Glorious Goodwood Preview: Friday 29th July
After the thrill of Ladies’ Day and Frankie back to form, we move on to one of the betting highlights of the week: The Totesport Mile. And with other big races such as the Richmond and the Oak Tree, it should be a day to savour.
2.00: Coutts Glorious Stakes
Redwood won this last year, and has since improved into a much classier individual. He knows the course well, and has raced in much better company than this all season. Drunken Sailor has improved this term, so is worth a market check, and Harris Tweed is never far away from the winners’ enclosure, so he needs consideration.
2.35: RSA Thoroughbred Stakes
Western Aristocrat is a warm favourite for this and should have no trouble against weaker opposition this time. His run in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot sets the standard here, and he is the one to beat. Godolphin are in good form this week and send Neebras to get them further Group race glory. With luck in running, he’ll take a hand in the finish. Questioning needs to progress, but if he does he’ll be close.
3.10 Totesport Mile (Heritage Handicap)
Green Destiny is a short price for a 21 runner Heritage Handicap, but is the best of them all and should take this. Sagramor was declared a non-runner yesterday at the meeting so he could run, and if so should play his hand. Cai Shen ran a huge race last time at Royal Ascot and is worth an eachway. Soorah took a listed race last time and is capable if getting the breaks.
3.45 Tanquery Richmond Stakes
Harbour Watch bears those famous Canford Cliffs colours and is odds-on to put this to bed. Richard Hughes picked this one over Eureka and clearly thinks a lot of him. Saigon is unexposed and unbeaten as well, and won his race even when slightly hampered in the closing stages last time. Silverheels should make his presence felt if taking to the track.
4.20: Rothschild Waddesdon Wines Nursery Stakes Handicap
A race full of unknowns. All of these have the potential to be decent, but it will be a case of who is ready today. Royal Blush had to be pushed out to record her first win, but she should know better and now up in distance and with a good apprentice on board, she should go close. Glee picked up miraculously here last time out so she has vital course experience. Lord of the Shadows has more improvement in him and is an eachway option.
4.55: Oak Tree Stakes
The trickiest race on the card. Many are coming back from disappointing runs, such as Rimth and Sharnberry. Both ran in the French 1000 Guineas, and while the former was disappointing, she had previously been explosive at Newbury and should bounce back with at least a place. However, if Memory decides to race today - she’s dug her heels in (in the stalls) twice this season - she can beat any of these. Chachamaidee is another obvious contender, with Sir Henry Cecil telling me: “as long as the ground isn’t too fast, she’ll run very well.”
5.25: Turf Club Stakes Handicap
Redvers is in fantastic form, and while he’s up 5 Ib this time, that might not be enough to stop him running his race. Mosaicist will relish the probable fast pace, as will Jamesaway, but the former will be glad for the return to his own age group and could be too good for the rest.