Angus McNae
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Wednesday 29th July 2015

Racing UK

Castle the layers with King Of Rooks

We had a fair start to the Qatar Goodwood Festival when Astronereus was one of my two each-way selections to make the frame.

Nonetheless the report for day one would say, 'must do better' and hopefully we can get the ball very much rolling this afternoon. 

The Fairmont Molecomb Stakes at 3.45pm should go to King Of Rooks. He looked very good when winning at Sandown two starts ago, and then at Royal Ascot he quite bizarrely got into a speed duel with Log Out Island, his stable companion, and paid for that by finishing third.

He is clearly better than the bare result, and can make amends now at a track that should suit his style. He is a confident section.

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The opening handicap, the Victoria Racing Club Goodwood Stakes, looks tailor made for Air Squadron, who should be backed each-way.

He promises to be well suited to this extreme test, and his relaxed style of racing means that he still remains ahead of the handicapper.

He only just does enough in his races, and to me he looks a class above his rivals. At 7-1, he seems to be a very fair price.

Thirdly, I am keen on Mutawathea in the Nat West Stakes at 5.25. This horse is trained by Simon Crisford, who has made a tremendous start to his career as a trainer.

Not only is he training winners galore, he seems to be a more relaxed individual who is enjoying the freedom of decision that his new job has given him.

This horse is smart, and was not seen to best effect at Ascot last time when sent off a warm favourite. Prior to that, he had looked thoroughly progressive. He is nicely drawn here and at 9-1 makes each-way appeal.

Angus McNae's Wednesday tips:

2.00 Goodwood: Air Squadron each-way at 7-1 generally available

3.45 Goodwood: King Of Rooks at 5-4 with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill

5.25 Goodwood: Mutawathea each-way at 9-1 BetVictor and Coral.