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Can He Do Better?

Cape sire's unbeaten son runs at Goodwood on Friday

Ridgemont Highlands sire Canford Cliff’s unbeaten son I Could Do Better lines up under Silvestre De Souza for trainer Ian Williams in the Gr3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Friday.

The first cheque is £56 710.

Canford Cliffs in action

The 3yo takes a step up in class and distance to the mile, but has won his three starts impressively.

He was bred by Minch Bloodstock and is out of Shebelia (Black Sam Bellamy).

See the field here

Canford Cliffs has close on 30 black-type performers to his credit – including Gr1 Investec Coronation Cup runner up Salouen – an impressive winner of the Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot and fourth to Enable in last Saturday’s Gr1 King George at Ascot – the winner moving one step closer to a bid for a third straight Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe!

Watch the race live on Tellytrack (Dstv 239) at 15h25 on Friday.

Canford Cliffs stands this season for R30 000.

See his details here

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3 comments on “Can He Do Better?


    I’m extremely confident, bordering on arrogance that I Could Do Better won’t make the top four.

    The step-up to a mile seems about right.

    What I think is rather ambitious, is the step-up from a Catterick Nov stakes to a Grad e3 Nov Stakes @ Goodwood.

    This horse beat Springwood Drive last time, who in turn, didn’t do much at Wolverhampton last time.

    Why not bring him on a bit more conservatively ?

    1. karel says:

      Raceform (UK) about has last win: “made it 3-3 without having to come out of second gear. His debut win over the 116-rated King Of Comedy last year at Redcar now looks hot and he fully deserves a shot at something valuable this season.”
      Then again, Raceform (UK) also shows that on ratings for the Friday-race he’ll have to improve about 20lbs on his last effort to be able to win.


    More interesting to me is Canford Cliffs himself.

    Now his 2nd to Frankel, victories over Goldikova, Dick Turpin & Rip van Winkle are certainly big commercial selling points but his stud record is disappointing.

    The Dam Sire’s of his top six progeny are non to shabby: Galileo (IRE) / Kyllachy (GB) / Galileo (IRE) / Rainbow Quest (USA) / Cape Cross (IRE) / Cape Cross (IRE) but yet the best runner has a 118 and the 6th best only a 107.

    Here in good old SA, he’ll be put to many ‘5000 dollar claiming mares (poor cousins) as compared to the opportunities and quality of mares over there.

    If we had jump races here he could be worth a small gamble

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