The high quality racing just keeps on coming at us this year and it continues on Tuesday when the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting gets underway. We have some of the biggest and best racing over the meeting at the Sussex track so there is a lot to look forward.
Although there are meetings elsewhere on Tuesday, our initial attention for the week comes from Goodwood where the ITV cameras are perched and some of the best racehorses in training will be out to showcase their stuff. We’ll kick off with bets in two races on the opening day.
There’s a maximum field of 18 for this excellent Class 2 handicap over a mile & a quarter. The front 2 in the market are Cape Cavalli & Derevo, and they are drawn in the widest 2 stalls which, in a race this competitive, is almost enough to make you look elsewhere. The former won by 3 lengths last time out but is up 8lbs & 2 grades whilst Derevo disappointed when favourite on reappearance behind the first of our 2 bets in this. Maydanny is the one I fear on his Silver Royal Hunt Cup run & he should come back to form here.
Fifth Position was the horse that beat Derevo and, despite being 5lbs worse off today, he did win going away by a convincing 3 lengths. That was his 2nd start of campaign after having finished 3rd in a Newcastle handicap where the front 2 were the respective winners of the Royal Hunt Cup & the Silver Royal Hunt Cup. Last week, he ran a cracker in the John Smiths Cup when 3rd behind Sinjaari. He gave Tinandali, who is a 6/1 shot here, a 2 lengths beating & should confirm that form given the way the race was won. The selection raced prominently there & those in front (as well as Tinandali) came from the back. Add to that, he travelled well throughout but stumbled 3 furlongs out before staying on in good style. Connections also reach for first time blinkers & that could eke out additional improvement.
Bell Rock, a lightly raced 4 year old, is a winner of 2 of his 6 starts & is our second selection. There’s definite improvement to come based on his 2 runs this year. Last term, he was campaigned in pattern company after winning his maiden at 2 but found those races behind him. This year, he has run in 2 handicaps, winning the first of those at Newmarket coming from off the pace to get up close home. That performance can be marked up given hold up horses very rarely make the frame at HQ. He then ran ok in the Royal Hunt Cup, finishing 6th behind Dark Vision off his revised mark. That day, he was kept relatively central where it paid to race close to the stands rail. It’s notable the winner came up the rail despite being drawn in the next stall to our selection that day. The selection needs to prove himself over the trip but gives the impression he’ll improve for it and the 6 week absence might just have freshened him up sufficiently to land the spoils here.
Back Fifth Position (e/w) for a 1.5/10 stake at 10.00 William Hill BOG (⅕ odds 1-6)
PLACED – Back Bell Rock (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 12.00 William Hill BOG (⅕ odds 1-6)
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A decent looking renewal of the 7 furlongs Lennox Stakes, a Group 2 contest with 13 runners. There are 5 priced in single figures & I cannot actually see the winner not coming from these. Pierre Lapin is the sole 3 year old & the unknown quantity but has it all to prove after his Commonwealth Cup flop. Space Blues is the first of the Charlie Appleby trip & is a 7 furlong specialist with form over the trip of 112211. However, I’m interested in the fact that he’s won 5 of his 11 starts but William Buick has been on board 4 times & has yet to taste victory on board. It’s also the horse’s first time at this specialist track. Safe Voyage is a cracking horse for the John Quinn yard and was always thought of as a proper soft ground horse until he broke the course record at Epsom last time out. He’s hard to ignore but has yet to win above Group 3 company.
There are 2 course specialists in this & I just cannot leave either out. Sir Dancelot bids to win this for a 3rd time & there’s every reason to suggest he can. He ran ok in the Group 3 Criterion on his return & put up a decent performance in the Group 1 July Cup over an inadequate 6 furlongs. Back at this trip, at his favourite track & with Gerard Mosse on board, he’s sure to be bang there. Already a winner of 4 Group 2’s, he’s well proven in this grade but has yet to win in the very top company. Outside of Group 1 company with Mosse on board over this specialist trip, his form reads 1111451 & I’ll take him to add to that impressive record here.
Duke Of Hazzard is the second of our bets & he has an even more impressive record here, winning all 3 of his starts including at the last 2 Glorious Goodwood meetings. His form took a big upturn in the second half of last year winning 3 on the spin (including 2 here) in Listed, Group 3 & Group 2 company. This term, he’s raced twice; first time up, he was outclassed in the Group 1 Queen Anne before improving when 3rd to Mohaather in the Group 2 Summer Mile (he was edged out of 2nd late on). Back at his favourite track & back down a furlong in trip (which might bring about improvement), he should go well. The blinkers are back on too & he’s 3 from 4 in them so it’s possible they could be the difference here.
Back Sir Dancelot (e/w) for a 1.5/10 stake at 7.50 BetVictor BOG (⅕ odds 1-4)
PLACED – Back Duke Of Hazzard (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 7.50 BetVictor BOG (⅕ odds 1-4)
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