Two festivals in tandem. The summer finery of Glorious Goodwood and the summer winery of Galway. We love them both of course, but whilst we won’t be appearing at Goodwood this year, the lure of Galway will have us in Ballybrit later this week.
Goodwood kicks off with a top quality 10f handicap (1350 BST). The key here is the Magnet Cup run at York recently. UAE Prince was best placed then, although he may have been favoured by running close to a slow pace. Fifth placed Garcia is favoured by the market here, it was his first run of the season and he came home well from off the pace. However, we think Eddystone Rock may have been overlooked having come 6th at York where the lack of pace and lack of racing room certainly didn’t help. A strong pace here could be ideal and he looks over-priced given his proximity last time to today’s market leaders.
The Lennox Stakes (Limato) and the Goodwood Cup (Big Orange) have hard to beat favourites, but not ones we want to back either. Our second Sussex bet comes in the 5f handicap (1645). Atletico could be thrown in but this is harder than Windsor, and we prefer two horses from the Epsom Dash – 2nd place Dark Shot, and 6th place Boom The Groom (winner of this last year). Whilst Dark Shot is tempting, Boom The Groom’s evident love of conditions can lead to a successful defence.
Over at Galway the evening really starts to warm up with the big 1m handicap (1940). Riven Light gives the Willie Mullins fans a favourite’s chance, but we can’t resist old favourite and Galway stalwart, Baraweez. He has run in this race for the last 3 years, finishing 3rd, 2nd and 5th (his record in this Saturday’s 7f handicap is 1st, 1st and 5th). He hasn’t shown much this year but that gets him well in, and he could be primed to go close again.
Another one with matching claims is Beau Satchel (2040), who looks to complete a hat-trick in the 7f handicap that closes the card having won it for the last 2 years. Much like Baraweez he has form also in the race coming up on Saturday, and although having shown little this season, you can be sure this was the target all year long.
In between those races there is space for a newcomer in the 2010. Rainbow fans the world over (thinking “up above the streets and houses” rather than “since you’ve been gone”) will be flocking to back Zippy, and she could be dangerous here off a low weight. Disappointing thought it was to find out trainer JF Levins is a Johnny rather than a Jeffrey, there is still good reason to think Zippy is worth a close look.
Eddystone Rock (1350 Goodwood), 1pt each way, 16/1 Skybet (special offer – free bet if loser – can’t argue with that – good for £20 only)
Boom The Groom (1645 Goodwood) 1pt win, 15/2 Skybet
Baraweez, (1940 Galway), 1pt win, 14/1 Bet365
Zippy, (2010 Galway), 1pt win, 8/1 Paddy Power
Beau Satchel, (2040 Galway), 1pt win, 8/1 Coral
Baraweez & Beau Satchel, 0.5pts each way double, c125/1
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