1.50 Goodwood – Unibet Stewards' Sprint Handicap
CALL ME GINGER is definitely my cliff horse, and I am positive that he has a big handicap in him at some point during this season. I thought it would be over 7f, but here I am yet again tipping him up in a 6f race, but to be fair he has good claims.
In recent years, Jim Goldie has targeted this race, and has won it and gone close a few times. Tommy G is the horse who won it for Jim a couple of years ago, and he is the horse who went close last year. I think Tommy G would have been targeted for this race again this year, but I get the feeling that he has had this in the plan for Call Me Ginger too.
He stays the 6f very well, which means the faster they go the better it will be for him. Chances are that he will be one of the first off the bridle and will be pushed along, but that does not worry me as he will be staying on strongly. If he is to win this, it will probably be by short margins, and potentially on the line.
With 5 places on offer he is definitely an EW player.
3.35 Goodwood – Unibet Stewards' Cup
CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD is my selection for the Stewards’ cup, and though he will need to progress again to win this, I think he is on the up and could still be well treated off a mark of 95.
Mick Channon’s gelding of Slade Power won in spectacular fashion on his debut at this track in his 2yo days, winning by 8 lengths after being well punted. He was then pitched into a Group race, where he went off fav, but did flop. Since then he had been a horse that was tried over 7f – 8f, which clearly did not suit.
Then at the start of this season he was dropped back to 6f, where he began to run back to form. He eventually won off a mark of 83, which you could say made him well handicapped. He won lto at Newmarket behind some nice hardened sprinting handicappers like Pass The Vino & Highland Dress.
The key to this horse is a strong pace, and that is something which he is definitely going to get in a race of this size. The quick ground seems fine, and he clearly handles the track.
Drawn in stall 14 means that Rob Hornby has the pick of which side he will want to race at. Pace is drawn on either side, so this is something which will be thought about pre-race. I am hoping we get a clear run for our money with no troubled passages.
4.40 Goodwood – British European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes
Hopefully this Haggas 2yo will do better than the one I tipped up yesterday, as I am siding with TITIAN.
William Haggas is a shrewd trainer and will not run his horses unless he thinks they have a good chance. Haggas won this back in 2016, and that has been his only runner in this race (looked as far back as 2000), so for him to put this lad in this race is a good indicator to where he rates him.
Both Tom Marquand and William Haggas have had a good festival, notching up plenty of winners and I think this is another which could enhance their tallies.
He ran an eye-catching race at Newmarket, and I put him in the notebook. He was 28/1 on debut, so was clearly overlooked in the market, but ran a lot better than his odds suggested. He was ridden with a few furlongs to go, and when the penny dropped, he ran on strongly behind what looked to be some useful horses. Youth Spirit who won the race has since finished 3rd in a Group 2 at Glorious Goodwood. Naval Crown who finished 3rd has finished 3rd in a Listed race at Ascot.
With natural progression from his first run to his second, he should run a huge race.