The most glorious day of the week at Goodwood has to be Ladies Day and to match the style and elegance will be some very high quality horse racing to make for a very special day.
Artemis Goodwood Cup (Group 2)
The Artemis Goodwood Cup is the pick of the races and last year’s winner Saddler’s Rock will bid to defend his victory again on Thursday. He has been well below par recently though and will have to be back to very best to compete at odds of 10/1 with BetVictor.
Mount Athos is the current market leader at 4/1 with William Hill and the longer trip should suit him. He beat Brown Panther at Newbury last season and looks likely to do so once more here, so the favourite is in with a very decent chance.
Colour Vision finished behind Saddler’s Rock last year but is fancied to reverse that without his gold cup penalty; whilst the impressive Altano is another in with a good chance if he can find a little improvement at 15/2 with William Hill.
Cavalryman and Ahzeemah both represent decent value for an each-way bet for those looking to back an outsider.
Audi Richmond Stakes (Group 2)
FIGURE OF SPEECH is the leading contender for the Audi Richmond Stakes with Paddy Power offering the best price of 15/8. He won a decent maiden before being entered into the July Stakes and running a superb race behind Anjaal.
Saayerr lost his unbeaten run at Royal Ascot last time, however he looks ready for the step up in trip and can be dangerous if at his best here. Mick Channon’s Jallota is another with good claims following his third in the July Stakes.
Richard Hannon has a very good record in this race, although his only entry this year is that of Thunder Strike, who seemed to be missing something last time at Newbury and should run better in this. Miracle Of Medinah and Cable Bay are two more who warrant respect.
Blackrock Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3)
Wild Coco was last year’s winner of the Blackrock Fillies’ Stakes and is leading contender once more. Paddy Power are offering the best odds of 5/4 for the 5-year-old and she sets a good standard on last year’s wins in this race and the Park Hill.
It definitely will not be straightforward though, as Elik is in fine form and ran well behind Riposte in the Ribblesdale. Ryan Moore is booked and Sir Michael Stoute’s 3-year-old looks best of that age group, although a 3-year-old has not won this in 4 years.
Souviens Toi is another who warrants respect, with Jathabah and Jehannedarc best of the rest.
It is a competitive renewal of the Gordon’s Stakes to open Thursday’s action, with 13 entered to battle it out.
Code Of Honor beat today’s rival Mushaakis at Sandown and Henry Candy’s colt is ever progressing, although being handed a 6lb penalty. Tha’ir carries top weight but is the classiest horse in the race; he got back to winning ways at Ascot and has proven listed form so should run a big race.
Red Avenger and Double Discount should both give good accounts and represent decent value at 7/1 and 12/1 with BetVictor respectively.
Radiator and Amazing Maria both warrant respect in the E.B.F British Stallion Studs New Ham Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. The latter finished third last time at Newbury and sets a good standard with that result, whilst 7f is likely to suit.
No favourite has won the Tatler Stakes in 10 years so 4/1 market leader (William Hill) Pythagorean has his work cut out. He should give a good account though, as should Homage and Godolphin’s Muharrib.
The final race of the day is another very competitive one that could cause some problems for punters. Xinbama has won two decent races at Epsom and warrants respect, as do Ree’s Rascal and Mean it. Copperwood is a consistent type who represents good each-way value.
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