Monday, July 25, 2011

Best Bets for Glorious Goodwood 2011

With the ground expected to be near perfect for Glorious Goodwood this week, punters will be able to get stuck into a number of true run races across the five day meeting which gets underway on Tuesday 26th July. The feature race of the week is the mouth watering encounter between the unbeaten three year old Frankel and the best four year old miler around, Canford Cliffs, in the Group One Sussex Stakes over 1 mile on Wednesday. There is also the Nassau Stakes on Saturday which will see the Sir Henry Cecil trained Midday looking to defend the crown which she won in such brilliant fashion 12 months ago. Here is a look at some of the best bets from the pick of the meeting's best races.


Gordon Stakes at 2.35

Difficult to oppose the Sir Michael Stoute trained race favourite, Fiorente, after his 5 length second place behind Nathaniel in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. We all know what Nathaniel achieved in the ‘King George’ on Saturday and the form of the ‘King Edward’ has been further franked by the handicap victory at Newmarket’s July meeting by Fulgar, who was fifth behind Nathaniel and Fiorente at the Royal meeting. Stoute has an excellent record in the race, winning twice in the last three years with Conduit and Harbinger. It is also an excellent race for favourites with four of the last five winning with the other one being the joint favourite.

Tip: Fiorente @ 11/10

Lennox Stakes at 3.10

Despite disappointing in the July Cup, Delegator, trained by Saeed Bin Suroor fro Godolphin is worth taking a chance on in this. He looked very impressive when he won over six furlongs in the Group Two Duke of York Stakes at York back in May but found the six furlong trip at Newmarket not necessarily to his liking. The extra furlong that he will get at Goodwood, should be very much in his favour and although he will have to overcome the likes of Strong Suit, Red Jazz and Libranno, he should have the class to cope.

Tip: Delegator @ 3/1


Sussex Stakes at 3.10

Although only five go to post, the race is being viewed very much as a two horse affair between favourite Frankel and last year’s winner, Canford Cliffs. Bookmakers have been reporting a huge surge on Frankel who is now 10/11 odds on while Canford Cliffs has eased slightly to 5/4. With so little to choose between them it might be as good an idea as any to place them in a reverse forecast provided a decent SP can be found. It is certainly difficult to find anything else in the race that should seriously trouble the two principles.

Tip: Reverse Forecast Frankel & Canford Cliffs


Nassau Stakes at 3.10

Midday will be bidding to create history by becoming the first mare to win the Nassau Stakes three times. She has won the race for the last two years of course but she perhaps showed signs of losing her racing zest last time when well beaten by Misty For Me in the Group One Pretty Polly Stake over ten furlongs at the Curragh in late June. Before that she put up a game performance in the Coronation Cup, going down by just a length to St Nicholas Abbey. Her trainer has given her a reasonable amount of time off, which means that she will come into the race refreshed and on the back of some good reports from home.

To win however, she will once again be taking on Misty For Me as well as 2010 dual Oaks winner, Snow Fairy, plus the very talented, Jim Bolger three year old Banimpire who got within a short head of the brilliant Blue Bunting in the Irish Oaks a fortnight ago. Before that, Banimpire won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and comes to the Goodwood track in great form and has the ability to see off this very strong field.

Tip: Banimpire @ 7/1

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