Glorious Goodwood has certainly lived up to its name so far this week with some brilliant racing on show. Stradivarius, Dark Vision, and Rumble Inthejungle are just some of my personal highlights so far.
The way Rumble Inthejungle quickened away was beautiful to watch and Stradivarius eventually conquering the gutsy Torcedor was a truly brilliant performance. Friday’s racing looks very interesting and we’ve picked out a couple of bets we hope can get the job done.
Firstly, we look at the King George Qatar Stakes. A race for the speedsters over 5 furlongs – blink and you’ll miss it.
Havana Grey is currently second favorite and Karl Burke’s charge is coming here with plenty of confidence after winning the Group Two Sapphire Stakes at The Curragh. His trainer has set out an ambitious calendar for the three-year-old that could culminate in a trip to the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Coming with course form having won here last year and with the ground seemingly not being an issue, he seems an out-and-out sprinter and I’m expecting a big run.
Kachy is another to note, having put in a very impressive performance at Chester earlier in the season and then following it up with another massive run at Haydock when finishing a head behind Battaash. The ground, however, has gone against Tom Dascombe’s five-year-old, I believe the last few furlongs are good to soft and that would be less than ideal.
Sioux Nation is Aidan O’Brien’s only runner in the race but does come with some solid form. Last year’s winner of The Norfolk Stakes is a big price considering he finished ahead of Blue Point (who beat Bataash) on his last run at Newmarket. He should be a lot shorter but the fact that Aidan O’Brien’s yard seems to be under a bit of a cloud lately and Ryan Moore is not riding as fantastically well means you will get a tasty price for a horse who could possibly win this race.
Having said that I can’t put my money anywhere except on Battaash. Currently a 5/4 shot I expect Charles Hill rocket to go off odds-on. He looks the bet of the week and has done for some time, obviously Goodwood can throw up some traffic and you can be unlucky but hopefully, Jim Crowley will keep it simple and ride him like the best horse in the race just like he did last year. He really announced himself on the sprinting scene when winning this twelve months ago and I think he will show his class to retain his title.
We move onto the Golden Mile next which is a devilishly hard handicap to figure out every year. A low draw is a big help I feel here and usually reflects that thought process. Master The World won this last year with an excellent late run up the rail. He comes here only three pounds higher and drawn in nine, so he has another big chance.
Firmanent is another drawn well enough in eight and is a horse we tipped last time out only. After hitting traffic and the jockey not covering himself in glory meant no luck last time but it wouldn’t be a shock if he was in the shake-up with a clear run. Fire Brigade drawn six would prefer it softer but there might just be enough juice in the ground for him to perform so don’t rule him out.
Escobar a general 8/1 shot is a very interesting runner. Drawn low in two and coming into the race after a lovely run behind Richard Hannon’s Tigre Du Terre, who subsequently was sold to Hong Kong for “astronomical” money. David O’Meara’s four-year-old looks primed for a big run here off 104. He’s had a good season so far putting some fine performances and this will hopefully be the highlight. His only ever Goodwood run doesn’t read particularly well but after watching it back it’s a fine run so no worries about handling the track.
We have plenty of tips all week on our twitter and, we’ve launched our Instagram page which is called bigjoeshorsetips so give us a follow.
Best of luck guys whatever you’re backing!