STAR PREVIEW: Glorious Goodwood | Day Five

The last preview of the week at Glorious Goodwood must come with some thanks. Firstly, to everyone who’s read these previews, and also to Joe Citrone, who has spent much time editing the copy. Hopefully we can end on a winning note!

Yesterday continued a painful week at Glorious Goodwood, with Elysian Flame coming home too late in the opening handicap – not that anyone could have stopped Calling The Wind, given how well he travelled into the race – whilst The Grand Visir was a big disappointment there.

Johan and Escobar ran fine races in the Mile, but they found Maydanny and Rhoscolyn too good for them, meaning they were beaten fair and square, whilst Battaash travelled beautifully into the King George Stakes but faded disappointingly, for all that he surely wouldn’t have beaten Suesa, a deeply impressive winner on the day. All of the big sprinting targets look open to her – although a trip to York for the Nunthorpe would be fascinating – whilst Glass Slippers caught the eye with a fine third on her reappearance. The Breeders’ Cup may be her target once again this year but it would be a brave man to bet against her taking a big prize on the way.

A note on Battaash, who apparently is being considered for retirement: There cannot be a person in racing who hasn’t enjoyed Charlie Hills’ sprinter at his best, which is a testament to not only his brilliance, but his continued consistency, a trait for which the whole Charlie Hills team is owed a great deal of thanks by the sport.

Yours truly was lucky enough to see him on a couple of occasions, the best of which was his superb win in the Prix L’Abbaye at Chantilly in 2016. Racing can feel like a game of fate on many occasions, and it was sheer fortune that saw me on the rail, right as he quickened to put the race to bed. I’m sure I won’t see a horse as fast up close again.

The most impressive winner of the day – and maybe the week, visually – was Baaeed, who looked like a Group 1 horse when taking apart a decent field in the Thoroughbred Stakes on the bridle. The ease in which he moved into the race and the turn of foot that he showed to settle it were both breath-taking, and his debut at the top level cannot come soon enough.

Finding winners here is hard – this week’s results will show you that – and with four handicaps on ITV, today is a tough a test as any.

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Fresh is an obvious suggestion in The Stewards’ Cup (3.40), but he literally ran into a Group horse in the shape of Rohaan in the Wokingham last time out (Listed winner and King’s Stand seventh King’s Lynn just behind) and has been well treated with just a 3lbs rise for that effort. Before that success, he’d gotten the better of a next time out winner in the shape of Pendleton and he looks progressive, with any ease in the ground being a bonus.

The second horse against the field is a flyer at a horse who appears not to have much for coming into this race, but Justanotherbottle was touched off in this race in 2018 and fifth in 2019 off marks of 101 and 97 respectively. He’s not gone down that much in the handicap – he’s in off 94 here – but he won at Catterick off 96 and then was a fine second at Pontefract (off 97) to Mondammej, who has since placed in two Heritage Handicaps. Behind him was Epsom Dash winner Mokaatil, and dual winner Caspian Prince.

He has excuses for his two poor runs since, losing his right fore shoe at York and then becoming upset in the stalls and starting slowly before fading late at Newcastle when kast seen. If he can find pace to track into today – and keep himself calm beforehand – then he can outrun odds of 33/1.

For those that haven’t managed to make it into the big event, Stewards’ Cup Consolation (1.55), where First Folio and Music Society are the choices. There’s a risk of jeopardy in backing two horses from the same side of the draw, but the claims of both are very persuasive. First Folio was well fancied for a big tilt at the Stewards’ Cup before missing the cut by one, and the form of his York win has been boosted with the runner up taking a valuable contest at Newmarket. The faster the ground the better for him, but the surface appeared to be sound enough today.

Music Society, beaten a nose and a short head the last twice at Hamilton and York, gets to run off a 4lbs lower mark here due to race conditions, making him 8lbs well in for this contest, and he ought to get enough pace to make a serious bid once again.

There are many contenders in the Summer Handicap (2.30) – some significantly less exposed than others – but if there’s just enough give in the ground than On To Victory could take some stopping as he bids to shoulder top weight here. A strong stayer of this trip – he’s a winner over hurdles on soft ground (2m) – he beat Rhythmic Intent and Nuits St Georges off 99 and looks fairly treated off 104 given that he chased established Group performer Hukum home over 12 furlongs here last time.

Behind him that day was Morando and Listed winner Outbox, so the form looks reasonable, and few should finish the race stronger.

Wonderful Tonight sets an imposing standard in the Lille Langtry Stakes (3.05) and there’s no eagerness to oppose her, whilst the opener (1.20) is a much less appealing betting contest with Quintillus now a non-runner.

BACK First Folio 2 pts win in Stewards’ Cup Consolation Race (1.55 Goodwood) at 4/1 (Latest Star Price ? Click to BET NOW)

BACK Music Society 1 pt win Stewards’ Cup Consolation Race (1.55 Goodwood) at 8/1 (Latest Star Price ? Click to BET NOW)

BACK On To Victory 1 pt win in Summer Handicap (2.30 Goodwood) at 10/1 (Latest Star Price ? Click to BET NOW)

BACK Fresh 2 pts win in Stewards’ Cup (3.40 Goodwood) at 6/1 (Latest Star Price ? Click to BET NOW)

BACK Justanotherbottle 1 pt each/way in Stewards’ Cup (3.40 Goodwood) at 33/1 (Latest Star Price ? Click to BET NOW)

PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: LOSS -31.51 points