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Matt Chapman exclusive: My 25/1 Stewards’ Cup shot that’s worth a few Bob

You can't keep a good man down. No matter how much we slag him. Our chisel-jawed pundit offers up some Glorious Goodwood advice that could fund your Saturday night...

by Matt Chapman | August 1, 2014

We’re back. Two winners and three places from five selections on Thursday got us out of a right hole and prevented a poor week for the blog. Then on Friday, it was two from two with tips for Pether’s Moon and Wannabe Yours just for starters.

Bad lucky, Paddy. We struck back! You hear me?

The big betting race this weekend is the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood (15.50), and as usual we have a cavalry charge for the 6f dash steeped in racing history.

Everyone has a favourite Stewards’ hero – Petong is mine – and I’m going for a big-priced horse to ruffle some feathers this time around in the shape of BOOMERANG BOB (at around 25/1). (Editors note: Boomerang Bob is now a non-runner. After a brief discussion in the office we’re now putting up Rex Imperator at 14/1. He won this race last year and is just 4lb up from 12 months ago. OI OI)

Stewards_Cup Goodwood five places

The Nassau Stakes (15.15) brings the class, although not much class this time as in terms of ratings it looks a poor renewal. Venus de Milo and Narniyn are the fairly obvious two, and I like VENUS DE MILO best (from around 9/4) after a fine effort behind Thistle Bird last time.

The 1m4f handicap at Goodwood is competitive, and Rainbow Rock may well be back for more. I tipped him earlier in the week and without doubt he should have won. This is a different test, however, and I like OASIS FANTASY here. This horse is a Goodwood winner already, has a good draw and ran a fine race in defeat at Ascot last time.

Finally, I wanted to have a look at the Galway action, and MARTY’S MAGIC should take all the beating in the maiden hurdle. That’s fairly obvious! However, the valuable extended 2m5f handicap is far trickier, although OFF THE CHARTS should run huge for JP McManus (above left). A good winner last time, the selection is up 6lb for a success last time, and may well be able to overcome the rise.

Let’s hope the end to a cracking week give us a Yeeehaaa!


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