It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues although the bookies are crying out for some runners to pass the post first at big odds, especially in the Audi Richmond Stakes and Artemis Goodwood Cup which are the two Group 2 contests of the day.
2:45 Audi Richmond Stakes
There are two horses vying for favouritism in this six furlong encounter for colts and geldings, with Ahern currently the slight jolly at 2/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim that winners’ purse of £40,000 for trainer David Barron.
Ahern is the highest-rated horse in the race, having won at Musselburgh in June before a solid display at Ascot where Jonny Murtagh steered the runner to fifth place. Third at Newmarket wasn’t too shabby either and it looks to have solid claims here.
Master of War has two wins from his last three outings, having obliged at 7/2 to win at Newbury a fortnight ago and you can get odds of 3/1 (Paddy Power) that the Richard Hannon-trained runner lands the spoils in this race.
Cay Verde was a disappointing sixth last time out in the same race as Ahern although there was less than a length between the two runners and it should be noted that Mick Channon’s two-year-old previously scored successes at The Curragh and Ascot.
3:15 Artemis Goodwood Cup
Ten horses line up for the showcase race of the day, with virtually every horse in the race capable of running into the frame in this two-mile contest where tactics are sure to play a big part.
John Oxx has a very strong chance in the form of Saddler’s Rock who has been backed into 9/4 (William Hill free £25 bet) and the horse did little wrong when beating Unaccompanied at Leopardstown before an impressive third in the Ascot Gold Cup where Colour Vision and Opinion Poll just edged ahead.
Even so, Colour Vision is also in this race and some will wonder whether this four-year-old should be jolly after that performance at Royal Ascot which saw the Godolphin charge come so close to victory, with Frankie Dettori 3/1 (Ladbrokes) to continue the unbeaten run this season.
Simenon has also claimed two wins from two races and Willie Mullins will have this five-year-old in great nick for a race in which Ryan Moore will take the ride. At odds of 5/1, this could be the best each-way chance while Lost in the Moment is the best of the rest.