The opening day of Glorious Goodwood provided us with some fantastic racing. The big story, of course, was Trueshan and Hollie Doyle winning the Goodwood Cup. It was disappointing not to have seen Stradivarius, but the deluge of rain prompted a number of non-runners on the day.
With some showers expected before racing on Wednesday, soft ground looks likely on Day 2. As a result, I’ve had to take that into account for my Wednesday outsiders and I’ve found three who can relish the conditions to success. Find all my selections and analysis below, along with all our horse racing tips.
1.50 Goodwood – Unibet “15 To Go” Handicap
One of my Royal Ascot outsiders, Irish Legend (20-1) finished a great third in the Golden Gate to land the each-way money. I fancy to do the same again, continuing the excellent recent form of the Hugo Palmer stable.
Goodwood isn’t a track that usually suits closing types, but this son of Sea The Stars has a good change of gear. He displayed that at Royal Ascot, where he didn’t have the best of passages and conceded first run to the winner. His most recent start came back at Ascot, badly placed in a race that didn’t pan out to suit.
He’s capable of far better than that and this contest should play to his strengths. He’ll get a strong pace to aim at on rain-softened ground that will be ideal for him. Jamie Spencer, the master of the hold-up ride, is a perfect booking, and I fancy him to pounce late.
2.25 Goodwood – Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes
She’s perhaps not an outsider in terms of her position in the market, but the Oak Tree is wide open and I really expected Isabella Giles (14-1) to be shorter in the market. She’s posted some solid efforts in 2021 and she returns to the scene of her biggest success.
She won the Group 3 Prestige in impressive fashion over course and distance last August, relishing the softer going. Her two best runs in 2021 have come on a similar surface, narrowly beaten in a Lingfield Group 3 prior to a close-up sixth in the Sandy Lane at Haydock.
She was below form at Royal Ascot last time, but she had excuses, and a return to seven furlongs at Goodwood will be ideal for her. Clive Cox’s stable are in red-hot form at present and despite a poor draw, I really like her chances under Hector Crouch.
5.20 Goodwood – World Pool Handicap
There are plenty of unknowns in regards to Canagat (20-1), but I fancy him to run a much bigger race than the market suggests. He was previously trained by Archie Watson, for whom he won three races with, before heading to France.
He failed to show much form in six starts for a pair of stables in that country, but he’s now joined the in-form Simon Dow stable, who have won with four of their last thirteen horses. This is just his third turf start, but as a son of Zoffany, he should appreciate the slower going.
Having won off a mark of 86 when trained by Watson, today’s rating of 92 should be in range. He remains relatively unexposed and the booking of Jamie Spencer has to catch the eye. Drawn in stall one, he’s fascinating at a double-figure price.
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