The Most Memorable Races In Racing History

Horse Racing is one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated sports, meaning that there are so many amazing moments to choose from when it comes to trying to narrow down the five most memorable. Here are some definite contenders:

5. Arkle vs. Mill House in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
A brilliant showdown between two great steeplechasers at the top of their game, the Cheltenham Gold Cup of 1964 is so famous that a song has been written about it. It was a tense race, with Arkle (ridden by Pat Taaffe) representing Ireland and Mill House (Willie Robinson) representing England.
Arkle won by an outstanding five lengths, meaning that it wasn’t one of the closest matches in racing history, but the build-up and the anticipation of the race made it one of the greatest.

4. Crisp vs. Red Rum in the Grand National
The 1973 Grand National is widely considered one of the most exciting and unpredictable races ever. Crisp performed fantastically under top weight, jumped well and built a massive lead – towards the end of the race he was 20 lengths clear of Red Rum!
But fatigue grabbed a hold of Crisp, and Red Rum won his first of three nationals by three-quarters of a length. A thrilling race right up until the very last moment, it put Red Rum on the map and his iconic status began to transcend racing.

3. Mandarin in the Grand Steeplechase de Paris
Right at the start of this thrilling race, Mandarin’s bit broke, leaving the jockey (Fred Winter) with no steering, brakes or control throughout the dangerous four-mile eight-figure circuit. Proving his talent as a brilliant jockey and athlete, Winter used his legs to control the horse.
Mandarin broke down in one of his forelegs from sheer exhaustion but found the strength to continue, and won the race by a head! A great example of stamina and bravery.

2. Monksfield vs. Sea Pigeon in the Champion Hurdle
Monksfield started out as the favourite and he led all the way but on the last flight, he was joined by Sea Pigeon. The pair spent the final length neck-and-neck in one of the closest horse races in history. Sea Pigeon stole the lead, only for Monksfield to pinch it back and win by three quarters of a length!

1. Grundy vs. Bustino in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
A clash of two greats at the top of their game, Grundy and Bustino brought us one of the most exciting and tense races in history.
Both horses galloped at a blistering pace from start to finish, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats and creating an intense head-to-head battle from the off. At the end of the race, both horses took turns in taking the lead, but just edging in at the end, Bustino took the lead by just half a length.

(Watch Grundy v Bustino’s memorable race right here.)

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GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (SATURDAY – DAY 5) – In Association With TitanBet (Plus: Newmarket)

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (SATURDAY – DAY 5) – In Association With TitanBet (Plus: Newmarket)

14:00 Goodwood
The Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Stakes is a consolation race in name only. Although the prize money for today’s handicap feature is a whopping £250,000, this sprint, which opens the card, is a £75,000 handicap in its own right. As such, the curtain raiser to the fifth and final day of Goodwood is ferociously competitive and a devilishly difficult handicap to unpick.
Won by Golden Steps (drawn in stall six) last year, it is impossible not to side with lower drawn horses. Although Take Cover (winner) and Goldream (third) defied higher draws in yesterday’s King George, I remain convinced it pays to be nearer the far rail at Goodwood over distances less than a mile. Typically, many of today’s contenders have faced each other numerous times and it goes without saying that this form ties in nicely with the Stewards’ Cup later on today’s card – keep an eye out.
Rather than over complicating things, let’s concentrate on the simple factors: course and distance form, yard form and, of course, the draw. Paul Midgley is an exceptional trainer of sprinters and today he saddles a live chance in Related. This gelding ran a mighty race when third behind Kimberella at York last week when well fancied and is sure to go well at a big price. Related is up 1lb for that performance and runs off a mark of 90 today. However, he has won off a higher mark (91), has won over course and distance previously, relishes the decent ground and, like so many of his classy stablemates (think Monsieur Joe, Ninjago, Desert Law and Line Of Reason), he can be turned out quickly after a decent performance and relied upon to deliver again. He must be backed.
Similarly, Seeking Magic rates a decent bet for the in-form Clive Cox yard. He beat yesterday’s King George winner Take Cover when winning this very race three years ago and was third behind Johannes in 2012. From stall eight, in ground he’ll also love, he’s worth a small bet. Seeking Magic’s sixth place finish in the ultra-competitive Epsom dash, behind Caspian Prince and subsequent winners Blithe Spirit and Kimberella, rates as solid form and, stepped back up to his preferred distance of six furlongs, he’s rated to go close.
Related (E/W)
Seeking Magic (E/W)

14:15 Newmarket
Sir Michael Stoute’s runners have been quite frustrating in terms of caching them on a good day this season but he banged a couple of winners in yesterday and his runner here, Abingdon has won her last two. Only workmanlike when winning a Listed contest at Newbury over 10f the last day she is difficult to properly judge, she is from a good family however and given her handler excels with similar types she is taken to go in again despite having to prove her stamina. Lady Of Camelot looks the chief danger and her win at Leicester has worked out really well, her recent 5th at Haydock also reads well in the context of this so without hesitation she is handed the main danger tag. Chinoiseries is totally unexposed and could be anything, this is deep enough on her belated comeback however and the rest are hard to fancy.
Abingdon (WIN)

14:35 Goodwood
Dal Harraild is likely to go off favourite in this having run a belter in finishing third at Ascot last time, drawn poorly that day he had to be dropped out but he did some very good work late on and could probably be described as being unlucky. Up 3lbs today and with a better draw to work from he is taken to gain compensation and this ground is perfect for him. Soldier In Action had been in my notebook for a while before making all in a decent race at Ripon the last day, similar tactics will be very difficult to pull off from his draw today but the Johnston yard is firing and he wants respecting despite the penalty. Gold Faith was impressive enough to earn a spot in this field when readily winning at Newmarket over this trip and market confidence would be interesting, pretty much the same can be said about Emperor Napoleon too and his stamina and style of running should stand him in good stead. Move Up, Knights Table and Shabbah are other to consider in what is a wide open contest.
Dal Harraild (E/W if 9/2+)

14:50 Newmarket
Parsnip may not be straightforward, as indicated by the wearing of a hood in the parade ring at Chepstow a fortnight ago. She is, however, a typically precocious daughter of Zebedee and the sound beating the filly gave to her rivals on debut, including second place Bazwind (who has subsequently run a solid race when runner up to Whiteley at Lingfield), indicates there is more to come. Lady Bamford’s filly, trained by the in-form Michael Bell, is a solid eachway bet on ground she’ll love.
The William Haggas trained Jumping Around cannot be ignored either, thanks to a solid debut when fourth at Yarmouth behind the useful Urban Fox, who has gone in again, and second placed Rosabelle who has since won a maiden. Sea Of Snow, however, is rated as the biggest danger to Parsnip on account of her form with Richard Hannon’s very decent colt Legendary Lunch. Although beating Legendary Lunch at Windsor back in May, the form was reversed at Epsom on Oaks day, no surprise given just how highly Hannon spoke of his colt. Sea Of Snow’s most recent run – a poor performance at Royal Ascot – can surely be excused as a blip and, like so many of Mark Johnston’s representatives, it would be no surprise at all to see the daughter of Distorted Humour, out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, improve again now in nursery company where so often those towards the top of the weights prevail.
Parsnip (E/W)
Sea Of Snow (E/W)

15:10 Goodwood
The Qatar Nassau Stakes, our famous mid-summer Group One (open to Fillies and Mares aged three years or older), remains one of the finest races in the calendar. The great old race is now in its third century but even a look back to its most recent history evokes great memories; Russian Rhythm, Alexander Goldrun, Ouija Board, The Fugue and Legatissimo have each won the race since the turn of the Millennium. The most celebrated of them all was Midday, Prince Khalid Abdulla’s brilliant mare, exceptionally handled by Sir Henry Cecil and a history-making three time winner of the race.
Even by their own extraordinary standards, Ballydoyle are enjoying a vintage year with their older fillies. Since Minding got the ball rolling in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May, the durable Found has won the Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 3), Pretty Perfect the Munster Oaks (Group 3), Even Song the Ribblesdale (Group 2), Alice Springs was backed off the boards when winning the Falmouth (Group 1) and Seventh Heaven became Aidan O’Brien’s fifth winner of the Irish Oaks (Group 1). It is therefore remarkable that, despite this wealth of female talent, there is one filly that still stands head and shoulders above her stablemates and is rapidly becoming the greatest filly trained by the master of Ballydoyle.
Yes, it would be a thrill to see the filly take on the opposite sex to really cement her legacy, but that argument is for another day. Today is simply about the brilliant Minding – winner of the 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Pretty Polly and a head second in the Irish 1,000 Guineas after an unfortunate accident when leaving the stalls. Bigger stakes punters will have been elated to see Minding at 4/9 for the Nassau earlier in the week. If ever there was an opportunity to buy money, this was it. If the filly turns up fit and well, she will take all the beating. It’s often hard to look explosive in small tactical races but by hook or by crook Minding will get the job done.
Forget the small field, the 2016 Nassau is a race to be savoured. Nevertheless, should you be tempted to bet, it often pays to follow John Gosden who, like Cecil, expertly handles his fillies, affording them patience and always earning valuable black type by placing them with the utmost care. In what will be a tactical race, with just five going to post, Frankie Dettori is the man to trust to get the best of his filly and Swiss Range rates the best of the rest if one feels obliged to take on Minding.
It will, however, be a bitter disappointment if the daughter of Galileo fails to add to her Group 1 tally. Racing needs horses like Minding and when the dust has settled on 2016, let’s hope we see her training on as a four-year-old in 2017.
Minding (WIN)

15:45 Goodwood
This looks an impossible race to judge and the draw further complicates matters, as such a chance is going to be taken on a couple though small stakes and extreme caution have to be advised. Duke Of Firenze has already paid his way this term and looks to have gone off the boil lately, disappointing on his last two starts it would seem almost impossible to have him with any confidence but he is handily drawn and could well outrun his big odds. G Force is another with plenty to prove and his two runs since joining this yard have hardly inspired, a Group1 winner in his pomp he had a frightening experience last season and has seemingly never recovered since. Connections decision to send him over from Ireland is probably an exercise in clutching at straws but he is no handicapper when things go his way and on that premise he is handed a most speculative vote to run into a place at big odds. Orion’s Bow cashed in on his plummeting mark 5 starts ago and hasn’t looked like being beaten since, proven on any going he has a good draw to work from and is 3lbs well in. Dandy Nicholls is as renowned as anyone with sprinters and so without going on forever, his chance is best described as outstanding. Kimberella is another Nicholls inmate and is another one that is well in today (2lbs) consistent all season he finally got his head in front at York the last day and a big run looks on the cards despite his tricky looking draw. Suzi’s Conoisseur is a regular in these types of races and is another with outstanding claims if in the mood, unlucky in the run when 7th in this last term he is a very big player if getting the gaps and is handed another an extremely tentative vote to get us out of jail if the other one fails. A case can be pretty much made for any of the others but selected shouts are handed out to Toofi, Grown and Withernsea who often attracts market support.
G Force (E/W)
Suzi’s Conoisseur (E/W)

16:20 Goodwood
William Haggas isn’t firing on all cylinders at the moment, but it is extremely hard to see past Lockheed in the valuable Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes, won by the useful Folkswood last year. Finishing one length behind Seven Heavens (yet another winning debutant for the awesome Frankel) at Ascot three weeks ago, the step up in trip to seven furlongs will definitely benefit the son of Exceed and Excel, particular as his dam Clinical is out of Derby winner Motivator. The maiden form isn’t necessarily bombproof, with the third Malcom The Pug unable to make any sort of impression at Newbury earlier this month, but any sort of improvement should see him home here.
Michael Bell is having a tremendous festival, thanks to Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange and Franklin D landing an epic gamble for punters in yesterday’s Betfred Mile. Ray’s The Money, therefore, is the eachway bet of the race despite Geneva Convention, his conqueror on debut, flopping behind Bear Valley in a nursery here earlier in the week. Ryan Moore takes the ride from a handy draw in stall three and it is hoped the colt’s racecourse experience will give him an advantage.
With a purse of over £16,000 this is a warm maiden and the unraced juveniles from the yards of Richard Hannon and Hugo Palmer are to be feared.
Lockheed (WIN)
Ray’s The Money (E/W)

16:55 Goodwood
The last selection from me today and another stinker to work with, Mamllius makes his handicap debut on the back of a taking performance at Salisbury where he powered home late on. Today is clearly much harder but the handicapper has given him a chance and connections are hardly known for throwing theirs into impossibly deep water, with normal improvement looking nailed on he can only be described as a tentative selection but he could be worth following going forwards and appeals at the prices. Hornsby probably bumped into one the last day but still ran with credit and would probably have gone off favourite in this had it not been for his horrible draw. Stablemate Venturous is another with strong form claims and his price reflects this, drawn well enough today it would be no shock if he proved good enough but his last run is off putting. Another who bombed the last day is Estidraak who was much too keen early and who faded tamely away late on. This represents a big class drop for the Stoute runner but he must learn to settle better and his price is pretty short all things considered. Tigerwolf, Reputation and Hawatif are others with claims but a chance will be taken on the lightly raced Mamillilus making the frame at good odds.
Mamillius (E/W)

18:00 Goodwood
This is a great race, and a superb way to close the festival, but few punters would want to go deep on an apprentice handicap over nine furlongs.
If there’s one bet in this, it has to be Mark Johnston’s Bathos. The trainer is famed for his success at Goodwood and has recorded three wins already this week thanks to Fire Fighting, Bear Valley and Yalta, and I back him to finish the week in style with this course and distance winner.
Beaten well by Franklin D (won yesterday) and stablemate Ode To Evening (second to You’re Hired on Thursday) this is much more realistic company for the Poet’s Voice colt and he is in safe hands under the talented Ross Coakley, who Johnston trusts with the ride in this £20,000 contest. There are many dangers in this but at 8/1 this is an eachway bet to nothing in an otherwise unpredictable contest.
Bathos (E/W if 9/2+)

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (FRIDAY – DAY 4) – In Association With TitanBet

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (FRIDAY – DAY 4) – In Association With TitanBet

14:00 Goodwood
Day four of Goodwood’s showcase meeting of the year gets underway with a bang with the ultra competitive Glorious Stakes over 1m4f.
This Group 3 contest will be slugged out by a number of powerful connections once again in a particularly strong looking renewal.
Godolphin send Elite Army here searching for more glory. The five year old gelding caught the eye when winning on his reappearance after a long absence earlier this season. He then built on that with an unlucky runner up berth at the Royal Meeting, but he disappointed last time which is an obvious concern. He would be a danger to all if returning to form of the previous run and the ground will be no problem for him, but he comes with too many risks at the moment.
Kings Fete has to have been one of the hard luck stories of Royal Ascot when a badly hampered third behind Elite Army in the Duke of Edinburgh, but while he will be confident of reverse the form with that re-opposing rival, there is no real cause to suggest he was getting to the winner, Kinema, who was well down the field in yesterday’s Goodwood Cup albeit in Group 2 company.
Therefore, the most solid candidate in the race looks like Roger Varian’s course specialist Mount Logan. Fourth in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot behind Dartmouth was a credible effort that day despite having unsettled build up to race. He returns to his favoured track looking to enhance his perfect record of three wins from three runs and can go well again with ground in his favour. Drop back into Group three company combined with that means he is a rock solid contender and gets the nod.
Mount Logan (WIN)

14:35 Goodwood
The Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes is a Group 3 contest over a mile and on ratings one of this 11 strong field is clear.
That horse is Godolphin’s Emotionless, who is 7lb clear of his nearest rival Buratino on ratings and with this off level weights it is easy to see why he is fancied. However he still has a question mark to his name after the injury he picked up in last season’s Dewhurst, which leaves you considering if he’s the same horse. He ran into fifth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on ground which may not have been ideal. With conditions as they were yesterday the ground may soften up and go against him.
Jersey Stakes second Thikriyaat and third Forge are two that look likely to make their presences felt. That race was won by Ribchester, who we saw thunder home late to finish third in the Sussex Stakes to give that form some credence. In that race Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was given a little too much to do and finished the race strongly. If placed closely to the early speed it is difficult to see out of the frame considering he’ll handle the conditions.
Forge may have got caught in the soft ground at Royal Ascot, so connections will be hoping for it to remain on the quicker side. Cymric has stamina issues but the helping hands of James McDonald from the saddle and he’s a jockey riding out of his skin. From what we have seen he doesn’t look to stay, but he is a son of Kitten’s Joy, who did the majority of his winning at trips over a mile.
Thikriyaat (WIN)

15:10 Goodwood
The Betfred Mile is always a competitive race and Godolphin looked to have a really interesting runner in this one in Carry On Deryck.
The four year old is lightly raced for his age and has some solid handicap form to his name thus far. Perhaps found out with the step up in trip recently so the return to 1m will definitely suit, but just like in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, he looks to have been hampered by the draw once again today.
Another interesting contender is George Baker’s Belgian Bill. This is the third time the horse has had a shot at this race and was awarded the prize in the Steward’s room last year after the winner was disqualified for a banned substance. He can run a big race today given his single figure draw and the fact he can run off the exact same mark as 12 months ago. Concern however, is that he is well out of sorts this year and the yard now opt for second time blinkers so too risky a proposition at present.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Celestial Path is a horse who due to get his head in front again soon and he returned to form last time out when solid second at York. He is 3lb ahead of the handicapper here, so is entitled to run a big race, but desperately unlucky to get one of the widest draws and the may hamper his chances.
Michael Bell may just have the winner in his ranks with his runner Franklin D. The horse could not have been anymore impressive when storming to victory last time out in a handicap at Newmarket and he is still well treated with the handicapper after only a 3lb penalty for a wide margin win. Those chances are only enhanced by a plum low draw as well as the services of the Ryan Moore in the saddle and he is the confident selection.
Franklin D (WIN)

15:45 Goodwood
Time for the Group 2 King George Stakes over the minimum trip. If you blink you could miss this with Marsha being the speedster she is.
Sir Mark Prescott’s filly ran away with a Listed race at Ayr before being delivered at the right time to win at York when last seen after missing the break. This downhill track should suit her and if able to get out in front with Luke Morris she may be hard to peg back, as she has looked a progressive type.
Drawn in the stall next to Marsha is another front runner in the shape of Cotai Glory, who won the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes here as a two year old. Charlie Hills’ runner can be forgiven a poor showing in the Commonwealth Cup, over a furlong further, so the return to this track and trip could see him getting involved plus George Baker is back in the saddle.
Muthmir (2015) and Take Cover (2014) are the last two winners of this race. The former will want this ground very quick to help his chances and his recent form reads well enough from a place perspective. He’ll need to be able to reverse York form with Marsha and given his draw in stall ten he should get a nice tow into the race. Take Cover is an admirable nine year old and won the Achilles Stakes beating Cotai Glory. He’s another pace angle into the race, so there is plenty of speed drawn low to middle and that is where my focus will be.
Marsha (E/W)
Cotai Glory (E/W)

16:20 Goodwood
Mark Johnston is synonymous with success at this meeting and he looks to have yet another exciting two year old to attack with in this race so he could well be headed back to the winner’s enclosure here with Rusumaat.
The speedy Juvenile was well beaten on unfavoured soft ground in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, but either side of that was impressive with wins in lesser races. He is the choice of Paul Hanagan from the Hamdan al Maktoum pair which is another plus, but the biggest advantage in this sprint contest will be his plum draw which gives the perfect platform to get out and away to leave his rivals trailing and he will take some stopping so gets the nod.
Dangers are a plenty with a number of unexposed rivals the aforementioned Naafer is the connections other runner for William Haggas and he could be anything after only three runs where he is yet to be out of the first two, but his high draw makes life tough.
The main danger to the selection will likely come from Godolphin’s Final Reckoning. He is another lightly raced colt who has featured in the shake up in all three starts and a confidence boosting win gives him a big chance here.
Rusumaat (E/W)

16:55 Goodwood
One horse dominates the early market for the Oak Tree Stakes and that is Always Smile for Saeed Bin Suroor. She was a winner on her return at York in the Listed Hambleton Stakes and following that success she was upped in grade where she has run creditable races to fill the placings.
However the pick of her form comes over a mile and this seven furlong trip on an undulating downhill track may prove too sharp for her and with that in mind this daughter of Cape Cross may look a bit short. That said she sets a high standard in this race.
Besharah has been tried over a range of trips this season without being set on one. She was fourth in the French 1,000 Guineas and a mile does seem to be her maximum trip. That effort came on the back of her reappearance when behind Marenko at Chelmsford over this trip. She’s very reliable and consistent; if able to run somewhere near her Lowther win last year she’ll be in the mix.
A chance is taken on the improving three year old Mise En Rose. She won at Newmarket when last seen in a handicap, so is stepping up in class but the way she put that race to bed suggested she was worth another try in pattern company. James McDonald remains in the saddle and he’s having a good time of things, so she looks likely to outrun her odds. Namroodah won at Ascot over a mile last week but was demoted due to interference. She has plenty of speed, so shouldn’t be too easily dismissed.
Mise En Rose (E/W)

17:30 Goodwood
The Day Four finale is tricky looking handicap over 1m3f. The Mark Johnston team could easily take another hand here with three year old Isharah. The lightly raced horse has improved with each outing this term and would not be a major shock to see him find further progress at the trainer’s favoured track, but he has disappointed as favourite last two outings and so maybe best watched today.
The William Haggas team send exciting three year old gelding Al Neksh into this one in search of a hat trick and he has to come into the reckoning here for the Al Shaqab Racing team. Frankie Dettori is in the saddle for the horse that won over 1m2f at Chester last time out. Gelded since, but he should have more improvement in him over the extra furlong today and he looks a rock solid each way selection.
The main danger to the selection will undoubtedly come from Sir Michael Stoute’s Poet’s Word. The horse is an unexposed type that the stable normally do well with, and won his maiden well at Yarmouth back in May before being beaten some five lengths in a first time handicap last time out. He is upped in trip here again so may improve for that, but will have to if he is to challenge the selection.
Al Neksh (E/W)

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (THURSDAY – DAY 3) – In Association With TitanBet

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (THURSDAY – DAY 3) – In Association With TitanBet

14:00 Goodwood
We kick off day three with a three year old handicap that seems packed with runners that are probably yet to show their full potential.
The favourite looks very promising after making its reappearance and winning at Sandown, the ultra consistent Stargazer looks to be on the up and despite the 9 pound rise in weight should definitely be in the mix. The negative however is the current form of Sir Michael Stoute’s yard and that seems quite worrying even with Ryan Moore booked for the ride but never the less should have enough for place money.
Mark Johnston’s love of this meeting after bagging a few winners already this week and he enters four of the sixteen entrants into this race. Of the four I feel the two with the best chances sit at opposite ends of the race card as top weight Ode To Evening and bottom weight Abareeq both have decent chances.
Ode To Evening looks to make it two wins on the bounce after a decent effort at Newmarket last time out under the same jockey as today. A very slight drop in trip should be beneficial and a six pound rise shouldn’t be too much to over come however it’s had quite a packed campaign and carrying top weight may be too much to win.
The bottom weight Abareeq has been lethal on the all-weather with two wins and a second from three runs on the artificial surface. An improved effort on the turf at Beverley was more encouraging as the horse finally got firmer going. The step up in trip on equally firm ground should be another positive and with little to no weight to carry could be worth backing.
Of the remaining runners I feel Frankie could turn his unfortunate luck around with his mount High Shields who is the only horse to hold a course and distance victory to their name. Trainer Roger Charlton has his horses in good form of late and could have another winner here.
Abareeq (E/W)
High Shields (E/W)

14:35 Goodwood
With just the five runners going to post you’d feel it’d be an easy race to figure out but the second race of the day is far from it.
Although Waqaas put in a gritty and determined performance to win last time out this looks a step too far and the same looks set to be true of John Gosden’s Ardad.
This leaves the three market principles. Earlier in the season I was very high on Mehmas, so much so I tipped it as potential Guineas horse for next year. It beat todays rival Intelligence Cross but that was only by half a length on level weights but now Ballydoyle’s runner has a three pound weight concession and is more than likely going to reverse that result.
We then have the odds on favourite Blue Point who absolutely demolished its rivals at Doncaster last time out when winning by a whopping eleven lengths. The form of that race looks pretty weak though and this looks a marked step up in class. That however is not to say the horse will not be able to cope in this sphere.
I think the choice is left between Blue Point or Intelligence Cross. The question to answer is wether or not the unbeaten prospect can continue to progress at this level or wether the horse that’s proven in group company can show their dominance.
I’m siding with Ballydoyle, they often get a horse ready to rock at big meetings and at the prices I’d say it represents better value.
If however, the royal blue silks of Godolphin cross the line in front and does it in style expect Blue Point to be on punters lips for the big three year old races next year.
Intelligence Cross (WIN)

15:10 Goodwood
Todays big group race is the two mile Goodwood Cup where the market leader comes in the form of Big Orange who returns to the scene of his victory in this race last year and looks to add another victory in this race on to his Prince Of Wales stakes at Newmarket last time out. There’s no doubt the horse is the classiest contender here but I feel that this years renewal looks a bit more competitive than the one he was victorious in in 2015 and although is undoubtedly going to be on the scene come the closing stages may find one or two with their heads in front come the winning line.
Noted jumps trainer Gordon Elliot hopes Commissioned can follow up its Royal Ascot success with victory in this Group 2 but this is set to be a massive step up in competition and minor money looks the best it can hope for.
Trainer Sir Mark Prescott has his yard on fire and Pallasator looks to continue that run. A previous Group 2 winner certainly has the ability to put his head in front but the awkward thing about this horse is knowing when it’s going to put its best foot forward. If the seven year old was ultra consistent then it’d be worth backing but in a race of this nature it has far too many questions than answers.
Sheikhzayedroad put in a much improved performance over a marathon trip at Ascot last time out and tackling such trips seem to have rejuvenated David Simcock’s horse and could go well but a drop down to two miles may be a slight concern as it may need a severe stamina test nowadays. The other negatived however is that its price is pretty short at around 10/1 and doesn’t represent much in the way of value.
Ballydoyle have the youngest horse in the race as Sword Fighter looks to take a huge step up in class to take this. It looks to have the credentials to be one of O’Brien’s top horses however it is unproven on anything close to firm ground and if you add that to the huge step up in competition it could be too much to ask. I think it’s going to be there come the finish but experience may tell in the closing stages.
The horse I’m opting for is one of only four that have previous course success and hails from a yard who are really bagging winners. Quest For More finished second in the race last year and has quality course form with a victory and a second placed finish from just two starts at Goodwood. Two encouraging performance this year will improve the six year olds fitness and a step back up to a preferred distance is another positive as the horse looks to go one better in the race this time around.
Quest For More (E/W)

15:45 Goodwood
We stick with a longer distance race where the favourite looks the one to be with. Pamona recently changed hands and went to the yard of Ralph Beckett where he worked the oracle with the four year old and produced a victory straight off the bat. The horse has some great form as a two year old and if the trainer has finally unlocked the horses true potential I’m not going to bet against the horse continuing to improve.
The likely dangers come in the form of Mill Springs, however John Gosden’s yard has been a bit quiet of late and their horses haven’t been in their usual blistering form.
Yarrow is another that looks to have a good chance but as with the aforementioned John Gosden the true can be said of Sir Michael Stoute who hasn’t had his horses firing on all cylinders either.
Twitch looks to be ultra consistent but unfortunately always finds one or two too good and I feel the same will be true again today.
Pamona (WIN)

16:20 Goodwood
The fifth race on the card, if betting was anything to go by, looks set to be a three horse race. With the likely challengers coming in the form of Amabilis, Manama and Rhododendron. All three horses represent big time owners and trainers with the betting siding towards number one on the race card Amabilis. A second placed finish in its only run when finishing half a length behind Dabyah. The horse that beat it that day looks a top class performer for John Gosden and would likely be the best form on offer however Aiden O’Brien’s entry Rhododendron looks to have been beaten by a very good filly indeed. The horse that beat Rododendron that day has subsequently been entered into Group 2 and Group 1 races later in the year and looks to be a very promising horse. The Ballydoyle charge is bound to come on for that run and is likely to prefer the firmer conditions however on breeding alone it could suggest she’ll need a step up in time so wether or not seven furlongs is her ideal trip I’m not 100% certain.
Manama’s race in which she also placed second looks a weaker contest in comparison to her main market rivals and is probably reflected in her 5/1 price. Of the three she looks the outsider of the trio.
Looking elsewhere and it’s a minefield with little to no form to go off. Of the new comers I’d side with Mark Johnston’s Berengaria based on trainer form or Miss Patience based on the horses breeding being out of horses who did well around a mile to ten furlongs. Equally Silver Link and Vrika Bay look overpriced at 50/1 and 40/1 respectively.
I must admit any selection in the race is not with a great deal of confidence as a race like this is tough to decipher at the best of times.
If pushed to make a selection I feel my slight preference would be for an outside punt on Miss Patience. The likelihood is that Amabilis or Rhododendron take the victory but I’m hoping our risk taking will be rewarded with Peter Chappel-Hyam’s maiden.
Miss Patience (E/W)

16:55 Goodwood
The penultimate race of the day sees seventeen two year olds takes their step into handicap company in this seven furlong nursery.
Mark Johnston has been in good form this week and saddles the first three in the betting and also the top three in terms of weight.
The general rule of thumb tends to be go with the top weight in a nursery but Montataire seems to have had a packed campaign and carrying quite a hefty burden against horses that are likely to improve could be too much to handle.
Of the three pronged attack from Johnston it’s actually the outsider of the two that I prefer as Bear Valley looks to continue the improvement shown in his win at Epsom last time out. The negative I have however is that Bear Valley’s form has been in much smaller fields and how good that form is, is questionable.
Away from Johnston’s horses I think Richard Hannon has a decent few more notably Logi and Geneva Convention. Logi was disappointing last time out but that race was on soft going and it wasn’t to the horses liking at all. A return to firm ground is a plus and the way it rattled home to finish second at Chepstow on its penultimate start indicated that the horse may prefer a step up in trip to todays distance.
Geneva Convention shook away any thoughts of its poor opening run at Salisbury by winning a nice looking race at Ascot over todays trip and on good to firm going. Kieran O’Neill keeps the ride and with the form of its winning victory not looking too bad it looks to be a horse on the up with a lot of improvement left.
Another horse worth mentioning that may be a bit of an unknown quantity is Jack Garrity’s mount Lady In Question. Ignore the horses last run where things weren’t to suit and a return to the kind of display shown in its maiden win could put this horse in with a chance.
Geneva Convention (E/W)

17:30 Goodwood
Ending day three with a three year old handicap ran over the minimum fiver furlong trip awaits in what looks to be possibly the most open race of the meeting let alone the day.
With such a tough race to cram I’m going to look at a few stats that I can hopefully use to help narrow the field down a little. One quick thing to tick off is wether or not the horse has tasted success over five furlongs before and if they haven’t then I’m afraid they won’t make my cut today.
Another statistic I’m going to focus on is wether or not their trainers are in good recent form and I’m eliminating any horses trained by trainers with less than a 15% strike rate over the past fortnight. This in turn eliminates the Ron Harris trained favourite as well as the joint second favourite Kassia and David O’Meara’s Lathom and not to mention the two that Richard Fahey sends into the contest.
I am now left with a short list of seven to look through. I am going to eliminate Mark Johnston’s top weight Muhadathat based on the fact that its last three runs have been bitterly disappointing and despite finishing fourth behind Kachy who has subsequently gone on to contest top class group races the horses hasn’t progressed since then and to also carry the burden of top weight seems too big a task.
Between the two shorter priced runners Laughton and Olympic Runner my preference is for the Kevin Ryan horse as it seems a more consistent runner and only went up two pounds in the weights for a decent second placed finish at Chester and a less muddling track is bound to be more advantageous.
Despite Andrew Balding having the highest winning percentage out of all the trainers represented here over the past two weeks his runner This Is For You may look to have decent form figures on paper but these thirds and second have come in small runner fields and a race of this nature looks to be too much.
James Given knows what he’s doing when it comes to sprinters but with nineteen races already under its belt Sign Of The Kodiac has been raced excessively for such a young horse and how much is left in the locker is going to be a lot less compared to some of its rivals that have more scope for improvement.
I’m now left with just three horses in the running to get the nod in the form of A Momentofmadness, El Astronaute and Laughton.
Charlie Hills runner A Momentofmadness has a 100% strike rate on this kind of surface so the firmer conditions shouldn’t be any difficulty and only sits two pounds higher than its last winning mark. A disappointing run at Newmarket last time out can be ignored as it drops back down to its preferred five furlong trip. A horse that likes to be up near the pace is also a positive at Goodwood and looks one to side with at a decent price.
I’m also going to plump for another selection and despite it’s 20/1 price tag I’m going with El Astronaute. Yes it’s true that the horse hasn’t been the most consistent but a second placed finish behind Kachy reads well and a run behind Bowson Fred who has franked that form earlier in the week with a good run here. With De Sousa now back on board a big plus with two seconds from two runs with the champion jockey in the saddle another positive. A chance is taken on the horse having a high draw I’m hoping the fresher ground may help and a good each-way price is worth taking.
Laughton obviously didn’t make the cut but equally is expected to be up there come the finish.
A Momentofmadness (E/W)
El Astronaute (E/W)

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (WEDNESDAY – DAY 2) – In Association With TitanBet

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (WEDNESDAY – DAY 2) – In Association With TitanBet

14:00 Goodwood
A staying handicap over two mile and five furlongs kick starts day two of Glorious Goodwood and this no doubt is a tough one to solve as the majority of the field have yet to race over a trip as long as this and aren’t sure to stay. One that will stay however is the 2014 winner Teak who has a fine record at this course and also ran well in this last year. He’s been very disappointing lately though and its difficult to fancy him on recent form given he’s been tailed off on his last two flat runs and hasn’t been cutting it over hurdles of late either. If a return to this track can spark a revival he isn’t without a chance and could well out run his odds. Seaside Sizzler is another who will stay and is a regular in these types of races, he’s been in decent form this season and has an e/w chance. 
Oceane only got two pound for beating Steve Rogers 19 days ago and he’s an unexposed type who gives the impression this sort of trip might suit, the handicappers been lenient with him and has giving him a real chance of following up here. The Cashel Man will likely go off favourite and will no doubt be giving a typically patient Spencer ride from a wide draw in 15, he’s one of the more obvious contenders and if staying will surely go very close. Moscato is closest to him in the betting and he’s one i like a lot. He’s been running extremely well without winning in these big staying handicaps this season but today might be the day that changes. His trainer couldn’t be in better form and this grey son of Hernando gave the impression this trip would suit with a fine fourth in the Ascot stakes at Royal Ascot and when he was a staying on fourth in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last time. Percy Veer is another worth a mention as he looked a bit unlucky not to finish closer at Newbury 12 days ago over three furlongs shorter than todays trip. He’s been running well this season in good company and as long as the ground stays good he has a right e/w chance with Edward Greatrex claiming a useful 3lb.
Moscato (E/W)
Percy Veer (E/W)

14:35 Goodwood
Prize Money ran absolutely no race at Newmarket last time when put well and truly in his place by Housesofparliament in the Bahrain Trophy. The rain looks set to arrive in time for him today though and that should see him return to somewhere near his best. He was well fancied in his previous outing and no doubt his effort will have stunned connections. James Doyle is once again in the saddle and the combination are well worth another chance to prove that his latest effort was just a glitch.
Qatari Hunter has been raised twenty eight pounds since notching up his sequence of wins four runs ago. He is clearly as tough as teak and he would have had any amount of opportunities to increase his winning run in his native Ireland. The fact that Jim Bolder sends him here speaks for itself and he looks a massive threat. Shogun has never been a leading light for Ballydoyle but this is no classic and he want that far behind Harzand at The Curragh last time. This massive drop in class and the assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle mean that he too commands respect.
Godolphin landed this event three years ago with Cap O’ Rushes and the team have been in excellent form of late. Prize Money is taken to redeem his somewhat tarnished reputation and can go close here.
Prize Money (E/W if 9/2+)

15:10 Goodwood
The Sussex Stakes over a mile is the big race of the day with the three Guineas winner’s all taking each other on for the second time with a few smart older horses in there for extra spice.
Galileo Gold came out on top at Royal Ascot when giving a brilliant ride from Frankie Dettori and he has course form too which is an added bonus having won the Vintage Stakes at this meeting last year. Awtaad beat Galileo Gold in the Irish Guineas and there was no fluke about it as he travelled like a real good horse and quickened away well on that occasion. The ground was the excuse at Ascot for him and I think he’s overpriced around 6/1 for today’s race. The Gurkha is the final Guineas winner we come to and he split Galileo Gold and Awtaad at Ascot and looked to be a tad unlucky on that occasion to. I personally think he’s the best of the three and although he still has to prove that I think he may well do so today on this quicker surface. He’s the only one of the three to have run since Ascot when finishing 2nd in the Eclipse over a mile and two and the drop back to a mile certainly won’t be a problem here.
Lightening Spear looks the pick of the older generation after a cracking run in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot on ground he wouldn’t have been in love with and he certainly isn’t without a chance in this group one showpiece. Toormore deserves a mention as he loves this place and has form figures of 121 at this meeting.
The Gurkha (WIN)

15:45 Goodwood
The Last Lion has only finished outside of the first two places one in five races and that was when he was beaten only by the narrowest of margins in a conditions race at Ascot back in April. He will certainly appreciate any rain that falls having taken a listed contest at Sandown on his most recent start. Franny Norton has built up an excellent rapport with the two year old and this speedy son of Choisir can add to Mark Johnston’s excellent record at this meeting.
Nayyar was an easy winner at Chepstow on his racecourse debut but won in the style that was certainly eye-catching. Having missed the break, he made up ground quickly and won going away in the end. He is bound to improve for that experience and he looks well worth this step up in class. The yard took this with Cotai Glory a couple of years ago so they know what is required. Sportsmanship won at the third time of asking when last seen out at Leopardstown a fortnight ago. All of his experience to date has been over a furlong further but Ryan Moore is likely to make use of his proven stamina and they may well be prominent from the get go. He seems to be versatile regarding ground conditions and he has to rate highly on any shortlist.
The Last Lion is certainly one of the most experienced runners in the line up and that will work to his advantage. The yard continue to be in excellent form and they struck gold here yesterday with Fire Fighting. This race is likely to have been his target for quite some time and he may well prove up to the task.
The Last Lion (WIN)

16:20 Goodwood
This maiden may be between Bithynia and Bouquet De Flores who were both backed as though defeat was out of the question on their debuts. Preference is for the latter as she looked like a filly who would improve no ends from her debut where she was slowly into stride and quiet green before running on late. The 2nd and 5th in that race have since won and the winner of that race looked well above average. Bouquet De Flores is clearly well regarded and may prove tough to beat with a run under her belt. Bithniya also has plenty of potential going forward after a fine introduction at Sandown back in May. The winner, 2nd and 8th in that maiden have all won since and this daughter of Kodiac will appreciate the step up to six furlongs but might find one to good in the shape of the selection.
Sky Ballerina was very green on her debut and will no doubt improve and looks best of the rest. Promising looks the most interesting of the newcomers.
Bouquet Des Flores (WIN)

16:55 Goodwood
Shaan has certainly been a model of consistency for Richard Hannon and she seemed to thrive when upped to this trip at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago. She turned over a Godolphin hotpot that day and she looks to still be open to further improvement. This front runners tracker ought to lend itself well to her running style and Frankie Dettori resumes his role as stable jockey for Al Shaqab racing.
Intimation is likely to prove popular given the combination of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. Having fluffed her lines on her two most recent starts, it is not the greatest of surprises to see her take a significant drop in class. She has won at this trip and if appreciating the lesser grade, she may well be capable of making her presence felt. Sagely is forgiven his recent run on the all weather at Newcastle as she was clearly out of her depth. If the ground stays dry her chances shall increase a day she would have live each way claims.
Shaan at least arrives here fully race fit and at the top of her game. The same cannot be said for most of her rivals. The rise in grade looks worth the risk and she ought to go very close if allowed to dominate from the outset.
Shaan (WIN)

17:25 Goodwood
Afjaan is very short for this seven furlong handicap and although I normally wouldn’t back horses so short in races of this nature I do think he’ll be very hard to beat with some luck in running. He should have won at Lingfield last time but was giving plenty to do and also met trouble in running. He runs here off the same mark and is no doubt still ahead of the handicapper based on that run. As long as he doesn’t get caught on the rail and has a bit of luck on his side he should prove tough to beat. Frankie takes over from Pat Cosgrave for the in form William Haggas team.
Pastoral Player won this last year and has returned to form the last twice, he runs well here and should run his race again. Czech It Out is another who runs the track well and with some luck in running could make the frame. Twin Sails has plenty of ability and is running into form. If he comes back to his best he’s a big danger. Rex Imperator won the Stewards Cup off 104 at this meeting back in 2013 and although he’s a tricky customer nowadays if things fall right for him he’s very capable on his day. He’s another who seems to be finding form at just the right time for this and off 90 looks a decent e/w bet and Id recommend a little saver on him.
Afjaan (WIN)
Rex Imperator (E/W)


GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (TUESDAY – DAY 1) – In Association With TitanBet

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD (TUESDAY – DAY 1) – In Association With TitanBet

14:00 Goodwood
The first race of this years Goodwood festival is one that has seen Mark Johnston emerge victorious in four of the last ten renewals and he sends four runners in an attempt to reclaim the crown once again. While none of his quartet can be completely ruled out his best chance looks to come from last years third Fire Fighting, who arrives here 8lbs lower than last year and his best efforts on turf have come on genuine fast ground. Having said this, he is yet to win a race this year and has been beaten by wide margins in three of his last four races and as such is passed over here.
Balmoral Castle has won four times from six attempts here at Goodwood and has a decent record over todays trip, having made the frame in over 50% of of runs. The course specialist is respected but would have to put in by far a career best performance having been upped 10lbs for winning last time out.
Shakopee steps up in class yet deserves his chance having won a Class 4 handicap in impressive fashion when last seen, with the runner-up on that occasion going on to win next time out. Both trainer and jockey have been in great form recently and have a 33% win record when they’ve teamed up together over the last twelve months, however despite this I am happy to take him on as he has previously attempted todays trip on three occasions in Class 3’s without success.
Our Channel has an excellent record over todays trip having won four from seven although three of these came on the all-weather, while Best Of Times has won over todays trip on good-to-firm ground and has a decent record here at Goodwood.
Given the quality of the field it is difficult to be overly confident in any one selection however I am going for Second Wave who had a number of todays opposition in behind when second to Sir Isaac Newton in the Wolferton at Ascot on what was his seasonal re-appearance. Furthermore, he boasts a 90% career strike rate for top three finishes, has never finished outside the first three when racing on turf and races for Charlie Appleby who’s yard has been firing in the winners in recent weeks.
Second Wave (E/W if 9/2+)

14:35 Goodwood
Boynton may well be the one to side with in this fascinating juvenile contest. Already a winner at this track and over this trip, he certainly has all the credentials to extend his unbeaten record. A three quarter length win over War Decree should be cemented if reacting positively to his third different jockey in as many races. Being a US Bred colt, he should appreciate the likely fast surface and he can be Godolphin’s first winner in this race since Rio De La Plata back in 2007.
War Decree was a disappointing favourite last time. He seemed to come through just at the right time only to drift off a straight line giving Boynton the opportunity to win. If Ryan Moore can stop that happening again he will be certainly be a lot closer to the selection. He looks to have a plum draw in stall one and he looks the biggest danger once again. Richard Hannon has a fantastic record in this race and it would be silly to write off any of his charges here. Larchmont Lad seems to be the stable’s main hope but being by Footstepsinthesand, he may well appreciate a bit of rainfall. Isomer represents a stable in fantastic form and having been placed in the Chesham at Royal Ascot, double figure odds may well prove insulting.
Boynton looks a highly progressive sort and has won both of his previous races in good style. He can confirm the recent form with War Decree and can go onto bigger and brighter things in future.
Boynton (WIN)
Isomer (E/W if 9/2+)

15:10 Goodwood
On paper this race looks to revolve around the two market principles Home Of The Brave and Dutch Connection. The Godolphin owned Home Of The Brave is unbeaten in two runs this season, is a dual Group 3 winner and has won four from five over todays trip. He will likely go straight to the front and attempt to repel all challengers, tactics that have proved fruitful in all career wins so far.
In contrast Dutch Connection, who is also owned by Godolphin, hasn’t won in over a year however has placed second in four of his last six including when second to Toormore in this race last year. He has previous course form, has won three from five over todays trip and all three career wins have come on good-to-firm ground. Furthermore he is partnered by James Mcdonald who has been in fine form with a 32% winning strike rate over the last two weeks.
Godolphin also send Birchwood who won a Group 2 race on good-to-firm ground over todays distance last summer, got back to winning ways at Listed level earlier this month and if producing a similar run again looks the most likely to give the aforementioned two something to think about.
Dutch Connection (WIN)

15:45 Goodwood
Godolphin have three entered into the Summer Stakes over the 1m6f trip. Qewy returned to the level after a spell with John Ferguson over hurdles. The six year old shaped well in the Ascot Stakes running on from out of the clouds to finish second by a neck. He’s a useful performer, so is on the shortlist after that effort.
The most interesting of the trio is Francis Of Assisi, who like Qewy was with Ferguson for a time. This son of Danehill Dancer ran in the Listed Silver Cup at York at the start of the month and the handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds for his fourth placed effort. He’s coming back into a handicap here and could have something to offer at this trip. He has some smart form over obstacles too and if able to translate it could look overpriced.
King Bolete is in search of a hat trick at wins at Ascot and Haydock. The latter of those wins has worked out with Tawdeea complementing the form by winning at that track and David O’Meara’s charge re-opposes once more. I have two slight concerns about the Roger Varian runner in this race. His only previous attempt at this trip saw him stuffed, but trying to make all at York isn’t easy, and secondly most of his wins have been on flat galloping tracks, something that Goodwood isn’t.
Of the rest then a small mentions goes to Sylvester Kirk’s Gold Prince, who has held his form quite well this season with three second placed efforts from four starts. The blinkers go on to eek out that bit extra and he’s stepped up in trip, which might not be ideal. Frankie Dettori on board is eye-catching too.
Francis Of Assisi (E/W)

16:20 Goodwood
Another extremely competitive large field handicap to get our teeth in to for race five at Goodwood. Frankie Dettori has an excellent record here and although doesn’t ride very often for Nigel Tinkler his two rides for the trainer in the last twelve months have given him one winner and one placed effort so his booking on Thesme here could prove significant. The four year old filly has been extremely consistent and boasts a 70% strike rate for making the frame over the minimum trip, although the early odds don’t look particularly enticing in a race of this nature.
Top-weight Maljaa looks to be a decent each way price especially when considering he has won three and placed six times from eleven runs over todays trip. He disappointed at Epsom on penultimate run (on soft ground) before running an excellent race on faster ground at Ascot earlier this month. Although finishing seventh he was only a length away from the winner in a bunched finish and has been eased 1lbs.
Bowson Fred finished finished a head in front of Maljaa last time out and with Nathan Evans 5lbs claim is better off at the weights than the Roger Varian runner here today. He has only finished a length behind the winner in his last three runs and won his last two prior to that so has been holding his form well and another bold run looks assured.
Another of interest is Blythe Spirit who won at Chester on Saturday and is sent out again quickly under a 6lbs penalty. It remains to be seen if she is as effective away from Chester or of this will come too soon but she was a thoroughly convincing all-the-way winner and as such cannot be deserted here.
Bowson Fred (E/W)
Blythe Spirit (E/W)

16:55 Goodwood
The penultimate race of day one sees a very tricky race to decipher as twelve horses line up to hopefully shake off their maiden tag.
The short priced favourite and Clive Cox trained Harry Angel ran well on debut when finishing a close second to Reach High at Ascot last time out when closing in the final stages. A race in which the fifth placed runner has subsequently won and the sixth placed horse has gone on to pick up a handful of placed efforts. The horse will obviously need to improve on that effort but with the advantage of a run already under its belt, plus a more preferable low draw I can’t see the favourite losing unless something a bit special is making its debut.
Of the debutants both Hugo Palmer’s Mazyoun and Mark Johnston’s Rich And Famous look to have the best chances with slight preference going to the Johnston horse. The Al Maktoum owned runner is beautifully bred and with James McDonald tearing it up on his visit to the UK it looks likely to give the favourite the most to think about.
Of the remainder both of Richard Hannon’s horses have to be respected as does Charle’s Hills’s Parys Mountain but alas I’m siding with the favourite to go one better this time out.
Harry Angel (WIN)

17:30 Goodwood
The final race on day one of Glorious Goodwood is a Class 3 handicap over a mile. Early favourite Pure Art won on debut on the all-weather before following up with two placed efforts since switching to turf. The most recent of these placed efforts came when chasing home Pirouette who has since franked the form with an excellent second in the Woodford Reserve handicap at Ascot on Saturday so with further progression likely she is one to keep a close eye on.
Slight preference is for Quebee who has been in excellent form recently with two wins from her last two runs, both over a mile. A 3lbs rise could prove lenient given the way she put both races to bed and if running to the same standard again here she looks sure to be in the first three at the very least.
Of the remainder Haley Bob has to be considered for the Mark Johnston yard given their record here in recent years, while Desert Haze has an 80% strike rate for making the frame over a mile and Shwaimsa catches the eye thanks to jockey booking Frankie Dettori.
Quebee (E/W if 9/2+)


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PADDOCKS PATENT (MONDAY) – In Association With TitanBet

19:00 Windsor
First selection today comes in the fillies handicap at Windsor. Eight are due to go to post and it looks a race set to be battled out by the 3 year olds.
As of writing, Inclination heads the market at around 6/4. Clive Cox’s charge has shown sustained improvement over the summer, racking up a hat-trick of victories. Each time the filly has prevailed by a slender margin and is now some 14lbs higher than when her winning spree began. I am of the opinion the handicapper is very close to catching up with her and this is enough to convince me to look elsewhere at the prices.
Another 3 year old worthy of note is Bint Aldar from the yard of  sprint specialist Robert Cowell. A speedy daughter of Zoffany, Bint Aldar displayed real signs of promise during her 2 year old campaign. An opening 3yo mark of 80 does not look overly burdensome and I expect to see a good run for your money at 7/1. However for win purposes I have decided to pass over due to her 319 day absence from the track – she may just need this.
My pick comes in the form of William Haggas’ Symposium. Still relatively unexposed, this filly by Exceed and Excel posted a solid debut season and her connections always expected her to take a step forward this season. Her first run as a 3yo was fair enough given a 200+ day absence and this was then followed up by a respectable third in a competitive handicap at Chester were the ground would have been soft enough. Dropped a pound by the handicapper for that run, a rating of 76 looks exploitable to me.
Symposium (WIN)

19:30 Windsor
A small field of five for this 3yo handicap and on official ratings only 3lb separate the field. The bookies have priced it tightly accordingly – with joint favourites of three at the time of writing.
Chester Street is one of the trio of favourites. The Roger Charlton colt looked of some potential when winning his maiden at Kempton, despite showing signs of greenness. Improvement was expected and I think its fair to say its slightly disappointing that his subsequent three attempts in handicap company have yielded just one finish in the frame. Granted, the handicaps were of a fair standard but it raises a few doubts around the development of Chester Street – particularly with the handicapper failing to relent during this sequence.  I am not totally convinced at odds of 5/2.
My selection is the only filly in the race – September Stars. This expensive daughter of Sea The Stars looked of a good standard when competing in three maidens and a high quality listed race that is often targeted by Oaks hopefuls. A step down in trip to 1m may raise a few eyebrows but we should remember her encouraging debut was over this trip and her last outing (over just short of 10f) seen her race a tad keenly towards the head of affairs. This is her first foray into handicap company and a mark of 80 certainly looks fair enough to me.
September Stars (WIN)

20:00 Windsor
Nine hopefuls are down to go to post in this class 4 handicap and my money is on the outsider of the lot!
The colt Smaih carried my E/W money in an almost identical event 6 weeks ago – a 1m 2f, class 4 handicap at Windsor on good ground. That day he ran his most encouraging race for some time, staying on nicely to finish a 1-3/4 length 3rd at 16/1 off a mark of 84. After two subsequently disappointing efforts at Newbury and Chelmsford, his mark has dropped a further three pounds to 81. A leap of faith has to be taken but I think his current odds of 16/1 offer a bit of value, particularly with Smaih representing Timmy Murphy’s only ride of the night.
In that same race at Windsor last month was Prendergast Hill. This 4yo gelding finished 2nd – a neck in front of Smaih, whom he re-opposes here on 5lb worse terms. However, whereas Smaih has gone on to disappoint in subsequent outings, Prendergast Hill has notched a course and distance win – beating Rotherwick in the process. It seems good, quick ground at Windsor is right to Prendergast Hill’s liking and another solid run should be forthcoming.
Smaih (E/W)