Goodwood’s five-day festival gets underway on Tuesday afternoon, the feature race being the Group 1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup at 3.35pm.
We have tips for all six races covered by ITV cameras from the picturesque racecourse on the Sussex Downs.
“Tip of the Day” - Sacred (3pm Goodwood) - 7/4 with Paddy Power
Following her excellent seasonal reappearance when beaten just a length in a tight finish to Royal Ascot’s Platinum Jubilee Stakes, William Haggas’s charge is the one to beat with the extra furlong sure to suit the talented filly.
1.50pm Goodwood. 1m 2f
Legend Of Dubai is better than he showed when sent off the 7/2 favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup last time and could easily bounce back to win this 1m 2f contest based on the potential previously shown by the unexposed colt.
The stable of Charlie & Mark Johnston are always to be respected with their runners at this meeting and on his first start in a handicap since finishing third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2020, joint top weight WEST END CHARMER (ew) (Longshot) makes plenty of each-way appeal at a double-figure price.
Franny Norton’s mount has been competing in Listed and Group company of late, the six-year-old’s best effort coming over today’s course and distance when beating all bar the enterprisingly ridden Majestic Dawn back in May. With a stone or less covering the field of 18 runners, West End Charmer can run a big race providing his draw in stall 14 does not prove too big a disadvantage.
2.25pm Goodwood. 7f
Holloway Boy ran out a shock 40/1 winner for trainer Karl Burke on his racecourse debut in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. That may well turn out to have been the weakest juvenile race at the royal meeting and the mount of Daniel Tudhope is passed over from a value perspective.
Godolphin’s Mysterious Night seemed to have his limitations exposed when third behind Persian Force in the July Stakes last time, leaving the Charlie & Mark Johnston pair of Dear My Friend and DORNOCH CASTLE (ew) as the pair to concentrate on.
Both horses are unbeaten with two wins apiece, the former with victories at Carlisle and Beverley while the latter’s wins came over seven furlongs at Haydock and Ayr. The mount of Cieren Fallon was particularly impressive on his debut at the Merseyside racecourse when putting distance between himself and his seven rivals. The runner-up there, Coco Jack, went on to win his next two outings and wasn’t disgraced in a classy three-runner nursery at Newmarket on Saturday. It would be no surprise should Dornoch Castle make a bold bid from the front on the Sussex Downs.
3pm Goodwood. 7f
Richard Hannon’s Lusail looks best of the four three-year-old’s in this seven furlong Group 2 contest based on the Mehmas colt’s narrow defeat at the hands of Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Coroebus in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The mount of Pat Dobbs could well chalk one up for the Classic generation but preference has to go to the William Haggas runner SACRED (Nap), who sets a clear standard following her fifth in the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot when beaten a length in a tight finish to the Group 1 six furlong contest.
This extra furlong is sure to play to the strengths of Tom Marquand’s mount who is the one beat on just her second run of the season.
3.35pm Goodwood. 2m
A fascinating Goodwood Cup headed by three top stayers in the shape of Kyprios, Stradivarius and Trueshan. This season’s Gold Cup winner looked to need that 2m 4f trip at the royal meeting and may prove less effective under today’s conditions.
Multiple Gold Cup winner Stradivarius has looked a shadow of his former self of late while Trueshan is a doubtful runner unless the ground eases, something which is unlikely as things currently stand. This could leave the door open for one of the other contenders,in particular the Andrew Balding-trained COLTRANE (ew) (Nb).
The mount of Rob Hornby may be rated some way below the three principles but has been in terrific form this season and could not have been more impressive when taking a Listed race at Sandown last time by 10 lengths. This improving young stayer is fancied to take advantage should the ‘big three’ fail to bring their A-game to the table.
4.10pm Goodwood. 5f
This 15-runner five furlong sprint handicap is something of a lottery in which the majority of the field can be given a chance and where luck could well play a leading role. Despite having to race from 7lb out of the handicap, the David Griffiths-trained ORNATE (ew) is the tentative each-way selection.
Rated as high as 110 when at the peak of his powers, the Bahamian Bounty gelding has shown blistering early pace in the past, a trait which is tailor made for this fast track. The veteran nine-year-old has not been finishing off his races this season but on his first start since undergoing wind surgery back in May, John Egan’s mount is capable of running well at a massive price.
4.45pm Goodwood. 6f
A certain amount of guesswork is involved in trying to predict the outcome of the 6f juvenile maiden race. Of those that have already had a run, Celtic Champion, Chartwell House, Master Of Chant, Mischief Magic and Supreme King have all shown plenty of promise.
However, the Karl Burke stable is enjoying a cracking season with its juveniles and his ATOMIC IMPACT (ew) has the pedigree of a potentially high-class horse, being by sprinter Dandy Man out of the Group 1 winning miler Maids Causeway. While it is hard to know what to expect from Daniel Tudhope’s mount on his racecourse debut, the colt could be a horse to follow in the months ahead.
* Odds correct at the time of writing. All betting odds are subject to fluctuations.