Good morning all,
I hope you've all had a good week, found a few winners at Goodwood, and are ready to tackle a couple of tough looking days! I've looked at two races that interest me on today's card.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found the whole of this Goodwood/Galway week a bit underwhelming. Maybe that’s because I’m not actually at Goodwood (believe me, the temptation to drive three hours and sit on Trundle Hill tomorrow has never been greater, especially when there’s a tremendous chippy in Worthing as a post-race treat) but whilst some of the Group 1’s have been good, the supporting cards just haven’t done it for me. It’s much the same at Galway. I had zero interest for the first two days anyway, and then once the jumping starts, it’s really only the big handicaps I want to play.
Perhaps lockdown has just finally got to me, I don’t know, or maybe it’s a general malaise from not being able to go racing at present, but I haven’t enjoyed this week as much as I probably should do.
As much as they say Ascot is the big social of the year, I’d rather have Goodwood, which is much more lively, the setting is superb and, as the Irish say, the craic is mighty. Especially when you’ve got Squinty McGinty and his band to keep you company all week. (Remember the nap – he finishes with Delilah every night. Add in The Fields Of Athenry second last for the forecast.)
Maybe I’ll get to Yarmouth in September instead. It’s not quite the same, but the seafront has its charms, and there’s something very relaxing about reading your Racing Post, having a coffee and watching the crown green bowls tournaments that are often taking part at that time of the year.
Anyway, I digress. There’s a couple of races worth looking at at Goodwood, starting with the 7f Oak Tree at 1.45.
This is for fillies and mares, and One Master is undoubtedly the class act. She’s a genuine Group 1 performer in Group 3 company here, and on her best form, such as her win in the Prix De La Foret last year, she’ll win this with a bit to spare. The question is whether she’ll be as effective on what could be very quick ground by the time we get racing today, with the sun due to bake it both Thursday and Friday morning, as she is definitely best with some cut. And on her one start at Goodwood – in this race a couple of years ago – she did hang fire slightly on the camber, and didn’t look entirely comfortable.
Now, since then, she’s improved some 10lb and shown herself to be top class, and she does have some perfectly good form on quicker ground. If she simply outclasses this lot, then no-one’s surprised, but at 2-1, I can look elsewhere.
I’m tempted to chance a small e/w bet on Boomer, who looked very much at home on the track when winning a nursery here very easily last year. She was quite progressive at 2, and off the back of that, only went off a 18s chance for the 1000 Guineas this year. That’s pretty much the same price as she’ll be here just two starts later, and it’s simply too soon to write her off. In fact, she’s looked very much in need of those runs, and with Tom Dascombe finally coming out of a bit of a slump, is worth a wager with Hills, who are going four places, in the hope she can get back on track. Stall 10 isn’t ideal, but it’s a smallish field, and hopefully it won’t hinder her too much.
There’s going to be some tears after the Unibet Mile at 2.45, with the front three in the market all wanting to be held up to varying amounts. Prompting in stall 2, Sir Busker in 7 and Cliffs Of Capri in 4 are all going to be looking for the gaps late and whichever one gets the luck in the run is probably going to be the one to beat. While they’re all scrambling around for room though, I’m rather hoping Vale Of Kent, who is surely due a day off sometime soon, might be making his merry way home from stall 3. They’ll surely go forward with him, as is normally the case, and with an excellent Goodwood record to fall back upon – 32142, including his second place in this last year – you’d hope he’d run his race and pick up a place at worst. Forget last Saturday at Ascot, he was drawn on the wrong side of the track, he’s better than that.
Today’s selection – Vale Of Kent (e/w 4 places) 2.45 Goodwood
Good luck with all your bets today,