The feature race on day four of Glorious Goodwood is the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes at 3.35pm. We will provide a horse racing tip for this five furlong test of speed, along with the other five races covered by ITV on Friday afternoon.
“Tip of the Day” - Berkshire Shadow (2.25pm Goodwood) - 3/1 with William Hill
With no Coroebus in opposition, Andrew Balding’s charge should take plenty of beating in this Group 3 contest if reproducing his Qipco 2000 Guineas or St James’s Palace Stakes form.
1.50pm Goodwood. 2m 4 1/2f
Our Tip: Mellow Magic (e.w.) - 7/1 with Paddy Power (4 places)
Over an extended two and a half miles this is one of the longest Flat races in the calendar. The marathon distance holds no fears for top weight Reshoun who has been in good form of late. But I prefer the chances of the Andrew Balding-trained Mellow Magic and talented 5lb claimer Harry Davies.
The four-year-old filly has improved since stepping up in trip and while this is much further than she has travelled so far, the lightly-raced stayer looks nicely weighted on a mark of 84, along with some decent course form to her name.
2.25pm Goodwood. 1m
Our Tip: Berkshire Shadow (Nap) - 3/1 with William Hill
Not the greatest renewal of this one mile Group 3 for three-year-olds, the highest rated contender being the 112-rated Bayside Boy who has yet to recapture his best juvenile form in two starts this season.
Checkandchallenge took a long time to get going when runner-up in a Sandown handicap last time and may not be suited by this track, which leaves the Andrew Balding-trained Berkshire Shadow as the most likely winner.
A five length fifth behind Coroebus in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, the mount of Jason Watson reduced that gap to a length and three quarters in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot (Bayside Boy a neck back in seventh) prior to finishing a respectable third in a Newmarket Listed race despite hanging badly in the closing stages.
The Dark Angel colt ran well on the course as a juvenile and is fancied to open his account for the season with conditions to suit.
3.00pm Goodwood. 1m
Our Tip: Austrian Theory (e.w.) (Longshot) - 22/1 with William Hill (7 places)
Charlie & Mark Johnston’s Austrian Theory did us a favour when winning at Hamilton on his penultimate start after being advised at a big price. Straight after beating subsequent York scorer Ghaly at the Scottish track, the first race that came to mind for the three-year-old was this valuable contest, won 12 months ago by the stable’s Maydanny.
The mount of Franny Norton sneaks into the race courtesy of a 3lb penalty and should be able to obtain a decent early position from his middle draw in stall 12.
A half length third at Newmarket recently, Austrian Theory is fancied to outrun his price, with top weight Sinjaari and the Godolphin pair of Shining Blue and Noble Dynasty feared most.
3.35pm Goodwood. 5f
Our Tip: Khaadem (e.w.) - 7/1 with bet365 (4 places)
There may be no Battaash in this speed test won by Charles Hills’ outstanding sprinter in 2017/18/19/20. But the stable can add another name to the list of recent winners courtesy of their 2019 impressive Stewards’ Cup winner Khaadem.
The Dark Angel gelding turned that famous handicap into a procession, since when the mount of Ryan Moore has struggled to make the transition into Group 1 company, despite several creditable efforts. The six-year-old will be having just his second start of the season, the first resulting in a victory in Newmarket’s Palace House Stakes on Qipco 2000 Guineas day.
Returning to the scene of his most famous victory, Khaadem is taken to come out on top in an open race, with unlucky Sandown runner-up Mitbaahy expected to give the selection most to do.
4.10pm Goodwood. 1m 4f
Our Tip: Global Storm (e.w.) - 8/1 with bet365
Godolphin are responsible for three of the runners in this Group 3 mile and a half contest, with stable jockey William Buick aboard expected market leader Rebel’s Romance, an easy winner from stablemate Kemari in a Newmarket Listed race last month.
The stable’s second retained rider, James Doyle, comes in for the ride on Global Storm and as was the case in this season’s Qipco 2000 Guineas, Buick may have chosen the wrong one from Charlie Appleby’s trio of runners.
The five-year-old usually carries big weights in handicaps but wasn’t beaten far by classy stable companion Yabir in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes last time, having done most of the donkey-work from the front for much of the race. Best of the rest may be Fancy Man from the Richard Hannon stable.
4.45pm Goodwood. 6f
Our Tip: California Gem (Nb) - 6/1 with Coral
Top weight Bolt Action, sixth behind Ballydoyle’s Little Big Bear in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot with subsequent winners Rocket Rodney, Eddie’s By and Chateau just in front, could prove better class than his 15 rivals in this 6f nursery. The George Boughey stable is enjoying a good season with its juveniles however and their California Gem could prove the one to beat off an opening handicap mark of 87.
Rossa Ryan’s mount was expected to win on her debut at Catterick at the beginning of June after being sent off the even money favourite. The combination of inexperience and being short of room when challenged, meant the daughter of Cable bay had to settle for fourth place.
The filly, with that run under her belt, has since gone on to win both of her starts and was particularly impressive when giving weight and a comprehensive beating to her 12 rivals at Beverley earlier this month. California Gem looks well berthed in stall 13 and should make a bold bid if grabbing the rails position.