Talking Horses: King Of Stars to shine from the front in Beverley Bullet

With just five runners going to post for Goodwood’s feature event on Saturday, the five-furlong Beverley Bullet could have greater appeal from a betting perspective and the front-running King Of Stars (2.40) could be the pick of the early prices at around 8-1.

Mick Appleby’s gelding was drawn away from the action at York last time but put up a career-best effort to finish just a short-head behind Bergerac.

He has decent form at Beverley, has three victories in the book already for Ali Rawlinson and faces little obvious opposition for the lead.

Beverley 1.30: A tightly-knit handicap but Tangled, already a course-and-distance winner, should get a decent pace to chase with Outrun The Storm and Antagonize in the field and has four wins in the book off higher marks.

Goodwood 1.50: Soft ground will be a fresh experience for most of these juvenile fillies, Fairy Cross included, but Charlie Appleby’s runner has the most solid and progressive profile on offer and finished well clear of the third home when runner-up to a very promising opponent at Listed level last time.

Beverley 2.05: Three-year-old Kitsune Power looked unlucky not to win a stronger race than this at Goodwood in July and could well find more improvement for the step up to 10 furlongs.

Goodwood 2.25: David O’Meara’s Orbaan snapped a long losing run in the Golden Mile at the Festival meeting here and remains in top form, finishing within three lengths of the winner at York last time despite finding trouble in running. The gelding has winning form at seven furlongs and is also proven with cut in the ground.

Goodwood 3.00: Just four runners for this Group Three trial for the St Leger, and Hoo Ya Mal, the runner-up in the Derby in June, has a stone and more in hand of his opponent. He was only third last time behnd New London, the hot favourite for the Leger, but anything close to that form should be more than enough.

Newmarket 3.15: Last time out, Manaccan produced a career-best performance to win a strongly-run handicap at Ascot despite not getting the clearest of runs. John Ryan’s colt has been steadily progressive throughout his nine-race career and looks more than ready to make his presence felt at Listed level.

Goodwood 3.35: A distinctly sub-standard renewal of this Group Two contest and perhaps a chance for useful handicapper Escobar to get an unexpected breakthrough win at this level at the advanced age of eight. He has only 1lb to find with warm favourite Mutasaabeq on Timeform’s ratings, put up a top-class performance under 9st 11lb at York last time out and goes well on a soft surface.