We kick off with the consolation race for the Stewards Cup. Jim Goldie takes his holidays at Goodwood every year and normally is mob-handed in these races. He has three in it with Call Me Ginger, Primo’s Comet and Tommy G who won this race in 2018 and was third last year. His most recent run saw him finish second to Prompting at Ayr and he won here on Friday, so that form is really good.
Sylvester De Sousa rides him again and he’s the one for me.
Laafy won at Newbury when I was there and seemed to enjoy the ease in the ground. With no rain about and conditions on the fast side at Goodwood, I’ll look elsewhere for the winner.
Calling The Wind pulled off a bit of a surprise when winning at 40/1 at Ascot and his trainer Richard Hughes was leading rider at Goodwood, multiple times. He would dearly love this horse to win. Pat Dobbs, who rode at Ascot, rides him again. Indianapolis could be the surprise package at a big price.
Manuela De Vega was receiving a stone from Enbihaar last year and couldn’t beat Mark Johnston’s filly then, so I see no reason why she will beat her this time. Aidan O’Brien’s Snow get a lot of weight from both in the weight-for-age allowance, as does Cabaletta.
Snow was fifth in the Irish Oaks and Cabaletta won at Newbury, but was previously well beaten by Manuela De Vega at Haydock. I am really keen on Enbihaar who is two from two at this track.
The Stewards’ Cup is a cavalry charge and lots of regulars appear again. Summerghand has been pipped in a few biggies and is paying the price now as he is 7lbs higher in the handicap than when pipped by Hey Jonesy in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot.
Hey Jonesy is only 5lbs higher despite having beaten him! Summerghand was fourth off 8lbs lower last year, but should still run well. Open Wide is another who loves this race and is 3lbs lower than when placed last year and has an each-way chance again.
Meraas won the Scottish Stewards Cup at Hamilton and gets a 4lbs weight allowance as he’s a three-year-old. Gulliver and Tinto are decent horses in these big handicaps and will have lots of followers.
For me though, Swindler is a fascinating runner. He won tidily at Ascot last year on similar ground and is one of the least experienced in the field so has the most scope to improve. His comeback run at Windsor will have put him right for this contest and he gets the vote.
Saturday racing tips summary
Goodwood 13:50 – Tommy G
Goodwood 14:25 – Calling The Wind
Goodwood 15:00 – Enbihaar
Goodwood 15:35 – Swindler
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