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2019 Glorious Goodwood tips – Five of the best ante-post bets

A fantastic view of the finishing line at Glorious Goodwood.

We take a look through the betting markets for races at 2019 Glorious Goodwood and pick out five of the best ante-post bets.

For the best part of 200 years, flat racing fans have made the annual pilgrimage to Sussex at the beginning of August, ready to take in everything Glorious Goodwood has to offer. Over this spectacular five-day meeting, a whole host of lucrative prizes will be up for grabs, with the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes and the historic Goodwood Cup the three major races during this popular festival.

We may still be a month out from Glorious Goodwood, but there are still plenty of ante-post markets open for punters to search through. Here are five of the best ante-post bets for this year’s Glorious Goodwood meeting.

2019 Glorious Goodwood Ante-Post Tips

30/7/19 3:00pm Goodwood Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2) 7f

The Lennox Stakes promises to be as wide open as usual in 2019, with most bookies currently offering 8/1 against the entire field. Older horses have won six of the past seven renewals of this Group Two, so it seems sensible to give the three-year-old’s a wide berth. Last year’s winner, Sir Dancealot would relish the drop back in trip and One Master is worthy of a mention, but the one I like at a much bigger price is PRETTY BABY.

The ground certainly went against William Haggas' first string in the Duke Of Cambridge at Royal Ascot and James Doyle looked on from the rear as stablemate, Move Swiftly hacked up to claim victory. Haggas also claimed after the race that he didn’t think Pretty Baby saw out the mile particularly well, so I’d be surprised if the team took up the option on the Falmouth Stakes, making this contest her likely target.

Pretty Baby was a winner at Glorious Goodwood last year, staying on gamely to win the Oak Tree Stakes. Haggas’ four-year-old continued her 100% winning record over seven furlongs on her reappearance this season, producing another battling display to score in the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield. Course form is always important here at Goodwood and the weather forecast points towards good, fast ground at this year’s meeting. 33/1 looks an excellent price for a very capable filly.

Cross Counter blitzing the opposition at Glorious Goodwood last year.

30/7/19 3:35pm Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 2m

Stradivarius gutsed out yet another top-level triumph at Royal Ascot, pouncing late to edge out Dee Ex Bee and Master Of Reality and retain his Gold Cup crown. Heading into the race I felt Stradivarius was vulnerable, siding with CROSS COUNTER to cause the upset. Charlie Appleby’s gelding came home less than two lengths behind the champion in fourth, but with the shorter trip and ground conditions likely to be more suitable, I’m going in on Charlie Appleby’s Melbourne Cup winner once again.

Cross Counter is a record holder here at Goodwood, having smashed the mile-and-a-half track record with that blistering victory in the Gordon Stakes last season. A famous win in the Melbourne Cup followed and Appleby’s four-year-old proved he was no flash-in-the-pan by winning the Meydan Gold Cup during the Dubai World Cup Festival.

Although he seemed to see out 20 furlongs reasonably well, Cross Counter couldn’t replicate the late burst of speed that helped him claim Melbourne Cup glory on the soft Ascot turf. Fast ground would be ideal as Cross Counter drops back to a more comfortable trip and I’m hoping he will be good enough to finally lower Stradivarius colours.

3:35pm Goodwood Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m

Lord Glitters' triumph in the Queen Anne Stakes only illustrated the fact that this crop of older milers is anything but special. Beat The Bank may boast some solid course form and Lord Glitters will look to play his cards late once again, but I’m expecting the three-year-old’s to dominate in this year’s Sussex Stakes.

King Of Comedy came agonisingly close to catching Magna Grecia in the St James’s Palace Stakes and John Gosden’s colt looks one who will continue to progress. Phoenix Of Spain will be worth a punt if he is declared, but Aidan O’Brien often saves one of his big guns for the Sussex Stakes and to see the 2000 Guineas winner sitting on 12/1 is a price too good to turn down.

MAGNA GRECIA produced an excellent performance to see off the likes of Madhmoon and Ten Sovereigns at Newmarket. Yes, he was drawn on the quicker side of the track, but there’s was no fluke in that Classic victory. O’Brien’s colt was then comfortably beaten in the Irish equivalent, but the team discovered Magna Grecia had pulled a hamstring that day and, after missing Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood was mentioned as his next intended target.

Greats like Rock Of Gibraltar, Rip Van Winkle and Henry the Navigator have taken the Sussex Stakes trophy back to Ballydoyle over the past few decades. 2017 Guineas winner, Churchill was due to take part in this Group One, until the heavens opened and scuppered his participation. If Magna Grecia is fit and firing, he could take all the beating.

2/8/19 3:35pm King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) 5f

I’m not expecting Battaash to be beaten at Goodwood this year. Charlie Hills’ charge clearly loves the Sussex venue and has looked in good form this term, despite that defeat to Blue Point at Ascot. There is, however, a large gap behind the favourite there to be exploited and the one who offers the most appeal at an each-way price is EL ASTRONAUTE.

John Quinn’s six-year-old has made hay during an early summer retreat to Ireland, winning a Listed prize at Cork before shouldering top-weight superbly during a sparkling handicap triumph during the Irish Derby meeting.

Last year’s renewal of the King George – won for the second time by Battaash, with previous champions Take Cover and Muthmir following him home – perfectly illustrated how important course form is in this sprint. Two years ago at this meeting, El Astronaute won nicely over course-and-distance in a handicap and ran well again on his only visit to Goodwood in 2018, finishing second to a well-handicapped sort in Under The Covers. 12/1 looks a solid each-way price.

3/8/19 3:40pm Unibet Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap) 6f

The biggest race of the week for punters, and one of the busiest races of the season, will again be the Stewards' Cup, where a fantastic £155k bounty will be on the line for the lucky winner. My plan of attack in lucrative handicaps this season will be to look towards classy horses at the top of the weights, like Gifted Master was 12 months ago, and the name that sticks our for me is EMBLAZONED.

John Gosden’s lightly-raced four-year-old gained some valuable experience in a large-field race at Royal Ascot last year, outstaying 19 of his 21 rivals in the Commonwealth Cup. After an encouraging reappearance at Haydock – on the back of 320 days out of action – Emblazoned's bold bid in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes was over before it started, as Frankie Dettori’s mount veered violently to his right upon leaving the stalls and the enigmatic Italian gave up the ghost fairly quickly afterwards.

Rated 107, Gosden may need to call upon the services of an apprentice jockey to pull Emblazoned down to a competitive weight. This son of Invincible Spirit clocked an RPR of 110 on both of his runs prior to his nightmare at Ascot, so he could turn out to be well-treated as he makes his handicap debut. A wide draw, however, will be essential.

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