Glorious Goodwood is an annual meeting on the flat calendar in the UK that features three Group One races, and consequently, attracts the best thoroughbred horses from around the world. If you are lucky enough to be attending the meeting this year or fancy a punt on the action, here are some tips which will hopefully win you some money.
Day One – Lennox Stakes
The top two in the betting for the Lennox Stakes features a couple of Godolphin-owned horses in Home of the Brave and Dutch Connection. The pair fought out this contest 12 months ago, when Dutch Connection got up late to land the spoils. Although last year’s front two deserve respect, if Limato is on his best form in this race, he is the horse they all have to beat. Henry Candy’s runner proved how good he is at this trip in 2016 when he won a Group One contest at Chantilly. As recommended by The Winners Enclosure on their daily tipping page, horses under 8/1 are best backed to win rather than each way so at 7/1, he is definitely worth a punt on the nose.
Day Two – Sussex Stakes
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If there is only one race you can watch at Glorious Goodwood this year, do make sure it is the Sussex Stakes. This contest is set to feature three excellent milers in the form of Ribchester, Churchill and Barney Roy. You could make a case for all three horses in this race; however, we are sticking with the tried and tested Ribchester, who has already won two Group Ones this season in the open-age category, his most recent success coming in the Queen Anne Stakes. Churchill and Barney Roy are stepping out of three-year-old company so might just find it tough to get the better of Richard Fahey’s runner, who has been the best one-mile horse in the UK for the last 12 months.
Day Three – Goodwood Cup
The longest race of the week at Glorious Goodwood is the Goodwood Cup as it is run over the distance of 2m, where stamina is needed by those taking part. Big Orange won the biggest race of his career at Royal Ascot when he landed the Ascot Gold Cup and connections will be hoping he can follow that up with another success in the division here. Order of St George will once again prove the biggest danger to Big Orange’s chances, but we see no reason to oppose the Royal Ascot winner, who is in the form of his life at the grand age of six.
Day Four – King George Stakes
If it is sprinters you like seeing in action, the King George Stakes is the race you will be looking forward to the most at Glorious Goodwood. Battaash has been one of the most impressive three-year-old sprinters so far this season and he has the opportunity here to prove how quick he is when he takes on the older generation. Due to his age, Charles Hills’ runner will pick up a weight advantage in this contest which could prove very useful. The dangers are profitable and last year’s winner Take Cover; however, neither of those two horses have been able to come out on top so far this season.
Day Five – Nassau Stakes
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The fillies take centre stage on the final day of Glorious Goodwood in the Group One Nassau Stakes, where all eyes will be on Winter here to see if he can continue her excellent run in 2017. Aidan O’Brien’s filly is a dual-Classic winner and produced her most professional performance at Royal Ascot on her latest run in the Coronation Stakes. It could turn out that Winter is the best three-year-old miler around this season and she may get the chance to prove that later in the campaign by taking on the colts, which include Churchill and Barney Roy at this trip. For now, though, she will remain in the fillies’ division and it very difficult to see her being beaten here where she can wrap up her fourth Group one victory in 10 weeks.
Limato to win the Lennox Stakes @ 7/1
Ribchester to win the Sussex Stakes @ 5/4
Big Orange to win the Goodwood Cup @ 2/1
Battaash to win the King George Stakes @ 3/1
Winter to win the Nassau Stakes @ 2/1