Horse Racing Tips: Rory Delargy’s Tuesday Picks at Goodwood

Rory reckons he's found some value on Day 1 of the Goodwood Festival.

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Rory Delargy’s Horse Racing Tips

13:40 – Lord Riddance
14:50 – Pride of America
15:25 – Haatem
16:00 – Kinross
16:35 – Lone Eagle (each-way)

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

13:40 – Lord Riddance

John Quinn has dominated the 5f Coral Handicap in recent times, winning contest three times since 2017, and he has a great chance of landing a hat-trick with the 2021 and 2022 hero Lord Riddiford (1:40 Goodwood), who has won the race on contrasting ground off marks of 88 and 87 respectively.

He wasn’t in much form when arriving at Goodwood last year but found his best form to prevail by half a length, and he’s been well beaten on his previous start before landing this race two years ago on soft ground, with Hollie Doyle doing the steering. Doyle has been booked again, and while I’d like to have seen more positive signs from Quinn’s runners over the weekend, he tends to get his handicappers to peak at the right time, and I’d expect to see a lot more of Lord Riddiford’s old dash here despite a disappointing effort in the Dash at Epsom where he was one of those drawn high and not helped by a faulty start.

Stall 15 close to the nearside rail could count as a blessing for the speedster, although Goodwood’s sprint track can be capricious as far as the draw is concerned, and I’d not hang my hat on that alone, other than to point out that his three wins at this fixture (also won a 3-y-o handicap in 2018) have come from both low and high draws, so he doesn’t seem likely to be inconvenienced by it.

14:50 – Pride of America

If the course gets a bit of rain on Monday, I’d give PRIDE OF AMERICA a chance of following up on his win in the John Smith’s Cup, last time out at York. He’s a horse that goes very well on soft ground, he was a winner at Chester previously too and he was running in group company afterwards. He’s a frontrunner who’s hard to overhaul.

He did really well to be up at a strong pace that time at York and the ground was better there that what it’ll be here so that will suit him and he’d be the pick for me.

 

15:25 – Haatem

I went with HAATEM last time out when he was no match for City of Troy at Newmarket recently. For City of Troy though, that was one of, if not the, most spectacular juvenile performances of the season so far. I thought Haatem ran very well, I thought he’d improve in the step up to seven furlongs having run well at Epsom before Newmarket. Ran well in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot too, staying on late and showing that seven furlongs is more his type of trip.

I think he’s a really good bet here. If you look at his form he’s progressed from start to start. He’s shown a liking for Goodwood previously and he’s looked more and more professional on each of his starts since. I think Haatem is every bit as good as he looked at Royal Ascot before the loss at Newmarket and I think he’ll step up here again.

I’d have his price a good bit shorter than what he is now, so there’s value there.

16:00 – Kinross

Jumby is a non-runner here. This should be fairly straightforward; KINROSS has raced at six furlongs, he’s raced at a mile and has run very well on both trips but he’s essentially a seven furlongs specialist. He’s just a little bit better than the rest of the field. The good-to-soft ground will suit him ideally as well.

He ran a blinder at the Breeder’s Cup mile last year, I couldn’t believe how well he ran over a mile last year and he’s just become very, very consistent since. He looked like a superstar on his racecourse debut but it took them a year to find out what he needed but since he was bought by Marc Chan he’s been a tremendous servant.

Arguably, he should be odds-on. He’s not miles clear in the ratings but he’s so well suited to this trip and the going that you’d have to feel very confident that he’ll run to his form.

16:35 – Lone Eagle (each-way)

I spent some time here looking for something to beat Courage Mon Ami but, he’s actually quite attractively-priced. After the way he ran and won the Gold Cup at Ascot, it marks him down as potentially one of the ones from the very top drawer. He stepped up remarkedly, after winning a handicap off a rating of 98 so the sky is the limit for Courage Mon Ami.

However, I’m quite keen on LONE EAGLE each-way here. He ran an absolute blinder in the Irish derby and he’s also run well at Goodwood previously. He run twice and won and was placed on his other start here. He was stepped up to two and a half miles in the Gold Cup but he didn’t stay. He’d been running at a mile and a half previous to that. At Chester at that distance he didn’t lack for stamina previously.

He probably ran better than that at Ascot in the Gold Cup but the distance got the better of him. He’ll be better on the shorter trip here and the question is whether two miles will just be within his stamina. If it is then I think he’s got a much better chance than the market suggests. He also handles bad ground very well and he makes more appeal than an unexposed stayer . I’d take him as an each-way pick.

Rory Delargy’s Horse Racing Tips

13:40 – Lord Riddance
14:50 – Pride of America
15:25 – Haatem
16:00 – Kinross
16:35 – Lone Eagle (each-way)

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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