Glorious Goodwood Preview And Betting Tips – Day One
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Glorious Goodwood Preview And Betting Tips – Day One

There are five days of superb thoroughbred action at Glorious Goodwood this week, kicking off on Tuesday afternoon. The splendid Sussex Downs form the backdrop at one of Europe's most aesthetically pleasing racecourses and there is no shortage of star attraction as Glorious Goodwood goes ahead behind closed doors. At 15:15 the feature event, the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup, will see Frankie Dettori and the mighty Stradivarius bidding for an historic fourth success. The Racing Post guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips for day one of Glorious Goodwood.



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1.10 - British E.B.F. EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m)

A fillies' handicap over the mile to kick-start Glorious Goodwood and a dozen have been confirmed to line-up. The top yards are represented with John Gosden (Wasaayef), William Haggas (Tomorrow's Dream) and Roger Varian (Angel Power) holding obvious claims.

Tom Marquand rides Tomorrow's Dream and she's got to have leading claims having won on handicap bow at Chepstow and finished a somewhat luckless second at Newbury since. She's raised 3lb and likely has more to offer.

The Gosden-trained Wasaayef was promising last year, winning second time out at Newmarket when holding off now 105-rated Listed winner Alpen Rose. Her subsequent novice stakes second at HQ also reads very well and while it's some minor concern she lacks a prep race, the Clarehaven handler will have her ready no doubt.

ALABAMA WHITMAN should offer decent odds and might go well for Oisin Murphy in first-time cheekpieces. The Ivawood filly had promising form last summer (fourth in the Albany at Royal Ascot) and her sole try over this trip came on soft ground back there in the Sandringham last month. She has since finished fourth in a strong 7f Newmarket handicap and looks worth another go at this distance assuming the ground doesn't turn soft.

Selection: Alabama Whitman

Next Best: Tomorrow's Dream


1.45 - Unibet You're On Handicap (1m2f)

A winner at Yarmouth on his reappearance for Mark Johnston, MAYDANNY then ran a really good race in the Silver Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last month when he finished seventh despite the track bias being very much against him. That eye-catching run in defeat was enough to see him going off odds-on in a handicap at Newmarket's July Festival since; though he ran a disappointing fifth there.

He quickly goes up in trip now and at a track where the Middleham trainer does so well, he can bounce straight back to form and likely has more to offer with his stamina further explored.

Similar sentiments are attached to each-way fancy Babbo's Boy for Ralph Beckett. He won readily on last month's reappearance/stable bow at Haydock off a mark of 92 and his next-time-out run at the Merseyside track came on ground that was soft, which takes getting at Haydock.

Scratch that run and he'd be coming here on the upgrade so the Mastercraftsman gelding is given a pass and may be able to do better today in a wide-open handicap.

Selection: Maydanny

Next Best: Babbo's Boy

2.15 - Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

He was very impressive in the Chesham Stakes at Ascot last month on his second trip to the racecourse and it's hard to get away from BATTLEGROUND in the Vintage Stakes as a result.

He came home powerfully on the softened ground last time and won't be caught out by any ease in the turf here. Aidan O'Brien's only previous winner of this Group 2 was another son of War Front having his third start when War Decree won in 2016, and it's highly probable Ryan Moore's mount has too many guns for his rivals.

Tom Dascombe's Devious Company showed he doesn't need to be at Haydock to shine when he ran a fine second in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket this month; shedding his unbeaten record but enhancing his profile with a fine run behind Master Of The Seas. That effort ensures he is firmly in the mix for another good payday.

Selection: Battleground

Next Best: Devious Company


2.45 - Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

After the juveniles in the Vintage comes the older horses over 7f for the Qatar Lennox Stakes, where the admirable Sir Dancealot will attempt to make it three-in-a-row. Much like last year, David Elsworth's charge comes here off the back of two relatively low-key efforts; though he was far from disgraced in the July Cup at Newmarket when seventh last time out over 6f.

This is likely to be another open betting heat and one that may have a chance at a big price is Marie's Diamond, for that in-form Mark Johnston operation.

The Footstepsinthesand colt ran a really fine third in the Queen Anne Stakes last month at Royal Ascot over a mile, outrunning odds of 40-1. He couldn't replicate the form the Summer Mile back there since but connections have elected to come back in distance now in light of some of the promising sectionals he posted at the Royal meeting previously.

From the market leaders the obvious one is SPACE BLUES for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. He has already beaten the likes of Safe Voyage and D'Bai in his Listed/Group 3 wins at Haydock and Longchamp this term and is a reliable conveyance that shouldn't be far away.

Selection: Space Blues

Next Best: Marie's Diamond


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

A place in the history books beckons for STRADIVARIUS should he score here; a fourth successive Goodwood Cup win that would allow him to surpass the tally of Double Trigger that he matched last year.

Following on from an imperious display in the Ascot Gold Cup last month, can anything lay a blow on John Gosden's star stayer? He faces a field of six and has to stand a great chance of further glory.

He toyed with the likes of Nayef Road at Ascot six weeks ago and should once again hold sway despite the half-mile less.

Of those at massive prices, Spanish Mission is perhaps most likely to cause some kind of mild stir for David Simcock and James Doyle. The four-year-old was second to Dashing Willoughby in a Group 3 over this trip at Sandown recently and retains the scope for better things. With only seven in the race, the each-way terms are restrictive, but he might be a 'betting without the favourite' option.

The big danger on paper is of course Santiago for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.

The Authorized colt won the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot in good style and followed up a week later in the Irish Derby.

Stradivarius won the same Royal Ascot race in 2017 before winning this as a three-year-old himself; taking the mantle of reigning kingpin Big Orange at that time.

Just as he was then with Michael Bell's charge, Santiago will be in receipt of 15lb from his elders and he's a massive danger on that basis. However, Frankie Dettori's mount is a generational talent and, with all due respect, a classier horse than Big Orange at his best. He can give the weight and a beating to secure Goodwood Cup No.4.

Selection: Stradivarius

Next Best: Spanish Mission


3.45 - Qatar Handicap (5f)

ORNATE might be able to outrun a big price in this sprint. His only previous attempt at the downhill 5f on this circuit came last summer in the Group 2 King George when he was an honourable third at 33-1. He can easily be forgiven his poor showing in the Stewards Cup given it came only 24 hours later.

The seven-year-old is definitely a hit and miss character now but his penultimate run at Newcastle, when third behind Caspian Prince, had plenty promise in it. He wasn't as good at Ascot since (5f) in a tough handicap but this race is not as demanding.

Having now dipped 6lb below his previous win-mark and with that good C&D run last summer in mind, he's given a chance to shine.

Former C&D winner Celsius was successful on seasonal bow at Haydock and comes here after another strong showing at Newmarket this month behind Hans Solo Berger. He runs from an unchanged mark of 91 and will be on plenty shortlists.

Selection: Ornate

Next Best: Celsius

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

He improved to finish runner-up at Newmarket on his second outing and Mark Johnston's MAJD AL ARAB certainly left something to work on, hanging in the finish as he was beaten a neck on the line.

He'll improve again for the experience and, typically for his yard, will be a hard nut to crack on the front end when things get serious.

John Gosden's debutant Tawleed ticks plenty of boxes on paper and has to be noted carefully, while Alkumait was more than a bit green on his debut at Newbury in finishing fourth and may take a sizeable step forward now.

Selection: Majd Al Arab

Next Best: Tawleed


4.55 - British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m4f)

Dancing Approach has quickly improved for the switch to turf, winning back-to-back handicaps at Haydock around the turn of last month. The daughter of Camelot isn't finished improving and had a good bit in hand last time, so an 8lb hike in the ratings is anything but guaranteed to ground her ambitions now.

Asiaaf and Tulip Fields - the latter a winner at this venue in June - are also on the shortlist for the finale with Mark Johnston's daughter of Golden Horn having shaped well in a Listed event at Hamilton most recently.

TIME VOYAGE opened her account at Doncaster last month over a mile and has since run good races in defeat at Redcar and Ayr. She's tackling this trip for the first time now and Jason Watson takes over in the saddle for the first time at a track where he boasts a 25 per-cent strike-rate (3-12). They can have each-way notions in a tough finale from a punting perspective.

Selection: Time Voyage

Next Best: Dancing Approach



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