Glorious Goodwood Tips 2017 | Graeme Johnston’s Four To Follow
Racing tipster Graeme Johnston picks out his four best bets from this year’s Glorious Goodwood.
Thursday Goodwood 15:00 – Group 2 Richmond Stakes
The Richmond Stakes normally throws up a decent winner and this looks a good renewal. Plenty of proven Group race form is on offer but there is one in here that I quite like the look of.
Cardsharp won the July Stakes at Newmarket last time and has that is the best winning form on offer. However it doesn’t give him much in hand over his rivals and with a 3lb penalty to carry his task is made a lot harder.
Headway was an impressive winner of a Chester maiden before going down by the narrowest of margins in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. The stable is going really well and he is less exposed than his main rivals too. He should be hard to beat here and is a juvenile of immense potential.
Thursday Goodwood 15:35 – Group 1 Nassau Stakes
The Nassau Stakes looks a fantastic race and with five Group 1 winners in the race it’s a high quality affair. Added in to this is the clash between generations and everything is set up for a real firecracker of a race.
Winter has been one of the stories of the season so far and after a quiet juvenile campaign she is now a three time Group 1 winner including two Guineas. She steps up in distance here which given how well she sees out a mile shouldn’t be an issue, but this is also a step up in class as this is a proper Group 1, and I’m looking elsewhere for my bet.
I’m taking a chance on one at a price in the form of Wuheida. A Group 1 winning juvenile she has run once as a three year old finishing second to Roly Poly where she came second and the winner has won at the top level since. The extra distance should be ideal and she is likely to be sharper for the experience. She looks over priced to me.
Friday Goodwood 15:35 – Group 2 King George Sprint
The King George Sprint is one of the fastest 5 furlongs around and this looks a typically strong renewal. It’s not likely to be a huge field but with rain scheduled for later in the week it could have a huge bearing on the outcome.
Battaash has had a superb start to the season with two wins at Sandown, both in fast times and he is turning in to a sprinter of real promise. He shapes as if quick ground is important and if the ground remains quick he could just be too quick for his rivals but I’m taking him on.
Profitable is a proven Group 1 winning sprinter and after a quiet end to last year he has looked back to something like his beat this year. He ran a fantastic race behind Lady Aurelia in the Kings Stand and if the ground is softer than good then I make him a very confident selection. Even if the rain isn’t too heavy he still has a fantastic chance.
Saturday Goodwood 15:35 – Stewards Cup Handicap
The Stewards Cup is the big handicap sprint of the week and one of the biggest betting races of the Flat season. As ever the draw can prove vital, add in the uncertainty over the ground and its a real puzzle, but one solving is well rewarded.
Danzeno came right back to his best last time and on his day is a really talented animal. If he’s in the same type of form again he’s the one to beat and deserves to be top weight. My concern with his is his won record though as he doesn’t win as often as he should and is passed over.
Hoof It won this race last year and this is likely to be his target for this season too. He returned at Hamilton in July and never cut much ice, but it will have taken the rust off him. He loves big fields and despite being 10 still has scope off this mark. He’s currently a huge price and looks a good each way bet.
Graeme Johnstone’s Goodwood Four To Follow
Richmond Stakes – Headway
Nassau Stakes – Wuheida
King George Sprint – Profitable
Stewards Cup – Hoof It (each way)