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1.50 Goodwood - Justcallmepete (EW)
2.25 Goodwood - Sweet William
5.20 Goodwood - Arthur's Realm (EW)
And so we’ve come to the end of another fantastic flat-racing festival. It may have rained all week, but that hasn’t stopped some superb action from unfolding at Goodwood. There’s still one day to go of course, so it’s time to delve back into that form book and see if we can pinpoint same value ahead of Glorious Goodwood’s final day.
The final day is known as Stewards’ Cup day, simply because the Stewards’ Cup, which is a hot handicap run over six furlongs, is the feature race, but it’s far from the only highlight on what has the potential to be a super Saturday at the West Sussex track.
Glorious Goodwood Day 5 Betting Tips
With one day to go at Goodwood, here are our three more runners to get stuck into in the early market:
1.50 – Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap
The opening race on Saturday’s card is an interesting one. It’s the Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, which is something a of warm-up act ahead of the main attraction, which is of course the Stewards’ Cup.
Zaman Jemil is quite a steady early favourite, though I think he’s plenty short enough. The mount of Ryan Moore was always going to be popular for this after than Thirsk Class 3 win last time out, plus Moore is obviously a booking that speaks volumes about what the stable thinks of the gelding’s chances, though I think he’s over bet.
At 10/1, I’m a fan of Justcallmepete, who has been holding his form well since starting his turf campaign back in June. Last time out, he ran a very good race to finish a very close second at Newmarket. That was a Class 3 race, but looking at the runners here, this is a far from a dissimilar contest. From just 1 lb higher, I would not discount this gelding, especially as his rider takes a very handy 7 lbs off. That leaves him well handicapped if you ask me.
This horse hasn’t raced on soft ground too much, but he’s won plenty on the all-weather, while he was placed on soft as a novice, so I’m not too put off by the underfoot conditions. His credentials look solid, perhaps a little too solid for odds of 10/1 to be fair. I’d have him a point of two shorter, so he goes down as an a steady each-way play.
Best Bet – Justcallmepete (each-way) @ 10/1
2.25 – Coral Summer Handicap
The second race on Saturday’s Glorious Goodwood card will be the Coral Summer Handicap, run over one mile and six furlongs. Naturally, as is the case in almost every big-meeting race, there are plenty that hold claims here, though it’s quite difficult to look beyond Sweet William, who may just proved to be a bit too good for handicap company. It certainly looked that way last time out.
John Gosden’s runner bolted up Newbury over an extended two miles last time out and ought not to be inconvenienced by this drop back in trip. At least, his win at Doncaster certainly wouldn’t suggest so.
In that race last time out, the four-year-old, who remains lightly raced and unexposed having only had five runs, couldn’t have won in more simple fashion. He traveled comfortably, breezed upsides the leader before quickening clear to win by a near four-length margin. He beat some very useful opposition on that occasion and made it look easy, so I really wouldn’t be surprised if he does something similar here, despite the 7 lb rise in the weights. After all, he clearly had plenty in hand and this isn’t a much harder assignment.
Best Bet – Sweet William @ 5/2
5.20 – Coral Handicap
The final race of the meeting will be the Coral Handicap, which takes place over one mile and one furlong. Ryan Moore rides here for his father Gary Moore, which means that One Step Beyond is bound to be popular, though I wouldn’t be too sweet on his form chances, especially not at the current odds, while none of the others right at the front of the market appear to offer any real value either.
For me, the final bet of the meeting should be Arthur’s Realm. This horse ran well in third at Hamilton last time out, while he was very close to getting his head in front at Chelmsford in a Class 3 race over a mile prior to that. Before that contest, he finishing fourth (of 10) over a furlong further than this, again on the all-weather at Chelmsford. That was in Class 2 company, so it’s not difficult to see him getting seriously involved in a Class 3 race of this nature.
The sizable positive with this runner is the fact that he really does act well on soft ground. He’s either won or finished in the place money in four out of five on soft ground, while he wasn’t far away in a big-field race when he failed to place. He’s also coming here for an in-form trainer and a rider who has been in sensational form of late.
It’s another competitive affair, but Arthur’s Realm, who is down to just a pound above his last winning mark, comes here with plenty going for him, so much so that 16/1 looks slightly generous.
Best Bet – Arthur’s Realm (each-way) @ 16/1
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