Goodwood betting tips
13.15 – Maiden Stakes – 1m1f
A tricky maiden to evaluate for the good reasons but Charlie Appleby boasts an excellent strike-rate at this track so his runner AFT OF WISDOM has to come into the equation. He was a little disappointing on debut but should have learnt plenty and therefore he shouldn’t be too far away in this winnable contest.
The best alternative I have for you is Andrew Balding’s JUAN DE MONTALBAN who shaped with plenty of promise when fourth on debut and he should in theory enhance that performance here with a bold showing tomorrow afternoon.
Selections: ACT OF WISDOM, JUAN DE MONTALBAN
13.50 – Handicap – 1m
Another compact field for yet another tough race to weigh up. A lot of these can be given a chance on their best form so I’m going to throw SILENT ATTACK into the mix at decent odds. He’s very smart on the all-weather given he’s won off tougher marks than this but his last races on the turf have been encouraging and I strongly suspect he’ll be thereabouts back over one mile on the turf with ideal conditions.
WILLIE JOHN was very disappointing when down the field at Ascot last time out, but this isn’t as competitive, and his two career-best performances have came at this track most notably when second behind the 115-rated Elarqam last season before running a big race over C&D to finish fourth a couple of starts ago. He’s 1lb lower tomorrow and that could be enough to see him gain a much-deserved success.
Selections: SILENT ATTACK, WILLIE JOHN
14.20 – Handicap – 6f
This is competitive, but AL DAWODIYA was given far too much to do when sixth at Kempton a couple of starts ago and made amends at Lingfield last time out when beating the 86-rated Flippa The Strippa, and that makes her very well-handicapped off a mark of 84 here. If she can replicate that form here, she’s likely to win again.
The top-weight LITTLE BOY BLUE, has an excellent chance of being in the frame. He was consistent last term and is only 3lb above his last winning mark. His fourth over C&D a few weeks ago was a decent effort on the back of an absence and he will strip fitter tomorrow.
Selections: AL DAWODIYA, LITTLE BOY BLUE
14:55 – Listed Stakes – 1m1f
Not a lot to split these on official ratings, but as stated earlier, Charlie Appleby’s runners always have to be considered at this track, therefore, MYTHICAL MAGIC has to be feared. He could never land a blow behind the high-class Logician in a match-race at Doncaster when last seen, but he doesn’t face anything the calibre of that horse here and he’s worth another chance back down down to a mile which is probably his optimum distance.
THUNDERING BLUE hasn’t been at his best on the last couple of occasions, but he’s more than capable of taking this. He normally plied his trade at a higher level and was third here last year when third behind Elarqam who he was giving 5lb to at the time. Of course, he’s in need of a revival but perhaps the return to this track with Jamie Spencer booked to ride will reignite the fire in his belly, and on official ratings, he’s dangerous to dismiss.
Selections: MYTHICAL MAGIC, THUNDERING BLUE
15.30 – Handicap – 1m6f
Nothing to choose between the three at the weights, but MAKAWEE has the most solid form, and has faced stiff tasks this season without running a bad race. This is easier, and she stays well and the ground will be perfect for her with James Doyle booked to ride. She’s possibly the classiest horse in the race and is the most likely winner given her mark and form in comparison to her couple of rivals.
Andrew Balding’s TRIBAL CRAFT is the likely pace-angle to the race. Although she seemed out of her depth at Newbury two races ago, she showed more when fourth at Haydock since and anything Oisin Murphy rides is always worth a second look, especially when teaming up with Andrew Balding.
Selections: MAKAWEE, TRIBAL CRAFT
16.05 – Handicap – 1m1f
A very tough handicap on paper, so we will just hope for the best but carry some sort of confidence that we will have the winner.
LOVE DREAMS is heading back in the right direction following an excellent third at Chelmsford a few weeks ago. Given the fact that his last two victories have been off marks of 93 and 95, he’s without doubt extremely well-handicapped off a mark of 80 at this particularly low-level. Furthermore, Cieren Fallon has been booked to ride, which is another positive note towards his chances.
Finally, ZHUI FENG has won plenty of top-class handicaps previously off much tougher marks and has been running consistently well all season so far against better opposition to suggest his turn might be near. He is surprisingly down to a career low-mark and his class could easily see him concede weight to this field.
Selections: LOVE DREAMS, ZHUI FENG
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