Glorious Goodwood Tips Day 3: Your Guide to the Magnolia Cup & Nassau Stakes Day

The Group 1 Nassau Stakes is the feature race on Glorious Goodwood day 3, traditionally known as Ladies’ day. The late Sir Henry Cecil trained Midday to win this race for three consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2011. Other notable winners include Crimplene (2000), Ouija Board (2006), The Fugue (2012) and Minding (2016).

Thursday’s card also features a trial for the St Leger in the Gordon Stakes and some smart two-year-olds in the Richmond Stakes. The Magnolia Cup precedes the first race, a popular charity event for lady riders that received plenty of media coverage in 2019. Khadijah Mellah became the first woman to ride in a race in Britain wearing a hijab and duly romped home in front on 25-1 outsider Haverland.

Best Goodwood Tips Day 3

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
1:50pm Unibet “15 To Go” Kincsem Handicap Taraashoq Place Bet
2:25pm Unibet Richmond Stakes Asymmetric Place Bet
3:00pm John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes Third Realm Place Bet
3:35pm Qatar Nassau Stakes Joan Of Arc Place Bet
4:10pm Goodwood Racecourse Patrons Nursery Aswan Place Bet
4:45pm Tatler EBF Fillies’ Maiden Wilderness Girl Place Bet
5:20pm World Pool Handicap Muker Place Bet

13.50 Goodwood Tips: Unibet ’15 To Go’ Kincsem Handicap Stakes (3yo) 1m2f

Well-backed horses had dominated this race in recent years with favourites Forest Of Dean (2019) and Communique (2018) rewarding favourite backers, and Labarinto (2011) another winning favourite from the past ten years. The rulebook was thrown out last year, however, with Junkanoo causing a huge 50/1 upset for Gary Moore and connections. Check out our Goodwood day 3 tips to see whether we think another shock winner is on the cards.  

14.25 Goodwood Tips: Unibet Richmond Stakes (2yo) (Group 2) 6f

The Richmond Stakes has been won by some top quality juveniles in the past. Bachir (1999) went on to win the Irish 2000 Guineas the following season. The last horse to win the Richmond Stakes and go on to win an English Classic was Palestine who won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1950.

Other notable winners include Dick Turpin (2009) and Shalaa (2015). The 2019 renewal was won by Golden Horde (15/2) for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby, the winner of the following season’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. That duo teamed up once again to land last year’s renewal with Supremacy, and therefore any entrants this year should be noted. Favourites have won four of the last ten runnings and the biggest priced winner during that same time period was Heavy Metal at 9/1 back in 2012.

15.00 Goodwood Tips: John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes (3yo) (Group 3) 1m4f

The Gordon Stakes often attracts horses that have failed in the Epsom Derby and is regarded as a St Leger trial. Millenary (2000), Sixties Icon (2006) and Conduit (2008) all won both races. The Gordon Stakes was also won by subsequent Group 1 winners Harbinger (2009), Noble Mission (2012), Highland Reel (2015), Ulysses (2016), Crystal Ocean (2017) and Mogul (2020) who supplemented his victory in last year’s renewal with Group 1’s in France and Hong Kong.

Nayef Road won at 9/1 in 2019, the longest priced winner of the Gordon Stakes in the past 10 years. The race is usually dominated by the market leaders with all but two of the last ten winners being in the first three in the Goodwood betting.

15.35 Goodwood Tips: Qatar Nassau Stakes (3yo+) (Group 1) 1m2f

The Nassau Stakes is a top target for horses that ran well in the Epsom Oaks, Minding winning both races in 2016. John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien have all enjoyed plenty of success in this race and any leading contenders from these stables should be noted for your Nassau Stakes tips.

Last year’s renewal went the way of Prix de Diane winner Fancy Blue and that was the seventh winning three-year-old from nine previous renewals of the Nassau – Japanese raider Deirdre (5yo) breaking the classic generation’s stranglehold when taking the 2019 Nassau Stakes.  

16.10 Goodwood Tips: The Goodwood Racecourse Patrons Nursery Handicap (2yo) 7f

The two go-to stables in this race in recent years have been those of Richard Hannon and Mark Johnston. The duo have sent out six of the last eight winners of this race, including Mark Of The Man – who was a 12/1 winner for Richard Hannon last year. Any entrants from the two should therefore be noted by anyone interested in Goodwood day 3 tips.

16.45 Goodwood Tips: TDN Australia EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (2yo) 7f

This race has produced some top-class fillies including Group 1 winners Amazing Maria (2013) and Rhododendron (2016). It would have paid to follow the money for your Goodwood day 3 tips in this race from 2014 to 2017 with four heavily-backed favourites obliging. Punters were denied last year when the 11/8f Teodolina could only muster 4th place behind Spirit Of Bermuda.

17.20 Goodwood Tips: The World Pool Handicap (3yo) 5f

Glorious Goodwood Day 3 ends with this typically competitive five-furlong sprint. There have been some long priced winners of this race including Pal Of The Cat (2013) at 20/1 and Indescribable (2015) at 18/1. Quench Dolly (2017) was the only winning favourite in the past ten years. Last year’s renewal went the way of Glamorous Anna (9/1), which continued the trend of horses winning from high draws – with the last six winners all drawn in stalls 7, 8 or 9.