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2019 Glorious Goodwood tips - Tips for the three Group Ones at Sussex’s summer spectacular

Stradivarius is the hot-favourite to seal a hat-trick of Goodwood Cups, but we fancy the blue of Godolphin to cause an upset.

We’ve taken a look through the ante-post market for the three Group Ones at Glorious Goodwood to provide readers with our selections.

For the best part of 200 years, flat racing fans from all over the world have made the annual pilgrimage to Sussex at the beginning of August, ready to take in everything Glorious Goodwood has to offer. During this spectacular five-day festival, 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’ve taken a look through the betting for all three of these prestigious races to provide readers with our ante-post selections.

2019 Glorious Goodwood Group One Tips

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.
In terms of an each-way punt, it’s hard to figure out which horses will be entered to take on the market leaders at Goodwood. Many will be saved for the Ebor or even the Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh a few weeks later. One who I think could make an impact, should he be declared, is Tim Eaterby’s Wells Farrh Go.

After an impressive triumph in the Bahrain Trophy last season, where he looked a really smart stayer in the making, it seemed the St Leger would be Wells Farrh Go’s end-of-season goal. An underwhelming fourth in the Great Voltigeur damped Classic dreams slightly, before an injury at the start of September ruled Easterby’s colt out for the foreseeable future.

Wells Farrh Go made his comeback at Newmarket at the end of June, where he made an excellent impression in winning the Listed Fred Archer Stakes by four lengths. Despite winning that mile-and-a-half race so convincingly, stepping up in trip is inevitable and he could take in the Goodwood Cup before a tilt at the Irish St Leger later in the autumn.

Main Bet – CROSS COUNTER (4/1 Coral)
Next Best – WELLS FARRH GO e/w (16/1 William Hill)

31/7/19 3:35pm Goodwood Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m


Romanised has run well twice this season in Group Ones, despite ground conditions being slightly against him and he could catch a place should the ground come up rattling fast. I, however, am expecting the three-year-olds to dominate this edition of the Sussex Stakes.

Phoenix Of Spain is one of my favourite horses in training and there’s a chance he could bounce back to the form which saw him trounce the field in the Irish 2000 Guineas. I would much rather the team waited for the Juddmonte International - as I fancy he will be even more effective over a mile-and-a-quarter – but if he does make the final cut, his odds of 8/1 could shorten ever further, so he could be the best each-way bet in the race.
Too Darn Hot leads the way in the betting, having bounced back to winning form in the Prix Jean Prat last time out. That victory could provide last year’s top juvenile with the confidence boost he desperately needed after a poor start to his season. Yet, I don’t think John Gosden’s star beat very much at all out in France and I prefer the chances of his stablemate at Glorious Goodwood.

KING OF COMEDY continued his excellent progression with a fantastic run at Royal Ascot, almost snatching victory away from Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Few horses made up much ground to win over the opening couple of days of the meeting, but Adam Kirby’s mount came with a withering run during the closing stages, comfortably overtaking the labouring Too Darn Hot and coming within a neck of snatching a maiden Group One.

Gosden’s colt has shown a real liking for Sandown, so the tight, turning track here at Goodwood could be right up his street. King Of Comedy has already beaten Too Darn Hot once this season and I see no reason why he won’t do it again in the Sussex Stakes.

Main Bet – KING OF COMEDY (6/1 Paddy Power)
Next Best – PHOENIX OF SPAIN e/w (8/1 Coral)

1/8/19 3:35pm Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) 1m2f


Veracious finally fulfilled the promise she showed as a juvenile when winning the Falmouth Stakes at the July Meeting. Her two previous attempts at trips over a mile ended in defeat and she didn’t seem to be gagging to go any further than the mile she won over at Newmarket, so I’d give Sir Michael Stoute’s filly a swerve at Goodwood. Sir Michael has two further entries who could sit prominently in the betting, but I don’t think either Rawdaa or Sun Maiden are open to that much more improvement. 

Last year’s winner, Wild Illusion is another of my favoured horses. I bet on her pretty much every time she runs. However, and it pains me to say this, Charlie Appleby’s filly has looked surprisingly poor this term and I’m going to leave her alone, on this occasion.

The obvious place to start when looking for this year’s Nassau winner is MAGICAL. Aidan O’Brien’s filly is entered into the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month and she would be a worthy runner in that prestigious race. However, her length odds suggest O’Brien is looking to keep his charge over 10 furlongs and seasonal form suggests she could be very hard to beat.
Magical ran roughshod though the competition at home in Ireland during the spring, sealing a hat-trick of victories with a bloodless triumph in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup. Two defeats have followed on British soil, but there’s no shame at all in two fairly narrow defeats to Crystal Ocean and Enable. This is a steep drop in quality from both of those races and, if she’s on top form, Magical will be very difficult to beat.

There are several three-year-olds in the entries who will be worth watching very closely, should they make the final cut. I tipped French Oaks winner Channel to win at a hefty price and she could make an appearance should we have some rain in the build-up. As could Antonia De Vega, who loves soft ground and could make a quick turnaround should she impress in this weekend’s Irish Oaks.

One who I’m very excited to see come out again is Maqsad, who was last seen fading through the field in the Oaks. Unlike the two fillies mentioned previous, William Haggas’ charge would welcome the quick going we’re likely to find at Goodwood and she could be a big player dropping back down in trip.

Haggas’ filly earned her spot in the Oaks with a couple of excellent victories during the spring, including a five-length demolition job in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket. Jim Crowley’s mount loomed into contention at Epsom as the ground flattened out, but the extra two furlongs Maqsad was tackling that day proved a bridge too far and she weakened rapidly in the closing stages.

Now back over ten furlongs, I think we’ll see a much more composed display from Maqsad and she could give Magical and the other market principals a real headache.

Main Bet – MAGICAL
Next Best - MAQSAD

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2019 Glorious Goodwood tips - Tips for the three Group Ones at Sussex’s summer spectacular

We’ve taken a look through the ante-post market for the three Group Ones at Glorious Goodwood to provide readers with our selections for the meeting which starts on Tuesday 30th July.

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