We got off to a good start on Day 1 with Dark Red first past the post advised at 20/1. He lost the race, harshly in my view, in the stewards room but as most bookies pay double result we still got paid. Aclaim was all dressed up with nowhere to go and with a clear run I think he would have gone close.
James Garfield ran a good race but just lost out on a place in the dying strides. Pettoschide ran a cracking race, he was just left with too much to do but Soul Silver and Sheikhzayedroad were very disappointing. Hopefully we get more luck on Day 2 and you can read my thoughts on a cracking card below.
|Rod Millman is a shrewd operator.
Rod Millman is a trainer I have huge respect for and I really like the chances of his horse Taws in this marathon 20f handicap. This 6yo daughter of Hernando returns to the level after a spell over timber and she won her last race in that discipline. Taws stamina for this trip is not in question and she was an excellent second behind Sands Of Fortune in this race off 90 back in 2015.
She is back for another shot at the title this season and she is now racing off 83, 7lb lower than when runner up two years ago. John Egan comes in for the ride and he has been having a great season. He has had 15 rides for Millman down through the years, winning once and placing on another three occasions. Taws showed she is in good heart with that hurdle win a couple of weeks ago and at odds of 12/1 she has solid each way claims.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: TAWS E/W @ 12/1
Dark Red ran a huge race from the foot of the handicap for us yesterday and I am hoping for more of the same from Galactic Prince in this 12f handicap. Andrew Balding’s 3yo son of Dubawi has steadily improved this season and he has run well on both previous visits to Goodwood. An ability to handle the track is key around here and there are no worries on that front with Galactic Prince.
He was a good 3rd here over 10f (gd/sft) back in June and he followed that up with a win over today’s trip of 12f, this time on quicker ground. He ran a cracking race to be 3rd in a hot handicap at Ascot last time out (12f gd) off 78 and he has to race off 6lb higher here. He is 4lb out of the handicap but he has a good draw in stall 3, he will appreciate any rain that falls and at odds of 18/1 he looks worth chancing each way.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: GALACTIC PRINCE E/W @ 18/1
With rain forecast it could turn testing at Goodwood and soft ground form is thin on the ground in this race. Invincible Army takes a drop in trip after three runs at 6f and he ran a cracker in a Group 2 at Newmarket last time (gd). He showed plenty of pace on that occasion before fading late on and the drop back to 5f looks a prudent move.
This son of Invincible Spirit has yet to encounter ground softer than good, but there is every chance he will be able to handle it. His half brother Master Rajeem loves to get his toe in and his sire, Invincible Spirit, has a very respectable strike rate with his soft ground runners. Martin Harley is a good judge of pace and from the plum draw in stall 1 I think Invincible Army is capable of going very close at odds of 6/1.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: INVINCIBLE ARMY @ 6/1 WIN
I have tipped one up for this race for Mybettingbonus and you can find out what I fancy here
No bet in this race for me.
With heavy showers forecast an ability to handle cut could be crucial on Wednesday and one horse that will relish any rain that falls is the James Fanshawe trained filly Indulge. This 4yo daughter of Teofilo has won two of her six turf starts and she is on a hat trick after a smooth reappearance win at Doncaster back in May (10f hvy) off a mark of 84.
She was hiked up to a rating of 91 after that impressive victory but the runner up won next time out and the form looks rock solid. She has won on good ground too so even if the showers don’t materialise she should be fine. Her sole run here came over 11f on good to firm and she ran well for a long way before tiring in the closing stages. She will be more at home over 10f and with her trainer in rude health she could be hard to beat at odds of 13/2.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: INDULGED @ 13/2 win
Medburn Dream is a 4yo son of Showcasing that is trained by Paul Henderson and he has run well on two of his three previous visits to Goodwood. The ground was probably a bit lively for him when he finished 6th here behind Gossiping (7f gd/fm) but he went close on both subsequent course and distance runs on good. He finished 4th behind Noble Peace off 83 and then was beaten less than a length in 2nd behind Aventinus off a pound lower.
He is racing off 93 now after the handicapper hit him with a 10lb rise for his last victory when he sauntered home by 9L at Lingfield. Four of his five career wins have come on easy ground so any rain that falls will enhance his chance. He has been handed a decent draw in stall 9, John Egan went close on his only previous ride on him and if he gets a good start he is capable of making a bold bid from the front at odds of 11/1.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: MEDBURN DREAM @ 11/1 E/W