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The Qatar Goodwood Festival or Glorious Goodwood – call it what you like, the trip to West Sussex is one of the real highlights of the Flat racing season. The five days of action at Goodwood include a huge variety of racing from top class sprints to long distance handicaps and everything in between.
To take advantage of Glorious Goodwood, we’ve made our best betting tips from the big race of all five days for you below.
Stradivarius 6/5 (Coral)
Trueshan 3/1 (Paddy Power)
Spanish Mission 11/2 (bet365)
Sir Ron Priestley 15/2 (Ladbrokes)
Santiago 14/1 (Coral)
(Please note all odds are correct at the time of article publishing)
The Goodwood Cup is the feature race of the first day at Glorious Goodwood. It’s one of the big cup races of the season in which the best long distance horses on the Flat do battle against one another.
Stradivarius may no longer be the very best stayer around anymore but in the absence of Subjectivist, John and Thady Gosden’s superstar is the best horse in this field.
The favourite faces some stiff opposition as he goes for an incredible fifth Goodwood Cup. Trueshan will surely get shorter the more rain that falls in Goodwood while Sir Ron Priestley is a relentless galloper who looks ready for this step up to 2m. Stradivarius remains the one to beat though and he should put the Ascot disappointment behind him with a win at 6/5 with Coral.
Poetic Flare 4/5 (Betfred)
Snow Lantern 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Alcohol Free 9/1 (bet365)
Lope Y Fernandez 10/1 (Paddy Power)
Order Of Australia 12/1 (Coral)
The Sussex Stakes, headlined by Poetic Flare, is one of the talking points of the 2021 Goodwood Festival. Unfortunately, we have been denied the battle against Palace Pier that looked on the cards at one stage but Jim Bolger will be happy for his charge to pick up another win at the very top level.
The bookies’ odds and the form lines on show in this year’s Sussex Stakes suggest that win is very likely. However, Poetic Flare’s breathtaking St James’s Palace Stakes win came on good to firm ground and he won’t be able to bounce off the Goodwood turf in quite the same manner. That may not be enough to see him beaten but it does suggest that an each way play on one of the outsiders may be a better way to approach this from a betting perspective.
In that regard, consider the 12/1 that Coral are quoting about Order Of Australia’s chances. His win at the Curragh in the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes set him up very nicely for a tilt over 1m at Goodwood and he has every chance of at least putting the favourite under pressure.
Audarya 9/4 (888sport)
Joan Of Arc 11/4 (bet365)
Lady Bowthorpe 7/2 (Ladbrokes)
Snow Lantern 8/1 (bet365)
Cayenne Pepper 12/1 (888sport)
We are all set for a fascinating edition of the Nassau Stakes. This Group 1 for fillies and mares has been won by some strong favourites in recent times including the run of Legatissimo, Minding and Winter from 2015 to 2017. This year’s favourite, Audarya, looks more vulnerable than either of that trio did though and Joan Of Arc can take advantage at a generous looking 11/4.
After being touched off right at the death in the Irish 1,000 Guineas things went to plan in the French Oaks at Chantilly. Aidan O’Brien’s filly has run to a very good level on all sorts of different underfoot conditions so can be relied upon to give her running whatever the weather does so is the one to be on.
Battaash 11/10 (888sport)
Dragon Symbol 7/2 (bet365)
Winter Power 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Art Power 8/1 (bet365)
Glass Slippers 9/1 (Betfred)
Is Battaash still the fastest racehorse in Britain? The seven-year-old may have won the King George Stakes in each of the last four years but he returns to Goodwood with something to prove having been beaten into fourth in the King’s Stand Stakes. Excuses for that run included the fact it was his first run of the season and that he had suffered a minor fracture in the build up to his trip to Ascot but he was also too keen and folded when put under pressure.
Oisin Murphy is hopeful that he can apply similar pressure to Battaash with his ride for the King George Stakes, Dragon Symbol. The three-year-old is dropping back to the minimum trip for the first time since winning a Class 2 conditions stakes at Hamilton. This is a huge step up in class from that race but he’s become a Group 1 winner since and this race could pan out very nicely for him as he can track Battaash before striking for home. Murphy partnered Dragon Symbol when he was demoted at Ascot and can go one better this time at 7/2 with bet365.
First Folio 8/1 (Paddy Power)
Hurricane Ivor 9/1 (bet365)
Fresh 10/1 (bet365)
Chil Chil 10/1 (Betfred)
Commanche Falls 12/1 (888sport)
Ejtilaab 14/1 (Betfred)
Chiefofchiefs 14/1 (Ladbrokes)
The Stewards’ Cup is one of the big betting races of the summer. As ever, the race is oversubscribed and we’ll be left with a very competitive field of 28 when final declarations are made. Winners of this sprint come from all over the market. Summerghand won last year at 22/1 but Khaadem showed that well treated favourites can get the job done when winning at 4/1 12 months earlier.
Hurricane Ivor could be set to fill the role of Khaadem this time around as he is being well supported at 9/1 with bet365 in the betting and is due to be raised 3lb after this race. For now, he runs off a rating of just 1lb higher than when last seen at Ascot. He was unlucky not to win that day and a run of similar class could be enough for this huge prize.
For a longer priced option, Chairmanoftheboard can outrun a mark of 94 should he get into the race. His career hasn’t gone where connections were hoping after he was entered for the Irish Guineas but he has found his feet as a sprint handicapper and has a shot at a place at 33/1 with Paddy Power.
Stradivarius to win the Goodwood Cup at 6/5 with Coral
Order Of Australia each way in the Sussex Stakes at 12/1 with Coral
Joan Of Arc to win the Nassau Stakes at 11/4 with bet365
Dragon Symbol to win the King George Stakes at 7/2 with bet365
Hurricane Ivor to win the Stewards’ Cup at 9/1 with bet365
Chairmanoftheboard each way in the Stewards’ Cup at 33/1 with Paddy Power