By News Team
27th July 2020
We’re all set for a fabulous five days at Goodwood and Nick Luck will be previewing it all for us at William Hill, starting with day one.
Bell ready to Rock in handicap
There’s five ITV races for us to enjoy at Goodwood on Tuesday and, while Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy have bigger fish to fry later in the week, they can get us off to a decent start here with BELL ROCK in the 1m1f handicap (1:45pm) at 17/2.
This well-bred horse finished a respectable sixth at Royal Ascot, despite not really getting the rub of the green when the groups merged. He’s quite nicely dawn in this big field, should do better for the step up in distance, and will be undeterred if there’s any significant rain.
I’ll be backing YURI GAGARIN at 10/1 as well – he was held up in an evenly run race at Newmarket, eventually challenging on the unfavourable part of the track. He’s worth another chance.
Kingscote and Dascombe runner fancied in Vintage Stakes
The presence of Battleground will ensure DEVIOUS COMPANY is a decent price for the Vintage Stakes (2:15pm), and I think he’s well worthy of support against the favourite at 9/2.
First, he has the best form on his excellent second to Master of the Seas; secondly, he’ll go just as well with a bit of cut into ground; thirdly, Battleground’s Chesham win looks wafer-thin. Tom Dascombe is struggling for a winner, but he’s had seven horses finish second in the last ten days, so that doesn’t bother me too much.
Course specialist can go well again in Lennox
DUKE OF HAZZARD might be the answer in the Lennox Stakes (2:45pm) at 6/1. Unbeaten at Goodwood (including two wins at this Festival), he ran a screamer behind Mohaather at Ascot when looking the clear second best. He gave the impression that a drop to seven would be no issue, and he takes on a slightly easier group here. Space Blues, Safe Voyage et al are all closely matched, but the selection might just have a slight class edge.
O’Brien to turn the tables on Gosden in Goodwood Cup
Three years ago, the hugely popular Big Orange was denied a third Goodwood Cup (3:15pm) by a three-year-old Queens Vase winner to whom he couldn’t concede the weight. Now that horse, Stradivarius, has to concede 15lbs to a Queen’s Vase (and Irish Derby) winner in search of his fourth. And I think it’s a big ask, no matter how good he was last time. Conditions will be perfect for SANTIAGO and he can take a big scalp here at 5/2.
Don’t rule out a big run from Eagles By Day at 16/1, who has clearly done well for the switch to David O’Meara judged on his York effort, and who can improve again granted an even stiffer test of stamina (dam Missunuted was second in a Gold Cup and won the Lily Langtry here).
Celsius set to sizzle in five-furlong sprint
The five-furlong race looks tough, but CELSIUS is still progressive and – provided he’s not too slowly away – can take advantage of a real likely pace meltdown here for a stable that continues to go very well. He’s got A Momentofmadness drawn next door to tow him into the race for good measure. He’s available to back at 7/2.