Glorious Goodwood Betting Tips – Day One
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Glorious Goodwood Betting Tips – Day One

Tuesday is the start of the magnificent Glorious Goodwood Festival, with five days of thrilling action in store at the famous Sussex Downs venue. They begin with an eight-race card that includes the Group 1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup as the centrepiece with Stradivarius bidding to win for the fifth straight year. Glorious Goodwood runs from 1.50pm-5.50pm and the Racing Post bring you their betting tips and selections for all the day one action.


1.50 - Unibet 'you're On' Chesterfield Cup Handicap (1m2f)

Cockalorum ran a cracker behind Johnny Drama in the John Smith's Cup earlier in the month and both could figure again here. Last year's winner Maydanny is 12lb higher now, but his last-time-out second behind Magical Morning over a mile at Sandown shows he's far from handicapped out of things for Mark Johnston and Jim Crowley.

Last year's Cambridgeshire winner MAJESTIC DAWN doesn't have major miles on the clock yet and this trip should be optimal. He was a satisfactory third on his comeback run at Windsor in June over a mile and should be all the sharper for that. He can give the Glorious Goodwood opener a run under Paul Hanagan for the Coles.

Selection: Majestic Dawn

Next Best: Cockalorum


2.25 - Unibet Vintage Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

Despite their penalties for having won at this level already this summer, the market is spearheaded by BERKSHIRE SHADOW and Lusail.

It's Andrew Balding's Coventry Stakes scorer that is fancied to go in again and make it 3-3. The Dark Angel colt was pacey enough for a winning debut over 5f at Newbury in April but it was stamina that looked a forte in his Royal Ascot win, given the manner in which he powered through the final furlong to win going away. That bodes well for this first attempt at 7f and Oisin Murphy's mount is fancied to land the opening Group contest of this year's Glorious Festival.

Lusail won a Newmarket novice over 7f in June before dropping back to 6f there this month to bag the Tattersalls July Stakes in a three-way dive for the winning line. The overall look of that race might not be as strong as the Coventry form and, on that basis, it is Berkshire Shadow that is preferred here.

Given that Ballydoyle have plundered this race three times in seven years, The Acropolis is unlikely to be here to make up numbers. He hasn't yet come up to this level but could improve for the new trip.

Hold-up tactics have not fully rewarded Eldrickjones thus far - he's been behind Berkshire Shadow and Lusail in his last two starts - but if things fall right for him he's got more to offer.

Selection: Berkshire Shadow

Next Best: Eldrickjones


3.00 - Unibet Lennox Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

Space Blues will relish this 7f test and Charlie Appleby's 5YO is proven to go well off a break. He should put up a bold defence of the crown he won last year. He had two lengths to spare on Dukes Of Hazzard and the runner-up looks vulnerable up in this grade again, having run well in defeat in lesser events so far this term.

Charlie Appleby also runs Creative Force, fifth in the July Cup at Newmarket last time out. He was a Group 3 winner at Royal Ascot over this trip last month on soft ground and should be very much at home back up in distance. He's a key player.

KHUZAAM is one that might be worth a chance at a decent price for Roger Varian and Jim Crowley - the man with the Midas touch at this meeting a year ago. His best form is on all-weather surfaces but he's not had too many tries on turf (three). The most recent of those saw him butt heads with top miler Palace Pier at Sandown in April, a contest in which Crowley wasn't sore on his mount once his chance was going in that Group 1 event.

He shaped well since over 6f at Newcastle in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes and this 7f trip is more his thing. He might find the frame.

Selection: Khuzaam

Next Best: Creative Force


3.35 - Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1, 2m)

The 30+mm of rain that arrived on Sunday would have been much-welcomed by connections of TRUESHAN. Alan King's 5YO loves cut in the ground and it's no shock that he's the one shortening significantly in the betting. He won the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day last season and could be a major threat here having run creditably at Chester and in Newcastle's Northumberland Plate this season.

Of course, all eyes will still be on four-time winner Stradivarius for John & Thady Gosden. He was well-held in the Gold Cup at Ascot last month but things conspired against him mid-race and Frankie Dettori certainly wasn't too sore on him in the home straight. His record is not as strong on soft going, but he's certainly effective enough on it to think he can maintain his 100 per-cent record in this great race. Those seeking to write him off could be in for a sting in the tail.

Last year's Derby winner Serpentine perhaps didn't get home in the Gold Cup at Ascot over the marathon trip. This lesser examination might be more for him.

Nayef Road was second to Stradivarius last year but his win-ratio is poor enough and he is probably playing for places at best. His Mark Johnston-trained stablemate Sir Ron Priestley has been supplemented into this race after winning the Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket recently. He was able to manage the pace in that contest and held off the smart Al Aasy to win after a sustained battle late on. He'd have been a likely choice to go well here but the rain counts against him. Likewise, Spanish Mission needs to prove effectiveness on the forecast going.

Selection: Trueshan

Next Best: Stradivarius

4.10 - Back To Goodwood Handicap (5f)

JABBAROCKIE was in the form of his life early in the season, winning in determined fashion at Musselburgh and then following up at Chester's May Meeting off a mark of 96. He attempted the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock on testing ground soon after and that run is best overlooked as he finished lame. He has been given time to get over that mishap and could be set for a big challenge. William Buick rides and he has a fine record for trainer Eric Alston.

King Of Stars ran a blinder from the front at Newmarket recently, only just collared when attempting to concede 5lb to a progressive 3YO rival. He's got solid claims with James Doyle up.

Rewaayat ran a blinder in the Stewards' Cup over 6f here last summer and comes into this in fine fettle after good runs at Newmarket and Ascot this term. He's only 1lb higher than his mark from 12 months ago and has been given a nice break leading into this.

Selection: Jabbarockie

Next Best: Rewaayat


4.45 - British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (6f)

SCATTERING was doing his best work late on at Newcastle on debut over 5f last month and the William Haggas-trained son of Showcasing could well be the answer in this maiden with improvement expected now stepped up in trip. He sets the standard of those that have run.

Sisters In The Sky and Hodler have demonstrated ability already, the latter on soft going at Windsor, and could be improvers.

Any market support coming for newcomers Dangerous Rascal and Monet's Surprise would have to be heeded. Ryan Moore rides the latter for Richard Hannon and they combined in 2018 with a debutant to win this race. The gelded son of Le Havre is one to pay close attention to.

Selection: Scattering

Next Best: Monet's Surprise


5.20 - Unibet Fillies' Handicap (1m)

Pomelo would have been the choice here but Ralph Beckett's charge has twice flopped on soft ground and it appears as though conditions have properly gone against her.

RIKNNAH perhaps was asked for too much in a classy Newmarket contest over 7f earlier in the month and she was well beaten in the end. Her earlier form was progressive and it's too soon to be dismissive of her. Simon & Ed Crisford's daughter of Shamardal is more than capable of winning more races this term.

Zwelela had traffic woes last time at Doncaster but had earlier been making shapes to open her account on turf with placed runs at Leicester and Newmarket. That HQ run came on good-to-soft ground and the bottom-weight is therefore one that can be expected to be at home in the conditions.

Selection: Riknnah

Next Best: Zwelela


5.50 - World Pool Ebf Fillies' Handicap (6f)

Gellhorn held off Lovely Breeze at Newmarket 11 days ago and perhaps did so with more in hand than the margin suggested. The winner has gone up 4lb but is capable of being in the mix again now.

Caroline Dale was second on soft ground at Windsor three weeks ago and has prospects of better in a first-time hood for trainer David Loughnane but preference is for ISABELLA SWAN in a wide open finale.

Clive Cox's filly won decisively over C&D in June, her third win on the spin. She wasn't quite as good later in that month at Bath but that came on rattling fast ground. She's untested on ground slower than good but should she handle the conditions underfoot, her experience of this venue will be an asset.

Selection: Isabella Swan

Next Best: Caroline Dale




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