Saeed bin Suroor’s Basem is the one the punters have latched onto in today’s feature handicap at Glorious Goodwood, the £150,000 Betfred Mile (3.10), a contest that is always fiercely competitive and inevitably provides a grandstand finish.
The Pivotal colt has already become a standing dish at Sandown Park with three wins from three visits to the Esher track, all over a mile. Despite having been raised 5lbs for his most recent success, he is still considered by some shrewd judges to be on the right side of the handicapper and to be a possible pattern race performer of the future.
“He ran well and won last time, he’s in good form and has been working well,” bin Suroor reported of the current 6/1 market leader with Betfred. “He’s won twice this year on good to firm but he really prefers softer ground and has won on good to soft, so we would like to see a little rain. We will see how he runs before making any further plans.”
Amongst Basem’s main market rivals is 12/1 shot Donncha, trainer by Robert Eddery. The progressive four-year-old ran a fine race to be a close third in the International Handicap at Ascot last Saturday and has reportedly recovered well from his exertions.
“He’s drawn pretty much bang in the centre so Andrea
[Atzeni] has options,” Eddery explained. “I wouldn’t have wanted him drawn on the fence as he’s a horse that has to be given his chance early and he might not have got out, so we’re happy enough. I think he has every chance.”