Final day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting today (who said ‘Thank God’?) and it doesn’t get any easier with the Unibet Stewards’ Cup Handicap at 3.40 following on from the consolation Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, which opens the card at 1.50.
There’s a school of thought that instead of trying to work out 20+ runner sprints you’d be better off buying a lottery ticket, but needs must so we’ll have a go.
Starting with the ‘big ‘un’, our first pick is the Richard Fahey trained Growl, which is available at 12-1. Owned by everybody’s favourite eccentric Dr Marwan Koukash, this 6-y-o has finished a close fourth in this very contest for the past two years, a year ago off a mark of 109. After just three races this season, it competes today of just 99 so could this have been the plan?
We also suggest an each way bet on Silent Echo, trained by the evergreen Peter Hedger and ridden today for the first time by Joe Fanning. A strong finishing 5th in the Wokingham last time out was preceded by two easy victories and there could be more to come from this 4-y-o. 11-1 are the odds of reward.
Main pick for the consolation at 1.50 is Jim Goldie‘s Golden Steps, who won this race in 2015, when trained by Marco Botti, off a rating of 96. As it runs off a lowly 82 today, the chance is obvious and it should be backed each way at 8-1.
We also suggest an each way bet, at 20-1, on Outrage, trained by the under-rated Daniel Kubler and ridden by Gerald Mosse. Desperately unlucky in a hot Sandown sprint last time out, this 6-y-o is ready for the step up to 6f and could surprise a few.
The Qatar Summer Handicap at 2.25 over 14 furlongs has, surprisingly, no 3-y-os in the line-up and we make this between two, so we’ll back ’em both.
Walton Street, trained by Lord Charlie Appleby is the first port of call, with further improvement on the cards for this lightly raced 4-y-o, especially now stepping up in trip. A win bet at 7-2 is advised.
Also, we recommend an each way bet on Platitude at 10-1. Already a course and distance winner, Amanda Perrett‘s charge will appreciate returning to handicap company after a close second in a Listed contest last time.
The only Group race on the card is at 3.00 when the Qatar Gordon Stakes takes place, with a somewhat miserly field of just 4. Three of the four are vying for favouritism at 9-4 and our strong preference is for the only filly, Sun Maiden. Although no horse of her sex has taken this race for forty years, statistics can mislead, as not many have tried. A stunning maiden win (12 lengths) was followed by a staying on third in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and with the second and fourth both winning Group 1s since, that is serious enough form for Sir Michael‘s girl to take this Group 3.
That’s yer lot – now off to watch Virat Kohli win a Test match single-handedly.
Growl 3.40 Goodwood e/w @ 12-1 (6 places)
Silent Echo 3.40 Goodwood e/w @ 11-1 (6 places)
Golden Steps 1.50 Goodwood e/w @ 8-1 (5 places)
Outrage 1.50 Goodwood e/w @ 20-1 (5 places)
Walton Street 2.25 Goodwood win @ 7-2
Platitude 2.25 Goodwood e/w @ 10-1 (4 places)
Sun Maiden 3.00 Goodwood win @ 9-4