Colonel Cotton, who looked an unlucky loser at York last week, turns out at Goodwood tomorrow in search of quick compensation.

The Baker Tilly Handicap over six furlongs, the opening race on the televised card, is the target for Neville Callaghan's sprinter, who will have the services of Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

It is to be hoped that Dettori enjoys more luck than Eddie Ahern did aboard Colonel Cotton on Knavesmire last Wednesday.

A chain-reaction of interference leaving the stalls resulted in Ahern and Colonel Cotton being knocked sideways, with his mount faltering on to his nose in an effort to retain his balance.

Such an incident is the last thing any horse or jockey needs in the opening seconds of a six-furlongs dash, but Colonel Cotton, despite being knocked back to last place, ran a remarkable race to finish second to Matty Tun, beaten only a neck.

If there is any justice, the four-year-old will take the major honours tomorrow.

The £35,000 Caffreys Lupe Stakes takes pride of place on the Goodwood programme.

Henry Cecil, who has won this Listed race a stack of times in his dazzling career as a trainer, has every chance with Midsummer.

Richard Quinn's mount, a maiden-race winner on her debut, showed her inexperience when finishing second in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, but should be wiser this time.

Tomorrow's distance of ten furlongs should be ideal for her and she is awarded my Nap vote.

The Bonusprint Showcase Handicap over seven furlongs is an interesting target for Royal Beacon, trained by Mark Johnston, who has such a great record on this course.

Royal Beacon made his debut at Beverley 11 days ago and finished a good fifth to Funfair Wane over five furlongs. Tomorrow's stiffer testb of stamina should suit him better.

Mesmeric, a good second at Doncaster on his seasonal bow, is fancied to erase a subsequent disappointment by landing the M-Real Conditions Stakes.

Bayeux, trained by David Loder, who showed the strength of his juvenile team on Knavesmire last week, could be another two-year-old winner for him in the Joe Mitford Maiden Stakes.

Up at Kelso a brace of £20,000 races provide a lift to this jumping meeting, where Tony Dobbin looks the jockey to follow.

The Cumbrian-based rider can win on Damien's Choice (3.35) and Kivotos (4.10).

Tomorrow's tips


2.10 Colonel Cotton, 2.40 Midsummer (Nap), 3.15 Royal Beacon, 3.45 Mesmeric, 4.20 Akeydah, 4.55 Bayeux, 5.30 Welsh Wind.


2.00 Shaffishayes, 2.30 Mr Sneaky Boo, 3.00 Hirapour, 3.35 Damien's Choice, 4.10 Kivotos, 4.45 Pharmistice.

Tomorrow's other meetings are all National Hunt, at Folkestone (evening), Uttoxeter (evening) and Worcester (afternoon).

Updated: 12:50 Tuesday, May 20, 2003