Five days of Glorious Goodwood comes to an end on Saturday but ITV go out with a bang with eight races to enjoy including three from Newmarket.
So let’s get straight to it and try and make Paddy cry a bit!
Coverage begins with a handicap over 6f. REWAAYAT might well be a cut above these after a romp at Salisbury last time. He’s up 12lb in the weights after that success for Charlie Hills, but when you look through his form he’s most progressive on fast ground and the disappointments have come with give. Could be another for Jim Crowley.
Another handicap here over 1m6f. SHAILENE was third in this at a big price last year and is only 2lb higher this time around. She’s hard to predict for Andrew Balding, but gets Oisin Murphy up and if he sits cold out the back she might come with a late rattle and pick up some pieces at big odds.
Up in class now with a Group 2 over 1m6f. Disappointing field here in terms of numbers. ENBIHAAR should take all the beating for John Gosden and Crowley once again. The mare was a little disappointing last time at Newmarket but should appreciate this step back up in trip.
The big betting race of the day, the Stewards’ Cup, over 6f. If he goes in the stalls – and it is a big if – it might just be that SWINDLER could blast them away in the closing stages. Ed Walker’s runner has loads of ability, but is also one of the trickiest animals in training, and he will enter the paddock and be walked to post. If he loads up he’s well handicapped and Louis Steward has a big each way chance. Bet him late!
And finally at Goodwood another handicap although we now go 7f. SOCIETY LION is the one I like here for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. My hope was second at Doncaster last time having finished fourth at Newbury the time before. He’s probably still capable of better after just four runs.
Meanwhile, over at Newmarket…
Racing on TV here kicks off with a nursery handicap for juveniles over 6f. MAHALE has been a little in and out but, to be fair, had no chance in the Super Sprint last time and this is much more her level. Her second at Windsor a couple of runs ago for Mick Channon reads quite well and Murphy is on top again.
Another handicap here over 7f. BAASHIR could be another winner for Hamdan al Maktoum and another for Charlie Hills. Dane O’Neill is on top. My hope has only had a couple of runs and looked decent at Salisbury last time. A mark of 86 might prove very fair and this is not the most competitive.
And finally at Newmarket a Listed event over 1m6f. Should be plenty of pace here, and that will suit Dubious Affair although he has much to do on ratings. Maybe this will be the day WITHHOLD bounces back to his best for Roger Charlton and Murphy. He’s a high class stayer at his best and might be able to dominate here.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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