Glorious Goodwood Day 1: Preview Of All Live ITV Races
We again went without a winner on Saturday at Ascot, but we at least got some place money. Prince Of Harts was very well backed and ran well to be 2nd, advised e/w at 10/1 and returned at 4/1. Zap was a late non-runner, while Good Vibes probably didn’t appreciate the rain. Waldgeist ran a mighty race behind the wonderful Enable, landing our e/w NAP at 16/1. It will be interesting to see if he closes the gap at Longchamp. Glorious Goodwood gets underway on Tuesday, check out Dave Stevos free Goodwood Day 1 tips below…
Goodwood Day 1 Tips: 1.50 Unibet Handicap (Class 2)
The opening race of Glorious Goodwood is a very tricky looking 17 runner 10f handicap. Rain is forecast so it is probably worth siding with horses that are proven with cut in the ground. One that looks overpriced and who goes on all sorts of ground is Lunar Jet. Trained by John Mackie, this son of Ask is a former soft ground c&d winner. That win came back in 2017 and it was only off a mark of 71, but he is proven at a much higher level now.
Lunar Jet won off 83 at the start of this season and then won again off 91 two starts later. His next two runs off his revised mark weren’t great, but he ran well off 93 and 94 the last twice. Last time at Chester he was only beat 2L by Infrastructure (10f gd) and but for interference, he would have finished a lot closer. 10f is his trip, he has form on ground ranging from good to soft and he has a nice draw in stall 5. At odds of 25/1, Lunar Jet is the each way NAP of the day in an open race.
GOODWOOD DAY 1 TIPS: LUNAR JET E/W @ 25/1 5 PLACES NAP
Goodwood Day 1 Tips: 2.25 – Vintage Stakes (Group 2)
A field of 7 2yos will line up at the start for this 7f Group 2 contest. Some superb horses have won this in the recent past, including Highland Reel, Olympic Glory and Toormore. The last three favourites won and since 2008, 8 of the 11 winners were sent off favourite. The biggest priced winner during that period was Galileo Gold at 9/2 in 2015. However, this year most of the market leaders are unproven with cut in the ground so it could be worth chancing Platinum Star at a price.
Saeed Bin Suroor’s son of Lope de Vega has yet to finish out of the first two in four starts. He chased home Pinatubo on debut at Wolves (6f) and then broke his maiden at Leicester (6f gd). Platinum Star then went on to finish a fine 2nd at Royal Ascot (6f sft), proving his ability on easy ground. Only Royal Lytham beat him last time in the July Stakes with Visinari back in 3rd (6f gd/fm). On pedigree 7f should suit, top pilot Oisin Murphy rides and at 14/1, Platinum Star is worth chancing each way.
GOODWOOD DAY 1 TIPS: PLATINUM STAR E/W @ 14/1
Goodwood Day 1 Tips: 3.00 – Lennox Stakes (Group 2)
Ten will go to post for this 7f Group 2 and Hey Gaman is the current market leader. He ran a very good race at the Curragh last time, chasing home Romanised (7f gd). He had previously won at Listed and Group 3 level over the trip and he handles a bit of cut so the weather forecast won’t worry him. However, if the rain does change the ground the one that looks massively overpriced is Donjuan Triumphant.
I fancied him last time he ran, but the forecast rain didn’t arrive. He does have decent form on good, including when a close 4th in this last year. However, he is more effective when there is soft in the ground description. He was only 2L behind the winner in the Group 1 Champions Sprint Stakes on soft last year, form that would put him right in the mix here. His trainer seems hopeful of a bold show, especially if it rains, and at 33/1 Donjuan Triumphant is the each way selection.
GOODWOOD DAY 1 TIPS: DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT E/W @ 33/1
Goodwood Racing Preview: 3.40 – Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1)
The first Group 1 at Glorious Goodwood this week is the 16f Goodwood Cup. Superb stayer Stradivarius is a warm order to follow up on his thrilling win in the Ascot Gold Cup (20f sft). This son of Sea The Stars is unbeaten since 2017 and he has won his last 7 in a row at Group 1 and Group 2 level. Frankie Dettori gets a great tune out of him and he looks a very worthy odds on favourite.
It is hard to see anything beating him today, even if his trainer is worried about easy ground. One that could go well if the rain gets into the ground is Wells Farhh Go for Easterby and Allan. This son of Farrh is unexposed at 16f and he has won 4 of his 7 starts over shorter. He has won twice on good to firm, but he remains unbeaten when there has been soft in the ground description. Wells Farhh Go made a pleasing return to action at Newmarket, winning a Listed heat by 4L. This represents a much sterner test but his trainer has always rated him highly and he could outrun his odds of 25/1.