The 2022 Goodwood Festival wasn’t exactly glorious from a tipping point of view. But we did manage to find winners at 8/1, 7/1, 11/4, 9/4 and 6/4 along with several decent priced placed horses (40/1, 14/1, 11/1 and 10/1). While last Monday our nap and next best both obliged at odds of 2/1 and evens.
“Tip of the Day” - Hyperfocus (3.25pm Ripon) - 9/4 with William Hill
Tim Easterby’s sprinter has hit a rich vein of form this season and should prove too good for top weight Dakota Gold in receipt of 10lb from Michael Dods’ charge.
2.48pm Ayr. 1m 2f
A disappointing turnout of only five runners for this Class 3 mile and a quarter handicap. What’s The Story ran his best race for some time when runner up to Spirit Dancer at York last week, while the Mike Smith-trained Glasses Up has been running consistently well of late. However, this looks a good opportunity for southern raider CHANCE (Nb) to win for the fifth time on turf from 15 starts.
The mount of 5lb claimer Harry Burns has been racing mainly on the all-weather of late, winning races at Kempton and Lingfield. But the Simon & Ed Crisford-trained six-year-old is equally effective on turf, as when finishing second in a 20-runner Class 2 handicap on the Knavesmire in October 2020.
A close fifth in a valuable Sandown contest four weeks ago, Chance should prove too good for his four rivals with a similar performance and off a 1lb lower mark (6lb if you take into account the 5lb claim of his talented rider).
3.25pm Ripon. 6f
This Class 2 six furlong sprint handicap looks to concern a couple of eight-year-olds in the shape of top weight Dakota Gold and the Tim Easterby-trained HYPERFOCUS (Nap), the mount of stable jockey David Allen.
Michael Dods’ charge is a class act on his day and has excellent course form to his name, as when winning the 2019 Great St Wilfrid. Hyperfocus is another who has shown a liking for the ‘garden racecourse’ however and in receipt of 10lb from Connor Beasley’s mount is fancied to come out on top.
The gelding has not run a bad race in seven outings this season, the most recent when beaten less than a length when fourth in a fiercely competitive York handicap last week, a repeat of which would make the in-form sprinter hard to beat with conditions to suit.
6.25pm Windsor. 6f
This Fitzdares Sprint Series Final has attracted a maximum field of 16 runners headed by top weight Get It, a winner here and at Bath this season before finishing a creditable third at Doncaster on his most recent start.
The mount of John Fahy has to be respected, along with the hat-trick seeking Lequinto. But I like the chances of the Robert Cowell-trained ISLE OF LISMORE (ew) (Longshot) who won a qualifier here last month despite losing ground at the start after being badly hampered.
Andrea Atzeni’s mount only beat fellow rival Colombe by half a length. But was value for more than the winning distance as the four-year-old, following that slow start, made his ground up so quickly that he was in front by half way.
With more luck leaving the stalls, and off a mark only 2lb higher, the son of Zebedee looks sure to run well from his draw in stall 13.
* Odds correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.