Bell Rock was well punted at this meeting last year when running over C&D, 12/1 into 15/2, finishing an eventual 3rd behind Maydanny off a 6lb higher mark than what he runs from today when equating in the jockey’s allowance.
That was his first and only try at the 1m2f trip and he remains unexposed and open to improvement at the distance now returning a year on.
His last win came under a 5lb claimer at Newmarket off 1lb higher when reversing the form with Maydanny over a furlong shorter, and he has since run some good races in defeat in Group and Listed company.
5lb claimer Harry Davies step up today for the drop back into handicaps, who has only twice finished outside the front 4 in 8 runs at Goodwood thus far.
Balding is in terrific form heading into the festival with a 26% strike rate across the last 14 days, his runner can look to race prominently from stall 4 and looks to have a great chance of being involved off this lowly weight.
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