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First Sitting defends unbeaten Goodwood record in Foundation.

TO 3THINGS WATCH OUT FOR 1 Wall fears old rival Spark Plug getting 3lb First Sitting, who is unbeaten in two starts at Goodwood, looks likely to make a bold bid for a third course-anddistance success when he tackles the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Foundation Stakes (3.35) over 1m2f.

Those triumphs came on much faster terrain than he will encounter in this PS80,000 contest, but trainer Chris Wall is hopeful his stable stalwart can cope with the conditions.

"He's well," the Newmarket trainer said. "He has a good record at the track and, as long as the ground isn't too soft, he should be okay.

"He misfired last time and his penalty doesn't make things easy for him, but he's been showing the right signals at home and I'm hoping to get a good tune out of him."

First Sitting must concede 3lb to his old rival Spark Plug, who he beat by a nose when landing the Listed Festival Stakes at the Sussex track in May 2017.

Wall fears the penalty "may swing things in Spark Plug's favour", but expects his seven-year-old to give a very good account of himself.

Spark Plug has yet to get on the scoresheet this season, but ran a fine race on his penultimate outing when finishing a half-length runner-up to Mustashry in the Listed Gala Stakes at Sandown.

Mark Johnston's Threading and the Charlie Hills-trained Plutonian are others with claims in what looks a competitive event of its type.

Hills said: "Plutonian is in good nick and the ground should be okay. I was really pleased with the way he ran when second at Glorious Goodwood. That was a really good effort and I've always thought he could be on the fringes of Listed level.

"Threading would be hard to beat, but I think we'll be in the mix and Plutonian might have needed the run last time."

2 Sir Roderic out to continue revival Sir Roderic's recent upturn in fortunes have come over six furlongs, but the return to a mile should present no problems for the Rod Millman-trained five-year-old, who is one of nine runners in the PS30,000 Maltsmiths Optional Claiming Handicap (2.30).

After undergoing wind surgery during the winter, it was hoped Sir Roderic could take advantage of a highly favourable handicap mark in the spring, but things simply didn't work out for him until he was awarded a 6f Windsor handicap on the disqualification of Parnassian this month.

Millman said: "He had been disappointing until recently, but those last two runs over six furlongs have been very encouraging.

"We could have stayed at that trip, but you don't get too many chances to go for races worth PS30,000 with horses of his rating so we're stepping back up to a mile. We could revert to sprinting afterwards.

"He has won at the trip, will enjoy the ground, and has a nice low weight. He should run well."

3 Haggas hoping for better from What A Home William Haggas is hopeful What A Home will put a recent York defeat firmly behind her when she faces seven opponents in the PS50,000 TBA #thisfillycan Fillies' Handicap (4.10) under Ryan Moore.

The daughter of Lope De Vega could finish only fifth of seven behind the impressive Lah Ti Dar - subsequently runner-up in the St Leger - in the Listed Galtres Stakes at York last month, a performance which disappointed her trainer.

"I thought she'd run really well at York, but she just wasn't happy for some reason," Haggas said.

"The cut in the ground at Goodwood will suit her, and I'm hoping she can get her mojo back so that we can step her back up in class before the end of the season. She's a good filly."

The Andrew Balding-trained Lorelina, who seeks a four-timer following wins at Chester, Salisbury and Haydock, and Roger Varian's Elasia are likely to have plenty of supporters in a warm handicap. Richard Birch
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 26, 2018
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