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Glorious Goodwood Festival Preview

The Final Day at Glorious Goodwood

We’re entering the final day of the 2018 Glorious Goodwood Festival. And glorious it has been indeed, from the weather to the very competitive racing. There are seven more races to test our betting nerve today.

The action starts with the 13:50 Stewards’ Sprint handicap, a short race over only 6 furlongs. The fact that it is so short makes predictions very hard, as the horses will be sprinting right out of the stalls. It literally is a cavalry charge.

In our case we will mostly be going with each way choices here, and we will look a bit closer at My Amigo (20/1), Classic Seniority (14/1) and Maakasib (10/1).

The main event is the 15:40 Stewards’ Cup. Another sprint over 6 furlongs, this race has 28 contenders (!), which will make for a fantastic spectacle, for those at the course. Of course, this is another difficult one to call, as the start is so important. If your horse gets an explosive start, it can be well on the way for a win, but if it doesn’t it might find itself at the back of the field, with only a short distance to fight its way to the front.

Foxtrot Lady (7/1) and Spring loaded (8/1) are leading the betting at the time of writing, but things may well tighten up a bit as we progress towards the race.

Our eyes have fallen on Growl (16/1). Richard Fahey's sprinter was fourth two years ago behind Dancing Star, before finishing second in the Ayr Gold Cup. Last year he was second behind Lancelot Du Lac from 10lb higher. A trip to Hong Kong to compete seemed to have affected him badly, and his form hasn’t been even throughout this season, but we feel he may spring a surprise. With a field of this size, and the odds on offer, an each way bet may be appropriate here.

Good luck with your choices!

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Day 4 preview for Glorious Goodwood

Another day packed full of literally ‘glorious’ racing at the West Sussex course.

Kicking off the action is the 13:50 Glorious Stakes. It’s quite a small field, but packed full of quality. Eminent (7/1) is probably the best of all of these runners at his peak. He ran quite well over a mile at Ascot last time, but this is the first time he has raced over this 1m4f trip since his fourth in the Derby and he is a bit errant at times, so not a reliable punt.

Course-and-distance winner Mirage Dancer (2/1) and Red Verdon (4/1) have the more solid recent form, and Second Step is consistent and reliable in this grade came second in this race last season when chasing home Poet's . The favourite at the time of writing however is Mirage Dancer.

The 15:00 Golden Mile will also be a fantastic race, but it is not easy to pick a winner here. Seniority is leading the betting at the time of writing at 9/2, but I expect this may well change a bit. We like South Seas (10/1), who although not the biggest of horses, and with not a lot of racing under his belt this season, he can put in a big effort and he is our outside pick.

For a really outside one, we could go each way on Hors De Combat at 18/1, particularly with Betfair who are paying 5 places. A winner at Meydan early in the year, he can be a frustrating horse to back, with only a few wins under his belt. But if he sparks, and with an EW bet, he could represent good value.

Finally on the big race of the day, the 15:35 King George Stakes, you have to be brave to look further than Battaash, currently at evens in the betting. Last year’s winner may be carrying a few lbs more, but it is hard to see who will beat him. It all depends if you like backing a horse at these odds.

Outside Battaash, the ‘best of the rest’ are all around the 8/1 to 9/1 range. Havana Grey (8/1 and Sioux Nation (8/1) have a good pedigree, as does Kachy at 9/1, and they could cause some problems, but probably an each way bet is the cautious choice here.

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Day 3 preview for Glorious Goodwood 2018

As is the custom in these big meetings, today is Ladies Day, with all its associated focus on clothes and hats. We’ll be focussing more on the racing here.

It kicks off today with another fabulously open race, packed full of promising 3-year olds, at 13:50. At the time of writing the Clive Cox trained Al Jellaby is joint favourite with Communique, both at 5/1, but we expect this may well change a bit before the race starts, as the bets start coming in. With two second places in his last two races, Al Jellaby can step up to the mark and bring this one home we believe. Communique however has two wins already this year, so the form may tell in the end. Our money goes to Al Jellaby however.

The feature race for the day, the 15:35 Nassau Stakes, looks to be a tight contest, at least in the betting stakes, between Rhododendron (3/1), Urban Fox (3/1) and Veracious (10/3).

Rhododendron disappointed at Ascot last month, but she is a classy filly, and the 1-mile distance will probably suit her best. She will have to improve on the Ascot form, but if it all comes together for her she will be there.

Urban Fox has improved much this season. A winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh earlier in the month, she was comfortably clear of this season's Oaks winner Forever Together, showing the form is there to take it all the way here.

A couple of other horse that interest us, and that we will keep an eye on when they go around the pre-parade ring are Oaks runner-up, and Charlie Appleby trained, Wild Illusion (5/1) and 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook (8/1), the latter perhaps EW.

Happy punting today!

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Day 2 preview of the Glorious Goodwood festival

The weather looks to have slipped back into a bit more like summer, and although we won’t hit the high temperatures of last week, it will be sunny with some clouds, making the going officially as ‘good’.

Today is the day for one of the biggest races in the flat racing calendar, the Qatar Sussex Stakes. And this one looks like a massive three way fight between Without Parole (15/8), the three year old son of Frankel, Expert Eye (7/2) and Beat The Bank (11/2).

Beat the Bank has the skills and the stamina to beat all of these, despite the fact that Jim Crowley’s mount has to give some weight to the others. The Andrew Balding trained horse managed a Group Two win in Ascot's Summer Mile in which he overcame being blocked to beat Lord Glitters to show his class.

Without Parole also was a winner at Ascot, beating Gustav Klimt, a horse that is also running this race, by half a length. He is unbeaten in four starts, so the favourite role is not surprising. Second favourite Expert Eye has won on this course last year, but although he seems to have calmed down a bit, he can be unpredictable, and will need to win the perfect race to take the spoils here.

On balance we opt for Beat the Bank, perhaps each way to take some of the risk out, as long as the field remains at 8.

We expect the opener at 13:50 to be a big blast as well, with another 3-way charge for the line. Lil Rockefeller leads the betting at the time of writing at 11/4, but we like the look of the second favourite Coeur de Lion at 11/2, but would not dismiss Kloud Gate (15/2) to spoil it in the end for the others. Coeur de Lion may have been frustratingly in his last few races, but there is no doubting that he could take this all the way.

We are looking forward to the coverage on ITV already!

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Glorious Goodwood Day 1 preview and tips

After the very lengthy spell of sunny weather, the rains finally arrived on the course, but the amount of rainfall, and the speed it fell with means that much has drained away, leaving the course good, and good to firm in places around the course. No significant softening of the ground therefore.

The feature race is of course the Goodwood Cup at 15:35, featuring sky high favourite Stradivarius at 8/13 in the betting. A win here would take him a step closer to the £1million Weatherbys-Hamilton sponsored stayers bonus, but it is unlikely that he will have it all his own way today.

At this value, a better bet may be Torcedor at 4/1 who, although beaten by the favourite at last month’s Gold Cup by a length, has shedded a pound in weight, and the fact that this race is half a mile shorter, and on slightly softer ground than Ascot may all go in his favour. There is clearly not much between these two stayers, but on value terms we will go for Torcedor.

The first race at 13:50 could be a cracker as well. Mark Johnston has won this race three times, and his entry in this race, Rainbow Rebel (9/1) is in form, but has had a tough draw in the stalls.

The big favourite in this race is Afaak (13/2), who ran a blinder last month at Ascot. He is challenged by a number of horses around the 7/1-9/1 mark. We also might put a little side bet on Tuff Rock at 12/1 as he has been impressive and could cause an upset.

Finally, a word about the Lennox Stakes (15:00), where 3-year olds have a good record. Last year it was won by 50/1 outsider Breton Rock, who is also running this year, priced at a much more modest 16/1. Can lightning strike twice? Or will co-favourites Sir Dancealot and Tip Two Win at 11/2. Of those two, we quite fancy the latter to pip the rest to the finishing post.

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'Glorious Goodwood' Antepost Preview

It’s now called the Qatar Goodwood Festival, but it is much better known to racing fans as Glorious Goodwood. It’s one of the highlights of the flat-racing season and this year will take place from 31 July to 4 August. Five days packed full of top class racing.

Here is your overview of what you can expect each day throughout the festival.

Tuesday 31 July

The highlight of this day is surely Goodwood’s newest Group 1 race, the Qatar Goodwood Cup. Lat year Stradivarius narrowly denied Big Orange his third straight win in this race. We have a race to look forward to: Two of the first four finishers in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot are on course to meet again here: Stradivarius and Torcedor are among the entries, with Stradivarius holding a big lead in the betting steaks, with best odds of 8/13.

Look out as well for the Group 2 Lennox Stakes on the day. Last year saw a shock 50/1 winner when Breton Rock landed the prize, but can he follow-up in 2018? His odds are very much slashed to 12/1 this year, but Expert Eye is leading the odds table at the moment at 9/4

Wednesday 1 August

The Qatar Sussex Stakes is one of the highlights of the flat racing calendar, with prize money of £1million attracting a top-class field. This Group 1 race runs over 1 mile has previously been won by Frankel and the French sensation Solow.

Leader in the antepost betting charts Without Parole (6/4) is set to take on older horses for the first time in the Sussex Stakes. The unbeaten Frankel colt has had four wins from four starts, so that is not a surprise to anyone. Gustav Klimt (6/1) leads a pack of 3 horses to follow behind in the betting stakes.

Thursday 2 August

As is usual the case in these events, Ladies’ Day is the most glamorous day of the meeting , alongside the top racing of course. The Qatar Nassau Stakes is the highlight of the eight-race card for the day.

Urban Fox (4/1) is currently leading the antepost, having well beaten Investec Oaks winner Forever Together recently, but there is a large chasing pack with Rododendron (5/1), and Happily and Veracious (both on 6/1) leading the chase.

Friday 3 August

The sight of a large field hurtling at speeds of over 40mph in a Goodwood sprint makes the Qatar King George Stakes one of the highlights of the year. It was won last year by Battaash, who is once again considered to be the leading contendor at this race, with an antepost price of 7/4.

A couple of chasers consisting of Kachy (7/1), Sioux Nation (8/1) are the closest challengers in the betting charts.

A special mention has to go to Take Cover (16/1) who could become the first three-time winner of this race, 2014 and 2016. Could 2018 be the next one? It has a certain ring to it.

Saturday 4 August

The final days of this year’s festival as always has the six furlong cavalry charge of the Qatar Stewards’ Cup. Over 20 sprinters will be thundering down the Goodwood straightwhich makes it notoriously hard to predict. For the winner of this short race there will be £250,000 prize money.

The current ante-post favourite is Dreamfield (8/1), trained by John Gosden. The Godolphin- owned four-year-old lost his unbeaten record when going down by the narrowest of margins to the 33/1 outsider Bacchus in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot in June. It seems the punters still believe in him however.

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