Until this year Hoof It
had recorded all but one of his wins at 5f but he has raced exclusively at 6f this term, winning three of his four starts.
It was the first time that Hoof It had made it look easy and there is a devilish amount of pace for Fallon to aim for today, something else that makes me sure the shorter trip will not matter.
In stall ten, Hoof It has what looks like a plum berth.
Wizz Kid had Prohibit, Inxile and Hamish McGonagall behind him when last seen in the Prix Du Gros-Chene and has a sound chance, but I can't imagine any of this field doing what Hoof It did under 10st at Goodwood, even Kingsgate Native at his best.
Let's hope Hoof It can do the business and then we can listen to another of those wonderful post-race Mick Easterby interviews.
05 York 1pt win at 15-2 with Betfred or Stan James Hoof It 3.
That Hoof It
, owned by golfer Lee Westwood and his agent Chubby Chandler, could be supplemented for the Nunthorpe is welcome news for Bond, who runs a successful tyre company.
It is almost impossible to overstate what a fantastic performance it was from Hoof It, who never looked in danger from three furlongs out and simply outclassed his rivals.
Before Hoof It had his first run of the season at York's May meeting the message smuggled from Sheriff Hutton was that he was working the house down and was a Group horse in the making.
The gap between top handicappers and Group-race sprinters is narrow indeed and on this evidence Hoof It is a Group 1 winner waiting to happen.
Easterby owns half of Hoof It in partnership with Chubby Chandler and Lee Westwood, and it may be that the trainer is responsible for the fact that this blinding sprinter is not entered in the Nunthorpe.
All winners of major races at Glorious Goodwood are afforded generous applause as they make their way back to unsaddle, but should Hoof It and Kieren Fallon beat 27 rivals under 10st they will be deserving of particularly warm appreciation.
Top weight in races like the Stewards' Cup is normally 9st 10lb nowadays, but a 6lb penalty for last Saturday's gambled-on win at York, under Fallon, meant Hoof It leapfrogged Jimmy Styles at the top of the weights on a revised mark that equates to 111.
When Hoof It was beaten in the Wokingham last time it was stated he had not enjoyed the trip down to Ascot from Yorkshire.