Galileo Gold went off at 9/2 when he won the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes in 2015 and in the past 10 years, he was the biggest priced winner of the 7f contest, so the 2.25pm 2yo showpiece on Day 1 of Glorious Goodwood does lend itself to market leaders. The 2018 version on Tuesday does look to have a competitive edge to it, with twelve talented juveniles declared to post.
Martyn Meade’s Confiding holds sway at the top of the market for the Vintage Stakes, after winning a good novice stakes at Newbury in June. This is only his second start and he’ll need to be really good to concede experience to his main rivals.
Given how well Mark Johnston does at Glorious Goodwood, it’s a surprise that he hasn’t won this race since Shamardal in 2003, but he has a strong contender here in the shape of DARK VISION, an unbeaten son of Dream Ahead who clocked a good speed figure thrashing a decent field a York last time out. I would envisage both Drogon and Blonde Warrior both being real dangers to all here, with improving profiles and two of very few horses in the line-up with experience over this rather specialist trip of seven furlongs. But Dark Vision could be a very good horse.
Seven is also the trip for the Group 2 Qatar Lennox Stakes at 3.00pm, where last year’s 50/1 winner Breton Rock will be considerably shorter to follow up in 2018, but his chances will improve for any rain in the area.
Tip Two Win’s 7lb allowance for being a 3yo may well see him prove hard to beat and he obviously has sound form, but he’s up against some real, grown up Group class horses now and it will be a real test. At around the 7/2 mark he only makes limited appeal.
There was a lot to like about EMMAUS, trained by Roger Varian, who found an impressive surge to score a heavy ground success at Leicester when last seen in April. He’s been off a while but is going the right way and might be a little over-priced here. The horse I have a soft spot for is Charlie Appleby’s D’BAI, who finds it hard to run a bad race in Godolphin blue. He is far more at home over 7f than six and I can see him running a cracker for William Buick.
The Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup at 3.35pm is all about STRADIVARIUS, a brilliantly progressive stayer over the last two seasons, who fulfilled destiny by winning the Ascot Gold Cup in good style last time out. He is versatile trip wise, from 1m6f to 2m4f and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he had the class to run well in a 1m4f Group 1 at some point. But he is very much the horse they all have to beat, but with only six rivals, it looks unlikely. Call To Mind will probably give him most to do under the in-form James Doyle, for white hot trainer William Haggas.
The handicaps and supporting races on Day 1 are tricky at best, but get better as the week goes on, so look out on the BetBright blogs for handicap dark horses and other such Goodwood fancies in the days to come.
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