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Finjaan set for fine Goodwood return.

GLORIOUS Goodwood kicks off with a cracking seven-race card and Finjaan can land back-to-back runnings of the feature Betfair Cup.

The Royal Applause colt has not been seen since struggling in the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night, but he arrived at last year's renewal of the Festival race on the back of a similar effort, having failed to stay a mile in the 2000 Guineas.

That absence proved no hindrance, however, as he stormed down the outside to beat the reopposing Balthazaar's Gift, adding another Glorious Goodwood triumph to his Molecomb Stakes success of 12 months earlier.

Freshness would appear to be the key to him, this seven furlongs is his ideal trip and another win could tee him up for a return to Group One company later in the season.

The Group Three Betfair Gordon Stakes is one of the key St Leger trials and Simon De Montfort can force his way into the Doncaster equation.

Godolphin's French recruit has tasted defeat only once in five starts - when favourite for the Criterium de Saint-Cloud - and emerged as a leading Prix du Jockey Club contender when beating Pain Perdu in the Prix La Force.

He was a late withdrawal from the Chantilly Classic, so has not been seen since, but he remains an exciting prospect and can join Derby third Rewilding in giving new trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni an enviable hand in the Leger.

The all-conquering Richard Hannon unsurprisingly holds the key to the Betfair Molecomb Stakes and has aimed Zebedee at this Group Three since his comfortable Listed victory at Sandown at the start of the month.

That followed a fifth-placing in the Norfolk at Royal Ascot - his only defeat to date - and he appears an out-and-out five-furlong specialist.

Start Right looked an upwardly mobile performer when scoring at Newmarket recently and looks set for top honours in the Tatler Summer Season Stakes.

Luca Cumani's gelding had plenty of in-form three-year-olds trailing in his wake at Headquarters and a 4lb rise doesn't exactly appear harsh.

Cumani has won the ROA Summer Stakes three times since 2004, but this time his hat-trick seeking Kazbow may have to make do with minor honours behind Godolphin's Anhar.

The son of Kingmambo began the season in a Classic trial at Newmarket and, after cutting no ice there, was sent off at 10-1 for a Haydock handicap.

He failed to truly settle on Merseyside, but still had enough left in the locker to accelerate away from his rivals in the closing stages and the runner-up was a convincing winner at Sandown on Friday.

TOMORROW'S TIPS BEVERLEY: 2.00 Dubai Glory, 2.30 Miereveld, 3.05 Wadnaan, 3.40 Shadowtime, 4.15 Madam Mayem, 4.50 Bahamian Ballet, 5.25 Silly Gilly, 6.00 Kyle Of Bute. GOODWOOD: 2.10 Satwa Moon, 2.45 SIMON DE MONTFORT (NAP), 3.25 Finjaan, 4.00 Zebedee, 4.35 Start Right, 5.05 Golden Hinde, 5.40 Anhar. PERTH: 6.40 Definite All Star, 7.10 Cinaman, 7.40 Lords Bridge, 8.10 Dark Halo, 8.40 Native Coral, 9.10 Mountskip.

WORCESTER: 5.55 North Island, 6.25 Mustamad, 6.55 Cannon Fire, 7.25 E Major, 7.55 I Need A Hero, 8.25 Mibleu, 8.55 Couer De Lionne.

DOUBLE: Simon De Montfort and Finjaan.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 26, 2010
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