Goodwood May Festival Betting Tips
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Goodwood May Festival Betting Tips

Day two of Goodwood's May Festival is on Saturday afternoon with a smart seven-race card on the famous Sussex Downs. The highlights are the Festival Stakes (2.10pm) and the Tapster Stakes (3.25pm), both Listed-grade races. Action at Goodwood on Saturday is from 1.05pm-4.35pm and the Racing Post bring you their betting tips and selections for what should be a thrilling day of racing.





1.05 - MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (6f)

Those that have run don't exactly set the heather on fire. Double Denim and Banner Moonshine are, however, potentially going to improve now stepped up to six furlongs and so the Richard Hannon-trained duo are both entitled to have designs on progress.

So, too, Profound Alexander who was green on debut at Windsor (5f, good to soft) 12 days ago. The winner has already come out and scored again since and Martin Dwyer's mount should know more here.

All that being said, the standard isn't an exacting one and so promising newcomers Flotus, Maiden's Green and PRISM are very much of interest.

Simon & Ed Crisford's daughter of Starspangledbanner cost 125,000 gns as a yearling and should know her job, but Prism is more obviously bred for this test. The Fast Company filly represents a Roger Varian team in scintillating form lately and is holding an entry in the Newbury Super Sprint later in the summer so, presumably, she's been showing some dash at home.

This can prove a perfect starting place for her, with Franny Norton a good jockey booking in a rare outing for this yard.

Selection: Prism

Next Best: Flotus


1.40 - MansionBet Watch And Bet Handicap (1m6f)

Slower ground is an unknown factor for Indigo Times on his return from a three-month break, but David Simcock's charge was flying on the all-weather prior to that break and he's not had many chances on turf previously. He does however have a career-high mark to try and defy today.

Prince Alex progressed at a rate of knots last autumn, signing off a five-timer when scoring at York (1m6f, soft) on his first attempt at this distance. Underfoot conditions won't trouble him and he showed enough on his comeback at Salisbury this month to suggest there's more races to be won with him.

Hochfeld didn't have a lot of luck in running when third in the Chester Cup two weeks ago, a currency that is badly needed when bidding for success on the Roodee. Mark Johnston's charge is a former C&D winner here at Goodwood and is respected, though he's got to ship plenty of weight to these rivals.

JUST IN TIME contested some really tough handicaps last summer after missing a big chunk of time. He wasn't disgraced in those runs and Alan King's Excelebration gelding is perhaps now lurking on a mark from which he's a danger. He ran well at a big price in a Conditions race on Kempton's all-weather in March and should have a challenge in him under Jim Crowley back on turf.

Selection: Just In Time

Next Best: Prince Alex

2.10 - MansionBet Beaten By A Head Festival Stakes (Listed, 1m2f)

The first of the Listed races on the card. Winter Reprise seemingly has plenty to find on ratings but David Menuisier's charge will love the cut underfoot and isn't completely dismissed. The other four, meanwhile, are all entitled to fancy their chances.

It's been a while since Stormy Antarctic won but he's finished second in this grade at Kempton (1m2f, AW) and Windsor (1m, good to soft) in his last two starts and has to be on the radar.

Al Zaraqaan saw his rapid progress checked in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) this month but he's in calmer waters again now and remains with more to offer for a William Haggas team in fine fettle. Course winner Desert Encounter adds to the intrigue but MAJESTIC DAWN is the choice.

He gave his rivals a thorough beating in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m1f, good) in September in what was just his second run back from a break. He's still quite lightly-raced and is a heavy-ground winner in the past too. If Paul Cole has him spot on for this comeback, there's a good chance he's up to winning in this grade.

Selection: Majestic Dawn

Next Best: Al Zaraqaan


2.50 - Download The MansionBet App Handicap (7f)

Jim Crowley seemingly prefers the claims of unbeaten ALDAARY for the William Haggas yard over those of John & Thady Gosden's Tawleed, with both racing in the Shadwell silks.

The former easily had too much for his Ascot rivals over this trip on soft ground last time, coming from last-to-first with a stylish run and going away to win as he pleased. He's 12lb higher in a better race today but he could simply be too strong for this lot, given the manner in which he did his work last time (Twaasol fourth in the same race).

Crowley's mount is fancied to make it 4-4 in his career, with the betting suggesting that Tawleed - winner at Newmarket recently in first-time blinkers under the same rider - is the main danger.

Soundslikethunder has potential for better now sent handicapping for the first time by Richard Hannon, though he will seemingly need to improve on his Newbury second last time if hoping to win this.

Brian Meehan' Talbot was a good second at Ascot (6f, good to soft) this month on his comeback. A Lingfield winner on the all-weather last summer on first start, he essentially failed a number of stern exams on grass afterwards. That comeback was a sure sign he's got more to offer at this level and he's liable to build on that now upped in trip.

Selection: Aldaary

Next Best: Talbot

3.25 - MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed Tapster Stakes (Listed, 1m4f)

HUKUM was a Royal Ascot winner on reappearance last summer and built on that with a decisive win in Newbury's Geoffrey Freer Stakes in August, taking the Group 3 over 1m5½f in the style of a strong stayer with today's rivals Morando and Sextant well behind.

He confirmed that promise by finishing fourth in the St Leger the following month and little doubt that his return to action in the Gordon Richards at Sandown four weeks ago proved an inadequate test of his stamina.

This, therefore, looks the right way to go for Owen Burrows' son of Sea The Stars and he's got something to spare on ratings against these opponents.

Any rainfall will be to Morando's pleasing. He failed to win in four 2020 starts but remains capable, as his comeback fourth at Chester in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes suggested. Outbox on the other hand would probably prefer things to stay dry if he's to bounce back from a disappointing showing at Ascot this month.

The chief threat could be Alan King's On To Victory in the hands of Tom Queally. He shone in three runs for this trainer last season before winning the November Handicap at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) and he's twice won over hurdles since the turn of the year.

Selection: Hukum

Next Best: On To Victory


4.00 - Follow MansionBet EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m4f)

Beauty Stone continued the progress of her early-spring all-weather successes when she readily completed a hat-trick at Windsor (1m3½f, good to soft) this month after a short absence. Tom Ward's filly has been pushed up 8lb by the assessor for that win but can give another solid account.

She's overlooked for win purposes in favour of ASIAAF. David Menuisier's team don't have far to travel to Goodwood and he boasts a fine strike-rate (24 per-cent) with runners here. A course winner last year for Marcus Tregoning, this filly ran well at Yarmouth last month on debut for new connections, finishing third under a hold-up ride, and she should do better upped in trip now with Jim Crowley taking over in the saddle. That will make her a leading contender.

My Girl Maggie is a reliable conveyance and Mark Johnston's runners here are much-respected. She joins recent Doncaster runner-up Miss Mulligan as the other shortlisted runners for a tricky fillies' handicap.

Selection: Asiaaf

Next Best: My Girl Maggie

4.35 - MansionBet Proud To Sponsor British Racing EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (1m2f)

The four with racecourse experience have all exhibited promise. Via Sistina outran a big price on debut at Thirsk and should come forward, while the same is true of Unfoolish and Sans Pretention - the last-named debuted in a fair race at Nottingham last backend and will be sharper for a recent all-weather spin at Kempton, while her trainer William Haggas is enjoying an excellent time of it.

CHIASMA however looks the one to be on. The Frankel filly was a bit green in last month's Sandown debut over a similar trip on quick ground. She had every chance late on but finished third in the end (trio well clear) and she should be plenty sharper for that. Martin Harley takes over for John & Thady Gosden this afternoon and this well-bred filly can open her account in the Goodwood finale.

Selection: Chiasma

Next Best: Sans Pretention




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