhill tracks like this one.
I’m happy to take a risk on him finishing in the frame again with last year’s winner Boom The Groom looking the biggest danger.
Garcia 1.55pm Goodwood
Dark Shot e/w 4.45pm Goodwood