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2018 Glorious Goodwood day four tips - Race-by-race selections for the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood enters a fourth day of top-class horse racing action on Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, featuring the Group Two King George Qatar Stakes.

The 2018 Glorious Goodwood Festival enters a fourth day of top-class horse racing action on Friday, but unlike previous days on the Sussex Downs the Friday racecard is devoid of Group One action.

Nevertheless, despite that omission there is plenty for punters to look forward to, and in addition to a trio of Group Three contests, the day’s feature comes in the shape of the Group Two King George Qatar Stakes.

1:50 - Bombay Sapphire Glorious Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f ITV
2:25 - Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m ITV
3:00 - Unibet Golden Mile Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m ITV
3:35 - King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f ITV
4:10 - Unibet Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f RUK
4:40 - L'Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f RUK
5:15 - Maltsmiths Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m3f RUK

Seven races again go to post on Friday, and Ed Chamberlain and the ITV Racing team will be on-hand again to give their expert tips, analysis and insights into the pick of the day’s racing; while Brian Healy gives his day four race-by-race selections.

1:50 - Bombay Sapphire Glorious Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f ITV


SECOND STEP (11/4, Coral) may lack the scope of the younger contingent, but the Dalakhani gelding has a good record at this venue and is yet to finish outside the first three since joining Roger Charlton ahead of the 2017 season.

He has won three times for his current handler, all at Listed level, and he finished runner-up in this race twelve months ago behind Poet’s Word, whose exploits since have been notable.

Formerly with Luca Cumani, he was a Group Two winner as well as a German Group One winner for that handler prior to joining this yard, and his most recent runs saw him beaten into second behind Crystal Ocean at Newbury prior to regaining the winning thread at Newmarket last time with a defeat of Dylan Mouth.

That runner-up has won a Group Three since, and the seven year old could be worth chancing back at this venue returned to Group company.

2:25 - Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m ITV


OSTILIO (6/1, Paddy Power) takes a step up in class having won his last two starts, and Simon Crisford’s charge can bag a hat-trick of successes now.

The New Approach finished runner-up in each of his first three starts, including behind Without Parole at Yarmouth; but he stepped up on that effort to post wins at Newmarket and Ascot, the latter of which came when beating Curiosity to win the Britannia Handicap.

This is clearly tougher, but he looks a progressive sort who ought to make his presence felt stepping into a Group Three contest.

3:00 - Unibet Golden Mile Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m ITV


ESCOBAR (13/2, Coral) has got his career back on track since joining David O’Meara, having lost his way for Hugo Palmer previously.

The Famous Name gelding had looked smart for that handler, winning a Listed contest on his second start; but things didn’t work out following that success, and he became disappointing last term.

But, having looked in need of the run on his debut for O’Meara at Ascot, he struck at Haydock in June and he was running well when hampered in the Royal Hunt Cup, eventually finishing down the field. 

He quickly bounced back with a solid runner-up effort behind the classy Tigre du Terre at Sandown, running on, and having been raised only 2lbs for that outing he ought to remain competitive in this big field contest.

While he may not have scaled the heights hoped of him, he remains a very useful sort who should be up to running well off this mark.

3:35 - King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 5f ITV


It is very difficult to escape the allure of defending champion BATTAASH (5/4, Ladbrokes) who ought to prove hard to beat if coming back to his best.

Charles Hills’ charge won four of five races last term, landing this race in good style and then resuming winning ways in the Prix De L’Abbaye. The Dark Angel gelding had run better than the bare result when only fourth in the Nunthorpe inbetween those runs behind Marsha, but he got worked up at the start and became upset in the stalls so there were excuses for that run.

Following wind surgery in the off-season he struck at Haydock in May on his return, and he wasn’t seen to best effect in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was beaten into the silver medal slot behind Blue Point.

He has to concede a Group One penalty to this field, but most of his rivals are coming on the back of lesser efforts last time, and this speedier track ought to play more to his strengths; proven here, he should be difficult to beat despite his penalty.

4:10 - Unibet Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f RUK


LEADING SPIRIT (15/8, Ladbrokes) made the frame in all three starts in maiden company prior to finding improvement for the switch to handicapping, and Charlie Appleby’s charge got off the mark with a win at Newbury late in July, beating Devils Roc by three lengths.

The Exceed and Excel gelding ran out an easy winner, kicked clear from the furlong pole and staying on strongly; and he turns out here under a penalty which leaves him well in at the weights given he is due to go up even more in future races.

10lbs well-in here, he is open to plenty of improvement and a repeat of that recent effort ought to be good enough to see him strike again.

4:40 - L'Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f RUK


PRETTY BABY (4/1, Coral) lost no caste in defeat when narrowly beaten behind Raven’s Lady at York last time, beaten only a short-head in the Summer Stakes. William Haggas’ charge had previously struck wins at Redcar and Nottingham, and the Orpen filly remains a potential Pattern-class performer.

She showed a good attitude on the Knavesmire last time, making most and then rallying well once headed, and she just failed to get back up on the line; she could improve for this longer trip, and may have more to offer still.

This looks a stronger contest than that York outing, but she looks a progressive sort who should continue to run well, and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix.

William Haggas can get amongst the winners at Goodwood.

5:15 - Maltsmiths Handicap Cl3 (3yo 0-90) 1m3f RUK


EPAULEMENT (10/1, William Hill) has taken a little time to get going, but there was little wrong with back-to-back runner-up efforts on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in May, and Tom Dascombe’s charge built on those near misses to get off the mark returned to turf at Haydock in June.

The Epaullete gelding ran out a near-two lengths’ winner over Benadalid, and there was plenty to like about the way he stuck to his task in his follow-up bid back at the Merseyside track last month, where he finished runner-up again, beaten just over one length behind Gossip Column.

He had pulled clear of the rest though, and the fourth horse home in that race has won since to boost the form. While he has been handed a 2lbs rise in the weights, he could still have better to come, and this longer trip could unlock further improvement.

2018 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD DAY FOUR TIPS - RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS


1:50 - SECOND STEP (11/4, Coral)

2:25 - OSTILIO (6/1, Paddy Power)

3:00 - ESCOBAR (13/2, Coral)

3:35 - BATTAASH (5/4, Ladbrokes)

4:10 - LEADING SPIRIT (15/8, Ladbrokes)

4:40 - PRETTY BABY (4/1, Coral)

5:15 - EPAULEMENT (10/1, William Hill)


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2018 Glorious Goodwood day four tips - Race-by-race selections for the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood

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