All the way back to 1966 and The Easybeats for today’s headline and Day 4 of Glorious Goodwood.
Highlight is the King George Qatar Stakes at 3.35, in which Battaash tries to compete an unprecedented five-peat and is 7-4 so to do.
Against the 7-y-o are any number of young pretenders, including Dragon Symbol, Art Power and the French trained Suesa and, to be totally frank, we don’t have a strong view on what the result will be, so we will sit this one out.
As per, action starts at 1.50 with the Unibet Goodwood Handicap over 18 miles of the Sussex course (no, not really, but it might seem like it).
This extreme distance of 20+ furlongs is an unknown for many of the runners, but not for Calling The Wind, which was last seen finishing second to Stratum in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot over a furlong further. That race was not a handicap and the winner is rated 112, so one has to think that CTW is well in off a mark of 94. We hope so, anyway, and suggest an each way bet at 9-1.
The first four home in last year’s race re-oppose today and the one that’s much better off at the weights is Smart Champion, to be ridden by young Saffie so we must add this one to the betting slip at 15-2.
We complete our attack with a punt on Platform Nineteen, which came back from a mammoth injury break with a smooth victory at Beverley 17 days ago. This 5-y-o is the potential big improver and we go each way at 8-1.
At 2.25 the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes looks at the mercy of Baaeed, which is 1-2 to see off his six opponents. Clearly not a betting proposition, we move on to another ‘impossible’ handicap at 3.00.
The 18 runners for the Unibet Golden Mile Handicap are led by Path Of Thunder at a slightly skinny 3-1 and we prefer to go each way on David O’Meara‘s Rhoscolyn, which ran a blinder in a Listed race at Pontefract last time out and can run another blinder in this handicap. Have a decent bet at 11-2.
We also suggest a bet on Braveheart‘s Maydanny, which won at this meeting last year and could be primed to do it again after coming back to its best at Sandown earlier this month. Take the 10-1 and rely on Big Jim.
That just leaves the Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes at 4.10, in which we give a shout to Alounak, which returned to its very best form at Haddock and should give us a good run under SDS. 9-1 is the available price.
Back tomorrow for the big finish.
Calling The Wind 1.50 Goodwood 1.5pts e/w @ 9-1 (6 places)
Smart Champion 1.50 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (6 places)
Platform Nineteen 1.50 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (6 places)
Rhoscolyn 3.00 Goodwood 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (6 places Hills/Skybet)
Maydanny 3.00 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (6 places Hills/Skybet)
Alounak 4.10 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 9-1