Races don’t come much more competitive than the Stewards’ Cup and Stewards’ Cup Consolation Race, two of the highlights of the final day of Glorious Goodwood.
Stewards’ Sprint Stakes
The Consolation Race at 2.00 should give us some form insights for the big race later in the day as well as some clues as to the best place to be drawn.
One horse who has the option of going either side is CHARLES MOLSON, who is drawn in 12.
He has been in good form for his new yard this season and having won two starts ago he ran an equally good race when chasing home Huntsmans Close (who runs in the Stewards Cup later) at Windsor last time out.
The likely fierce end to end gallop should suit his hold up tactics.
Of those drawn high we like Rex Imperator and THE HOODED CLAW.
We tipped the former to win the Stewards’ Cup itself in 2013 and he has plummeted in the weights since due to a loss of form. However, as has so often been the case, David O’Meara looks to have revitalised him and he looks ridiculously well treated if on a going day.
He is a bit of a monkey, though, so slight preference is for The Hooded Claw, who will be having only his second run for Simon Crisford here.
Crisford has made a good start to his new career and he seems to have improved many of the horses in his care, so there is every chance this gelding can build on the second place he registered on his seasonal re-appearance.
If being drawn low is the place to be then favourite Direct Times must have a massive chance, but at a bigger price we would go for SHORE STEPS.
He couldn’t be in better form having run second in a big handicap at York last time out and a fast 6f should be ideal as he has good form over the minimum trip.
It is certainly worth noting that Sky Bet are offering to refund losing bets, up to £25, on this race if your horse doesn’t win, while Paddy Power will refund losing bets, up to £50, if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd.
|Charles Molson (ew)||2.00 Goodwood||16/1||Sky Bet|
|The Hooded Claw (ew)||2.00 Goodwood||20/1||Sky Bet|
|Shore Steps (ew)||2.00 Goodwood||14/1||Paddy Power|
Educate A Child Stakes
Stamina will be the key attribute in the Educate A Child Handicap that follows and that is a quality Mark Johnston horses have in abundance. On that basis, we think NOVANCIA, who showed real guts to win last time out, could prove the one to beat.
She is from a family Johnston knows well and surely has more to offer over this trip. She won on soft last time, but might actually prefer these better conditions.
|Novancia (ew)||2.35 Goodwood||8/1||Bet365, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, Betfred|
The day’s Group 1 is the Nassau for fillies over 1m 2f.
It is interesting that Luca Cumani drops course and distance winner LADY OF DUBAI back to this trip after her fine third in The Oaks last time out and given that she has been freshened up since we think she can get back to winning ways here.
Over half her rivals her trained by either Aiden O’Brien or John Gosden and we actually like the outsider of their combined five runners, BRIGHT APPROACH.
It is also interesting that Gosden throws this lightly raced filly in at the deep end on her seasonal debut and she must have been showing plenty at home to warrant lining up here.
With massive prices available about her this morning, let’s hope she can at least make the frame for Richard Hughes on his last ride in a Group 1.
|Lady Of Dubai (ew)||3.10 Goodwood||6/1||Bet365|
|Bright Approach (ew)||3.10 Goodwood||50/1||Bet365, Betfred|
The performance of Charles Molson in the Consolation Race will give us a good idea as to HUNTSMANS CLOSE’s chances in the main event at 3.45, but even without that extra piece of form to go on we still think Roger Charlton’s gelding has a major chance of landing this massive prize.
He has clearly been laid out for this and should get plenty of cover before George Baker tries to get his head in front on the line. Charlton has won this race three times already and clearly thinks this horse has what it takes to add to that tally.
Like Charles Molson, he is drawn in the middle, so we would again suggest also backing one drawn high and one drawn low to have all bases covered.
Of those on the stands side, we like two at the top of the weights, TROPICS and Jack Dexter. The going will probably be more to the former’s liking and this fast track will suit him as he was just touched off in the July Cup run over Newmarket’s stiffer 6f last time out.
The far side has a better recent record in the race and the two with high berths that we like are Ruwaiyan and RELATED.
Both have course form and it was almost a toss-up between the two, but, in the end, we have gone for Related who seems better suited these days by 6 furlongs than 7 and who has the very promising Tom Marquand taking an invaluable 5lbs off his back today.
All bookmakers are offering 5 places for each-way bets in this feature race and as all of the races above are televised on Channel 4, it is worth remembering that if you back a 4/1+ winner on any race televised live on Channel 4 with Bet365, you’ll qualify for a risk-free bet of the same stake (up to £50) on the next televised Channel 4 race.
|Huntsman Close (ew)||3.45 Goodwood||10/1||Sportingbet|
|Tropics (ew)||3.45 Goodwood||14/1||Bet365|
|Related (ew)||3.45 Goodwood||20/1||Bet365|