Friday at Glorious Goodwood is a fantastic day full of quality racing, with no less than four Group races as well as the most valuable handicap of Glorious Goodwood, the Betfred Mile.
Betfred Mile (Class 2)
With 19 runners left to battle it out for the Betfred Mile, it is sure to be a hugely competitive race which could see a number of horses gallop to victory.
The 7/1 market leader is Dance And Dance who has attracted a lot of attention following a good run at Newmarket last time. Champion jockey Richard Hughes is aboard Wentworth, who ran a very good race in the Britannia Handicap to finish fourth of the 27. He had Cape Peron behind in fifth that day and both are progressive types who should play a big part in this.
Brendan Brackan represents good value at 10/1 with Ladbrokes after cruising to victory in a decent contest at Galway on Tuesday. He has been handed a 3lb rise but can defy that if at his best and could be the best to back here.
Galician looks best of the rest, while Es Que Love, Sirius Prospect and Set The Trend symbolise fantastic place value.
Betfred King George Stakes (Group 2)
To follow the Betfred Mile, is the King George Stakes which is sure to be a tricky one for punters in another big race.
Tickled Pink is the 6/1 favourite with Paddy Power and should run well following her listed win at Sandown, although the rain will not help her cause.
Jwala won at this meeting last year and won a listed event last time so deserves the step up to this class here. She should run well and represents decent value at 16/1 with most firms.
Moviesta and Smoothtalkinrascal are two more who are in with a very decent chance; the former has form claims and is a potential Group horse that has been very progressive. David O’Meara’s 3-year-old was unlucky in the Epsom Dash last time and can improve once more to take this.
Coutts Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
Godolphin saddle both MASTERSTROKE and Lost In The Moment for the opening race, the Coutts Glorious Stakes and it is the four-year-old market leader that makes most appeal of the two.
He is currently 11/4 with BetVictor and following a very impressive third in the Arc, can continue to improve and win this. Aiken is returning from a long break and may be suited to a further distance as he was caught on the line of a 2m race at Ascot in October.
Lost In The Moment beat Sheikhzayedroad last time and is likely to be the better of the two again, however it is the favourite that makes most appeal.
Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3)
Richard Hannon won the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes with Trumpet Major last year and has a good hand in the 2013 renewal. He saddles 6/4 (Bet365) favourite Montiridge who has Hughes on board, as well as the impressive Baltic Knight who Ryan Moore will ride.
They are both in with a good chance, as is Godolphin charge Tawhid who was third behind Montiridge in the Jersey Stakes, although drying ground is a worry for him.
The final Group race of the day is the TV Oak Tree Stakes and Winning Express and Pavlosk look the main dangers in this. The former won a listed race last time and can improve again, whilst the latter can get back to winning ways after fast ground did not suit in the Coronation Stakes and Group 1 may have been too good.
The Gold Cheongsam is a decent each-way shout at good value here.
Grecian and Belayer look dangerous in the Golf At Goodwood Nursery Handicap, with outsiders Speed The Plough and Deeds Not Words also in with a chance.
The final race is another competitive one and Goodwood Mirage and Retirement Plan are both in with a good chance. Northern Meeting and Statutory cannot be ignored either, whilst Couloir Extreme and Ambleside are decent outsiders.
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