Fitzy will be having a chuckle if this gee-gee can get home in front in the Stewards Cup
Toofi to you!
Saturday of Goodwood is dominated by the Stewards Cup but with the Stewards’ Sprint Stakes consolation race for horses who didn’t make the cut for the feature on the cards as well, it means double trouble for punters.
The Stewards Cup (3.45pm) is always a helter-skelter ride so punters better be ready to hang on! Trainer Robert Cowell is the sprint king and he can work his magic with Toofi at . Toofi was second to Magical Memory in this race 12 months ago and we all know what that horse has gone on to do – winning the Duke of York Stakes and going ever so close in the Haydock Sprint Cup and Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
This is Toofi’s chance to go one better than last year. It’s hard to ignore the claims of Ridge Ranger () who was impressive when winning the Summer Stakes at York last time out, but will stall two be a hindrance? David Nicholls’ Kimbrella () is honest and will give you a great run for your money after finishing in the places in six of his last eight runs.
I really like Projection () for trainer Roger Charlton in the opening race – the consolation – at 2.00pm. He ran a blinder on his comeback at Newmarket to finish fourth beaten just a length and three quarters after nine months off the track, and with the benefit of that run plus a high draw in stall 22, he has to be fancied. Fast Track () at a big price is worth considering each-way as well after finishing fourth in the York Dash at 20/1 last time out.
The Qatar Handicap (2.35pm) is a race where Dal Harraild () has obvious chances. He came from well off the pace in a slowly run race at Ascot last time out to finish third beaten just half a length, and drawn in stall two can be in a handier position – a lot like he was when winning the Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh in June.
The Nassau Stakes at 3.10pm gives us a chance to marvel at the wonder filly Minding (). She is a model of consistency and has ran in all the big races for fillies this year winning the Epsom Oaks, the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. She is a true superstar.