Crunchsports.com's guide to Tuesday's racing at Glorious Goodwood courtesy of Live-Horseracing.com tipster Nick Wilby...
Attention turns to Glorious Goodwood this afternoon and racing fans can look forward to five days of top class racing at the famous meeting.
The action kicks off with an explosive seven-race card and punters will be looking to fire in a few winners and get the week off to a flyer.
14:00 bet365.com Handicap (4yo+, Class 2, 1m 1f 192y, 18 runners)
The day’s racing gets under way with the bet365.com Stakes and no less than eighteen horses will line up in a fascinating looking handicap. Richard Fahey’s Las Verglas Star and Luca Cumani’s Danadana head the betting for the contest and both look like they are more than capable of winning off their current marks.
Kieran Fallon opts to take the ride on Danadana and passes up the opportunity to partner Kirthill, who was a John Smith’s Cup gamble before eventually being pulled out of the race.
They all look like they’ll be tough to beat, but START RIGHT looks to be the value in the opener and the Godolphin inmate can prove that he is a top class performer when things fall right for him.
Previously under the care of Cumani, Start Right is yet to win for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor but he now appears to have slipped to a very workable mark and the handicapper has taken a chance on a very talented horse.
His hold-up style of racing means that he will always need a lot of luck in running, but Silverstre De Sousa is a classy operator in the saddle and Start Right can build on his latest appearance at Newmarket. If anything, the step up to 1m2f could also suit the five-year-old and he looks a very appealing each-way bet at a huge 16/1.
The 2.35 bet365 Gordon Stakes and the 3.10 bet365 Lennox Stakes both look to be all about the market leaders and it makes sense to double up MICHELANGELO and CHACHAMAIDEE.
14:35 bet365 Gordon Stakes (Group 3) (3yo, Class 1, 1m 4f, 7 runners)
Michelangelo is a worthy favourite for the Gordon Stakes and John Gosden will be hoping that his well-regarded colt can put himself into St Leger contention with an impressive display in the Group Three.
After making his debut and finishing third behind Noble Mission in a Listed race at the Guineas meeting, Michelangelo has since won back-to-back races, with his latest display coming with a very taking victory in a sales race at Newmarket. It is clear he is a horse with lots of potential and there is more to come as he continues to gain experience (he has looked green in the past).
His trainer and jockey William Buick couldn’t be in better form and the selection can reward favourite backers in the second race of the day.
15:10 bet365 Lennox Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+, Class 1, 7f, 7 runners)
The same can be said for Chachamaidee who has consistently shown she is a top class mare and she can be relied upon to give her running against the opposite sex here.
Sir Henry Cecil’s five-year-old was last seen finishing an unlucky second to Joviality in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot and it was remarkable that she made up so much ground after fluffing the start by several lengths. She looked like she was going to win the race before emptying out once upsides the winner and she can make amends here.
Followers of the horse will be hoping that the rain stays away at Goodwood, but she can give her trainer and jockey (Tom Queally) the perfect preparation ahead of Frankel’s appearance in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.
She can boast some very healthy group race form on her creditable CV and she is more than capable of getting the better of Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Foxtrot Romeo and Richard Hannon’s Libranno.
15:45 bet365 Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) (2yo, Class 1, 5f, 10 runners)
Ten improving juveniles line up for this year’s Molecomb and Roger Varian’s Morawij (2/1, Paddy Power) will start the race as favourite.
The Norfolk Stakes fourth is clearly held in high esteem by his handler and with the decent ground likely to suit the Gimcrack entry, he is sure to be there or thereabouts as he looks to build on his latest Listed success.
However, JADANNA looks to be the value in the race and she appears to be somewhat overlooked in the betting compared to the market leader. James Given’s speedy filly lost her unbeaten record with creditable defeats when finishing fifth in the Queen Mary Stakes and third in the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket last time out.
She was the last off the bridle in the latter and she is sure to thrive on her drop back to five furlongs. The quicker ground here will suit her immensely and with Dettori in the saddle, this seriously pacey sprinter can reward her followers at a very healthy 11/2.