We’re finishing off our Glorious Goodwood tips with a magnificent seven selections for the fifth and final day of this year’s festival.
Following on from Royal Ascot, this is another highlight of Britain’s sporting and social calendars, with world-class racing and high fashion coming to Sussex.
The Stewards’ Cup is Saturday’s big betting heat, but there are also plenty of other great punting opportunities.
1.50 BOY IN THE BAR
There has been a revival from Ian Williams’ eight-year-old this summer and his 4lb rise for a narrow Ascot victory last time still leaves leeway for a battle-hardened course-and-distance winner once rated much higher.
2.25 OUTBOX (nap)
Simon Crisford’s four-year-old faces a rematch with likely favourite King’s Advice, whose prolific sequence of six consecutive victories since joining Mark Johnston had come to a halt before the pair met at Newmarket in the middle of last month.
King’s Advice bounced back from his eclipse in the Northumberland Plate to run out an impressive winner over this 1m 6f trip that day – with Outbox flattering before fading into a near six-length sixth.
The victor has gone up 7lb for his trouble, though, and must concede six of them to Outbox, which in itself gives Crisford’s gelding obvious prospects.
Further to his case is the impression he made in three victories during a brief, unbeaten campaign last autumn and narrow Listed defeat on his return at Chantilly in June.
Outbox appeared sure to take more of a hand until fading late at Newmarket and the suspicion is he may be capable of significantly better on this less testing track for our Glorious Goodwood tips.
John Gosden’s four-year-old will be facing Dramatic Queen for the third successive time this season in the 1m 6f Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes.
Enbihaar appeared to be outstayed over this same trip by William Haggas’ filly at York, before turning the tables over two furlongs shorter in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.
She did so by only a neck and must concede a penalty here, but Enbihaar was not flattered by the winning distance and can prevail again at a course that should suit her running style.
Charlie Hills’ three-year-old, a Listed winner and Group Three runner-up this season, makes his handicap debut against his elders in the Stewards’ Cup, a race won by the younger generation twice in the past four years.
He has a feasible 9st 6lb to carry, thanks to the presence of his stablemate Vanbrugh at the top of the weights, and should be highly competitive at least.
4.15 GOLD SOUK
Mark Johnston won this juvenile maiden with subsequent Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee a couple of years ago and returns with a colt who can be expected to come on for his two racecourse outings so far.
4.50 LAND OF LEGENDS
After hacking up at Kempton, this lightly-raced Godolphin three-year-old won cosily on his handicap bow at Newmarket and may still have more improvement left in the tank.
5.25 HARBOUR SPIRIT
Richard Hughes had a great record at this festival as a jockey and now trains this interesting French import, who powered home to score at Kempton last month and looks one to keep on side in our Glorious Goodwood tips.
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