American Sprinter The Tip In Glorious Goodwood's Speed Test.

Published: 14:58 28/07/2010

The two feature races on Glorious Goodwood's Thursday card cover both ends of the distance spectrum. The 5f Audi King George Stakes is due off at 2.45 pm, followed at 3.25 pm by the 2m Artemis Goodwood Cup. Seventeen runners are set to go to post for the Group 2 sprint, and bookmaker William Hill go 11/2 the field, headed by the William Haggas trained Triple Aspect and American speedster Starfish Bay. Although the field includes dual Nunthorpe Stakes winner Borderlescott, tomorrows event lacks real quality, with Starspangledbanner and Equiano both being saved for York next month. This leaves the door open for the American 4 year-old filly Starfish Bay to show her rivals a clean pair of heels. Frankie Dettori's mount shows blistering early pace and with another fast starter, Glamorous Spirit, drawn next door the low numbers could soon have those drawn higher in trouble. Todd Pletcher's charge was very impressive when spread-eagling a decent field at Monmouth Park last month and if handling the Goodwood course, will be hard to beat. The Group 2 Artemis Goodwood Cup sees Age Of Aquarius attempt to go one better than when runner-up behind Rite Of Passage in Royal Ascot's Gold Cup. Aidan O'Brien's 4 year-old is sure to be a warm order and both Paddy Power and William Hill, who currently offer a £30 free bet to all new online and phone customers, quote the favourite at 6/4. Although Age of Aquarius will be a tough nut to crack the horse that could cause most problems is John Dunlop's Tactic, the mount of Richard Hills. The Sadler's Wells gelding is improving at a rate of knots with a step up in trip, and is the tip at William Hills 100/30.

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