Just In Time will relish being back at Goodwood
We are involved in three of the major Flat meetings on Saturday – Goodwood, York and Newmarket – plus The Unit flies the flag for the Barbury jumpers at Stratford.
Just In Time, who arguably found the mile and a half too sharp at Lingfield last time out, steps back up to 14 furlongs at Goodwood, where he is unbeaten in two previous visits.
Henry Ponsonby, part-owner of Just In Time, also has On To Victory heading for the rolling Sussex Downs. He ran well to finish third at Sandown’s final meeting of the jumps season, but he will appreciate returning to Flat racing on turf, which he last experienced at that code when winning the November Handicap in similar soft ground at Doncaster.
Our other Goodwood runner is Haseefah, who had some solid form in the mud when trained in France. Both of his runs for Alan so far have been on the all-weather, but, like On To Victory, he’ll be suited being back on grass.
Inchicore and Green Planet, who finished first and second in the same race on turf at Lingfield last time, and both are back on the road on Saturday, though on this occasion they have different targets up at York.
Green Planet is relatively new to the yard, having previously been trained by David Simcock, but he was beaten more than six lengths by Inchicore, both looking to relish the soft ground.
The handicapper was so impressed with the way Inchicore beat the boys that he hiked the filly up 10lb, so Alan has opted to chase some black type and run her against her own sex in the Group 3 race.
However, that was Green Planet’s first run in a handicap and also his first on turf, and he came from off the pace to finish his race in style. He’s off a mark just a pound higher and will hopefully be in the mix.
Midnight’s Legacy is another who is happier on turf, having been performing on the all-weather, and he belied big odds when runner-up in the prestigious City Bowl at Salisbury recently, so he could also be competitive in a handicap up at Newmarket.