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Goodwood: Magnificent Movie can be a smash hit for Harry Redknapp

By Nick Robson

Published 31/07/2015

Jamie Spencer's riding has been impressive this year
Jamie Spencer's riding has been impressive this year

The Qatar King George Stakes at Goodwood promises to be fast and furious and that should bring out the best in Irish raider Moviesta, part-owned by former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

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.

His debut for his new trainer at Royal Ascot was fairly uninspiring, but the Diamond Jubilee was always going to be a tough ask on his first run after a break, and he showed his true colours when a close third in a strong renewal of the Sapphire Stakes.

Moviesta can be expected to be there or thereabouts.

The Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes appears an excellent opportunity for Latharnach to get off the mark for the campaign.

Charlie 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.

The big betting race 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.

Hillstar appears to be gaining momentum and can hit the mark in the Betfred Glorious Stakes.

Big Orange teed himself up for a crack at the Melbourne Cup as he continued his improvement with a gutsy win in a thrilling Qatar Goodwood Cup yesterday.

Jamie Spencer was on board and it is difficult to believe that this time last year he was on the verge of retirement.

"He is an absolute star, this horse. He's so genuine and is a pleasure to train. I can't sing his praises highly enough," said trainer Michael Bell.

"Jamie gave him an absolutely masterful ride.

"I think Melbourne is the plan. I would say he ticks a lot of the boxes," he added.

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