Glorious Goodwood gets underway on Tuesday 26 July and once again we will have a cracking five day Festival from the Sussex Downs.
When the sun shines at Goodwood there is no finer place to be in racing and over the next couple of pages, I’ll take a look at some decent ante-post bets for the Festival.
QATAR LENNOX STAKES – THIKRIYAAT @ 14/1
The Lennox Stakes looks to be one of the more competitive Group races of the week as it would be fair to say there’s no “superstar” in this encounter, but some rock solid horses who we know plenty about.
I get the feeling that this year a race like the Lennox might see an improver take the spoils and I feel as though there is still plenty to come from the Sir Michael Stoute trained Thikriyaat.
This horse has only been seen on four occasions and has managed three wins and a second from those races.
His wins have come over a mile at Chelmsford on debut and then two successes at Newmarket at the start of this season.
Stoute then sent this three-year-old to the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was an excellent second.
Ribchester was the worthy winner on that day but there’s a big difference in price between him and our selection here and there’s every chance the three-year-old can get a lot closer here, especially on better ground.
This is a likely target for the horse and he’s value here.
QATAR GOODWOOD CUP – BIG ORANGE @ 6/1
The stayers have their go in this two mile encounter and you have to think that Michael Bell’s charge has a great chance here.
He was the winner of this race last season in what was a thrilling contest and the trainer would have had this race in mind for a while now for the five-year-old.
He ran a cracker to finish second in Meydan on World Cup night and was also fifth in the Melbourne Cup prior to that.
We’ve only seen him once in the UK this season, which was a decent enough third over a trip too short at Newmarket in April.
The horse is being well trained by Bell as it is tough for these stayers to run too many times and he’ll come into this fresh.
There’s every chance we could see a bit more from this gelding this year and he’ll do for me in this right now.
QATAR KING GEORGE STAKES – MUTHMIR @ 7/1
This is another horse looking to retain a race he won last season and this was the ideal race for Muthmir a year ago.
He got a big field, quick ground and a strong pace and there’s every chance of getting the same here.
The way that he runs, it is unlikely that Muthmir will ever win by too far and he just seems to be that little bit outclassed in the very top springing races.
A Group 2 is ideal for William Haggas’ runner and he looks a decent price in the ante-post market for this race right now.
He was sent off 3/1 favourite in this last year and there isn’t much to suggest that he won’t go close again.
The three runs haven’t been the best this season, but this is a track the horse does well at and this time of year is when Muthmir does seem to come to life.
QATAR NASSAU STAKES – QEMAH @ 8/1
This race is all about Minding and if she turns up she will be very tough to beat. We’re not sure if she will actually line up here though and the excellent Qemah could prove to be decent value right now.
She won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out and did so in impressive fashion.
If Minding doesn’t run, it is likely that this horse will become a short price favourite and if the star mare does line-up, Qemah could still be decent EW value.
A bit of cut in the ground is ideal for this horse, but I still think she’s capable of producing big performances on any type of surface.