We’re posting Glorious Goodwood tips for every race at this year’s superb Sussex festival, starting with eight expert picks for day one.
The Goodwood Cup is Tuesday’s feature event, backed up by a couple of Group Two contests, and David Clough is hoping to bash the bookies with these fancies.
Was rated almost a stone lower than he is now when winning this race 12 months ago but a decent surface is of great significance to him and should be in his favour again if the storms stay away.
Maydanny has already proved emphatically that this course and distance suits him – and after putting a moderate Royal Ascot effort behind him when an admirable and rallying runner-up over a mile at Sandown this month, he looks primed to go well again.
2.25 BERKSHIRE SHADOW
Andrew Balding’s juvenile is a winner over five and six furlongs so far and can take his unbeaten career record to three in the Group Two Vintage Stakes at seven furlongs.
Although he was ultimately emphatic when overcoming a sharp rise in class to take the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, he did so in the style of a horse who may appreciate this additional step up in trip.
Ralph Beckett’s four-year-old showed the benefit of being gelded when securing a smooth success in the Group Three John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock last time out.
Last year’s 2,000 Guineas sixth had been proving difficult to place but seven furlongs seems to suit him well and he can follow up in the Group Two Lennox Stakes.
3.35 SIR RON PRIESTLEY (nap)
Stradivarius bids for yet another remarkable piece of racing history when chasing a fifth straight Goodwood Cup success but put in a laboured performance in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last time out.
In Sir Ron Priestley, he faces a back-to-form rival who is two years younger and with potential to improve further if seeing out the trip on his first attempt at two miles.
Mark Johnston’s 2019 St Leger runner-up is a half-brother to brilliant stablemate Subjectivist, who ran Stradivarius and all other rivals ragged at Ascot before suffering a season-ending setback.
Sir Ron Priestley was a five-time winner at up to Group Three level two years ago, before finding only the then imperious Logician too good at Doncaster.
The son of Australia had to miss 2020 because of injury but resumed winning ways immediately on his return this season with back-to-back Listed and Group Two wins in April and May.
Below-par efforts in the Yorkshire Cup and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot came on rain-softened ground and since then he has produced a strong staying performance to get the better of the well-touted Al Aasy in a 12-furlong Group Two at Newmarket.
The return to a lively surface appeared to be key and ties in with plenty of previous racecourse evidence on Sir Ron Priestley’s prolific CV.
4.10 EL ASTRONAUTE
Has to carry top weight in a competitive sprint handicap but has shone over this course and distance before and could just prove a class apart.
Went into many notebooks when staying on to finish third at Newcastle on debut after looking very green early on and is backed to benefit from that experience here in our Glorious Goodwood tips.
5.20 URBAN VIOLET
Ran well when sixth of 21 in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot and may relish a strongly-run mile again after letting favourite backers down in a tactical contest at Ripon with few runners.
5.50 CAROLINE DALE
Should now be spot on after going down by just a head at Windsor on her second run back following a lengthy lay-off.
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