He doubted Stradivarius‘ credentials even before he was withdrawn from yesterday’s Goodwood Cup, with his NAP of the day Trueshan picking up the victory. Now Sam Boswell turns his attention to Glorious Goodwood day two.
It was a damp start to day one at Goodwood with a huge number of non-runners impacting the fields and markets. Thankfully we got some place money and scored a winning NAP in the Goodwood Cup. Today I have a couple for you to consider at Goodwood and an each way play in the Galway Plate.
Whispering Angle Oak Tree Stakes - Goodwood 14:55
The Group three Filles and Mares race contains plenty of familiar names but it is the course and distance winner Onassis that I want to be backing here.
A winner on heavy, Charlie Fellowes’ four-year-old will be fine in the ground and was a fair fourth over a furlong shorter at York last time out.
I think a return to seven furlongs will see her at her best and at 9/1 she looks a cracking each-way bet to me here.
Poetic Flare - NAP
Sussex Stakes - Goodwood 15:35
No Palace Pier but we still have an interesting renewal of the Sussex Stakes, frankly I think favourite backers won’t have an easier winner all week than Jim Bolgers Poetic Flare.
His 2000 Guineas and St James’ Palace wins have shown real class and he has shown versality on what ground he can run on. He on paper looks to my eye to be a cut above the others here.
More importantly than my eye the ratings have him well clear and I think he can really light up the downs with another stunning win he will aim to give us a second winning NAP in a row.
Royal Rendezvous E/W
Galway Plate - Galway 18:15
Galway is always a magical event and at least has a small crowd to cheer home the jumpers on Wednesday.
The Plate is the highlight of the card and looks competitive as ever, The Shunter at time of writing is the market leader and has been some horse already in his short career, despite his market position I want to look elsewhere and seek some value as an each way play.
BetVictor have five places on offer I am surprised we can get a decent price over last year’s runner up Royal Rendezvous.
He went off a 4/1 favourite last year when second and whilst his mark has gone up after that run he arrives here fit after a win over hurdles at Ballinrobe in May. He again looks to have been laid out for this contest and can handle ease in the ground.