I think Glorious Goodwood is the one meeting that most racing fans would choose if they were forced to go to just one flat meeting in the year. It epitomises British Flat racing at its finest, it does not have the formality and pageantry of Royal Ascot or the intensity of Newmarket, but it is the Summer Festival on the South Downs, the garden party atmosphere of Pimms on the lawn, hats and all on arguably the most beautiful racecourse in the world.
When you add to that the glamour and celebrities who attend Goodwood each year, Liz Hurley, Jodie Kidd and Tom Cruise last year, there is no better PR machine than that at Goodwood and it makes the festival truly “glorious”.
Lennox Stakes – Tuesday July 28
A decent renewal this year and I really like Tupi for the Hannon and Hughes combination. He finished second in the Vintage Stakes here last year over course and distance, has progressed readily this season as a 3-year-old and looked better than ever last time out when winning the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes at Newmarket over a mile. I fancy him to give the retiring Richard Hughes a great start on day one.
Sussex Stakes – Wednesday July 29
The Sussex this year looked destined to be a straight shoot-out between the 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, who has also won the Irish equivalent and the St James’ Palace at Royal Ascot since, and Freddy Head’s grey Solow who was so impressive in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Gleneagles is a non-runner because of the ground so stick with Solow who has done everything asked of him so far and is a worthy favourite.
The Goodwood Cup – Thursday July 30
The stayers are out again and after an eventful Ascot Gold Cup, in which my selection Kingfisher was given a terrible ride. I have to go with the winner of that race who impressed me in Trip To Paris he has progressed markedly since stepping up in trip in April, including winning the Chester Cup and Gold Cup. He will love the testing Goodwood track and be hard to beat in this.
Nassau Stakes – Saturday August 1
One of the races of the week in my opinion and after seeing Star of Seville bounce back to winning ways in the Prix de Diane Longines in Chantilly last month, she has to be my selection for this race. She had been unlucky in The Oaks at Epsom and was eased down once her chance had gone, but Frankie delivered her perfectly in France and I can see the same happening here.
Stewards´ Cup (Heritage Handicap) – Saturday August 1
Always a cavalry charge and one of the most competitive races of the week. If Magical Memory runs anywhere near the level he showed when winning a similar race at Newmarket earlier this month he has to be in with a superb chance of going close in this year’s Stewards’ Cup, particularly if Frankie is back in the saddle.
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