Tuesday’s racing tips – 5/1 NAP can produce the Magic at Goodwood

Goodwood races.

Goodwood races.

Our expert takes a look through all of the races taking place today and highlights an interesting contender in a handicap at Goodwood as his best bet of the afternoon with Coral.

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3:50pm Goodwood Racegoers Club Fillies’ Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6f

Rose Of Kildare may be carrying top-weight here, by Mark Johnston’s experienced juvenile remains in good form and should give a good account of herself. Yet, the fact she gives ten pounds to her closest rival in the ratings cannot be overlooked and, while Angel Grey is a very interesting handicap debutante, I prefer the chances of GRACEFUL MAGIC, who has previous form with the favourite and should be much more comfortable back down over six furlongs.

Following a surprise maiden victory as a 33/1 shot at Sandown, Eve Johnson-Houghton threw Graceful Magic into the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, where the 100/1 outsider finished with just three fillies behind her. Despite a decent performance on her all-weather debut at Kempton, Charlie Bishop’s mount was overlooked in the betting as she clashed with Rose Of Kildare in a hot-handicap at Newmarket.

Graceful Magic was a little keen in the early stages and found her path to the line blocked a furlong from home. Yet, Bishop was able to sneak through a gap and push Rose Of Kildare right to the line. The stewards couldn’t split the pair, calling the result a dead-heat, which Johnson-Houghton can regard as an excellent performance considering the troubles in running her filly had to overcome..

Graceful Magic flopped on her following outing at Newmarket, but it was clear she didn’t get the seven-furlong distance that day and she’ll have almost a stone less on her back. There was just four pounds between the Rose Of Kildare and the selection when they finished nose-to-nose at Newmarket. Today, that gap has widened to 12 pounds, pushing the ball firmly into Graceful Magic’s court.