Day 4 of Glorious Goodwood is upon us, with three Group races on the telly for our delectation and delight, plus an ‘impossible’ handicap.
Main event is at 3.35 when the King George Qatar Stakes takes place over the ‘flying five’ and this race sees the next chapter in the story called ‘Battaash‘. One of the highest rated sprinters in the world, this progeny of Dark Angel won this race last year as a 3-y-o in spectacular style and has not gone backwards now it’s four.
Forced to make the running at Royal Ascot last time, Battaash was eventually stuffed by the very smart Blue Point, but the noises coming from the Hills camp suggest the stable star will be back in the winner’s enclosure at approximately 3.36 this afternoon.
Not a great price, but, in the absence of any sensible alternative, we recommend a win bet at 5-6.
The Bombay Sapphire Glorious Stakes, a Group 3 at 1.50 has a select field of 7 and, like the 3.35, there is no getting away from the favourite, Mirage Dancer.
Sir Michael‘s 4-y-o has a course and distance Listed race in the bag from May and was a close second in the Group 2 Princess of Wales’ Stakes at Newmarket last time out. This is the best form on offer and a win bet at 15-8 should be confidently placed.
The Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at 2.25 also has a small field (6) and now it’s time for a quiz: place these words in the correct order – ‘class’ and ‘different’.
Done that? Good, now go and back Threading at 15-8. The form figures of Braveheart‘s charge may have an uneven look about them, but that’s because he keeps sending the horse to Newmarket, which she hates. Everywhere else, including at Goodwood, she is virtually unbeatable, with 3 wins including a Group 2 and a second to the mighty Alpha Centauri, so stand by to collect.
And now to the handicap which is the Unibet Golden Mile Handicap at 3.00, run over, er, a mile.
Ante-post gamble of the race has been the William Haggas trained Seniority, to be ridden by Ryan Moore, who has been on the winner of this race for the past two years.
Ostensibly, this lightly raced 4-y-o doesn’t have the form to take a race of this nature, so, with slight trepidation, the Spanish Archer makes his first appearance of the week.
We are going to throw three darts at this one, starting with the much-improved Escobar, available each way at 6-1. Drawn 2 in a race which has heavily favoured low numbers in the past, D Tudhope Esq may be able to thread his passage (if you’ll pardon the expression).
No. 2 pick is the Andrew Balding trained South Seas at 9-1, in the hope that this talented horse will finally be allowed to come off the bridle in its fourth run of the season at a meeting sponsored by its owners. (“Have to check that with the lawyers” – Ed.)
And finally, we can’t not give one more chance to Hors De Combat, which is available at 18-1, in the hope that Fran Berry is on a going day.
Battaash 3.35 Goodwood win @ 5-6
Mirage Dancer 1.50 Goodwood win @ 15-8
Threading 2.25 Goodwood win @ 15-8
Escobar 3.00 Goodwood e/w @ 6-1 (5 places)
South Seas 3.00 Goodwood e/w @ 9-1 (5 places)
Hors De Combat 3.00 Goodwood e/w @ 18-1