The Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes is the feature race at Goodwood on Thursday afternoon. We will provide a horse racing tip for the 1m 2f contest for fillies and mares along with the other five races shown live on ITV
2.25pm Goodwood - Royal Scotsman (Nap of the Day)
Third in Royal Ascot’s Coventry Stakes, Paul & Oliver Cole’s course and distance winner should take this six-furlong Group 2 juvenile contest with a similar performance.
1.50pm Goodwood - Wanees
A wide-open mile and a quarter three-year-old handicap to start the day in which most of the 13 runners can be given a chance. One horse who looks sure to run his race is the Charles Hills-trained Wanees, who won his next three races after making his racecourse debut at Newbury last August.
The Le Havre colt had his first real test when contesting the 30-runner Britannia Stakes (Handicap) at Royal Ascot last month and lost nothing in defeat when finishing a three and a quarter length sixth. Jim Crowley’s mount can improve further over today’s extra two furlongs and is just preferred to the Godolphin pair of Warren Point and top-weight Natural World.
2.25pm Goodwood - Royal Scotsman (Nap of the Day)
Chateau and Crispy Cat have both shown a decent level of form in Group company, while the likes of Al Karrar, Bluelight Bay and Marshman possess the potential to improve significantly upon what they have so far achieved.
The clear form choice is the Paul & Oliver Cole-trained Royal Scotsman, who should prove hard to beat if he reproduces his excellent third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
The second and fourth horses there, Persian Force and Blackbeard have given the form a boost with victories in Group 2 company since then and with Jim Crowley’s mount showing a liking for Goodwood with a runaway win over today’s distance back in May, the son of Gleneagles is clearly the one they all have to beat.
3.00pm Goodwood - West Wind Blows
This looks a good St Leger trial with the 116-rated Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal setting the standard. It is Godolphin’s impressive Newmarket handicap winner New London who heads the betting, however, as the previously exciting colt was clearly not right when disappointing earlier in the season when finishing a well-beaten second in the Chester Vase.
William Buick’s mount is a worthy market leader, but I was particularly taken with the victory of Simon & Ed Crisford’s West Wind Blows’ runaway win in Hamilton’s Listed Glasgow Stakes last time. The Teofilo colt’s only defeat in four starts came when ninth behind Desert Crown in the Derby.
James Doyle’s mount was far from the finished article at Epsom and is fancied to overturn that form with the second and fourth horses, Hoo Ya Mal and Masekela.
3.35pm Goodwood - Aristia (Longshot)
Third in the Oaks at Epsom, before winning the French equivalent at Chantilly, there is no doubt that John & Thady Gosden’s Nashwa will prove a tough nut to crack over what is probably her best trip of a mile and a quarter. At odds of around 4/7, however, Hollie Doyle’s mount makes little appeal from a value perspective, making an each-way alternative possibly the way to go.
The Richard Hannon stable has an excellent record with its fillies, so it is surprising that their only victory in this race came via Hannon Sr’s Caramba back in 1995. Hannon Jr is represented on this occasion by Aristia, and the mount of Sean Levey could prove good value to make the frame at a big price.
The daughter of Starspangledbanner is closely matched with the much shorter priced Lilac Road based on York’s Middleton Stakes form at the Dante meeting back in May. Aristia may not be the most consistent of performers, but a repeat of her victory of 12 months ago over Alpine Star gives her a shout of outrunning her huge odds.
4.10pm Goodwood - X J Rascal
Trainer George Boughey is enjoying a good season, including with his juveniles, and his X J Rascal could prove fairly treated off an opening handicap mark of 80 in this seven-furlong nursery.
The son of Kodiac took the scalp of an odds-on Godolphin juvenile on his debut at Brighton last month before failing to justify favouritism at Carlisle eight days later. Connections felt that the colt was unsuited by the stiff Cumbrian racecourse, so back on a less demanding track, the mount of William Buick can fulfil that earlier promise.
4.45pm Goodwood - Get Ahead (Next Best)
Back against her own age group, the Clive Cox-trained Get Ahead is expected to prove better class than her 13 rivals in this 5f sprint handicap. The Showcasing filly finished sixth, beaten less than six lengths, in the Queen Mary at last year’s Royal Ascot on just her second career start.
Adam Kirby’s mount has been running well in Listed company this season without getting her head in front before making her handicap debut against older horses at Ascot earlier this month. Not disgraced in finishing a three and a half-length eleventh after suffering interference, Get Ahead will be running off a 2lb lower mark here and is fancied to open her account for the season.
* Odds correct at the time of writing but subject to change.