Our 35/1 ‘Banker’ Acca For The Goodwood Festival
35/1 ‘Banker’ Acca For The Goodwood Festival
Five days of top-class racing await as the 2022 Goodwood Festival is just around the corner. We’ve studied the cards and picked out a 35/1 acca featuring some of the ‘bankers’ of the festival. Covering all five days, see which horses we think are solid enough picks to be included in our acca ↓
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Stradivarius (Goodwood Cup – Tuesday) 6/4
We start things off with the undisputed king of the Goodwood Cup – STRADIVARIUS. Having won all four renewals he’s raced in, he was sadly ruled out of last year’s through injury but will be determined to put in a bold showing for what could be the last race of his glittering career.
His results this year may not scream out ‘banker’, but no one can deny his unbeatable record in the race. His win in the Yorkshire Cup on reappearance proved he can still put in top performances, and had Frankie given him a better ride in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, he would’ve undoubtedly finished closer to Kyprios.
This step back down to his optimum trip of two miles and the fact he’s 4/4 in the race is enough for us to consider him the banker bet on the opening day of the 2022 Goodwood Festival.
Rocket Rodney (Molecomb Stakes – Wednesday) 7/4
We move on to Wednesday and ROCKET RODNEY looks a fantastic bet in the Molecomb Stakes. After finishing second on debut, he hasn’t really put a foot wrong in his three races since. Granted, he lost out in the Windsor Castle Stakes, but that was still a cracking effort to finish runner-up and he lost nothing in defeat to Little Big Bear.
The form of that race has worked out incredibly well – Little Big Bear (1st) has since come out and won the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes, Eddie’s Boy (3rd) won the Super Sprint in his next race, and Chateau (4th) won the Rose Bowl Stakes next time out.
Rocket Rodney’s most recent run was hugely impressive too. The way he travelled strongly throughout the Dragon Stakes was eyecatching, and the manner in which he put the race to bed showed he’s ready to win in Group company. He didn’t ever look like losing that race and with the opposition not looking great in this, he looks to be one of the best bets of the week in our opinion!
Baaeed (Sussex Stakes – Wednesday) 4/11
You can’t have a banker acca and not include BAAEED in it. He’s without a doubt the closest horse we’ve seen to the great Frankel, and it would be a major shock if he didn’t make it 9-9 in the Sussex Stakes.
William Haggas’ stable star has that touch of class to him, and although never winning by a huge margin, just never seems to look in trouble of losing the race. His biggest winning margin in Group company actually came at this festival last year, when romping home by six lengths in the Thoroughbred Stakes.
This year he came out and won the Lockinge Stakes with ease, and followed that up with a comfortable victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Both performances were convincing and proved he’s in a league of his own in the one mile division.
Admittedly he may face a bit of a challenge from St James’s Palace Stakes winner Coroebus, but he’s never faced a horse like Baaeed before, and he should rightly put him in his place here. He’s a monster of a horse and the comparisons to Frankel will keep on coming after this!
Nashwa (Nassau Stakes – Thursday) 8/11
Next up is one of the shorter prices for the week, with odds-on shot NASHWA a confident pick in the Nassau Stakes. John & Thady Gosden’s star won impressively in the French Oaks and that is by far the best form on offer here.
The Frankel filly has come on for each run this season, and other than her debut third she’s only been beaten by Tuesday and Emily Upjohn in the Epsom Oaks, and there’s no shame in that. She had excuses for that too, after having her path repeatedly blocked when trying to make her run, so chances are she would’ve finished closer to the pair with a clearer path!
The way both her and runner-up La Parisienne pulled clear of the field in the French Oaks was impressive, and she always looked on top in that despite the winning distance being a short neck. When you take into consideration that run came just 16 days after the Epsom Oaks, that was a game effort and now she’s had a proper rest, she can be seen to best effect here.
Free Wind (Lillie Langtry Stakes – Saturday) 5/4
Our final pick for our banker acca is FREE WIND in the Lillie Langtry Stakes on Saturday. The fact she won the Lancashire Oaks despite having her path completely blocked shows you what a class filly she is and she should take the world of beating in this.
It’s difficult to shake off that effort in the Lancashire Oaks – she was completely stopped in her tracks, losing all momentum in the process, and still won by over two lengths! When you add in that it was her first run for almost ten months, the 5/4 on offer (at time of writing) seems far too big! She’s already won three times at Group level and we’re confident she’ll add another to her CV on day 5 of the Goodwood Festival.
This doesn’t look like an overly strong renewal of the race, having beaten a lot of these rivals already last time out. We think Free Wind should be a class above her rivals in this and can complete our banker acca in style!
*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 12pm Friday 22nd July*
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