Glorious Goodwood Day 2 Selections
Tips (each way) for the day by broadcaster Gina Harding:
1.50 Star Rider
2.25 Brimham Rocks
3.35 Ribchester (win)
4.45 White Chocolate
At the Races assistant producer and freelance presenter Vanessa Binnie Ryle’s tips:
1.50 2m4.5f Class 2 Handicap 3yo+
Hawkerland is the obvious and clear favourite here. By Sea The Stars, who also sired Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius, he has won his last two and is still only rated 78, carrying 8st here. His two wins have come since being gelded and the last victory at Chepstow was impressive. The race's form has been franked by the horses in behind running well, including the 2nd and the 5th who have both won since. If a lot of rain comes then that may be my only concern.
2.25 1m4f Class 2 Handicap 3yo
The favourite here is Secret Advisor and that is who I will be siding with. Trained by Charlie Appleby, he was 3rd at Royal Ascot in a Group 2 contest and I would be hopeful that the form from there would be good enough for him to win a handicap here off 96.
3.00 5f Group 3 Molecomb Stakes 2yo
Happy Like A Fool heads the market after his 2nd place at Ascot but I would be nervous for him running on a track like Goodwood. He will never have encountered anything quite like it here, and that would be a concern; having said that- he has a great draw of 3. I will probably stick with Havana Grey who has got back to winning ways following his flop at Ascot, although he has to contend with a tough draw of 10. Hopefully his confidence will be high and he can overcome that wide draw.
3.35 1m Group 1 Sussex Stakes 3yo+
The Sussex Stakes is always a great Group One and this year is no different. Top older miler Ribchester is set to take on duel Guineas winner Churchill. I am a big fan of the latter but I think with the forecast rain it looks as though conditions will favour the older horse and with Ribchester being on such a confident and upward curve I can’t see him being beat.
4.10 6f Class 2 Maiden Fillies' Stakes 2yo
With the 100/1 winner of the maiden yesterday I was tempted to go for a bigger priced horse here, but in the end I have settled with Lamya for Ryan Moore and Richard Hannon. Although he wasn’t placed on his only start so far, he looked a smart sort for a lot of the race and I think his inexperience came into play somewhat. Hopefully he can take a step forward here.
4.45 1m2f Class 2 Fillies' Handicap 3yo+
I really like Indulged here. She won on reappearance at Doncaster in May and hasn’t been seen again since. She might just be a bit tricky to train hence the longish break, but she looked good on that first start back and was subsequently raised in the weights a fair amount. Off 91 and out of stall 11 means things are against her but I am keeping the faith!
5.50 7f Class 3 Handicap 3yo+
The favourite is Sun Lover for the red-hot Andrea Atzeni, but this is a wide-open handicap and I will be skipping this one from a punting perspective.
Our Racing Insider Expert on today’s races:
1.50Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Handicap
HAWKERLAND has won his last two races like a very unexposed stayer, beating his rivals with more in hand than the winning distances suggested at Yarmouth and then at Chepstow. This is a marked step up in trip, but he could step forward a great deal for it and will be very hard to beat if getting the trip.
2.25 - Better Odds With Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap
HOCHFELD has had a wonderful season. He lost out to a tough horse in his bid for a hat-trick and the trainer's great record at this meeting means he can be expected to run another big race here.
3.35 – Qatar Sussex Stakes
CHURCHILL was a bitter disappointment at Royal Ascot in the Coronation Stakes where the very fast ground was probably a big factor in his below par showing. He had never run on ground that fast before but previously he had won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket as well as the Irish equivalent in impressive style.
It is worth taking the chance that he can beat RIBCHESTER, who has no holes in his CV and will handle any softening of the ground that might come with rain. He sets a very high standard and will be hard to beat. He has won such iconic races as the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and is undoubtedly the best older miler in Europe.