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TIME TO MOVE IN FOR THE WIN IN GOODWOOD OPENER

13:50 Goodwood


Given he has saddled six winners of this since the turn of the century and is ''known'' for excelling with his runners at this meeting, Mark Johnston trained runners demand close attention and last season's winner, Maydanny looks a sensible starting point. Emphatic when dotting up off a 12lbs lower mark last season, having been heavily backed during the build up, there is every chance this lightly raced son of Dubawi will retain this prize today and his most recent 2nd at Sandown, does read very well when attempting to judge his chance versus his mark. Obviously suited by the track and with an inclination to race up with or on the pace, the only slight negative for me would be the soft going conditions although that aside, he really ought to go well. Stable companion, Sky Defender has a sizable pull in the weights with Maydanny and could outrun his odds, certainly the market vibes are positive though his losing sequence is nearing twenty now and he couldn't be described as trustworthy.


Migration was fairly progressive in 2019 before presumably encountering problems and missing the entirety of 2020. Well backed on his return at Salisbury last month, he couldn't go the early gallop though he did finish very strongly for fourth and could barely have been any more eye-catching. Despite the handicapper somewhat harshly shoving him up 1lbs for that effort, he does look the potential ''Dark Horse'' of the race although his hold up style is something of a negative around here.


Majestic Dawn caused a major upset when landing the Cambridgeshire at odds of 40/1, quite why he was allowed to go off such a big price, given his unexposed profile is and remains something of a mystery and there certainly appeared to be no fluke about it. His most recent effort when third at Windsor ought to have put him spot on for this and a terrific amount of respect is afforded although his now mark of 105 (Won off 94) poses a very serious question of him.


It's Good To Laugh, Johnny Drama and Cockalorum have claims of sorts although a chance will be taken on Migration, who despite having a rather off putting wide draw, should have this run to suit and has the assistance of William Buick, who is taken to weave his way through before nailing them all late on.


MIGRATION (WIN)



written by Chris Connolly

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