By Sam Turner For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:02 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 22:02 BST, 1 August 2019
Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Friday's meetings at Goodwood, Musselburgh, Newmarket, Wolverhampton, Bangor-on-Dee and Bath.
ESCOBAR (Goodwood, 3.00) would test even the hardiest punter’s constitution and temper, but when he’s in the mood there is little doubt of his class and he could finally enjoy a big day in the limelight.
The mercurial five-year-old doesn’t always allow his natural talent to emerge, preferring to choose the easier option of defeat rather than a gritty success in the main.
That was certainly the case in the Golden Mile last year when, after travelling in typically powerful fashion, he found his passage blocked and was quick to call it a day. He trailed in eighth, despite starting joint favourite with winner Seniority.
Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his top tips for Friday's races
However, Escobar’s recent efforts have been rather more encouraging, with the selection chasing home today’s ante-post market leader Mojito at Sandown on his penultimate start prior to winning snugly at York under a sympathetic ride by Jamie Spencer. If ever a combination of horse and jockey were made for each other then it is Escobar and Spencer.
Although this race could well represent a white-knuckle ride for their supporters, the duo have a great chance of going close in a race which could be set up nicely.
Hopefully, some of Spencer’s counterparts won’t allow Frankie Dettori to have a free ride aboard Mojito like they did at Sandown on his comeback from a 637-day break.