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Latent Heat

Latent Heat went close in the seven-furlong handicap. Slowly away and held up early on behind a sedate enough looking pace that Sir Titan was allowed to set, he was very keen through the early stages of the race. He settled better as they raced around the home turn and he travelled well to the two-furlong pole. David Probert had to wait for a gap to develop as his rivals came under pressure but, once he got the gap, Latent Heat picked up well, and he closed on Goodwood specialist Sir Titan all the way to the line. It looked like he was going to get there, he traded at a short price in-running and, in the end, he went down by just a neck to his stable companion, and he pulled clear of the rest.

This was a race in which the pace held up well, with the winner making all the running. Tony Carroll’s horse did well to get as close as he did, racing from off the pace and racing keenly early on and he handled the soft ground well. The handicapper raised him by 4lb for this to a mark of 66, but that is 3lb lower than his peak and it is a mark off which he remains of interest. He can be keen in his races and, granted a stronger pace, he could do even better next time.

Goodwood, 28th August 2020