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Goodwood hosts a great Bank Holiday weekend card on Saturday. Bizarrely, two Thursday’s back a sea fog scuppered a meeting here. But when the sun is shining there is no more quintessentially English setting than the Sussex downs. Pull on your shades, reach for a Pimm’s and be sure to have a sporting bet on two cracking horses.

Rebuttal makes an eagerly anticipated seasonal bow today in the Empire Property Group Cup Stakes and is a three-year old colt who could scale the heights this term. Last season Brian Meehan’s charge was the third highest rated two-year old in training and for a time prominent in the ante-post lists for the 2000 Guineas.

Rebuttal has obviously been a little slow to show sure signs of being ready to race. But a replication of last year’s Middle Park Stakes form would be more than good enough to win today. The step up in trip to mile is a slight worry given a speed-dominated pedigree, but an entry in the St.James’s Palace Stakes suggests that connections are confident Rebuttal will stay.

Earlier at Goodwood in the Empire Group Stakes Boogie Street is another seasonal debutant. He was consistently pitted against the UK’s best sprinters last year and acquitted himself well. He won this race when it run at Kempton and the form of his second in the King George Stakes over course and distance shows he acts on the track.

At Sandown on Monday the bonusprint.com Henry II should offer plenty of clues to the likely winner of the stayers’ crown, the Ascot Gold Cup. Godolphin’s Papineau holds that prize and their representative should be respected. But Luca Cumani’s Last Soldier Three is on the upgrade and offers each-way value.

Selections

2:20 Goodwood Boogie Street (win)

3:25 Goodwood Rebuttal (win)

2:50 Sandown (Monday) Lost Soldier Three (each-way)

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