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Growl in with a shout at the third time of asking

 

By Nick Robson

Growl can make it third time lucky in the Unibet Stewards' Cup at Goodwood today.

Richard Fahey's sprinter was fourth two years ago behind Dancing Star from a mark of 99, before finishing second in the Ayr Gold Cup, while last year he filled the same spot behind Lancelot Du Lac from 10lb higher.

That was undoubtedly his best run last season, as it appeared an ambitious trip to Hong Kong to take on the best sprinters in the world had left a lasting mark.

Since that promising effort 12 months ago though, admittedly when Connor Murtagh took 7lb off his back, he has not been in anything like the same form.

He was second on his return this year, but was beaten nine lengths by Kachy, and then he was only mid-division in the Wokingham at Ascot.

There was more to like about his most recent effort at York, when fourth to Flying Pursuits, for which the handicapper dropped him another pound down to 98, so he must surely be winning soon.

The form of Melting Dew's last win took a massive boost earlier in the week and he looks the one to be on in the Qatar Summer Handicap.

He just held off the William Haggas-trained Alfarris, the winner of a competitive race over 10 furlongs at the meeting on Tuesday. Melting Dew is stepping up half a mile in trip, but he was running over 12 furlongs last season and Sir Michael Stoute knows what he is doing.

The return to Goodwood can spark Dee Ex Bee back to life in the Qatar Gordon Stakes.

Mark Johnston's Derby runner-up has been below that form the last twice but some horses love this place and he bolted up on his debut in Sussex.

At Newmarket, the regally bred Swiss Knight could have been let in lightly for the Become A Friend Of Racing Welfare Handicap.

Willie John is the potential star on show at Doncaster in the Unison And LV Liverpool Victoria Car Insurance Novice Stakes.

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