I’ve scoured the racecards to pick out a selection at Glorious Goodwood and at Galway, where I think it might just pay to go against the favourites.
The two-mile Goodwood Cup, a Group One race which features a short price favourite in Stradivarius who has to carry top weight of nine stone nine around here. He is conceding over a stone to main rival Santiago of Aidan O’Brien.
We know all about the favourite Stradivarius, he posted arguably one of his most impressive performances when winning at Royal Ascot last time out beating Nayef Road by ten lengths. That performance was arguably one of the most stunning things we’ve seen the horse produce.
However, it is going to be some tall order to give away such a large amount of weight to a three-year-old by Authorised. His last run over the good ground at Curragh over one mile four furlongs in the Irish Derby was a really nice win.
He arrives here in good form, previously this season he won at Royal Ascot beating Berkshire Rocco in the Queen’s Vase albeit a Group Two race. I think stamina seems to be the forte for Santiago and I have no issues with him going further, with the pull at the weights he absolutely looks a knocking bet.
There is only really one horse in the race that can even put it up to Stradivarius and it will be Santiago for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien
The 17:45 is a listed race at Galway, always a fantastic week at the festival and my first tip for the week here comes from the in-form Johnny Murtagh yard in the shape of Champers Elysees.
Around a 13/2 shot at the moment but I think with the 16 runners could well be a good each-way play against the field here. This three-year-old was a really nice winner last time out at the Curragh, that was on the quicker ground however she has shown she handles a bit of cut underfoot by winning last September on heavy ground. Again that was at the Curragh an added to it after that with her run at Naas.
She looks to be off a fairly competitive mark still even with the rise from that win last time out. Ben Cohen a very capable rider on his day will be partnering her and this looks an excellent chance for her to make it back-to-back wins in a competitive handicap