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Matt Chapman: King of Rooks can crown off day two of Goodwood as we smash up Paddy Power

MC Yeeehaaa himself Matt Chapman is back with four red-hot tips from the second day of the Glorious Goodwood Festival

by Matt Chapman | July 28, 2015

It’s Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood, and once again I’m out to wreck the Paddy Power profits. You hear me Paddy?

Let’s get straight on with it, and the first race is the two mile five furlong Goodwood Stakes at 2.00pm. It goes without saying here that stamina is all important, and the one to be on is SEE AND BE SEEN each-way for Sylvester Kirk. This horse is a real plodder, who won well at Pontefract last time. A mark of 80 is high enough, but he’s unexposed at this extended distance and should love it. Gary Mahon’s 5lb claim is a help.

Next up at Goodwood is the Group 3 Gordon Stakes over one mile four furlongs at 2.35pm. This is often seen as a St Leger trial, and again stamina is key. Highland Reel is easily the best horse on official ratings, but he was beaten miles by Jack Hobbs last time. I’ll take him on with MEDRANO, who loved a bit of juice when hacking up at Hamilton last time. This is a similar type of track and this colt appears to be improving fast. Could be a big winner for David Brown and Fergal Lynch.

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The big race of the day is the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at 3.10pm, and with Gleneagles out there’s little doubt SOLOW is by far the best horse in this race. I expect him to hack up for Freddie Head and Maxime Guyon. A likely strong pace set by Arod will suit. I will back Solow to win, but also have a few quid each-way on BELARDO. The Dewhurst winner was less than 2 lengths behind Gleneagles in the Irish Guineas and gets 8lb here from Solow. He might run better than some think.

Finally at Goodwood it’s the Group 3 Molecomb at 3.45pm for the 2-year-olds. KING OF ROOKS was strongly fancied at Royal Ascot, but went too fast under Frankie Dettori. This track will probably suit this speedball better, and he can score for Richard Hannon.

So here we go. Let’s get those Yeeehaaas ready!

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