It’s the final day of what has been another glorious week at Goodwood and Nick Luck is hoping to finish it off on a high!
Stewards’ Cup – 3.35
Growl can win this race for Richard Fahey and promising claimer Conor Murtagh. Admittedly, the market hasn’t missed him, but he is still a very fair price given how few really progressive horses are in receipt of weight from him.
His run in the July Cup – against the pace bias – was clearly pretty good in the context of today’s race. Add a good looking draw, an affinity for a softish surface and a seven pound claim and, frankly, what’s not to like?
Of the others, Shanghai Glory makes most appeal each way.
Stewards’ Sprint – 1.50
The consolation race is arguably more interesting than the main event, with fewer exposed old timers.
Scorching Heat and Goodwood Crusader are three year olds with more to offer, and can dominate this.
At the prices, the latter is the bet. Regular intuition will deter punters from backing a horse to win again after a sequence-breaking defeat, but he didn’t get the breaks at Newmarket and I’m not sure the handicapper has won just yet.
Of the older horses, Son of Africa and Lucky Beggar make the shortlist.
Summer Handicap 2.25
Soldier in Action is a value play against a talented but unpredictable Stoute trio that dominates the market.
Mark Johnston’s horse is admirably tough and consistent, and could well move forward for a step up in trip. He’s bred to be a stayer and races like one. He could be quite difficult to peg back.
Gordon Stakes 3.00
Khalidi gets the vote here. He has twice looked very impressive here, while he arguably should have won at Royal Ascot.
Admittedly, Crystal Ocean also had a poor trip at Ascot and remains very promising, but the selection has a little more tactical speed for what could be a falsely run race.
1.50 – Goodwood Crusader
2.25 – Soldier in Action
3.00 – Khalidi
3.35 – Growl
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.