There will be a slightly sombre mood at Glorious Goodwood today following the death of one of the greatest names in the world of racing – Sir Peter O’Sullevan.
The Voice truly was a legend and everyone has their favourite memories of his superb commentaries. For us it was probably the 1977 Grand National and the soundtrack to an historic Red Rum treble:
“There’s a furlong between Red Rum and his third Grand National triumph. He’s coming to the line to win it like a fresh horse, in great style. It’s hats off and a tremendous cheer from the crowd. You’ve never heard anything like it at Liverpool.”
O’Sullevan liked nothing more than to give the bookies a good hammering, so the best way to honour his memory is to enjoy the day’s action and, hopefully, pick a few winners along the way.
We don’t usually like backing favourites, but both market leaders in the opening two contests have very solid chances.
Land Rover Stakes
In the 2.05pm, we would suggest at least backing RACING HISTORY to cover the stakes on a couple at bigger prices. The Godolphin runner may have had the race run to suit last time out, but couldn’t have been more impressive.
We recommend you back him with Paddy Power, as they are offering to refund losing bets of up to £50 on this race – if your horse finishes second or third.
The outsiders we like are SHAAKIS and AWESOME POWER.
The former is trained by Marcus Tregoning who loves nothing more than to have winners at his local track (which he did yesterday) and he looks ready to try this trip again.
The latter would arguably be vying for favouritism here were it not for a very poor run last time out. We can forgive that lackluster effort, however, as the ground was too quick and the way the race panned out didn’t play to his strengths.
|Racing History (win)||2.05 Goodwood||7/2||Paddy Power|
|Shaakis (ew)||2.05 Goodwood||22/1||Coral|
|Awesome Power (ew)||2.05 Goodwood||10/1||Paddy Power, Bet365|
SHALAA looks unopposable in the Richmond. He was plenty green enough last time out, but was still able to convincingly land a Group 2. He looks bound to improve again and there is no more deadly trainer / jockey combination at the moment than John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
|Shalaa (win)||2.35 Goodwood||6/4||Bet365, Coral|
For those looking for a bigger priced winner, we have a strong feeling there could be a surprise in the day’s feature race, the Goodwood Cup.
A case can be made for long shots Sheikhzayedroad, Vive Ma Fille and Aussie Reigns, but picking the right one won’t be easy.
Of the trio, we would plump for Aussie Reigns as he looks well over-priced.
However, also at decent prices we prefer PALLASATOR and EYE OF THE STORM.
Pallasator looked a stayer to follow last season, but ran poorly on his comeback. He has been off for a while since, suggesting his excellent trainer has been ironing out some issues at home. He could easily get his career back on track here.
Eye Of The Storm has run well here before and has an enviable combination of speed and stamina. He has settled into his new surroundings now and won well last time out.
|Pallasator (ew)||3.10 Goodwood||9/1||Bet365, Coral|
|Eye of the Storm (ew)||3.10 Goodwood||12/1||William Hill|
Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes
|Lady Dragon (ew)||3.45 Goodwood||12/1||Bet365|
|Arabian Comet (ew)||3.45 Goodwood||9/2||Paddy Power, Bet365|
|Jaadu (ew)||4.55 Goodwood||14/1||Sky Bet, Coral|
Our final tips are in today’s big race in Ireland – the Galway Hurdle:
Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap
|Hisaabaat (ew)||4.45 Galway||20/1||Bet365, Coral|
|Hidden Cyclone (ew)||4.45 Galway||8/1||Bet365|
|Stephanie Francis (ew)||4.45 Galway||20/1||Bet365, Coral|