And so we have it, we have reached the final day of the 2018 Glorious Goodwood Festival. We’ve had some stunning performances this week with Stradivarius retaining the Gold Cup and Lightning Spear breaking his Group 1 duck just to name two. We end the festival with competitive handicap action, with the Stewards’ Cup headlining a big day of action on the downs. For the final time this year, you can view our Glorious Goodwood Tips on site now!
One of the most competitive handicaps of the year, the Stewards’ Cup is a six-furlong burn up where twenty-eight speedsters fly down the Goodwood straight in a bid to land the £155625 prize. This year’s favourite is Foxtrot Lady, who has been hugely progressive this year and her half-sister, Dancing Star, won this race in 2016. Spring Loaded returned to form last time and remains fairly treated, while Lancelot Du Lac bids to retain his crown. What a cracker we have in store!
Dee Ex Bee looking to bounce back
Second in the Epsom Derby back in June, things haven’t gone quite to plan for Dee Ex Bee since. Mark Johnston’s hearty battler has been safely held in both the Irish Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris since, dropping from Group 1 company today. That is an obvious plus and he faces just the three rivals today, with none of them having the form to match him if he turns up at his best. Cross Counter is the biggest danger, though he needs to build massively on two efforts in handicaps this year to land a blow.
1.50pm – Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (Class 2) (6f)
2.25pm – Qatar Summer Handicap (Class 2) (1m 6f)
3.00pm – Qatar Gordon Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f)
3.40pm – Unibet Stewards’ Cup Handicap (Class 2) (6f)
4.15pm – Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Class 2) (7f)
4.50pm – Qatar Handicap (Class 2) (7f)
5.25pm – Qatar Apprentice Handicap (Class 3) (1m 1f)
Going: Good to Firm (Going Stick 7.4)
Weather: Dry and sunny throughout the day, high of 27°c, low of 15°c
Nothing to report.
Oeil De Tigre and Sophie Ralston have partnered up three times on the Sussex Downs this season, with every run a successful one. They bid for the biggest successes of their careers when they try to capture the Stewards’ Cup at 3.35pm.