The penultimate day of the 2023 Glorious Goodwood Festival begins at 1.50 and runs until the last of seven races at 5.20.
We’ve got some short-priced favourites and soft ground again, so my three selections for Friday 4 August are mud-loving handicappers – including the NAP in the 3.00.
1.50 – Aggagio e/w @ 10/1
It’s almost certainly going to be testing again at Goodwood on Friday, and one horse who should appreciate that is Gary Moore’s Aggagio who runs in the 0-105 Goodwood Handicap over an extended 2m4f.
The five-year-old has some excellent form in the book, including a respectable effort in defeat to Ascot Gold Cup hero Courage Mon Ami on unsuitable quick ground recently.
I think there’s every chance this Born To Sea is better than his current mark of 87 and can prove so in ideal circumstances for a yard going great guns.
3.00 – Lattam @ 4/1
I tipped this horse for a similar contest at Ascot on King George day, but he was withdrawn due to unsuitable ground. It’s fair to say there should be no risk of that here.
Not only should William Haggas’ four-year-old son of Lope De Vega relish the going, but he’s gained some valuable experience in competitive handicaps recently.
It’s strong form too – especially his most recent triumph at Newcastle off a mark of 94. Amazingly, the handicapper has only raised him a pound for that, which I feel is rather generous.
Haggas’ string are in good nick, and Tom Marquand back on board is certainly no negative. It’s fair to say I’m very hopeful about his chance in the Golden Mile.
NAP material for me.
5.20 – Maso Bastie @ 6/1
My third and final tip for Day 4 comes in the finale – a 0-90 handicap over 1m3f.
There’s already been plenty of early money for the selection, Mason Bastie, who must have a cracking chance.
James Fanshawe’s three-year-old son of Churchill has only ran three times to date and has plenty of scope for improvement.
He ran a good race on handicap debut at Newcastle in late June and looks ready to strike here off an unchanged mark of 87.
Crucially, conditions should also suit based on his triumph in soft ground at Nottingham in May.