We’re getting really excited about the Glorious Goodwood meeting this week, especially the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday when Frankel and Canford Cliffs square up over one mile and the bookmakers are struggling to split the two horses.
First up is a cracking card on the Tuesday, with bet365 sponsoring the three principal races and we kick off with the Gordon Stakes at 2.35pm.
Bet365 Gordon Stakes – 2.35pm
There are eleven horses entered for the second race on Tuesday, which is a Group 3 run over 1m 4 furlongs. Fiorente is the rightful favourite (11/10 Ladbrokes – £30 free bet), with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained charge having operated at a higher standard than everything else in the field, including second place in the King Edward VII Stakes. The fact that the winner of this race was King George winner Nathaniel makes this form even better.
Mark Johnston has got three runners in the race and his best chance is undoubtedly Namibian, currently 6/1 with sponsor bet365. This three-year-old won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and is open to further improvement. Slumber runs for BW Hills, with the horse in the frame on each of his three outings this season and Hills offer 6/1.
Bet365 Lennox Stakes – 3.10pm
A tasty race over seven furlongs and four of the field are currently trading at single figure odds, which suggests this will be a close-run thing. Interestingly, only one horse has won on its last outing, although Majestic Myles (20/1 bet365 – £200 free betting) has plenty to find to oblige here.
Strong Suit is the current 5/2 favourite (Coral) and the Richard Hannon-trained horse was well-backed before winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, just touching off Codemaster on good ground. Three weeks ago, there was no disgrace when running third at Chantilly behind Mutual Trust and Zoffany.
Delegator will be the subject of support on the day, not least because Frankie Dettori is riding the Godolphin mount, with the five-year-old currently trading at 3/1 with Paddy Power (£100 free bets). After winning at York in May, it was a disappointing fifth place in the July Cup.
Libranno is a very progressive three-year-old who should act well on the Goodwood track and can be backed at 6/1 (William Hill), while Red Jazz (8/1 Ladbrokes) was six lengths behind Canford Cliffs at Newbury in May and could run a big race.
Bet365 Molecomb Stakes – 3.45pm
Fourteen horses are entered for this Group 3 race, with Stonefield Flyer having finished in the top two on all five outings this season. Keith Dagleish’s charge has claimed wins at Newcastle and Doncaster but needs improvement to win this one.
Miss Work of Art would be our other pick, having won three races on the bounce before a sub-standard showing at Newmarket. A step back in class should yield a more competitive performance.