LORD GLITTERS didn’t disappoint in the big race of the day yesterday, flying home as I thought he would despite meeting a bit of trouble and third place at 16-1 is a decent enough return. He is a nice horse to follow given his consistency and versatility.
Soldiers Call ran well enough to get third place but the winner was really impressive and Aljady is one not to give up on just yet either after finishing a close 6th when he didn’t have much room in the last few furlongs. He will improve again for the experience of that large field handicap.
Jury Duty just couldn’t go with the incredible Clarcam in the Galway Plate. I don’t think I was alone in wondering where that performance came from given he was sent off at 33-1. We’ll take the each way return on Jury Duty and we go again today.
I have another 4 selections today and again it’s 3 from Goodwood and 1 from Galway in the Galway Hurdle.
This is a competitive Group 2 for two year olds but the one that stands out for me is LAND FORCE for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team.
He finished an excellent 3rd in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot behind the impressive Shang Shang Shang and his recent win in a listed race at Tipperary was very good.
The 6 furlongs on today’s downhill track should be ideal for him and I think he will be the one that gets his head in front. I am also keen on the unexposed Shine So Bright at a bigger price but I’m not convinced he wants 6 furlongs just yet and Land Force has much stronger form.
This one is between Rhodedendron and URBAN FOX for me and the standout piece of form over this distance is Urban Fox’s win last time out at The Curragh. She absolutely smashed the opposition that day which included some classy stablemates of Rhodedendron who couldn’t live with the pace and staying power of Urban Fox.
I am also of the view the O’Brien filly is perhaps best at a mile rather than this longer trip. It promises to be a great race with the other four all very capable especially Wild Illusion the Oaks runner up but my money will be on the progressive William Haggas filly.
A speculative each-way punt in this tricky two year old handicap for me on REVICH who is probably not drawn particularly well but should handle the track. He looks to me like he can make progress on this handicap mark for his in-form trainer Richard Spencer who has an excellent record with his two year old horses this season.
An interesting situation here where Ruby Walsh has decided to ride Max Dynamite rather than WHISKEY SOUR in today’s feature race.
There could be any number of reasons for that including loyalty to Rich Ricci or a feeling he is better suited to the ride Max Dynamite needs today.
Regardless of that Danny Mullins is an excellent replacement on Whiskey Sour who I think has been laid out for this race for quite some time and still has plenty of improvement in him over hurdles. He won at Galway last season so course form is another tick in his favour.
- Goodwood 3.0 – Land Force (3-1, Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes) 5pts ew
- Goodwood 3.35 – Urban Fox (3-1, Coral, Betfred, Bet365) 5pts win
- Goodwood 4.10 – Revich (25-1, Betfred, BetVictor – 5 places) 1pt ew
- Galway 4.35 – Whisky Sour (7-1, Betfair, Paddy Power – 5 places) 3pts ew
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