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Horse Racing: Go Blue for glory at Goodwood.

Byline: By Stable Boy

Blue Ksar may not be the most straightforward of performers but he is worth a shout in the Letheby & Christopher Festival Stakes at Goodwood.

Although Sixties Icon would be the form horse coming into the race, he is likely to be a very short price and would not be the most reliable candidate himself.

That presents Blue Ksar as the only other viable option in what is a lacklustre field, but he is a runner of some ability.

The five-year-old is a multiple Listed sorer but has just fallen short of Group level, most recently when a close-up third behind stablemate Windsor Knot at Newmarket last October.

He did not look keen to go on that day but the race came at the end of a long season and it may have been one run too far.

Blue Ksar will be having his first start of the year but he is a horse that has gone well fresh before and may be worth a look if a generous price.

Michael Jarvis' outstanding record at Haydock can be strengthened if Bukit Tinggi runs to form in the Moondarra Stakes.

The four-year-old, who was gelded in the winter, looks a real improver from Kremlin House stables and could prove a great deal better than his current mark suggests.

Although he has gone up 3lb for a head reverse at Doncaster this month, the son of Peintre Celebre was only worried out of it in the final strides by a race-fit rival.

Likely to have come on a ton for that pipe-opener, Bukit Tinggi will probably get two miles in time and looks the sort that could rack up a sequence in competitive handicaps of this nature.

Erlydors had a nightmare at Chester but can do the business in the Bathwick Tyres Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.

Walter Swinburn's welltouted filly caught the eye in two previous outings at Kempton, where she was a stayingon second on both occasions.

It all went wrong on the Roodee, however, after Johnny Murtagh lost his irons soon after the start and was never competitive.

That effort should obviously be stricken from Erlydors' record, which can be bolstered with a first victory in this race.

The drop to six furlongs will definitely not be too sharp for one with such pace, while rattling-fast conditions are also likely to give this daughter of Captain Rio a huge fillip.

Monsieur is coming to hand nicely for his assignment at Wetherby.

Trained by Pat Haslam, the JP McManusowned eight-year-old returned to form when fourth at Sedgefield last month.

Monsieur can be keen in his races, but is now rated 2lb lower than when he struck over course and distance in November 2006.

The Don't Miss Ladies' Evening 29th May Handicap Hurdle over the minimum trip looks an ideal port of call for a confidence-boosting success.

Smart John can make a successful step up to three miles in Worcester's coral.co.uk Novices' Hurdle.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 22, 2008
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