Glorious Goodwood day four: Goodwood tips, racecards and previews for the meeting this Friday
GLORIOUS GOODWOOD hosts one of the biggest betting races of the season on Friday, as well as a top-class Group 2 sprint.
We’ve got you covered with our in-depth, race-by-race preview with top tips for each contest.
Race 1 – 1.50 Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3)
A big field here but there is one filly who could stand head and shoulders above the rest.
JUBILOSO looked a top-class prospect when winning at Chelmsford and Newbury, and she ran a cracker when upped to Group 1 company at Royal Ascot, finishing third in the Coronation Stakes.
She travelled nicely there and will relish this return to 7f. She is bred in the purple and has a bright future.
Royal Intervention arrives on the back of a Group 3 success over 6f, and she looks the chief threat with this step up in distance unlikely to be a problem.
Billesdon Brook claimed 1000 Guineas glory last year but has yet to scale the same heights. She is still a rock-solid player at this sort of level.
Angel’s Hideaway and Mot Juste are the pick of the remainder, though the latter has a shocking draw to overcome.
WATCH OUT FOR: Royal Intervention
Race 2 – 2.25 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3)
At a big price, I reckon FIFTH POSITION could go very close.
He beat the classy Space Blues at Nottingham earlier in the season and has run well in defeat over further the last twice (wasn’t beaten far by subsequent Group 2 winner Elarqam at Sandown latest).
He will relish the drop back to a mile and this strong traveller retains plenty of potential.
The big danger is Duke Of Hazzard, who bolted up at Newmarket last time and has a course success to his name.
There is plenty of depth to this race, with King Ottokar stepping back to a mile after a good run at Royal Ascot and Biometric tackling Group company after his Britannia win.
Art Du Val and Turgenev add further spice to a brilliant renewal.
SELECTION: Fifth Position
WATCH OUT FOR: Duke Of Hazzard
Race 3 – 3.00 Unibet Golden Mile Handicap
The first-time visor could work the oracle for BALTIC BARON.
The French recruit is exactly the type of horse that David O’Meara excels with, and his first run after a gelding op when second at York was better than the result suggests (giving a progressive winner 27lbs).
He is well-drawn and will get a strong pace to aim at, while his yard has already hit the target at Goodwood this week.
Mojito impressed when making all at Sandown on his return from a lay-off but it’s unlikely he will be allowed to dominate here.
Beat Le Bon has strung together two impressive wins at this track and at Haydock, and he looks the biggest danger now stepped back up to a mile.
Escobar bolted up at York 20 days ago and poses a significant threat, as does Hunt Cup hero Afaak back down in trip.
The progressive Indeed and last year’s winner Seniority are also worth a place on the shortlist in a cracking betting heat.
SELECTION: Baltic Baron
WATCH OUT FOR: Beat Le Bon
Race 4 – 3.35 King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2)
This is all about top sprinter BATTAASH, who chases a third successive win in this race.
He has been untouchable on his two previous visits to this course and a similar story is expected here.
In terms of having a bet, Houtzen looks good value for the forecast.
The Aussie speedster slipped coming out of the stalls at Royal Ascot, but if she can stay on her feet here I reckon she will relish this downhill track on her first outing for Martyn Meade.
El Astronaute has been a credit to John Quinn this season and he should run his usual solid race.
Copper Knight and French raider Big Brothers Pride are worth a look for each-way purposes, but Battaash should be in a league of his own.
WATCH OUT FOR: Houtzen
Race 5 – 4.10 Unibet Nursery Handicap
He may have to shoulder top-weight, but PRAXEOLOGY could prove tough to beat here.
Mark Johnston’s youngster is progressing at a rate of knots and he should turn out better than a handicapper come the end of the season.
The upwardly-mobile Eton College adds further strength to the Johnston challenge after wins at Brighton and Ascot.
The form of Dylan De Vega’s recent second at York was given a boost when the winner scored at this meeting earlier in the week.
He commands respect, as does treble-seeking Hard Nut and the newly-visored Asmund.
WATCH OUT FOR: Eton College
Race 6 – 4.40 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
MIRAGE DANCER sets a good standard here. He has returned in cracking form this term, running well at both Royal Ascot and the July Festival.
He won this race last year under Ryan Moore and the pair can land the spoils again, this time at the expense of Baghdad.
Mark Johnston’s tough four-year-old is better than he showed at Newmarket last time and he should resume his progress with the irrepressible Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
This trip is short of Prince Of Arran’s optimum, so Desert Encounter is the pick of the remainder.
SELECTION: Mirage Dancer
WATCH OUT FOR: Baghdad
Race 7 – 5.15 TDN Australia Handicap
A very tough end to the card with any number of contenders.
DEAL A DOLLAR is beautifully bred and should relish this step up in trip.
He goes handicapping off a tempting mark in a first-time tongue tie and is narrowly preferred to Harrovian who bolted up at Pontefract on his latest outing.
Hat-trick seeker Country has a tricky draw to overcome but he is a likely player for his powerful connections.
Aktau and Jersey Wonder are also worth a close look, while Quintada shouldn’t be overlooked at decent odds.
SELECTION: Deal A Dollar
WATCH OUT FOR: Harrovian