Jason Weaver: Here’s my four to score on the opening day at Goodwood

Jason reckons the price about Ballydoyle challenger Lope Y Fernandez (2.25pm) screams value as we try to get the Festival off to a flyer.


Goodwood 13:50 – Setting Sail @ 10/3

I still think he’s a Group horse running in a handicap and did incredibly well to finish second of 20 runners at York last time when he was drawn wide in the car park. He has been nudged up 4lbs in the ratings for that effort, but he still looks to hold a class edge in this field he can get our Goodwood Festival off to a flyer.

Goodwood 14:25 – Lope Y Fernandez @ 5/1

Aidan O’Brien’s runner has a little bit to do to turn around the form with the favourite Pinatubo from their Chesham Stakes run at Royal Ascot. However, the Godolphin runner looks the more physically developed two-year-old, but the Ballydoyle colt can grow and strengthen past him as the year goes on.

The price Paddy’s quoting is ridiculously generous for our selection.

He could even shoot to the head of next season’s 2,000 Guineas market with a big performance here.

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Goodwood 15:00 – Zaaki @ 9/4

Sir Michael Stoute’s runner has always been a good type and his trainer’s patience is starting to pay off. He went down by the smallest of margins to the ill-fated Beat the Bank last time and should have no problem dropping back to 7 furlongs.

His price reflects his chance, but he does looks the class act in this lineup.

Goodwood 15:35 – Southern France @ 20/1

Another Ballydoyle contender who is bidding to take the crown away from Stradivarius and he shouldn’t be underestimated. Aidan O’Brien’s runner put up a massive performance in the Yorkshire Cup and has been asked the wrong questions over shorter distances since.

This step back up in trip will see him in a much better light and he looks a bit of value to spoil the party for Stradivaruis.

* Prices correct at time of publishing 

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What do you think?