The Paddy Power Blog gets the lowdown from C4 & RTE racing presenter Tom Lee on the second day of Glorious Goodwood and the Galway Plate while Ruby Walsh gives an in-depth preview of his rides at Galway and the Galway Plate.
“Cape Express returned to the the flat for the first team in three years last May. Upped in trip here and was in top forms over hurdles. A sound each-way investment in the first race of day two of Glorious Goodwood.”
“Ghuriar is jumping from a maiden aat Newmarket’s to Group 2 company. That’s a pretty big vault. Cost £180,00 and big things are expected. But he faces stiff opposition.
“Godolphin’s Tha’ir needs to find a little more to figure while Olympic Glory and Birdman are closely matched on the book. The former was second in the Coventry at Royal Ascot and has a course trip to his name. Olympic Glory is the value bet at about 3/1 in my opinion.”
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“There’s more chance of me beating Usain Bolt in the Mens 100m final than of Frankel getting beating today. Barring an accident he’s going to come home ahead of Farhh to make it eight Group One wins. Henry Cecil’s colt is in a class of hs own and it’s time to sit back, relax, watch and enjoy.”
“The draw is going to play a big part here and one that has a more favourable berth at a big race is Mawaqeet. He’s ridden by Paul Hanigan and the return to the mile and a half will suit. Perhaps he represents a little bit of value at about 12/1 each-way.”
“There’s plenty of unexposed runners here, so either follow the market or keep your money in your pocket for the final two races.”
“Don’t be afraid to look at the obvious and Keene Dancer is well fancied by connnections. She’s priced accordingly at about 4/1 which mighn’t look like value in an 18-runner field but Sir Michael Stoute’s filly has won her last two starts and looks to be improving.”
“Let’s change codes to the jumps for a minute. In Ireland, one of the highlights of the Galway festival is today Galway’s Plate over 2m 6f. Dermot Weld’s looks a fascinating contender in Daffern Seal that won a beginners chase here last season.
“AP McCoy rides Wise Old Owl who was second in this race last year and intriguingly hasn’t run since. Noel Meade’s Cross Appeal won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last Christmas and makes each-way appeal under Nina Carberry. But one that might give them all something to think about is Eddie O’Grady’s Out Now who’ll be ridden by Barry Geraghty.
“Goes on any ground and was second to Lion na Bearnai in the Irish Grand National and deserves to win one of these big pots.”
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“One I like here is The Confessor ridden by the very capable Irish female jockey Cathy Gannon. Don’t worry that he hasn’t winning form for a while as he’s dropped to a handy mark, is well drawn and should be ridden aggresively. Should be in the mix here at around 14/1 each-way.”