Daily Racing Tips : Glorious Goodwood (28th July – 2nd August)
The Qatar Goodwood Festival, universally nicknamed Glorious Goodwood, is the second biggest flat festival in Britain after Royal Ascot – and one of the biggest and best betting opportunities of the year.
Now sponsored by Qatar, many of the races now carry record breaking prize-money including the prestigious Goodwood Cup. However, the festival is also renowned for being a highlight of the social calendar where everyone loves to show off their latest fashion, eat great food, and drink.
If you’ve not yet visited the Sussex Downs for this extravaganza – it’s certainly one to add to your Bucket List!
The racing is what interests us most at Betting Gods though, and here’s a short introduction to the highlight of each day of the festival.
Day 1 – Lennox Stakes
A 7-furlong race for 3-year-olds and upwards, the 3-year-olds get 7lb from their elders, though group 1 winners get a 7lb penalty, and group 2 winners get a 4lb penalty. The last 10 renewals have been won by five 3-year-olds and 5 elder horses, with the Hannon stable being the only stable to win the race twice in that period. Richard Hughes rode both those winners, and he’ll be keen to have plenty of winners at Glorious Goodwood as he’s retiring immediately after the festival to take up training. He could ride Ivawood or Toormore.
Day 2 – Sussex Stakes
This group 1 mile contest is traditionally the first time the 3-year-old milers clash with their elders, from whom they get 8lb. The 3-year-olds have won 7 of the last 10 renewals, and this year’s renewal is being billed as an eagerly anticipated clash between dual 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles and Queen Anne winner Solow – and it’s set to be a thriller.
Day 3 – Goodwood Cup
Despite the fact that 3-year-olds get 17lb from their elders in this group 2 two-mile contest, the classic generation haven’t win it since 1990, whilst Persian Punch managed to win in at the age of 10. Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris is set to try and double-up here, though Clever Cookie would be an interesting contender if the ground isn’t too fast.
Day 4 – Betfred Mile
Whilst there’s some intriguing group races on day 4, the big betting race is definitely the Betfred Mile where Lightning Spear and Basem will be popular. Throw in other popular horses like Bronze Angel, GM Hopkins and Chill the Kite, who are all available at double-figure prices, and you can see why it’s a great betting heat.
Day 5 – Stewards Cup
The festival’s final day’s betting highlight is definitely the Stewards Cup in which 30+ runners will hurtle down 6-furlongs of the Sussex Downs. Roger Charlton has trained 3 of the last 16 winners, and it’s no surprise that his Huntsmans Close has been installed as Ante-post favourite.
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