Saturday sees some Glorious lineups at Goodwood.
Day five of what has been a spectacular week of racing in West Sussex sees the Goodwood faithful being spoiled with seven top-notch races to try their luck and try and bag a few winners. Our racecard preview looks at the movers and shakers in all of Saturday’s races and hopefully churns out a couple of decent selections for you to choose from!
2:05 – 6f Handicap
Daylight was unsuited by the drop to 5f when a highly creditable fifth behind all-the-way winner Inxile here during the week, and has been handed what may well turn out to be the plum draw in stall one here. He has progressed well since fitted with eyeshields, and looks certain to go well if over his midweek exertions.
Barnet Fair ran a cracker when second at Ascot last weekend, and is clearly back to his best, so looks the main danger with his mark unchanged.
The BetBright Verdict: Daylight
Alternative: Barnet Fair
2:40 – 1½m Handicap
Rainbow Rock is a confident choice if his trainer believes he’s 100% after running the race of his life here at Goodwood on Thursday. He was forced to race from out of the weights on that occasion, but is effectively 3 lb lower here with his new mark kicking in for the first time.
A strong-finisher over the slightly shorter trip there, he looks ready for this extra distance, and remains sharply progressive. Should he miss the race, then it may pay to have an each-way interest on Smiling Stranger, who remains a maiden, but has solid form to his name, and goes handicapping of a very fair mark indeed.
The BetBright Verdict: Rainbow Rock
Alternative: Smiling Stranger
3:15 – Nassau Stakes (1¼m)
A weaker renewal then a few in recent years, and the 3-y-o’s don’t look much this year. Venus de Milo is respected after chasing home Thistle Bird in the Pretty Polly, but preference is for Sultanina, who has progressed with each run to date, and was a good second in the Lancashire Oaks last month.
John Gosden is in a league of his own in fast-tracking his fillies to pattern level, as he’s shown several times this year already, and while the daughter of New Approach has something to find on form, she’s improving at such a rate that it will be a surprise if she can’t bustle up higher rated rivals here.
The BetBright Verdict: Sultanina
Alternative: Venus de Milo
3:50 – 32Red (Stewards’) Cup
Normally a race in which more than a dozen can be fancied, but there are a few who stand out this year, with Muthmir the pick after a devastating win at York a week ago, when the margin of victory could easily have been trebled. He had a late start to the season due to the preponderance of soft ground, but is quickly making up for lost time. The York run suggested that he could be a contender for the top sprints, and his days in handicaps are surely numbered.
He carries a 6 lb penalty, but it will take a shotgun to stop him if in the same form as last time. Intrinsic is also progressing, and has been set aside for this after missing the cut for the Wokingham. He won well over C&D last time, and looks marginally best of those drawn high, ahead of recent Ascot winner Discussiontofollow. It’s unusual to be able to boil this race down to just three runners, but I’ll be very surprised if the trio failed to win this between them.
The BetBright Verdict: Muthmir (6/1)
Alternative: Intrinsic (6/1)
4.25 – 7f Maiden
Rotherwick has plenty of experience under his belt after two runs, and that is often crucial at this tricky venue. The son of Starspangledbanner improved plenty from his debut effort when third to Markaz at Ascot last month, and that form looks very solid in the contest of this race.
With further improvement on the cards, he can make it third time lucky. Secret Brief was very much in need of the experience on his debut at Ripon in May, and his yard is flying now, so he also makes some appeal.
The BetBright Verdict: Rotherwick
Alternative: Secret Brief
5.00 – 7f Nursery
Stec and Jenny Powell probably didn’t get the credit they deserved when winning a minor event at Newbury in the middle of last month, and while the son of Bushranger has taken a hike up the weights for that win, it’s almost certainly strong form, and he can score again.
When Will It End already has a nursery win to his name, and he looked one to keep onside when gaining that success at Newmarket, so is clearly the one to fear most.
The BetBright Verdict: Stec
Alternative: When Will It End
5.35 – 5f Handicap
Peterkin can cap a tremendous week for Mark Johnston by landing the finale. The speedy son of Invincible Spirit ran a stormer when third to Racy and Barnet Fair at Ascot six days ago, and has fared well with the draw here. He is taken to make it three wins from his last five starts.
War Spirit is another on a roll, and is in search of a 4-timer after wins at Doncaster, Newmarket and Haydock. He’s tactically versatile, and may be able to spoil the party if getting luck in running.
The BetBright Verdict: Peterkin
Alternative: War Spirit
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