Day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival features not the Motorhead guitarist but the fastest horse in training in Battaash, which contests the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes at 3.15.
With only six opponents and a rating of 126, it’s hardly surprising that Charles Hills‘s 6-y-o is trading at 30-100, so there’s not much for us to do except watch and enjoy.
A similar situation occurs in the Bonhams Throughbred Stakes at 2.15, with Khaloosy priced up at 8-13 to beat his 4 rivals after his amazing performance at Royal Ascot, where he destroyed a 22 runner field of handicappers off a mark of 94. The official adjudicator raised him 17lbs for that to 111, a mark which puts him clear of the rest.
We can’t really recommend getting involved in either of these races although the double will pay out at 4-5, which is slightly more palatable. Remember, though, if you are tempted (probably along with the rest of the country), that this is why Bookmakers live in nice houses and drive big cars -something usually comes to their rescue.
Televised action kicks off with the Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes at 1.45 with the favourite being One Master, trained by William Haggas.
Despite slight reservations about quick ground, this is a Group 1 horse running in a Group 3 race and the 6-y-o should be backed at 7-4.
In case of accidents, we also suggest an each way bet on the lightly raced Althiqa, trained by Charlie Appleby. A winner of 3 from 4, this Dark Angel 3-y-o is very much on the improve. Take the 13-2 available.
The big handicap on the card is the Unibet Golden Mile at 2.45 with a field of 15 headed by the Northern raider Prompting.
Easy winner of its last two races over 7f and well in today, we just have a sneaking suspicion that today’s task may be beyond it and at 7-2 is no value.
We’ll throw two darts, starting with the consistent and likeable Cliffs Of Capri, which is well drawn and deserves to win one of these after a string of good performances. A more artisan 10-1 is on offer.
Our other selection is Zwayyan at an insulting 50-1. Andrew Balding‘s 7-y-o warmed up for this with a close fourth behind Montatham at Sandown and has a 4lb pull in the weights this afternoon. Given that Montatham is priced at 6-1 and has the worst draw of all, this looks worth a shot.
Final telly race is the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes at 3.45 and we will leave this to last year’s winner Desert Encounter, which has had an almost identical preparation this season and looks well ready to strike under Big Jim. Have a decent bet at 9-4.
Back tomorrow for a crack at the 28-runner Stewards Cup – deep joy.
One Master 1.45 Goodwood 4pts win @ 7-4
Althiqa 1.45 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (4 places Hills/Betfair)
Cliffs Of Capri 2.45 Goodwood 1.5pts e/w @ 10-1 (4 places)
Zwayyan 2.45 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 50-1 (4 places Hills)
Desert Encounter 3.45 Goodwood 4pts win @ 9-4