….of the five day Goodwood Festival, with a slight paraphrase of Paul Anka‘s lyrics which gave Frank Sinatra the longest stay in the history of the Charts (just over 6 years).
As is traditional, the main features of today’s card are the two versions of the Stewards Cup, which, although perhaps visually pleasing (if you like sprints), are very iffy from a betting perspective.
The main event is at 3.40, with just 26 runners standing their ground and it’s 6-1 the field, which brings in Fresh and Hurricane Ivor. We prefer to have a crack at a couple of longer priced beasties and suggest very modest each way bets on Chief Of Chiefs at 16-1 and Gulliver at 30-1 – please do not hold your breath.
The consolation version, called the Stewards Sprint Handicap, is at 1.55 and has a field of 25.
Power Over Me, from Robyn Brisland‘s yard was a wide margin winner of a quality sprint at Epsom on the first of this month, only to be disqualified when Kieran Shoemark weighed in 2lbs light. With this being an early closing race, POM can run off the same mark here and that mark is 7lbs lower than in future. At 10-1, an each way bet beckons.
We also recommend a tiny wager on Indian Creak, despite the spelling, to outrun its 30-1 price.
Now for the real racing, which starts with the Thames Material Handicap at 1.20 and, although the withdrawal of the morning fav has skewed things a bit, we may have this one sussed.
We can’t choose between Dark Shift and Farasi Lane, but we think they may fight this out, so we recommend each way bets on both at 5-1 and 9-2 and throw in a small forecast for good measure.
The Summer Handicap at 2.30, over 14 furlongs, has a field of 12 due to go to post and our fancy is the ultra progressive Prince Alex.
This horse racked up a five timer in handicaps last season, when trained by Ralph Beckett and makes debut today for Michael Bell. Still in the same ownership, a mark of 89 does not look beyond this likeable equine and we suggest an each way bet at 7-1.
The Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at 3.05 sees the reappearance of Eric Clapton‘s favourite horse Wonderful Tonight and, at 4-6, we are not about to take her on. Definitely no bet.
Cameras are also at the meeting at Newmarket for two races, starting with the European Bloodstock Nursery Handicap at 2.10, in which we like the chances of Dora Penny.
“Big Dave” Evans‘ 2-y-o has a stone ‘pull’ in the weights with the favourite from a previous run and should go close under David Probert. An each way bet at 11-2 is recommended.
Final race on the box is the Listed Chalice Stakes at 2.45, in which the Oaks fourth Save A Forest looks to have an outstanding chance. Just an each way price, we suggest a bash at 11-2.
Here endeth the Preview.
Chief Of Chiefs 3.40 Goodwood 0.5pts e/w @ 16-1 (6 places)
Gulliver 3.40 Goodwood 0.5pts e/w @ 30-1 (6 places)
Power Over Me 1.55 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (6 places)
Indian Creak 1.55 Goodwood 0.5pts e/w @ 30-1 (6 places)
Dark Shift 1.20 Goodwood 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1
Farasi Lane 1.20 Goodwood 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2
(0.5pts Reversed Forecast)
Prince Alex 2.30 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (5 places Hills/Skybet)
Dora Penny 2.10 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (4 places Hills/Skybet)
Save A Forest 2.45 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 11-2