Goodwood the plan for Somewhat

Last Updated: 07/07/14 6:04pm

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Somewhat (red silks, second left) runs a stormer in the Eclipse for third place.

Somewhat (red silks, second left) runs a stormer in the Eclipse for third place.

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Somewhat could tackle Goodwood's Gordon Stakes next after his solid effort when third in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes.

The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old is being aimed at the Group Three over a mile and a half after taking third place behind Mukhadram at odds of 100/1, when acting as pacemaker in the 10-furlong Group One at Sandown on Saturday

"It's a bit of a step down really. He's finished third in a Group One open to older horses [and he's going] down to a Group Three just for three-year-olds," Johnston's son Charlie told Racing UK.

"We've also got Hartnell (winner of the Queen's Vase) in a similar sort of bracket so we want to keep the two of them apart. It's a nice problem to have.

"He has a huge amount of ability and we thought a lot about him as a two-year-old. I knew that style of race (in the Eclipse) would suit him.

"If we hadn't gone there he'd have gone up to a mile and a half. He stays really well. Fifty grand for finishing third - we won't complain at that."

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