The final day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting takes place on Saturday, with Blue Square sponsoring a couple of races including the prestigious Stewards’ Cup. While the 2011 meeting will forever be known for Frankel’s heroics in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, there will be one or two horses also etching their name in Goodwood folklore this coming weekend!
Summer Stakes – 2.35pm
Fourteen horses are entered for this one mile six furlong clip on the Downs, with not a great deal to separate many of them when it comes to form. Captain John Nixon has won on his last two outings, although the four-year-old will be stepping up in class at Goodwood and has something to find on many rivals. This includes the top-rated Sharaayeen, who ran a decent race at Haydock earlier this month.
Sentry Duty is an old favourite, with the nine-year-old one of Nicky Henderson’s rare runners at the Glorious Goodwood meeting, while Petara Bay is an interesting horse having ran into fourth behind Investissement at the same track in April. The latter is also entered for this race and the John Gosden-trained charge bombed out at Newcastle a month ago.
Nassau Stakes British Champions’ Series – 3.10pm
A massive purse of £104,000 is available for the winner, with some of the best one mile two furlong runners lining up for the third race of the day and the bookmakers are struggling to separate Misty For Me, Midday and Snow Fairy.
Misty For Me (2/1 bet365 – £200 free bets) has won twice this season and has the highest rating in the race, with the three-year-old clearly a progressive sort who could win this race comfortably. Fifth place in the Oaks was no disgrace but more is required to win here. Snow Fairy (3/1 Ladbrokes) disappointed at Sandown earlier this month after wins in Kyoto and Sha Tin, while Midday (3/1 Hills – £25 free bet) runs for Sir Henry Cecil and many Frankel punters will be piling in again.
Blue Square Stewards’ Cup – 3.45pm
The Stewards’ Cup is one of the most famous races at Glorious Goodwood although it is also arguably the hardest in which to find a winner, with twenty-eight horses lining up and most them capable of at least running into a place.
Hoof It will be carrying the most weight and is owned by golfer Lee Westwood and his manager Andrew Chandler, with the four-year-old having obliged as favourite in the Sky Bet Dash at York a week ago. Kieren Fallon is on board and odds of 7/1 (bet365) are available.
Mac’s Power (9/1 Coral) is also among the favourites despite failing to win any of his three races this season, with the five-year-old having run into third at Ascot earlier this month, while Edinburgh Knight (12/1 Stan James – £25 free betting) was an impressive winner at Newcastle a month ago.