Glorious Goodwood Tips Day 1: Your guide to the opening day

Glorious Goodwood 2021 begins on Tuesday, July 27th with the opening race being a 1m2f handicap. The feature race on day 1 is the Goodwood Cup, a 2m Group 1 which often sees entrants that contested the previous month’s Ascot Gold Cup. Preceding the Goodwood Cup is the Lennox Stakes, a Group 2 which is run over an intermediary distance of 7f. Here at Racing Tips, we have Goodwood day 1 tips for all eight races, including Goodwood Cup tips.

Best Goodwood Tips Day 1

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
1:50pm  Unibet Chesterfield Cup Handicap Lucander Bet Now
2:25pm Unibet Vintage Stakes Angel Bleu Bet Now
3:00pm Unibet Lennox Stakes Space Blues Bet Now
3:35pm Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stradivarius Bet Now
4:10pm Back To Goodwood Handicap Lord Riddiford Bet Now
4:45pm British Stallions EBF Maiden Stakes Olivetti Bet Now
5:20pm Unibet Fillies Handicap Urban Violet Bet Now
5:50pm World Pool EBF Fillies’ Handicap Shepherds Way Bet Now

13.50 Goodwood Tips: The Unibet ‘You’re On’ Chesterfield Cup Handicap Stakes (4yo+) 1m2f

The meeting starts with a very competitive ten-furlong handicap and 13.50 Goodwood tips will cover a wide range of horses. The race saw a dominant winner last year in the shape of Maydanny, who fended off 33/1 stablemate Sky Defender. Maydanny’s victory resulted in two of the last three favourites landing the race. 

14.25 Goodwood Tips: Unibet Vintage Stakes (2yo) (Group 2) 7f

The Vintage Stakes is often on the agenda for two-year-olds that ran well at Royal Ascot. The roll of honour makes impressive reading and includes Epsom Derby winners Troy (1978), Dr Devious (1991) and Sir Percy (2005) and 2000 Guineas winners Don’t Forget Me (1986), Mister Baileys (1993) and Galileo Gold (2015).

Vintage Stakes tips are likely to focus on those towards the head of the betting, with eight of the last ten favourites landing the race and no winner during that period going off at odds greater than 9/2. The victory of Battleground had been preceded by Pinatubo (2019) and Dark Vision (2018) with all three colts earning quotes for the 2000 Guineas with impressive performances.

2020 Ascot Gold Cups

Can Stradivarius win another Goodwood Cup

15.00 Goodwood Tips: Lennox Stakes (3yo+) (Group 2) 7f

The Lennox Stakes is one of the top seven-furlong races of the season and always attracts a good quality field. David Elsworth’s Sir Dancealot (2018, 2019) became only the second horse to win the race twice following Nayyir (2002, 2003). Yet, Godolphin’s Space Blues prevented Sir Dancealot from completing the hat-trick when landing the race last year.

If you have taken advantage of a Goodwood free bet offer, well-backed horses have a good record in the Lennox Stakes in recent years. Favourites or joint-favourites won for six of the eight seasons between 2011 and 2018. However, many Lennox Stakes tips were sunk when 50/1 outsider Breton Rock swept to victory in 2017.

15.35 Goodwood Tips: Goodwood Cup (3yo+) (Group 1) 2m

Many punters will look no further than Stradivarius for their Goodwood Cup tip, with the staying superstar having landed the race in each of the last four seasons. John Gosden’s stayer saw off the challenge of Nayef Road when sent off the 4/7f last year. 

Unfortunately, the absence of Subjectivist means we are not going to be treated to a rematch between him and Stradivarius – with the Mark Johnston trained four-year-old sidelined due to injury. Three-year-old horses receive over a stone from their elders in the Goodwood Cup, with Stradivarius (2017) the last horse from that age group to land the race.  

Goodwood betting offers are likely to revolve around Stradivarius. The Goodwood Cup is usually a good race for favourites with Brown Panther (2013) at 13/2 being the longest priced winner in the past ten years.

16.10 Goodwood Tips: The Back To Goodwood Handicap Stakes (4yo+) 5f

This is the first sprint handicap of Glorious Goodwood, home of the famous cavalry charge that is the Stewards’ Cup on Saturday. Only Spoofing (14/1) led home Acclaim The Nation (7/1) last year, continuing a trend that has made this one of the trickiest races for Goodwood day 1 tips. One angle into finding the winner, however, has been to back those towards the bottom of the handicap, with five of the last six winners carrying less than 9st.

16.45 Goodwood Tips: The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (2yo) 6f

Jim Crowley won this race last year on 5/4f Alkumait, trained by Marcus Tregoning. In doing so, he became the second successive outright favourite to win, following on from Cobra Eye (2019). The market in two-year-old races can be a useful guide for your Goodwood tips as most winners were in the first three in the betting. There was one notable exception; Thechildren’strust won at 100-1 for Gary Moore and Hector Crouch in 2017!

17.20 Goodwood Tips: Unibet Fillies’ Handicap (3yo+) 1m

Tomorrow’s Dream took this race last year for the powerful William Haggas – Tom Marquand partnership. She was sent off at odds of 11/2, and there has now been just one winner of the race priced up at odds greater than 15/2 (Maid For Life 12/1 – 2019), something to bear in mind for anyone looking at Goodwood day 1 tips.

17.50 Goodwood Tips: The World Pool EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes (3yo+) 6f

Day 1’s finale is the World Pool EBF Fillies’ Handicap, a 6f handicap for horses rated 0-95. This is a new race to the Glorious Goodwood festival with this set to be its inaugural renewal.