Thanks to Nina Simone for the headline prefacing our Preview of Day 3 of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, as we were well off the pace yesterday.
Wrists have been slapped, sackcloth has been donned and penance paid.
Centrepiece of today’s action is the Qatar Nassau Stakes at 3.15, which has a field of seven, headed by Fancy Blue, recent winner of the French Oaks.
Lightly raced and winner of 3 of her 4 races, Donnacha O’Brien‘s filly has the look of a big improver and can take her second Group 1 this afternoon. Have a win bet at 5-2.
One runner that may be overpriced in this race is the other Oirish trained 3-y-o One Voice, who never got the chance to show what she could do at the Curragh last time out and today has the services of ‘red hot’ Tom Marquand.
A tad each way at 16-1 could pay dividends.
Televised action starts with the Unibet Handicap at 1.45 and, in this, we can’t help feeling that Magnetised has got in lightly for its handicap debut off a mark of 87. The market seems to agree, as it’s the 3-1 favourite, but that’s a backable price so let’s do it.
We also suggest a ‘saver’ on the quirky but talented Luigi Vampa from David Menusier‘s yard. It’s two races as a 3-y-o have both demonstrated the quirky bit rather than the talented bit but Luigi is now ‘sans noisettes’ which could bring the 2-y-o talent to the fore, in which case a mark of 88 could be super.
A small each way investment is suggested.
The Qatar Richmond Stakes at 2.15 brings the 2-y-os to the party and there is little doubt that Yazaman possesses the best form, having twice seen the back end of Her Maj‘s Tactical, first at Ascot and latterly at Newmarket.
These ‘obvious’ bets don’t always work out, as we are sure you are aware, but sometimes they do and we hope that’s the case here. Have a win bet at 6-4.
The John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes at 2.45 features four of the horses which took part in the ‘odd’ Epsom Derby and the market suggests that Khalifa Sat, which finished ahead of the other three in second place, has little chance of confirming the form.
We agree with that, but rather than plump for English King at 11-8, we are firmly in the Mogul camp at a more palatable 11-2.
Clearly in need of the outing when 4th to Pyledriver at Ascot, AO’B charge finished fractionally behind the Fav at Epsom, when they were 5th & 6th and we expect to see those positions reversed and changed to first and second.
Coverage closes with the Gusborne Nursery Handicap at 3.45 and there would appear to be two stand out runners in the shape of William Bligh and Running Back. Both have earlier form behind subsequent Group horses and both could be very well in.
Back them both at 7-4 and 6-1 respectively.
Let’s hope we are ‘Feeling Good’ by 4.00pm*.
Fancy Blue 3.15 Goodwood 3pts win @ 5-2
One Voice 3.15 Goodwood 0.5pts e/w @16-1 (2 places)
Magnetised 1.45 Goodwood 2pts win @ 3-1
Luigi Vampa 1.45 Goodwood 0.5pts e/w @ 12-1 (4 places)
Yazaman 2.15 Goodwood 4pts win @ 6-4
Mogul 2.45 Goodwood 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (2 places)
William Bligh 3.45 Goodwood 3pts win @ 7-4
Running Back 3.45 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 6-1 (4 places)
* ‘Feeling Good’ by Nina Simone (1965)