Saturday, August 05, 2023

The Intelligent Punter's Guide to Glorious Goodwood (Day 5)

Neil Clark Winners so far this week; Lord Riddiford 8-1 (NAP), Kinross 10-11, Paddington 4-9, Vandeek 11-8, Ornellala 7-4, Temporize 6-1, Highfield Princess 4-9, Hamish 5-6. Places: Man of Eden 10-1; Sonny Liston (5th) 20-1; Wizard Of Eye (6th) 28-1; True Legend 10-1. 1.50 A tricky opener in which you could make a case for several of the runners. Zaman Jemil won going away last time and rates a worthy market leader; at longer odds the well-handicapped bottom weight Capote’s Dream, last year’s 12-1 winner Many a Star (who‘s now 2lbs lower), and Cooperation whose last win was in similarly testing conditions, are ones for the each-way shortlist. 2.25 Team Gosden won this last year with Trawlerman who then went on to win the Ebor, and they’ll be trying the same thing with Sweet William who needs to win here to get into the York showpiece later this month. Best each-way could be Omniscent (10-1), who ran out of fuel in the closing stages of the Northumberland Plate but who should be ideally suited by the drop back to 1m6f, and whose trainer Sir Mark Prescott has won the race before. 3.00 Team Gosden have three of the last seven runnings of the Lillie Langtry and so you’ve got to give a big chance to Free Wind, who can be forgiven a rare disappointing effort at Royal Ascot last time. River of Stars looks next best. 3.35 Mr Wagyu may be getting on a bit but he won the Stewards’ Cup in the mud two years ago and in similar conditions today represents each-way value at around 12-1. Trainer John Quinn has been on fire at Goodwood this week with three winners and one second, and his charge has slipped to a mark 6lbs lower than he won off in 2022. Plenty more can be given chances in the 28 runner cavalry charge, including the well-regarded favourite Orazio, whose trainer Charlie Hills has won the race twice in recent years, and at longer odds Albasheer, Mum’s Tipple and Significantly. 4.10 Sophia’s Starlight was second here over a shorter trip four days ago and may well do a ‘Novus‘ by turning a Goodwood place into a win. Chartwell House could be the main danger. 4.45 Charlie Johnston nominated Individualist as the horse he was most excited about running this week and the half-brother of Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist is taken to win the maiden. Andrew Balding has won the last two runnings and Royal Supremacy could be the best of his two entries. 5.20 It could be madness not to have an each-way wager on One Step Beyond as he gets in here off bottom weight which should count for a lot more in the testing conditions. Trainer Gary Moore has already had a winner at the meeting this week and son Ryan takes over from a 7lbs claimer. If you've enjoyed reading the Guide, and it helps you win a bit of money (hopefully!), then all donations greatly received.

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