The weather might threaten to ruin the view, but we should have brilliant action on the track – where it counts – as Glorious Goodwood begins this afternoon. There are some cracking Group races for us to dig into, including the Goodwood Cup.
The first day feature sees the rematch of what was a thrilling Gold Cup, where Stradivarius got the better of Dee Ex Bee (2nd) and Cross Counter (4th) in what was one of the best finishes of the season so far, and over this different course and distance, we could see another very tight finish. Stradivarius, last season’s winner, was strongest in that incredible finish at Ascot but Cross Counter, who was held up in order to get the trip, actually recorded the top speed during the race, and is a Melbourne Cup winner who ought to be well suited by this really strongly run two miles.
That said, Stradivarius is a winner of this race twice before who has also won the Yorkshire Cup over 1m6f twice and the pair look about right in the market. Dee Ex Bee can’t be forgotten either, having run so well at Ascot, and there are a handful of each/way options. None of them makes truly great appeal, given that it’s so likely the first three spots will be filled by the three highest rated horses in the race, and this should be a contest to enjoy.
The same approach is recommended in the Vintage Stakes (2.25), which could be one of the defining races of the two-year-old season so far. Chesham Stakes 1-2 Pinatubo and Lope Y Fernandez take on July Stakes third Visinari and Superlative Stakes winner Mystery Power in what is a truly appetising contest.
Glorious Goodwood 2019
Tuesday 30th July – Saturday 3rd August
Live on ITV 1HD & Racing TV
The Qatar Lennox Stakes (3.00) promises to be a very well contested race, and Frankie Dettori could be tasting success again on Hey Gaman. James Tate has reaped the rewards for making the smart call to drop him back to seven furlongs, winning the King Richard III Stakes and then the Prix du Palais-Royal. Finding those opportunities was good placement from connections, but he ran his best race of the season when finding only Romanised too good for him in the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. That form stands up well given that Romanised was fourth in the Lockinge and the Queen Anne Stakes, and Goodwood ought to suit even more.
He will have to be good to hold off Zaaki, Sir Dancealot, and Space Traveller amongst others, but being forwardly placed should give him a small edge on his rivals. Speak In Colours, fourth in the Diamond Jubilee and then a game winner of the Dash Stakes, is the main threat.
Goodwood is always a punting challenge where risks can be rewarded, and in the Unibet Handicap (1.50) Godolphin second string Mountain Hunter is of interest. Previously an impressive winner here in 2017, he had a very productive summer in Meydan when he won back to back handicaps before being outclassed in the Dubai Turf. He wasn’t given much of a chance in the Wolferton Handicap, but he did well to finish as close as he did given the depth to the race that day. Addeybb, Magic Wand, Elarqam, Latrobe, Mountain Angel and Riven Light were all ahead of him at Ascot and he’s now dropped 2lbs in the handicap with the benefit of 5lbs claimer Cieren Fallon too. Whether he wins or loses today, Cieren is set for some big things, and he’s a tremendous asset to have onside.
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