3.10 Goodwood, Friday, July 31

The Betfred Mile (3.10) at Goodwood on Friday is as competitive as it gets, but we’re nailing our colours firmly to the mast with Saeed bin Suroor’s progressive 4-year-old Basem. The Pivotal colt is 2-2 over a mile at Sandown this season and could still be open to significant improvement after just six career starts. He’s quite closely handicapped with Munaaser and Jacob Black on their running at Sandown last month, but he probably has more scope for improvement than either of those rivals and can confirm the form, despite another 5lb rise in the weights.

Basem has won on good to soft, good and good to firm going, so should run his race whatever the weather in West Sussex and makes no little appeal at 7/1, in places, in the ante post lists. He tends not to win by very far, so could be the type to give the handicapper sleepless nights and definitely looks one to follow until beaten.

Selection: Goodwood 3.10 Basem (7/1 with Totesport and Betfred) to win

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