Friday, August 01, 2008

Saturday at Glorious Goodwood

Coming to the end of the Glorious Goodwood meeting, those who have been prepared to bet odds-on will be on good terms with themselves - victories for Conduit (1/2), Henrythenavigator (4/11) and Yeats (8/15) are obvious examples.

As usual, Saturday's Stewards' Cup, run over six furlongs, is intensely competitive. If you're brave enough to try and find the winner, you might be interested in the fact that over the last ten years a four or five year old has won on nine occasions. Finding the winner of a three runner novice chase is often beyond my capabilities, so two each-way selections against the twenty eight runner field are Knot In Wood and Protector. Knot In Wood, priced up at 12/1, is fancied and is a favourite of mine - he finished third in this last year. Protector, formerly with Gay Kelleway, is a big horse who looks to have been aimed specifically at this race. He has something of an unexposed look about him and boasts decent enough form with Knot In Wood. At the time of writing Corals go 66/1 Protector which is too big. Both selections would appreciate some rain before the off.

On form the Premier Stakes at 2.40 looks between River Proud and Stubbs Art. I prefer Paul Cole's River Proud as David Elsworth's stable has been rather quiet recently. Previously River Proud has played up at the start - on balance, it looks a chance worth taking. I should add that on Friday afternoon The Racing Post reports that Stubbs Art will only run if the ground is suitable.

In the Nassau at 3.15 Lush Lashes is the form selection and I'm not tempted to go chasing value elsewhere.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Knot In Wood (9/1) raced well on the far side to finish sixth but Protector (50/1) fell away from two out to finish next to last.
Richard Hughes rode a fine race from the front to win on River Proud (5/2). I'm not one to comment regularly on jockeys' riding skills as I don't watch enough racing - if you'd asked me about Hughes before the race I would have said my impression was he met more trouble in running than some. Here, he took advantage of a soft lead, held the horse together well and then put the race beyond doubt at the furlong pole.
A thriller in the Nassau but even money favourite Lush Lashes was pipped a head by Halfway to Heaven (5/1). Can anyone stop Ballydoyle at present?