Goodwood betting tips: Preview of Saturday’s big races
Preview of the top three races
Last year’s winner Summerghand attempts to successfully defend his Stewards’ Cup crown as we take a look at the big races in our Goodwood betting tips.
Terrestrial viewers can look forward to another action-packed afternoon with five races from Goodwood, the first starting at 1.50pm.
2.30 – Summer Handicap
NUITS ST GEORGES (5/1) bids for a hat-trick after following up his course and distance win in May with a career-best effort over this 1m6f trip at Salisbury last month.
David Menuisier’s six-year-old, a winner of seven of his 24 turf races, has easy-ground conditions to suit but will need to improve further off an official mark of 96.
PRINCE ALEX (8/1) has a first run for Michael Bell, having previously been in the care of Ralph Beckett and was only beaten a head by Nuits St George at Newmarket on his penultimate. He rattled up a five-timer to end last season but has not won off a mark this high.
Mark Johnston has farmed this race, saddling seven winners, so the Goodwood betting tips suggest the Northumberland Plate second HOCHFELD (16/1) cannot be dismissed lightly.
3.05 – Lillie Langtry Stakes
WONDERFUL TONIGHT (8/11) makes her second start of the season which connections hope will culminate in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, she was subsequently withdrawn from the King George because of lightning quick ground but that won’t be the case this time.
The Goodwood betting tips show she is officially rated 7lb clear of her nearest rival on official ratings.
Hardwicke fifth ALBAFLORA (5/1) reopposes in this Group 2 contest, run over 1m6f. The Beckett-trained filly was no match for Pyledriver in the Coronation Cup previously.
BELIEVE IN LOVE (9/1) was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Stanerra Stakes at Leopardstown on her most recent start, her fifth turf win in eight for Roger Varian.
DIVINELY (12/1) came out a clear second best to Snowfall in the Irish Oaks and the Goodwood betting tips suggest she may be just short of top-class, despite previously being placed in the Oaks at Epsom.
3.40 – Stewards’ Cup
Invariably this straight six-furlong dash produces big fields and quality winners, with eight of the last nine winners officially rated between 102 and 111.
FRESH (7/1) lines up against 27 rivals as the market leader, having gone down a neck in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot. He appreciates a little cut in the ground, so should go well from stall 16.
William Haggas won this race with Conquest I (2008) and Rex Imperator (2103) and is represented by HURRICANE IVOR (10/1), who is also drawn with the speed in stall 18 and tries 6f for the first time this season.
COMMANCHE FALLS (11/1) won the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton last time and Michael Dods’ Lethal Force gelding is as honest and consistent as they come.
SUMMERGHAND (14/1) attempts to become the first horse to successfully defend his crown since Sky Diver in 1968 and will carry 1lb less than when winning off top weight 12 months ago.
The David O’Meara-trained seven-year-old will come out of stall 17 once more, the same berth he was in 12 months ago.
MERAAS (16/1) had too much use made of him when sixth in the Scottish version and along with Beverley runner-up MOTAGALLY (20/1) and big-field York handicap scorer MR LUPTON (22/1), merits respect at bigger odds.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication