A busy Tuesday lies ahead for racing fans with six meetings across Britain and Ireland, including the start of the 2023 Goodwood Festival.
The Goodwood Cup is the feature, while it’s day two of the Galway Festival in Ireland – and there’s further meetings from Beverley, Yarmouth, Perth and Worcester.
Amongst our fancies on Tuesday 1 August is an outsider in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for trainer Tom Clover.
3.25 Goodwood – Witness Stand @ 11/1
The Vintage Stakes is the first of Glorious Goodwood’s group races this week and the 7f Group 2 for the youngsters looks wide open.
Haatem, second in the Superlative Stakes last time behind ultra-impressive winner City Of Troy, is the standard-setter for Richard Hannon, while the likes of Golden Mind, Iberian, Mountain Bear and Soldier’s Gold are all open to doing better things.
So, too, should be Chester debut winner Witness Stand for Tom Clover, but perhaps the market is not reflecting his chances.
The 80,000gns son of Expert Eye was professional in that Roodee win and is open to significant improvement having scarcely come out of second gear to make that winning start. Danny Tudhope rides and they could be set to ruffle a few feathers in this Vintage Stakes.
6.00 Worcester – My Gift To You @ 11/8
Evening jumps action comes from Worcester and trainer James Owen will be eager to see My Gift To You make his attempt to follow up a recent winning stable bow in the Pershore Plum Festival Land O’Plums Novices’ Handicap Chase.
The five-year-old has started at three-figure in maiden hurdles on three occasions for Paul Webber prior to his handicap bow at Southwell (2m4½f, good) last week.
He was well-fancied there and, sporting a first-time tongue-tie, obliged with plenty to spare in the hands of Harry Cobden.
He is bred to make a chaser and quickly changes code now and, while 4lb out of the weights officially, they appear to hold major claims of netting their second win in a week.
6.40 Galway – Rahmi @ 11/1
The big race on day two at the Galway Races is once more on the level and it is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap, offering a top prize of €72,000 to the winner.
Galway specialist Saltonstall carries top-weight, while Salt Lake City is well-handicapped for Aidan O’Brien and hat-trick seeking Blues Emperor is a player for Johnny Murtagh.
It’s another runner for Murtagh that takes the eye, however, as Rahmi could still have more to offer.
The Pivotal gelding arrived from France in the off-season and, after needing the run on his stable bow at Limerick in April, won a similar contest to this one at the Curragh in May on good ground.
He was fourth behind the aforementioned Blues Emperor back there last month, but now finds himself 7lb better off as a consequence for the rematch. Stable jockey Ben Coen remains faithful here and in a Betfred Extra Place Race (five places) they are unlikely to be far away.