Goodwood top tip: Watchya well worth a look on preferred fast ground

It’s a busy Friday at the races, but from the fifty races across seven courses, Steve Jones, who runs CD Systems on Tipstrr, has sifted through the hundreds of runners to select his one Daily Bargain.

16:45 Goodwood: William Hill Handicap (5 furlongs)

Watchya is brought back to the track quickly following a solid return to action at Windsor on Monday, when he finished fourth of nine in a Class 3 handicap over the longer six-furlong trip on good-to-firm ground.

He should come on again for Monday's Windsor run, which was his first turf outing since finishing second of 16 in a valuable six-furlong handicap in Bahrain over the winter, and his first turf race in the UK since he won a handicap on very fast ground at Bath last summer.

He travels particularly well on a quick surface and that, combined with a potentially advantageous near-side draw makes him of strong interest against market rivals who would have preferred a slower surface than this.

Watchya has only ever run once over the minimum distance, and that was when he was highly-tried in a valuable Listed contest at Lingfield in February, when he justified his entry by running within 1.5 lengths of the winner, again travelling very well but just finding a few of his classy rivals too good on the day.

Top track jockey Tom Marquand is a strong booking at this venue and the four-year-old could well prove too speedy for his market rivals under these conditions.

Suggested bet: Watchya to win the 16:45 at Goodwood

Of the others, The Defiant is a hefty price here because he has to race from seven pounds out of the handicap, but it's worth remembering that he contested a higher-graded Class 2 handicap over this course and distance last summer when he was a completely unfancied 100/1 outsider because he was 14 pounds out of the handicap.

He defied the handicapper and those odds to finish a very decent fifth of 15 and ran within 1.25 lengths of the winner from an effective mark of 79, justifying his entry.

Today, he runs in Class 3 off an effective mark of 76, so it would clearly be foolish to write off a sprinter with plenty of speed who thrives under quick conditions and could easily run much better than the market expects.

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