This week we are in the middle of a feast of horse racing with both the Goodwood and Galway Festivals in full swing. Goodwood racing dates back to 1802 when the third Duke of Richmond designed a course on his Sussex estate called the Harroway and there has now been racing on the Sussex Downs for over 200 years.
As for Galway they have raced since 1869 and the track known as Ballybrit is the most popular in the Emerald Isle. There is a poem by Yeats and a superb folk song by the Clancey Brothers and The Chieftains detailing the story of Irish people of all persuasions enjoying a day at the wonderful Galway Races.
Today we have the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood billed as the dual on the Downs between Dawn Approach and Toronado but don’t forget the reat of the field as they are all class performers. Richard Hughes won’t hear of defeat for the Hannon horse and I suppose at 2/1 with Bet Fred he might just shade it but it’s likely to be a close run affair and more a race to savour than bet in.
On a personal level yesterday I landed my nap of the meeting with Garswood and at the 11/2 available early doors this was as they say like taking candy from a baby.
Last weeks Howies Hottie Sheilas Footsteps ran a stormer to be 3rd at 16/1 s/p and was available at 20/1 in places. As for today I have something strong lined up at Sandown but the free tip goes in the 4.50 at Glorious Goodwood.
Now this is a fillies handicap over 9 furlongs and I have a theory about backing horses over this specialist trip. I like to look for horses that have won or run well over further as I know they will stay rather than milers who are not certain to get the extra furlong.
The one that ticks all the boxes for me is Opera Box trained by Marcus Tregoning and ridden by Frankie Dettori. The mare is a winner over 10 furlongs and from a good low draw Frankie can attack from the start and hopefully set them a merry dance as this horse has gone well from the front in the past.
There are dangers as you would expect at a big meeting in particular the Gosden bottom weight and the Godolphin horse but I’m sure Mr Dettori would love to put one over his old masters.
Fenella Fudge trainer D.Shaw – Finished well over 6 furlongs and would be better over an extra furlong.
Genzy trainer I.Williams – Denied a clear run at Ascot on Sunday this horse was the moral victor in finishing 2nd. With better luck in running he should soon gain compensation.
Corso Palladio trainer F.Lloyd – It’s rare I put up a jumper at this time of year but this gelding ran an honourable 3rd after a long time off the track. Next time out he should be fitter and in the right grade he can take the gold madal.
Garswood trainer R.Fahey – Landed some massive bets at Goodwood yesterday despite not being suited by the track and a slow start. This huge horse is still improving and can make the grade at the highest level on soft ground.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.