The Unibet Stewards’ Cup at 3.40pm is the big betting race on the final day of the Glorious Goodwood Festival on Saturday. We will provide a Horse Racing tip, preview and prediction for this 6f cavalry charge on the Sussex Downs, which has attracted a maximum field of 28 runners.
We will also supply Horse Racing tips for the Stewards’ Cup ‘Consolation Race’ at 1.55pm along with the 1m 6f Summer Handicap at 2.30pm.
Our Tip for the 1.55pm at Goodwood:
Joint top weight of 9st 10lb would appear, on first impressions, a massive ask for the three-year-old First Folio, the mount of Daniel Muscutt. Time may show that the son of Dark Angel is much better than his current mark of 98 however and it would be no surprise to see the improving grey sprinter running in graded company before too long.
Trained in France by H-F Devin last season, First Folio was gelded towards the back end of last year before joining current handler James Ferguson in April. Making his debut for new connections at Yarmouth just six days later, his rider had little more than to steer his mount home, despite being relatively unfancied at 20/1.
Things didn’t go to plan for First Folio on his next start at Newmarket when getting upset in the stalls but made no mistake on his most recent outing in a valuable three-year-old York handicap, beating his sixteen rivals without being extended.
The form of that race received a boost when the runner-up Blackrod won at Newmarket next time. Of the opposition, two of the northern challengers, George Bowen and Music Society, are feared most.
Our Tip for the 2.30pm at Goodwood:
The winner of last season’s November Handicap at Doncaster on soft ground, On To Victory should relish the expected underfoot conditions in this 1m 6f contest and like First Folio in the previous race is fancied to defy top weight of 9st 10lb.
Tom Marquand’s mount has been kept busy over hurdles during the winter (winning races at Wincanton and Warwick) before running a cracker on today’s course in May when beating all bar the classy Hukum in a Listed race.
The seven-year-old runs off a mark just 5lb higher than when winning Donacaster’s famous handicap last November and is fancied to confirm the form with the runner-up on that occasion, Rhythmic Intent. At double-figure prices it would be no surprise to see the Mark Johnston-trained pair of Hochfeld and The Trader go well.
Our Tip for the 3.40pm at Goodwood:
As you would expect with a maximum field of 28 runners, a wide-open renewal of this famous sprint handicap which dates back to 1840. The hat-trick-seeking Ejtilaab takes the eye after his easy victory at Newcastle last month, while Wokinghan runner-up Fresh has to be on any shortlist.
However, at a big price it could be worth taking a chance on the Mark Johnston-trained Desert Safari who will not be allowed to rest on his laurels after finishing third here behind Lord Riddiford on Tuesday.
The mount of Joe Fanning travelled like the winner for most of that race until failing to quicken inside the closing stages. The combination of an extra furlong, drying ground and what could prove a decent draw in stall 26 could make the four-year-old a decent each-way value bet to make the frame based on his victory on the course in May along with his excellent third in York’s Coral Sprint Trophy last October.
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