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2019 Glorious Goodwood day 1 tips: Tips for Tuesday’s four ITV Races

Pinatubo is fancied to build on his excellent triumph at Royal Ascot. (credit:Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images)

Our expert takes a look through the betting for every race on day one of Glorious Goodwood and provides readers with his selections on Tuesday 30th July.

Glorious Goodwood really is a wonderful spectacle to behold, whether you’re a fan of horse racing or not. Hopefully, the sun will continue to shine down on the popular Sussex venue throughout the week, as punters and racegoers alike will be in for five days of fantastic action, starting with Goodwood Cup day on Tuesday.

We’ve taken a look through all of the televised races at Goodwood on Tuesday to provide readers with our betting selections.

2019 Glorious Goodwood Day One Tips

1:50pm Unibet Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f


The bookmakers feel the Diamond Jubilee Cup will be the key piece of form for this race, with the second and third from that race at York, Setting Sail and What’s The Story heading the market. I, however, prefer the chances of BERINGER, who has been running well for Alan King and could be perfectly suited by the conditions of this race.

Beringer has clocked an RPR higher than his official rating in four of his five outings this season, the only anomaly being his 13th place finish in the Royal Hunt Cup, where Beringer ran quite well from a poor draw on soft ground which didn’t suit. Andrea Atzeni’s mount bounced back to form last time out at Sandown, where he came out second best to Jazeel in an absolute humdinger of a finish.

King’s charge has been lurking around this rating for a while now, proving he’s capable of winning on a number of occasions. Hold-up horses fared much better than front-running sorts at Glorious Goodwood last year, so Andrea Atzeni will fancy his chances, given a favourable draw.

Another runner I’d like to take a chance and back is Johnny Drama, who will be making his first appearance for Andrew Balding. During his time in Ireland, the King Power-owned colt scored twice on tracks very similar to Goodwood, securing a hugely impressive seven-length triumph on his handicap debut at Roscommon. Things didn’t go to plan at Royal Ascot, but dropping back in trip should certainly suit and Silvestre De Sousa has already been confirmed in the saddle.

Main Bet – BERINGER e/w
Next Best – JOHNNY DRAMA e/w (14/1 Coral)

2:25pm Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2) 7f


Favourites have claimed victory in all of the past three runnings of the Vintage Stakes and I don’t want to side against PINATUBO, who shaped like a very classy animal when winning at Royal Ascot and looks to have plenty of progression left in the tank.

After a taking triumph in the Woodcote at Epsom, Charlie Appleby’s charge was my selection to beat Lope Y Fernandez in the Jersey Stakes. What followed was nothing short of a procession, as Pinatubo lowered the favourite’s colours in spectacular fashion to seal a second-straight Listed triumph.

This is by no means a formality. Mystery Power won nicely at Newmarket and both Threat and Visinari are talented colts who should be well-suited by the step up to seven furlongs. I’m expecting this to be the highlight of the entire day and I’m hoping Pinatubo can continue his march towards next year’s 2000 Guineas.

Main Bet – PINATUBO
Next Best – THREAT e/w (6/1 William Hill)

3:00pm Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2) 7f


Last year’s Oak Tree Stakes winner, Pretty Baby is a horse I feel who’s overpriced. She was well-beaten at Ascot, but simply didn’t see out a mile on soft ground and the conditions of this race look much more suitable. That being said, backing a front-runner in the Lennox Stakes has not been a profitable ploy in recent years and I think this year’s race will, once again, suit a fast closer and it’s Pretty Baby’s stablemate, ONE MASTER who appeals the most to me.

William Haggas’ filly is a proven Group One winner, having struck late to snatch a surprise victory over this trip in the Prix de la Foret, beating the classy Inns Of Court in the process. One Master has been trying to claim more Grouped glory over a mile since then, finishing a strong third in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot before a narrow defeat to Veracious in the Falmouth Stakes.

Both were valiant efforts, but it was evident that a mile is a furlong further than One Master ideally wants to travel. Haggas’ five-year-old brings the best form into the Lennox Stakes and she could be very hard to stop, given a clear run to the line.

If Haggas decides to save his top filly for the Matron Stakes, then another option would be to back Glorious Journey, who was only beaten five lengths behind Ten Sovereigns in the July Cup last time out. Charlie Appleby’s charge ran well in the Thoroughbred Stakes won by Regal Reality last term and enjoyed the turning track when winning at Deauville on his next start. Things haven’t gone completely to plan this term, but Glorious Journey is a classy operator and returning to seven furlongs will be a big plus.

Main Bet – ONE MASTER
Next Best – GLORIOUS JOURNEY e/w (14/1 Paddy Power)

30/7/19 3:35pm Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 2m


Stradivarius gutsed out yet another top-level triumph at Royal Ascot, pouncing late to edge out Dee Ex Bee and Master Of Reality and retain his Gold Cup crown. Heading into the race I felt Stradivarius was vulnerable, siding with CROSS COUNTER to cause the upset. Charlie Appleby’s gelding came home less than two lengths behind the champion in fourth, but with the shorter trip and ground conditions likely to be more suitable, I’m going in on Charlie Appleby’s Melbourne Cup winner once again.

Cross Counter is a record holder here at Goodwood, having smashed the mile-and-a-half track record with that blistering victory in the Gordon Stakes last season. A famous win in the Melbourne Cup followed and Appleby’s four-year-old proved he was no flash-in-the-pan by winning the Meydan Gold Cup during the Dubai World Cup Festival.

Although he seemed to see out 20 furlongs reasonably well, Cross Counter couldn’t replicate the late burst of speed that helped him claim Melbourne Cup glory on the soft Ascot turf. Fast ground would be ideal as Cross Counter drops back to a more comfortable trip and I’m hoping he will be good enough to finally lower Stradivarius colours.

In terms of an each-way punt, it’s hard to figure out which horses will be entered to take on the market leaders at Goodwood. Many will be saved for the Ebor or even the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh a few weeks later. One who I think could make an impact, should he be declared, is Tim Eaterby’s Wells Farrh Go.

After an impressive triumph in the Bahrain Trophy last season, where he looked a really smart stayer in the making, it seemed the St Leger would be Wells Farrh Go’s end-of-season goal. An underwhelming fourth in the Great Voltigeur damped Classic dreams slightly, before an injury at the start of September ruled Easterby’s colt out for the foreseeable future.

Wells Farrh Go made his comeback at Newmarket at the end of June, where he made an excellent impression in winning the Listed Fred Archer Stakes by four lengths. Despite winning that mile-and-a-half race so convincingly, stepping up in trip is inevitable and he could take in the Goodwood Cup before a tilt at the Irish St Leger later in the autumn.

Main Bet – CROSS COUNTER
Next Best – WELLS FARRH GO e/w (16/1 William Hill)


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2019 Glorious Goodwood day 1 tips: Tips for Tuesday’s four ITV Races

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