Goodwood Preview And Betting Tips - 29 August
The middle afternoon of Goodwood's three-day meeting is a high-quality eight-race card on Saturday (1.15pm-5.15pm) on the famous Sussex Downs headlined by the Group 2 Celebration Mile at 3.35pm. Supporting acts include the Group 3 Prestige Stakes for the fillies and the Group 3 March Stakes. The Racing Post cast their eye over Saturday afternoon’s action at Goodwood with their betting preview and tips.
1.15 - Ladbrokes Giving Extra Places Every Day EBF Fillies' Novice Auction Stakes (6f)
A field of 10 for this opening Fillies' Novice Auction Stakes but, in all probability, they can be whittled down to three or four serious contenders for victory. They include Lullaby Moon, Crazy Luck and ROSEMARY AND THYME.
The first-named is having her third start and will line out for her third different trainer. An impressive winner of a 5f maiden at this course in June for Jo Tuite, the daughter of Belardo flopped when fancied for the Newbury Super Sprint last month in the care of Michael Bell.
She has since moved on to Ralph Beckett's yard and sets the standard here. This is less taxing and it won't be a shock if she bounces back.
Oisin Murphy steered Crazy Luck to victory at Salisbury early this month on her second start and she may improve again, though she must do so dropped in distance.
Hughie Morrison's Rosemary And Thyme earns the nod. The Camelot filly appeared to have plenty going for her when third as 6/4 favourite on debut over 7f here in June. She wasn't spotted again until earlier this month at Newbury (7f, soft) when she was too keen in the hands of Oisin Murphy to do herself justice. James Doyle takes over today and if he can get her settled early, there should be a prominent role for her in the finish.
Of the newcomers, Clive Cox's Spirit Of The Bay is one to keep a close eye on in the betting.
1.50 - Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes (Fillies' Group 3, 7f)
Only six runners for this Fillies' Group 3 but it's an interesting heat to say the least. Winner of last month's Newbury Super Sprint, Happy Romance arrives here on the back of winning last week's big sales race at York. She has clear designs on further success, assuming her stamina lasts out over this extra furlong.
Ruling out any of this sextet is tough. Isabella Giles was 2-2 prior to finishing close-up fourth in last month's Princess Margaret at Ascot, though that form has been dented a bit since. Clive Cox's runner could bounce back, however.
Then there are once-raced winners Prado and Pomelo to think about. Ryan Moore takes over on the Salisbury winner for Charlie Hills but Ralph Beckett's Dubawi filly is preferred. It was hard not to be impressed with the visuals of her debut success at Newbury 41 days ago, when she came right away for a five-length win. She's surely going to improve for that, but will have to maintain her unbeaten record in this classier contest.
While Richard Hannon has leading claims with the aforementioned Happy Romance, it might pay to give a chance to his other contender THANK YOU NEXT at a juicier price.
The No Nay Never filly shaped nicely in a 6f nursery at the Glorious meeting here a month ago, suggested a step up in trip would benefit and she has confirmed that since with a gutsy Newmarket win. She ran that race in a good time and if she copes with the slightly slower ground here, can outrun her odds.
2.25 - Brian Chattaway Celebrating 50 Years At Ladbrokes Handicap (7f)
This is an unsurprisingly tough handicap puzzle to work out. Magical Wish is a good starting point having gone close at the Glorious meeting under Thore Hammer Hansen last month, finishing second in a 17-runner affair. He supplemented that with a Doncaster win since and needs respecting having gone up 2lb.
The likes of Oh This Is Us and Cardsharp would have outstanding claims if finding their best stuff, while Jack's Point gets a drop in class having struggled since his Newmarket win on his seasonal bow in June.
Breath Of Air almost made it 2-4 for the season at Haydock and should be involved again but BATTERED might be the best option. He hasn't won since 2017 (missed all of 2018) but he looks to be finding his way again after mostly struggling last year having joined Ralph Beckett.
He has some ground to make up on Magical Wish from last month's meeting here but he stayed on quite well from the rear that afternoon. He didn't really seem to relish Chester since but he's a previous C&D winner and will act on the softer ground that is forecast today.
He's been dropped another 2lb, is now well below his previous win-mark, and has the assistance of the champion jockey, who is in form and has ridden more Goodwood winners in the last five years than anyone else.
3.00 - Ladbrokes March Stakes (Group 3, 1m6f)
There's unlikely to be any secrets in how this is run. Last year's winning trainer/jockey team Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning will surely aim to make all with Subjectivist. The Teofilo colt has enjoyed a fine summer, including a Listed win at Hamilton and a strong third in Gordon Stakes here last month behind Mogul over a mile and a half.
The Great Voltigeur at York didn't really see him to best effect since and a quick bounce back is likely. He won't be easily reeled back but CABALETTA might prove up to it.
Roger Varian's filly is very much unexposed and her runner-up effort behind Enbihaar in last month's Lillie Langtry over C&D was a strong effort. She raced a bit freely but briefly got the subsequent Lonsdale Cup winner working 2f down before settling for second-best. Back amongst her own age-group, she can make the most of the fillies' allowance and is fancied for an in-form yard to overhaul the pacesetter late on. Celtic Art should hold off Table Mountain behind the leading pair.
3.35 - Ladbrokes Celebration Mile Stakes (Group 2, 1m)
Duke Of Hazzard won this 12 months but Paul Cole's charge seemingly has a tougher assignment in front of him now. He's been in and out this term at best, shaping well in the Lennox Stakes (second) over C&D last month but then running no sort of race at Salisbury in a Group 3 won by Regal Reality.
That Sovereign Stakes win from Sir Michael Stoute's runner came as he sported a first-time visor, which is retained now. The drop back to a mile really seemed to work and he's a danger to all with a repeat showing.
BENBATL is the class act in the field. Saeed bin Suroor prepared him beautifully to win on reappearance last year in the Group 2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket. He was in fine fettle in the Middle East early this year and his absence since isn't a source of concern.
He has to prove he handles Goodwood, but there's no major reason to doubt him and he has an excellent ally in the saddle in Oisin Murphy. He may be capable of conceding his penalty in this field.
Any further easing in the ground would help Century Dream but for an alternative look no further than Sir Busker. William Knight's charge is a course winner and didn't get much luck in running in a handicap over this distance at the Glorious meeting last month. He flew home behind Montatham at York recently in a big-field handicap and is worthy of a crack in this higher grade.
4.10 - Ladbrokes Get Your Daily Odds Boost Handicap (1m6f)
Past Master won this a year ago from 3lb lower and has registered two of three career wins at Goodwood. He's not got big miles on the clock for seven and his reappearance at Haydock certainly had some merit in it; with fitness boosted now he'll have designs on a successful defence.
FRONTISPIECE has finished second in both starts this summer for Amanda Perrett and the theory remains that he can win again soon. He's only 2lb clear of his previous win-mark and this course should play to his strengths if he can get the lead he desires early on. A bit of juice in the turf will be ideal for him and he ran into a progressing rival when settling for second at Newbury last time.
Dance To Paris has also finished second in her last two starts, both over two-miles. She was worn down late at Beverley last month and ran into an easy winner since at Ripon. From the same mark of 78, she gets a first-time visor applied and drops in trip, giving her decent claims of finding the frame or better again.
4.45 - Ladbrokes Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (1m1f)
JUNKANOO might have been a 50/1 winner here last month at the Glorious meeting but local trainer Gary Moore 'wasn't completely surprised by that success' at the time. He was racing from 3lb out of the handicap that day and was confidently ridden by David Egan, coming home strongly to deny well-touted pair Zabeel Champion and Al Salt.
His new mark of 84 should not prevent a big run in this follow-up attempt and it's worth recalling that his trainer strongly suggested after that course success 30 days ago that some ease in the ground would almost certainly be a benefit.
The dangers include the likes of Exec Chef and Kodiac Harbour, both now having dipped well below previous win-marks. On his first run for trainer George Scott, Exec Chef didn't enjoy a great passage over C&D in an apprentice race over C&D four weeks ago and having been eased a further 2lb since, it's feasible to see him in the shake-up.
5.15 - Ladbrokes Supporting 'Children With Cancer UK' Fillies' Handicap (6f)
She remains a maiden after 10 starts but YUKON MISSION made a satisfactory turf bow at Pontefract (6f, good to firm) last month. John Quinn's charge was shuffled back through the pack after meeting some traffic around midway and encouragingly stayed on for third spot in the end.
She looked to have more to offer and from an unchanged mark of 67 has fine claims here. Sean Levey takes over in the plate and from an ideal draw in stall one, it's hoped he can get the filly into a good position as she has shown lots of promise on the all-weather; often when asked to make up plenty ground late.
Eastern Star is also clutching her maiden tag at this point and has twice shaped with promise on turf since joining current trainer from Henry De Bromhead in Ireland. It will rate something of a surprise if she can't make her mark from this lowly rating before long.