The 1965 No. 1 by Spencer Davis leads us into Day 1 of the Glorious Goodwood Festival, which has the Al Shaqab Goodwood Stakes at 3.35 as the highlight.

As per, we have the usual ‘will he or won’t he run’ dilemma regarding the participation of Trueshan, which is currently a 2-1 poke.

Signs are that Alan King will bite the bullet and run his 6-y-o, even though the dreaded word ‘firm’ appears in the going description but, run or not, we have to recommend a bet on the 4-time winner of this race, dear old Stradivarius at 7-2.

Probably should have beaten today’s Fav in the Ascot Gold Cup but for the antics of the Mad Italian which has resulted in swapping a mad one for a sane one name of Andrea Adzeni, who is 2-2 on the horse. This may be Strad‘s swansong and he can go out in style.

Action kicks off with the Coral Chesterfield Cup Handicap over 10 furlongs and with an 18 strong field.

Our idea of the winner is one of two horses that have been placed in this race before and are lower in the weights this time round.

Have each way bets on Caradoc and Bell Rock both at around 7-1.

2-y-os come to the fore in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at 2.25 and Holloway Boy is a skinny 2-1 to confirm the promise of his 40-1 victory at Royal Ascot.

With the form of that race not working out well at all, we look elsewhere for a wager. Braveheart (King of Goodwood) runs two unbeaten colts in this and we favour Dornoch Castle, the mount of Cieren Fallon.

This son of Gleneagles has destroyed his field on both appearances on a racecourse, under today’s pilot and the form of both victories has been well boosted. Have an each way bet at 6-1.

The Group 2 Lennox Stakes at 3.00 witnesses the reappearance of the Haggas trained Sacred, which ran an excellent comeback race at Royal Ascot, when a strong finishing 5th of 24 over 6f. Unbeaten over today’s trip and with that run under her pretty belt, we think Sacred will be mighty hard to beat and recommend a win bet at 2-1.

The Nicholson Gin Handicap at 4.10, over 5f, looks like a minefield, with a host of potentially well-handicapped but currently out of form runners but we think that modest each way bets on Dusky Lord (7-1) and last year’s winner Lord Riddiford (8-1) could pay dividends.

Final race on view is the EBF Maiden Stakes at 4.45 and only ITV know why they have included it.

Having said that, the form shown by Mischief Magic when 3rd on his debut over this CD has been royally franked by all those around him and, assuming the two month gap to today doesn’t imply a problem, Charlie Appleby‘s young man is worth a bet at 11-4.

More musings tomorrow.


Stradivarius 3.35 Goodwood 2pts win @ 7-2

Caradoc 1.50 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (6 places)

Bell Rock 1.50 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (6 places)

Dornoch Castle 2.25 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 6-1

Sacred 3.00 Goodwood 3pts win @ 2-1

Dusky Lord 4.10 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 7-1 (4 places)

Lord Riddiford 4.10 Goodwood 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (4 places)

Mischief Magic 4.45 Goodwood 2pts win @ 11-4

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