Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Best to Keep Faith with Jimmy Styles; MOSCROP ON SATURDAY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Best to Keep Faith with Jimmy Styles; MOSCROP ON SATURDAY

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Byline: MOSCROP

AS usual, there are more questions than answers hanging over the participants for the Bluesquare.com Stewards' Cup on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.

This is a mid-season cavalry charge when luck plays such a big part and not always does the best horse in the race come out on top.

While his last two runs have been below par, I feel this is not the time nor place to desert Jimmy Styles, who may still be better than he has shown after a career interrupted by injury. The easing of the ground has been another concern, as he has shown a preference for a faster surface and I only hope the rain stays away and the going is good.

Jimmy Styles flopped when favourite for the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot. His chance wasn't helped by having to race in the stands' side group, which was a disadvantage, but it was still a little disappointing to see him struggling so far out as he hung right. And there appeared to be few excuses for his subsequent defeat at Windsor, where again he was the market leader, and could only manage fifth spot behind Tamagin.

He has a bit to prove now, but if we go back to Newmarket in May there was ample encouragement from his victory over Everymanforhimself, bursting clear in the last furlong to score in the style of an improving sprinter. His supporters will be hoping he can recapture that sort of form after two expensive defeats.

At least Jimmy Styles has a good draw judging by yesterday's Stewards' Cup consolation race when the first four came from high numbers and they have largely dominated the outcome of the main attraction over the last decade.

His trainer Clive Cox, already on the scoresheet at Goodwood this week, also runs Pearly Wey and Kostar. The former has twice won the consolation event and it would be unwise to rule him out of this, but his stablemate may be a bit long in the tooth for such a challenge. …

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