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3.00 Goodwood - Al Mubhir (each-way)
4.45 Goodwood - Dapper Valley (each-way)
5.20 Goodwood - Maso Bastie
Three days down, two to go. Friday will be the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood, which takes place yearly at Goodwood Racecourse in West Sussex. om Friday, another seven races are set to take place, including three groups races, plus some ultra competitive handicaps.
As always, the betting is fierce and sifting through the pack in attempt to find some value is no easy task, but that’s what we’re here for, so let’s get stuck into the action ahead of Friday at Glorious Goodwood.
Glorious Goodwood Day 4 Betting Tips
Prior to the action getting underway on Friday afternoon, here are three more bets that offer those punters keen to get in early some value for money:
3.00 – Coral Golden Mile
At 3.00 on Friday afternoon, we have the Coral Golden Mile, a 21-runner handicap contested over a mile. This year’s renewal is a classy affair, with several runners rated 100 or above.
In the early betting, Lattam is quite a warm favourite at 7/2, which is relatively strong ahead of a 21-runner contest. The mount of Tom Marquand naturally warrants plenty of respect having won two of his last three, and he has big-field winning experience too. For me, though, 7/2 is hard to take in such a race. Doing so is just a bit boring, right?
At much bigger odds, it is William Haggas’s other runner Al Mubhir who appeals to me. This horse is rated 106 so he’s clearly not short of class. We saw him win well at Leicester back in late April and it is that piece of form that is perhaps the most appealing. Sure, he ran from lower in the weights, but he won with lots in hand, beating the runner-up by over four lengths. The runner up on that occasion was Wobwobwob, who on Wednesday finished second at this meeting, running a big race, so such form is not to be ignored.
Moreover, this is a horse who loves cut in ground. He goes well on soft and relishes heavy, so he’ll love it if we have more rain, which is not something that can be said for all of them in here. For my money, he’s well worth a go back in handicap company, especially with 22/1 on offer.
Best Bet – Al Mubhir (each-way) @ 22/1
4.45 – Ire-Incentive It Pays To Buy Irish Nursery
The third from last race on day four of Glorious Goodwood will be a 15-runner nursery race, one that is is typically competitive. Not for the first time this week, we’re talking about a two-year-old race where there are plenty of unknowns. There will also be lots of guesswork, assumptions and hype going on from various pundits and what not.
Loaded Gun in the hands of Ryan Moore is the early favourite. That runner won well on soft ground at Chester last time out, shaping as though this step up to six furlongs would definitely suit. On that form, he’s a big player, for sure.
However, at 16/1, I much prefer Dapper Valley, who also brings soft-ground form to plate. This unexposed colt has only run three times, but he won very nicely on debut when encountering soft ground at Newbury. He hasn’t kicked on in two runs since, but both of those came on much better ground. He looked more of a mud lover on debut, running on well on soft ground. That race has since produced multiple winners, so I really wouldn’t be surprised if he improves on his latest effort now going back on a softer surface.
Best Bet – Dapper Valley (each-way) @ 16/1
5.20 – Coral Handicap
The race to bring the curtain down on the penultimate day of Glorious Goodwood will be the Coral Handicap, a Class affair over one mile and four furlongs.
In the early market, a group of four horses are hard to split, though one of those makes more appeal than the others, and as far as I’m concerned, ought to be favourite in his own right. That horse is Maso Bastie.
Trained by James Fanshawe, the three-year-old remains lightly raced having had just four runs. There was little wrong with his effort when upped to this distance for the first time at Newcastle last time out, but it’s the fact that he looked right at home when winning at soft ground over one mile and two furlongs back in May that is most eye-catching.
He stayed on very well, relishing the cut in the ground, in that Nottingham race, while he beat some decent types, a few of whom have gone on to win since. The horse that finished second that day won a novice event next time out, before placing in the hugely competitive 29-runner Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, which is a better contest than this. Such form should not be ignored, especially if you’re interested in betting on a horse that can lay down a big challenge in this.
Best Bet – Maso Bastie @ 6/1
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