Day 1 of the Glorious Goodwood Festival comes about this Tuesday and our Betfred Ambassador Frankie Foster has his four tips ahead of the days racing. If you put these four into a 50p e/w Lucky 15 then at the time of publication, it would pay out £737.55…
14:50 Chesterfield Cup Handicap
Let’s hope we can get the week off to a great start with a nice priced winner! It is a very tricky handicap as the market suggest but I think there is value in Soto Sizzler who runs off an attractive mark. If you look at this horses campaign last year it won a handicap at Epsom off of 99 before coming to this race off of 106. This time round, Soto Sizzler was 3rd at Epsom and having not being seen since, comes here on that same mark of 99 suggesting he is well Handicapped to give this a better go. Ryan Moore booked for his father.
15:25 Vintage Stakes
There may well be an unexposed one in here with unseen talent but off of all known form Haatem is the one they all have to beat, and he has been very consistent at a decent level so far. The Epsom third is strong, both horses in front of him that day were well fancied, 5th in the Coventry is nothing to snigger at, and although 6 ½ lengths second recently he still had to beat the rest of the field and did so. I think he gives us a run for our money.
16:00 Lennox Stakes
Kinross is the best bet of the day in the Lennox stakes. He put together an impressive group 4 timer last year after being narrowly beaten in this race. I wouldn’t be discouraged by this years form figures so far of 7 and 3. He ran 8th in the same race at Ascot last year before improving, and that 3rd was to Shaquille who is one of the most exciting sprinters around at the moment. This time of year, and over 7f I am sure we will see the best of him.
16:35 Goodwood Cup
On paper this looks an Ascot rematch between Courage Mon Ami and Coltrane… On the weather forecast I think Emily Dickinson gets her chance. There is no doubting the class of Courage Mon Ami, but I question if anything worse than good to soft will suit. Similarly, we know how good Coltrane has been but he holds no soft ground form. By 4:35 a horse that could be loving conditions is Emily Dickinson and is still an each way price. Her soft ground form is of her best and she looked to be In great form when winning at the Curragh recently. If the rain holds off so might my bet!