1pt win Lord Yeats @11/2, 13:50 Goodwood, Friday

Frontiersman is by far the class horse in this race, and looks a tempting price at 10/3 based on what he has achieved so far this season, which includes running a close second to Highland Reel in the Coronation Cup.

But I have some strong reservations about Frontiersman’s ability to act on going this soft, and we have already seen some upsets this week due to the conditions.

Poet’s Word might be another one of those typical older Michael Stoute improvers in the making. He finished second to Coolmore’s Deauville in a decent Group 3 at Chester last time out and is on the upgrade.

But he too has question marks over the ground, which are compounded by the 2f step-up in trip – although he may get it. But, on balance, he’s not the most appealing selection either trading at 3’s.

Second Step has got to have a major shout in this race with previous form on the track. The ground might not inconvenience him either, so I expect him to be bang in there.

But despite the 3lbs pull in the weights, I’m backing the re-opposing LORD YEATS to continue his progress, and hold the form over Second Step from his Listed race success.

Trained by red-hot Jedd O’Keefe, Lord Yeats has taken his form to new heights this season. He won a handicap off a mark of 88 after 224 days off-the-track on his opener, before beating a strong field at Newmarket on his previous start against Second Step.

This particular race looks perfect for him with his favoured soft ground and an undulating track to his advantage given his front-running style. His sire – Yeats – got better with age, and this progressive gelding has as well.

Lord Yeats has entries in the American and Irish St. Ledger later in the season. I’m not saying he will win a race of that nature, but he looks up to Group 3 level and is in great form.

1pt win Lord Yeats @11/2, 13:50 Goodwood, Friday (Ladbrokes)



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