The Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood appears an excellent opportunity for Latharnach to get off the mark for the campaign.
Charplie Appleby’s charge won twice from just three starts as a juvenile, claiming the notable scalp of Time Test at Sandown last September.
There was no disgrace in his comeback second to Tupi at Newmarket in May, especially with the benefit of hindsight, and he justified the faith of connections with a fantastic run to beat all bar Gleneagles in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
There did not appear to be any fluke about that performance and if he can produce a similar effort on the Sussex Downs, he will be very hard to beat at this slightly lower level.
The big betting race of the afternoon is the Betfred Mile, in which the exciting Basem looks sure to go well for Appleby’s fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
The Pivotal colt is bred for the job as a full-brother to the brilliant, if slightly fragile, Farhh and while he has a way to go to reach those levels, he is certainly on an upward curve judged by his successive triumphs at Sandown this year.
He did particularly well to win the fiercely competitive Coral Challenge last month as the ground was quick enough for him on that occasion and he could even raise his game if there remains some ease at Goodwood.
Another lucrative handicap success will have his connections eyeing Pattern races before the year is out.
The Qatar King George Stakes promises to be fast and furious and that should bring out the best in Irish raider Moviesta.
The five-year-old won this event in 2013, when trained by Bryan Smart, and is now under the guidance of sprint king Eddie Lynam.
* Selections -
Goodwood: 2.00 Hillstar, 2.35 LATHARNACH (NAP), 3.10 Basem, 3.45 Moviesta, 4.20 Ferryover, 4.55 Osaila, 5.30 Tashaar.
Newmarket: 5.20 Special Code, 5.50 Al, 6.25 Daleelak, 7.00 Kastini, 7.35 Zeshov, 8.05 Alkawn, 8.40 Toga Tiger.
Bangor: 1.40 Maypole Lass, 2.10 Astaroland, 2.45 Guiding George, 3.20 Dare To Achieve, 3.55 Lisbon, 4.30 Revolutionary Road, 5.05 Powderonthebonnet.
Bath: 5.25 Swendab, 6.00 Annaluna, 6.35 Baylay, 7.10 Swanton Blue, 7.45 Star Fire, 8.15 Stosur.
Musselburgh: 5.40 Tapis Libre, 6.10 Awohaam, 6.45 Be Lucky, 7.20 Shipyard, 7.55 Koothrappali, 8.25 Ellaal, 8.55 Oil Strike.
Thirsk: 1.50 IT Guru, 2.20 Lydia’s Place, 2.55 Cisco Boy, 3.30 Hawkesbury, 4.05 Art World, 4.40 Donna Graciosa, 5.15 Indego Blues.
Double: Latharnach and Basem.