Another unreal performance from Steven Dowler yesterday whose Syndicate had 32 winning lines at Beverley as he landed the Place 6 for a second consecutive day and for a third time in his last four previews. Can he claim the hat-trick in the Boosted £5,000 Place 6 at Goodwood on Friday? Check out his latest Goodwood betting tips and join his Syndicate.
Goodwood betting tips
12.15 – Nursery – 7f
Sibaaq is likely to start favourite here on the back of a smooth success at Beverley, but he’s still rated below some of today’s rivals, and this race is clearly much tougher. ROMMEL has shown good form in all four races for Mick Channon and ran well over C&D last time out to finish fifth. His earlier fifth at Ascot has also worked out well, therefore, he could just represent the better value of the two.
Richard Hannon’s BABAJAN has steadily improved and wasn’t beaten that far when third at Newmarket last time out. His two seventh-placed efforts beforehand are for sure the strongest pieces of form in comparison to what today’s rivals have achieved, and I’m more than hopeful he will make an impact.
Selections: ROMMEL, BABAJAN
12.45 – Novice Stakes – 7f
A race lacking strength in depth, so this looks an ideal opportunity for QUICKSTEP LADY to break her duck at the sixth time of asking. She has gone close three times this year, indicating she’s in good form. Although beaten 4/7 favourite when last seen, the return seven-furlongs will suit and she won’t have many better chances to get off the mark.
If Andrew Balding’s filly fails to fire for some reason, perhaps SMUGGLER will be the one to get off the mark. He was beaten a short head on debut here before running a creditable race to finish seventh over C&D next time out in a class two race. The second, third, fourth and sixth have all won since to boost the form. Although he could only manage sixth at Newbury last time, that was a strong race for its grade and if ready to roll here on seasonal debut, he must have an excellent each-way chance.
Selections: QUICKSTEP LADY, SMUGGLER
13.20 – Handicap – 7f
Quite a tricky race to solve, but I’m hopeful we have the race covered with a trio of selections on our ticket.
SPANISH STAR is consistent and doesn’t know how to run a bad race. I strongly suspect he will be winning very soon having gone close the last twice off top-weight, including when beaten just a short head last time out having looked the winner at all stages of the race. He’s up 2lb here but a repeat showing of that latest performance with Harry Bentley taking the ride again will make him hard to beat.
SIR TITAN is back down to an attractive mark, 2lb lower than when last successful. He likes it around Goodwood being a dual C&D winner off marks of 80 and 84, for which have come in class 3 and 4 company. Today’s race is a class 5 and Cieren Fallon is an interesting addition to the saddle.
Eve Johnson Houghton’s stable is in good form and her sole runner on the card BUCKINGHAM has to shoulder top-weight. However, his time figures have been pretty good this year, so if you can forgive him for his rare below-par effort at Lingfield when last seen, it wouldn’t be at all a surprise to see him involved at the finish.
Selections: SPANISH STAR, SIR TITAN, BUCKINGHAM
13.55 – Novice Stakes – 1m
Martin Meade’s LONE EAGLE looks a horse you want to keep on side going forward for the remainder of the season having gone down by only a head when up against the more experienced Recovery Run at Sandown on debut. That looks a solid piece of form and he will have learnt loads from it. Oisin Murphy has been booked to ride, which is a further plus and he should comfortably take this race before having his sights set at bigger targets.
Selections: LONE EAGLE
14.30 – Handicap – 1m
The William Haggas-trained OTI MA BOATI overcame a fair absence to make a winning return to action at York, and in the process, taking her career tally to four wins from six races. She travelled into the race powerfully before quickening up to win nicely, and the third horse has won since. She’s up 6lb for today’s race, but is progressive and has every chance of adding another win to her already impressive-looking CV.
AROHA could relish the step-up to one mile here having run well to finish second behind a now 104-rated rival when last seen. Prior to that assignment, she had kept strong company, having placed twice in a couple of Group Three races last year, including at Royal Ascot. If she does see out this extra yardage, her class could prove decisive off this lenient-looking mark in much calmer-waters.
Selections: OTI MA BOATI, AROHA
15.00 – Handicap – 2m
A lot of these can be given some sort of chance, which is why I’m putting three on our final leg of my Goodwood betting tips.
Richard Hannon’s NOONDAY GUN shaped well on his first couple of races before easily accounting for the well-regarded Beholden at Catterick. He won by 7 ½ lengths that day, so perhaps an opening handicap mark of 72 is on the lenient side. The step up two miles could unlock even further improvement, so it would be foolish to leave him out.
SOPHAR SOGOOD often hits the crossbar having finished second six times in his last seven races. Of course, he’s a model of consistency and has shaped nicely the further he’s gone up in trip and was just touched off by a whisker last time out. With more to come over two miles, he is sure to be thereabouts.
INDIGO TIMES has yet to win for connections, but he seemed to relish the step up to 1m5f last time out at Wolverhampton, where he did all of his best work at the finish. Today’s new distance should see him in even better light and he’s another who can’t be discounted at a price.
Selections: NOONDAY GUN, SOPHAR SOGOOD, INDIGO TIMES
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