Stradivarius Will Be In Tune At Goodwood Today
The Qatar Goodwood Festival starts today and there should be a week of glorious racing. The meeting formerly known as Glorious Goodwood has been rebranded and like it or not the state of Qatar has boosted prize money and hence the quality of the fields. Goodwood’s main meeting will never be Royal Ascot but it has its place in the racing calendar.
The Gold Cup is the most prestigious race at the Royal meeting and the Goodwood Cup is its equivalent this week. Several runners today (3.35pm) contested the Group 1 race at Ascot. There is no point ignoring the obvious and STRADIVARIUS can complete the double and that result can be backed at 8/13 with Ladbrokes.
The two other Group races on the card are more open and Stradivarius is the banker of the week. The horse is the best stayer in Britain and Ireland and on ratings and form will be hard to beat. The Qatar Vintage Stakes at 2.25pm is a seven furlong contest for colts, geldings and fillies but there are no female horses in the field. DUNKERRON has shown improvement over four starts and with more progression expected today the horse is the one to back at 15/2 with William Hill.
The Lennox Stakes (3pm) is run over the same distance but the age range is three-year-olds and elder. Horses from the current Classic generation receive seven pounds and the only runner aged three can take advantage of that concession. TIP TWO WIN performed better than his odds suggested when finishing second in the 2,000 Guineas over one mile at Newmarket in May. The youngest horse in the race can prevail at 9/2 with Betfair.
It’s the second of the seven day Galway Races meeting which generates huge betting turnover. The event combines decent action on the Flat and over jumps with some ordinary fare. Punters don’t seem to care about the quality but bet in any race like its going out of fashion. INSCRIBE can win the richest race of the day (7.40pm), a handicap over about one mile, and the horse is 9/2 with Paddy Power to oblige.