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2017 Glorious Goodwood tips - Race-by-race selections for day one of Goodwood's top-class summer festival

Brian Healy 31 Jul 2017
The first of five days' top-class horse racing action gets underway on Tuesday with day one of the 2017 Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for day one of the Glorious Goodwood festival, including the Group One Goodwood Cup.


Tuesday’s horse racing schedule is dominated by the start of the 2017 Glorious Goodwood Festival, and the first of five days’ top-class racing action will get underway at the Sussex venue from 1.50pm.

The feature race of the afternoon on the opening day is the Group One Goodwood Cup, featuring Ascot Gold Cup winner Big Orange as Michael Bell’s charge tries to add another big staying prize to his collection.
The ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to cover the best of the action from Goodwood, with four races shown live throughout the afternoon.

1:50 - Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m1f197y ITV
2:25 - Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 7f ITV
3:00 - Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f ITV
3:35 - Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m ITV
4:10 - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (2yo) 6f
4:45 - New & Lingwood Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f
5:15 - Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies' Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m

And Brian Healy goes through the opening day’s race-card of the 2017 Glorious Goodwood to give his selections for every race on the day from the Sussex venue.

1:50 - Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Cl2 (4yo+) 1m1f197y ITV


What About Carlo was impressive last time at Haydock, but Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge may struggle to concede weight to this field on ground which may not be soft enough; MURAD KHAN (11/1, Paddy Power) gets the vote to continue his progression, having left behind an inauspicious return to action at York in May to resume winning way with a defeat of Easy Tiger at Windsor in July.

Hugo Palmer has his string in good heart, and the Raven’s Pass gelding was a triple-winner last term, scoring at Chelmsford on the all-weather as well as on turf at Doncaster and Thirsk. Possibly amiss on his final start behind Estidhkaar at Newmarket, he is forgiven his seasonal return behind Here Comes When in the Hambleton, and his latest success was franked when the runner-up scored at Leicester subsequently.

Soft ground is no issue, and the extra distance here could help unlock further improvement so no surprise to see another bold show. 

Hugo Palmer's Murad Khan can get Glorious Goodwood off to a winning start.



2:25 - Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (2yo) 7f ITV


SEAHENGE (5/2, Bet365) created a very strong impression when beating Yulong Warrior on his debut outing at Naas in July, scoring with more in hand than the official neck margin might otherwise suggest.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge overcame a slow start and running green early to win cosily, only needing to be pushed out, and with the prospect of plenty improvement to come he can double up here.

The Scat Daddy colt suggested an extra furlong wouldn’t inconvenience,  and although the form of his debut win has taken a couple of knocks since, the Ballydoyle runner could well be a smart performer in the making  and a further entry in the Gimcrack suggest he’s well thought of. 

He’d probably need to win this to be considered for that contest, but open to further improvement he can progress for the experience of that debut success to go in again.

3:00 - Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f ITV


Limato boasts obvious claims, but he is perhaps at his best with plenty of time between runs while the ground here may be a shade on the soft side for Henry Candy’s charge to show his best.

A chance is taken then with the progressive HOME OF THE BRAVE (8/1, Paddy Power) who bids for a three-timer having won a Listed contest at Leicester prior to landing the Criterion at Newmarket in good style, where he had a couple of these behind.

Hugo Palmer’s Starspangledbanner horse finished runner-up in the corresponding race twelve months ago behind Dutch Connection – who reopposes – prior to finishing runner-up again beind Richard Pankhurst in the Hungerford Stakes.

A subsequent tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is forgiven, and he beat off subsequent Group Two scorer Tasleet on his return to action at Leicester prior to his Newmarket success.

He probably needs to improve again, but he is progressive and going the right way; with softer ground no issue, he can land the hat-trick here.

3:35 - Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m ITV


Big Orange looks the obvious choice to add this prize to his Ascot Gold Cup win, and Michael Bell’s charge is likely to prove very hard to beat here as he bids to defend the crown he won twelve months ago.

However, at short odds he is no value and PALLASATOR (20/1, William Hill, each-way) is taken to bounce back to the sort of form that saw the Motivator gelding chase home his old foe in this race last year.

Sir Mark Prescott’s charge is a classy stayer at his best, but he has a tendency to give trouble at the start which can sometimes compromise his chances. Nevertheless, he won a Group Three contest last term prior to taking on Michael Bell’s runner in this race and he followed up with a good second to Quest For More at York in the Lonsdale Cup next time.

Possibly in need of the run behind Sweet Selection at Ascot in the Sagaro Stakes, he should strip much fitter now and can bounce back to form with softer ground no issue assuming he doesn’t boil over in the preliminaries. While he will probably have to settle for minor honours behind Michael Bell’s runner, he should give a good account and can reward each-way supporters with a big run.

Pallasator can run a big race in Tuesday's Goodwood Cup.


4:10 - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 (2yo) 6f RUK


Godolphin won this race twelve months ago with the useful Best Solution, and TRIBAL QUEST (9/4, Paddy Power) can give the boys in blue another winner in this contest.

Charlie Appleby’s War Front colt has shown good ability in a pair of starts this term, finishing runner-up both times at Newmarket, and he was only beaten a short-head in the latter run behind Global Giant.

His debut run behind Invincible Army has seen two subsequent winners come out of that race, while the winner went on to run well in a Group Two during the July Festival. He sets the standard here on those outings, and further improvement should see him get off the mark at the third time of asking with the drop back in trip unlikely to pose an issue.

4:45 - New & Lingwood Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-105) 5f RUK


DARK SHOT (9/1, Bet365) has possibly been undone by a steady pace in a pair of recent outings at Windsor, but granted a stronger pace this time around Andrew Balding’s charge can get back to winning ways.

The Acclamation gelding was a dual-scorer last term, registering wins at Windsor in the mud and Ascot on quicker ground on his final start last term. He’s largely been in decent form this time around, going close in the Epsom Dash, beaten a short-head, prior to a creditable fifth in Listed company at Salisbury next time.

He should get a strong pace to aim at here with El Astronaute likely to set off in front, and he could post a big run here if getting the breaks at the right time.

5:15 - Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies' Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m RUK


Quite a few of these arrive on the back of last-time wins, and SAYEM (8/1, Bet365) is only a tentative selection in a competitive handicap contest to close out the first-day racecard.

Ed Walker’s charge is chasing a hat-trick of successes following a brace of wins at Windsor recently, readily drawing clear to beat High On Love for the latest of them. That success hinted at better to come, and while the Sayif filly has been pushed up 7lbs for the win, it is likely she has better to come and with form proven in softer ground she may be able to progress again to land the three timer despite this being a higher grade of race.

Sayem can land a hat-trick of wins with success in the day one finale at Goodwood.


2017 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD TIPS – DAY ONE SELECTIONS


1:50 - MURAD KHAN (11/1, Paddy Power

2:25 - SEAHENGE (5/2, Bet365

3:00 - HOME OF THE BRAVE (8/1, Paddy Power

3:35 - PALLASATOR (20/1, William Hill, each-way)

4:10 - TRIBAL QUEST (9/4, Paddy Power)

4:45 - DARK SHOT (9/1, Bet365

5:15 - SAYEM (8/1, Bet365)


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2017 Glorious Goodwood tips - Race-by-race selections for day one of Goodwood's top-class summer festival

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for day one of the Glorious Goodwood festival, including the Group One Goodwood Cup.

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