Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:21 22/05/2014
By Dansili out of four-time Group 1 winning filly Russian Rhythm the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Russian Realm has a pedigree to die for but the 4-year-old, despite showing plenty of promise, is only a shadow of his illustrious parents but with only six runs to his name there is still plenty of time for the horse to develop into a Group performer and if that is to be the case the mount of Ryan Moore must be up to winning today's Winnerevents.com Handicap at Goodwood off a mark of only 88.
Second at Ascot on his reappearance Russian Realm went down by a length and a half to Ishikawa and should come on the run but whether that entitles the colt to be no bigger than 2-1 at the West Sussex venue is open to question and at the 12-1 available with Bet365 and Betvictor The Confessor is a value each-way alternative to take the seven furlong contest. Despite a moderate run on his first run of the season at the course Henry Candy's 7-year-old has a tremendous record at Goodwood having ran there eight times and only failing to make the first four on the gelding's most recent start.
The son of Piccolo went down by only half length and a neck in the ultra-competitive Betfair Summer Double Second Leg in August 2012 after winning at the Glorious Goodwood meeting earlier that month. The Confessor has ran with credit on a number of occasions since then including when a six length ninth in the Ayr Silver Cup last autumn. The mount of Dane O'Neill will be racing off 88 this afternoon, his lowest rating since landing that Goodwood handicap 21 months ago and unless Russian Realm proves to be a Group horse in disguise looks good value to at least make the frame yet again.